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The Silent Thunder Caper (Sexton Blake Library (6th Series))

by Mark Hodder

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Obverse get their revival of Sexton Blake underway with a superior piece of modern pulp. Hodder chooses to write it fairly straight, so what we get is a straightforward irony free period piece which zips along at the pace of modern adventure stories. As with all the best pulp Hodder has a good sense of exactly how ludicrous he can make things without undermining the suspension of disbelief. We get a selection of old Blake foes, a few staunch military chaps and the odd memorable grotesque thrown together in a caper which mixes valuable relics, top secret military documents and secret weapons. It’s breathlessly entertaining without a wasted word.

As a bonus there’s a vintage Blake short story featuring the Three Musketeers first appearance – it plays on coincidence and certain elements may have dated but it remains entertaining and surprisingly readable for a story of eighty years vintage. ( )
  JonArnold | Aug 12, 2014 |
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