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Bulldog Drummond [Paperback]

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31 May 2007

Bulldog Drummond. Hero, patriot, sportsman and quintessential English gentleman. An army officer in the First World War, he knows how to fight hard and play fair and there is not much that can shake him. Finding peace unbearably tedious he puts an ad in the newspaper offering his services to any client who can offer adventure.

An attractive young woman called Phyllis contacts him fearing for her father who seems to be under the power of blackmailers. Without hesitation Drummond accepts the commission and starts to investigate and uncovers a plot that threatens not just Phyllis and her family but the country itself.


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; New Ed edition (31 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340922885
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340922880
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 724,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Sapper's new BULLDOG DRUMMOND shows all the old breathless invention as active as ever . . . a rattling story' (Punch)

'You will not have a dull moment while you read this book' (Daily News)

'Sapper is so excellent a spinner of yarns, and describes with such gusto Homeric fights and contests of brawn and brain, that it is an ungracious task to criticise anything he writes . . . brilliantly told' (Pall Mall Gazette)

'Hugh . . . is a delightful character. BULLDOG DRUMMOND may be recommended as an absolutely first-rate story of a kind in which success is by no means common.' (Westminster Gazette)

'A really magnificent yarn' (Queen)

'BULLDOG DRUMMOND is a splendidly exciting tale' (The Times )

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The world famous detective Bulldog Drummond in his first adventure that took the world by storm, packaged in its original jacket

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Originally published in 1920, Bulldog Drummond in the first of ten books written by Sapper (alias of H C McNeile) featuring the eponymous hero Captain Hugh `Bulldog' Drummond. The series continued long after Sapper's death and well into the sixties with a variety of authors, and also spawned a slew of film, TV and radio adaptations.

But this is the book where the legend of Drummond starts. In it, a gentleman who has recently served with distinction in the First World War sends out an advert stating that he is bored and seeks adventure. His advert is answered by a damsel in distress, and pretty soon Drummond and a gang of ex-army pals, all similarly bored, are plunged into a deadly mission to thwart the plans of a criminal mastermind who has a strange hold over her father. A tale of high adventure and derring do ensues as the boys do battle with the supposed criminal genius.

This is a fun tale, with Drummond getting into and out of scrapes and intricate traps with regularity. The traps become ever more fantastical until finally, in a Parisian hotel room, we are faced with the deadliest and the most fantastical of the lot. From booby trapped houses to malignant pygmies to evil Professors with acid baths, Drummond faces the lot with aplomb and merrily gets on with defeating the villains. He is aided by the fact that Sapper has written him as some kind of superman and that he has written the villains as being blithering idiots. Actually, that's not true.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Old fashioned thriller 14 Dec 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Having read Bulldog Drummond books years ago I couldn't help but catch up again on an old fashioned espionage type thriller!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A romp - if you don't take it too seriously! 25 Jun 2010
By bookelephant TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I hold no brief at all for Sapper as a writer of great literature or as an exponent of any very nuanced and liberal world view. If that's what you want, don't bother with this book.
However, if you want a "topping" period piece adventure story where men are men and nice girls faint at the first sign of danger - the kind of story where the hero "though temporarily stunned by the multitudinous blows from the fiendish masked assailants" nonetheless escapes the poisoned dungeon, the apparatus of death and the bad girl, saves the world and arrives just in time for the nice girl to sink fainting into his arms .... Well, if you like that sort of romp you will be in clover with Drummond!
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