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The Great Impersonation (1920)

by E. Phillips Oppenheim

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This book is set mostly in England right before the First World War. It's a captivating, quickly moving tale of espionage that begins with a chance meeting in the African bush of two old schoolmates, one German, one English, who bear a striking resemblance to each other. One of them has a brilliant idea: he could impersonate the other, thereby gaining access to the higher levels of his society.

I did guess at the plot twist in this book; it says a lot for the writer's accomplishment that I was still enthralled to see how the plot works itself out. The story has the same sort of feel about it that DuMaurier's _Rebecca_ has--I think anyone who enjoys one would definitely enjoy the other. Highly recommended. ( )
2 vote chilirlw | Apr 24, 2009 |
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The trouble from which great events were to come began when Everard Dominey, who had been fighting his way through the scrub for the last three quarters of an hour towards those thin, spiral wisps of smoke, urged his pony to a last despairing effort and came crashing through the great oleander shrub to pitch forward on his head in the little clearing.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0486236072, Paperback)

Oppenheim was a British writer known for his thriller novels. He is credited with writing over 100 novels in suspense, international intrigue, romance, parables, and comedies. His protagonists are known for their love of luxury, gourmet meals, and their enjoyment of criminal

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This 1920 novel, a marvel of taut plotting, is regarded as among the finest spy stories of all time. Just before World War I, a dissolute English nobleman and a German secret agent, who happen to resemble each other exactly, meet by chance in South Africa. The German decides to take the Englishman's place and return to England in order to gain political power in conflict-filled Europe.… (more)

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