The 39 Steps

Paperback, 100 pages

English language

Published June 30, 2004 by Kessinger Publishing.

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Published in 1915, this is still, for my money, one of the best spy thrillers ever written. Introducing the adventurous and thoroughly British Richard Hannay, it carries the reader through one exciting escapade after another, with a genuine atmosphere of threat and fear pervading every chapter. The hero's flight from pursuers through the hills of Scotland, his vital ability to blend in with his surroundings in times of peril to save his life, his encounters with the arch-enemy, his ingenuity in escaping from certain death, and the last thrilling rush to discover the secret of the 39 Steps themselves before it is too late, never fail to enthral. Yes, by modern standards it is perhaps a little jingoistic, but what book written at the outbreak of World War I was not? A book should never be judged by the opinions of later times.

One can only ask why, why, WHY …

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