The 39 Steps, Paperback Book
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Arcturus Publishing Ltd
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9781848376090

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This book is comprised of two rollicking-good novellas.In both tales, thd protagonist stumbles upon a plot that would have devastating consequences to the world. These protagonists, however, are no bumbling characters.Both are pulled out of their comfortable lives, and both display razor-sharp wit and nerve as they desperately race to unravel and foil the plots. In the process, they put their own lives at risk.I was delighted to find that The Thirty-Nine Steps is one in a series of four books featuring Richard Hannay. I'll be looking forward to reading them all. I still have to investigate whether The Power-House, which features Sir Edward Leithan, is part of a series or not.These were wonderful, thrilling tales of high adventure, espionage and poltiical intrigue, told with the kind of subtle humor that I find appealing.I loved this book! It was great fun!

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When Buchan penned The Power-House, he was at the beginning of his fiction career. It had a weak plot which I did not find very interesting. However, when I started The Thirty-nine Steps, I could not put it down. Sure it is full of coincidences which move the plot along but how that plot moves along. There are few dull moments in this mystery. Now I must look for a copy of the sequel, Greenmantel.One side note. I thought I had read this before but discovered I had not. I have seen the Hitchcock film version many times and thought the plots were the same. Other than the hero's name and the murder in his apartment and maybe the change of roles with the milkman, there is no connection in the two stories.