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- Listening Length: 6 hours and 15 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 12 Nov. 2010
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004C6E42I
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Rogue Male tells the story of an anonymous English Aristocrat who is accused of trying to assasinate an European Dictator - he is captured, tortured - but incredibly survives. There then emerges a classic story of escape with hunter becoming the hunted. From Europe to the south of England the hero is literally forced to go to ground as his nemesis Major Quive-Smith gets closer and closer...
I love it! Just writing this review makes me want to read it again. This is a must try book which in my opinion, surpasses The 39 Steps.
Trying to be balanced,I have read reviews where critics find the plotting sometimes stretches the imagination a bit too much and some people are annoyed by the central character's aristocratic tendencies - but personally I disagree /don't care respectfully.
This book is a forgotten classic and a must read for anyone who enjoys Escape and Survival Stories. Give it a try!
Rogue Male tells the story of a British Sportsman/Hunter who dares to attempt the perfect stalk - the assassination of a European dictator. Though never named (neither suspected hero assassin or potential victim)the European dictator is most likely to be Adolf Hitler. Captured,tortured and left for dead, the unamed hero must escape almost certain death and make his way back to England. Barely able to walk, his face disfigured and hands barely usable, this will be an almost impossible task - the odds overwhelming. Our hero's basic survival instincts come into play and in so many ways civilised man has to give way to the beast lurking within in order to survive.
For a relativlely short book. Rogue Male is epic in scope - covering escape across Europe and search and evasion in London and the English countryside. The hero is resourceful,intelligent and shrewd. He is moral and speaks with integrity. He is pushed to the limits but though he can only survive by trusting his inate animal instincts he nonetheless retains his humanity and re-discovers his true sense of purpose.
When I read this book as a teenager I initially found it slow and had to read the first 5-10 pages a few times to get into it.Read more ›
Household really takes us inside the characters' mind and the complexities that exist within the troubled hero.
This is a great chase thriller, better in my opinion than the more well known 'The Thirty Nine Steps'It captures time and character perfectly and is quintescentially 'English'. I love the way the un-named hero reveals his emotions and depth of feeling. I like the fact that there is very little dialogue.
The landscape is incredibly vivid. The pace superb, especially from the underground station section onwards.
This novel is always a pleasure to read and reveals more layers to the story on each occasion.
The 'template' for many great thrillers that followed, but still the most original and best.
Household continued the tradition of great thriller writers like Erskine Childers and John Buchan, but he had a fluency and lightness of style that set him apart, and in this sense he forms a bridge to a new generation of writers like Graham Greene who were able to write readable thrillers that also pass muster as serious literature.
This is an exciting and very enjoyable book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After having listened to the book being read on the radio I had to buy it. Not disappointing in the least. Leaves you wanting more at the end.Published 13 days ago by Mr Gary Pearce
Book arrived in perfect condition. Very cheap price. Great little old-school, classic read. First person account of a hunter turned hunted......Published 1 month ago by Chunky Monkey
This a classic from 1930s, boys own adventure, so well written without today's modern cliches.Published 2 months ago by R.W.Payne
First published in 1939 this classic thriller was the breakthrough novel for its author Geoffrey Household. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dr. R. Brandon
Reading some of the hype for this 1930s book, you might think it was on a par with The Thirty-Nine Steps. Read morePublished 5 months ago by M. Duncan
If you like Lee Childs or Robert Crais have a read of what came before.
A real boys own adventure story with plenty of cunning plotsPublished 6 months ago by Michael, Dorset