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The Corners of the Globe by Robert Goddard
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The Corners of the Globe

by Robert Goddard

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Complex plot and plethora of characters make this a challenging, but rewarding read. It is set in 1919 during the final stages of the Paris peace negotiations which lead to the Treaty of Versailles. The initial scenes take place in Orkney and Scapa Flow where the German fleet is blockaded and especially interested me as I've visited Orkney and seen one of the wrecks of the German fleet. Slightly irritating the author finishes this second of three stories on a knife-edge guaranteeing you'll want to find out what happens next! ( )
  edwardsgt | Sep 4, 2016 |
So, this is the sandwich book of the Wide World trilogy.

During the time period of the Paris peace talks after World War I, our hero struggles on to find the reason why his father was murdered. Lots of twists and turns, intrigue and derring-do. Quite an exciting ride I’m on, but sometimes I get confused with where the story is going and I feel like I’m hanging on by my fingernails, while other times I’m right in the action. I'd have dived right into book 3, but it's not available for sale in the US and my library does not have an available copy. Waiting impatiently.... ( )
  bluebird_ | May 30, 2016 |
The Corners of the Globe is the second book in Robert Goddard’s historical thriller trilogy. This book picks up immediately following The Ways of the World, and opens in the spring of 1919. The First World War has ended and members of the Paris Peace conference are deciding the fate of the Germans. James (Max) Maxted is now in the service of famous German spy, Fritz Lemmer. His mission is to recover a document hidden on one of the German battleships held captive by the Royal Navy in Scapa Flow. While on board Max steals the document known as the “Grey File”. After reading it, Max changes plans and rushes back to London to inform his Special Branch contact of the dangers contained within the file.

This is an extremely complicated book with many characters. I highly recommend you read the first book of the trilogy prior to picking up this one. The historical detail is accurate and the writing is outstanding. I can't wait to read the final book of his mesmerizing trilogy, The Ends of the Earth. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Jan 30, 2016 |
This was an excellent second book to this trilogy. I still don't have a clue what is going on but the writing is great, the plot is intriguing and the twists and turns are many. There are lots of characters to keep track of in this tension-filled adventure of a book that keeps the pages turning to a very surprising ending. Can't wait to read the last book in order to fill in all the blanks of this action-packed novel. I highly recommend reading these books in order as the storyline builds from one book to the next. ( )
  EadieB | Jan 19, 2016 |
I don´t usually read this kind of book, but felt I needed some light reading and picked up this book from the library.

Previously long ago, I´d read some thrilling books by this author, but didn´t find this one particularly exciting. It was also Volume 2 in a series, so I should have read Volume 1 instead, but it wasn´t available.

The story is set at the end of the First World War. The action begins in the Orkney Islands, in the North of Scotland, where we meet the protagonist, Max, who is apparently some sort of Secret Service man or the like. He is after something termed the “grey file”, which apparently lists various members of Max´s organization who are double agents, or not to be trusted.

Max chases/is chased by other spies through Scotland, and eventually the action shifts to Paris. There are lots of characters, most of which were difficult for me to distinguish from each other, and one could never be certain whether they were “goodies” or “baddies”. i.e. on Max´s side or not. Max is attacked by others, and not averse to defending himself violently.

As mentioned, I didn´t find the book exciting, but still I kept turning the pages, and couldn´t really decide to give it up, so I must admit to it being readable.

There was an unexpected ending, and not really an ending, since we would have to read the next volume in the series to get that.

In my view the best feature of the book is Goddard´s impeccable writing. I won´t actually recommend the book – you will probably find several of the author´s other books much more thrilling. ( )
  IonaS | Jan 11, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0593069757, Hardcover)

A thrilling mix of espionage, treachery and murder set in the aftermath of the First World War from the master of the triple-cross.
     Spring, 1919. James 'Max' Maxted, former Great War flying ace, returns to the trail of murder, treachery and half-buried secrets he set out on in The Ways of the World. He left Paris after avenging the murder of his father, Sir Henry Maxted, a senior member of the British delegation to the post-war peace conference. But he was convinced there was more -- much more -- to be discovered about what Sir Henry had been trying to accomplish. And he suspected elusive German spymaster Fritz Lemmer knew the truth of it.
     Now, enlisted under false colours in Lemmer's service but with his loyalty pledged to the British Secret Service, Max sets out on his first -- and possibly last -- mission for Lemmer. It takes him to the far north of Scotland -- to the Orkney Isles, where the German High Seas Fleet has been impounded in Scapa Flow, its fate to be decided at the conference-table in Paris. Max has been sent to recover a document held aboard one of the German ships. What that document contains forces him to break cover sooner than he would have wished and to embark on a desperate race south, towards London, with information that could destroy Lemmer -- if Max, as seems unlikely, lives to deliver it.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:05:43 -0400)

Spring, 1919. James 'Max' Maxted, former Great War flying ace, returns to the trail of murder, treachery and half-buried secrets he set out on in The Ways of the World. He left Paris after avenging the murder of his father, Sir Henry Maxted, a senior member of the British delegation to the post-war peace conference. But he was convinced there was more - much more - to be discovered about what Sir Henry had been trying to accomplish. And he suspected elusive German spymaster Fritz Lemmer knew the truth of it. Now, enlisted under false colours in Lemmer's service but with his loyalty pledged to the British Secret Service, Max sets out on his first - and possibly last - mission for Lemmer. It takes him to the far north of Scotland - to the Orkney Isles, where the German High Seas Fleet has been impounded in Scapa Flow, its fate to be decided at the conference-table in Paris. Max has been sent to recover a document held aboard one of the German ships. What that document contains forces him to break cover sooner than he would have wished and to embark on a desperate race south, towards London, with information that could destroy Lemmer - if Max, as seems unlikely, lives to deliver it.… (more)

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