Uncommon Danger Paperback
by Eric Ambler
Part of the Penguin Modern Classics series
Kenton's career as a journalist depends on his facility with languages, his knowledge of European politics and his quick judgement.
Where his judgement sometimes fails him, however, is in his personal life.
When he travels to Nuremberg to investigate a story about a top-level meeting of Nazi officials, he inadvertently finds himself on a train bound for Austria after a bad night of gambling.
Stranded with no money, Kenton jumps at the chance to earn a fee helping a refugee smuggle securities across the border.
Yet he soon discovers that the documents he holds have far more than cash value - and that they could cost him his life ...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages, no illustrations
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 28/05/2009
- Category: Espionage & spy thriller
- ISBN: 9780141190341
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Review by edwinbcn
Taking anything across the border for anyone spells trouble, especially if for high payment. The British journalist Kenton takes the offer, as he has just lost all his money gambling. The following day, when he tries to deliver the envelope and collect his fee, he finds the agent murdered.Upon inspection, Kenton discovers that the envelope contains a number of photos, which, in the wrong hands could lead to a war on the Balkans, and the rise of Fascism in the region. Obviously, other people are after the photos. On the one hand, a group of dangerous criminals lead by Colonel Robinson, in the pay of Western oil companies, versus Andreas Zaleshoff and his beautiful sister Tamara, secret agents from Moscow. Kenton is kidnapped and tortured by Colonel Robinson, but rescued by Zaleshoff. Trusting neither faction, and looking for a scoop to make a great story, he escapes and, being looked for by the Austrian police, crosses into Czechoslovakia to look for Colonel Robinson in Prague. He is caught up by Zaleshoff, and they decide to take on Robinson together, an attempt they barely escape from with their lives.It is a gripping story, somewhat reminiscent of, but preceding as Uncommon danger was published as early as 1937, some of the stories of James Bond and the oil interest in the Balkan region. The story is ingenious and exciting, while the reader's natural sympathy is with Kenton, and absolute amateur of espionage.Excellent reading.