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Greenmantle by John Buchan

Greenmantle (original 1916; edition 2001)

by John Buchan (Author)

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Greenmantle by John Buchan (1916)

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    edwinbcn: Any book by John Buchan, really, Watkins fiction and that of Buchan are very similar, i.e. exciting, very readable and a truly good read.
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    DuncanHill: In "On Secret Service East of Constantinople", Hopkirk tells the true story of "Greenmantle" - that is, of Germany's attempt in the First World War to ignite a Holy War in the East against Britain. If Buchan's heroics seem far-fetched at times to modern readers, they are as nothing to those of the real people involved.… (more)

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Richard Hannay's adventures continue in a WWI thriller that takes him spying across Germany and ends with the thrilling Battle of Erzurum (a real battle but with a fictional twist https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erzurum_Offensive). Again a great deal of fun can be had reading this book, and there is a certain topicality today in the importance of fundamentalist Islam to the plot. Also introduces the recurring characters of Sandy Arbuthnot (who though based on one of Buchan's friends reminds me strongly of T E Lawrence), the American Blenkiron and the great Boer scout Peter Pienaar. Some of Hannay's attitudes grate somewhat to the modern ear but it is clear that Hannay is not Buchan but is very much a man of his time. ( )
  Figgles | Sep 17, 2018 |
This is a book that hasn't aged well. What may have once seemed a rollicking good yarn in the style of Boys Own or Biggles now seems very thin - the plot sparse, the characterisation limited and the whole concept quite unrealistic. But the basic plot line, that someone, or something, could bring pious muslims together in rebellion against the west, could have seemed prescient in retrospect. Sadly, the author fails totally to flesh out this idea and the plot device remains a repeated hollow phrase with no any attempt to fill in any details. ( )
  mbmackay | Jun 23, 2018 |
A good adventure story and espionage thriller. Again we find Richard Hannay from "The Thirty-Nine Steps" on the run - this time not in Scotland running from the police and central intelligence - but on the run as an undercover agent in Germany.

He and his three fellow spies set out to get behind the enemy lines and find out the truth about the mysterious Greenmantle - they eventually end up in Turkey where the Germans and their Turkish allies are plotting to create a Muslim uprising.

Written in 1916 in the thick of WWI it’s an interesting read from a literary and historical perspective. I liked the fresh tone of the book, and the very, very British all in the good sense of cheerful comeraderie, displaying fair play, honour and courage in the worst of situations. In a “I-say-steady-on-old-chap-jolly-good-fellows” kind of way. ( )
1 vote ctpress | Dec 17, 2016 |
The sequel to The Thirty Nine Steps (and #2 in the series) has our hero, Richard Hannay, recuperating from injuries sustained a the WWI front when he's asked to do a little spycraft. The British have some thin evidence that the Germans are planning a start a holy war in the Turkey, and Hannay is offered the chance to interfere. Together with his friend Sandy Arbuthnot (who seems to be a sort of Lawrence of Arabia) and an American, John Blenkiron, they each take a different route to Constantinople.

My biggest complaint with this novel is that it's *much* longer than The Thirty Nine Steps - by about double - and it felt like it dragged with long descriptions. Whereas the prior book was more 'man on the run,' this is more of a spy story - Hannay trying to fool a number of very nasty Germans and Turks, figure out the clues, and save the day. It's still a pretty good story even if it feels quite dated, but I enjoyed the first one better. But it reminds me a bit of H. Rider Haggard's stories (adventure stories from an earlier time) and I'll continue with the series nonetheless. ( )
  J.Green | Nov 22, 2016 |
A dying British agent reports a handful of words as clues to German plot to inflame the Near East against the British in World Wr 1. Richard Hannay, the hero of The 39 Steps, and his Boer friend Peter Pienaar disguise themselves as pro-German Boers, while their friend Sandy Arbuthnot goes out in the guise of a Muslim himself. (Spoiler warning) After divers adventures on the way in Germany, they end up in Ottoman Turkey and find there is indeed a plot to revive the islamic caliphate with a man who possesses all the qualities to be a credible candidate, being managed by a brilliant and beautiful German spy, Hilda von Einem and a capable but thuggish German colonel named Stumm. Unfortunately for them, the potential caliph dies of cancer, and Hilda attempts to persuade Sandy to replace him. He pretends to agree, but turns against her at a critical moment., jut as the Russians are successfully invading eastern Turkey. ( )
  antiquary | Sep 22, 2016 |
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I had just finished breakfast and was filling my pipe when I got Bullivant's telegram.
There is a dry wind blowing through the East, and the parched grasses wait the spark.
Germany's simplicity is that of the neurotic, not the primitive. It is megalomania and egotism and the pride of the man in the Bible that waxed fat and kicked. But the results are the same. She wants to destroy and simplify; but it isn't the simplicity of the ascetic, which is of the spirit, but the simplicity of the madman that grinds down all the contrivances of civilization to a featureless monotony. The prophet wants to save the souls of his people; Germany wants to rule the inanimate corpse of the world.
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In Greenmantle (1916), a classic tale of espionage and adventure, Richard Hannay, hero of The Thirty-Nine Steps, travels across war-torn Europe on the trail of a German plot and an Islamic Messiah. He is joined by three more of Buchan's heroes: Peter Pienaar, the old Boer scout; John S. Blenkiron, the American determined to fight the Kaiser; and Sandy Arbuthnot--Greenmantle himself--a character modelled on Lawrence of Arabia. Together they move in disguise through Germany to Constantinople and the Russian border in order to face their enemies: the grotesque Stumm and the evil femme fatale Hilda von Einem.

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The second installment in the electrifying adventures of Richard Hannay, Britain's greatest secret agent Major Richard Hannay, hero of The Thirty-Nine Steps, is recovering from wounds sustained in the bloody Battle of Loos when his old friend Sir Walter Bullivant summons him to the Foreign Office. Hoping for a promotion, Hannay is asked instead to investigate rumors that a "star rising in the West" is about to bring the entirety of the Muslim world under the Kaiser's control. Hannay enlists the help of a polyglot British soldier and a dyspeptic American spy to go undercover first in Germany and then in Constantinople, where the glamorous and enigmatic Hilda von Einem is behind the conspiracy. In a stunning climax set during the pivotal clash between Russian and Ottoman forces over the Turkish city of Erzerum, Hannay and his cohorts risk everything to ensure that England and her allies will live to fight another day. With its skillful blend of political insight and heart-stopping action, Greenmantle was a huge step forward in the development of the modern espionage novel. It was also, and still very much is, an irresistible thrill ride from first page to last. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.… (more)

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