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The Avengers Files [Paperback]

Andrew Pixley , Brian Clemens
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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Reynolds & Hearn Ltd (5 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903111749
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903111741
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 16.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,634,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Complied with access to official document and surveillance films, The Avengers Files celebrates the amazing adventures of these heros and the skills which made them a force to be reckoned with.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It isn't real you know... 6 Jun 2007
Format:Paperback
When I started reading this book I found it quite oddly written, and it takes quite a while to settle into. This is because the the author has written the entire book as though the stories really are true, which can be quite entertaining, but means that the book has nothing (and can have nothing) on how the series were made, about the actors, props, or anything similar.

Make no mistake, it is a well researched book, but the the style severely limits the scope of its content. If you buy it with this in mind you won't be disappointed.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The (Almost) Perfect Guide to The Avengers 25 Aug 2004
Format:Paperback
Mr. Andrew Pixley has pulled together into one place what has to
be the most comprehensive coverage of that debonair Ladies' man
and spy (oops, sorry, agent), Mr. John Steed, and all of
his various partners. From Dr. David Keel, to Mrs. Cathy Gale.
From Venus Smith and Dr. Martin King, to the irresistible,
charming, cool, intelligent, independent, sophisticated and
sensuous Mrs. Emma Peel. From Miss Tara King, to Purdey and Mike
Gambit. From Charles and One-Ten, to Mother, Father, and even
Rhonda, they're all here!
In "The Avengers Files", you enter the fictional, undercover
world of Great Britain's top agent, and all his helpers and
associates. Mr. Pixley threads through all the "surveillance
tapes" (TV episodes) from all the years of The Avengers and The
New Avengers, and the "books and comics", passed off upon we,
the unsuspecting public, and extracts all the intelligence data
and missions, clearly detailed here for us to relive and enjoy,
over and over.
As a work of fiction, Mr. Pixley's book is very good background
material for fan fiction writers, and anyone who wanted to know
more about their favorite Avenger.
The fault that I find with it, is that the sections
on Emma Peel should be the largest of the book, since Emma Peel
did appear in nine more of the surveillance tapes than Cathy
Gale, and Emma Peel was certainly the subject of many novels
and comics and comic strips.
If Emma sells, then here would have been the place to do it.
I feel that Mr. Pixley favors Cathy Gale, judging by the size of
the chapters involving her, and the picture on the back of the book.
Maybe someday, somewhere, someone will finally realize who was
the apex of Steed's partners, and give Emma her just due, giving
us the "perfect" book on The Avengers.
In the meantime, "The Avengers Files" can feed some appetites.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The (Almost) Perfect Avengers Guide 24 Aug 2004
By J. Orleanski - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Mr. Andrew Pixley has pulled together into one place what has to
be the most comprehensive coverage of that debonair Ladies' man
and spy (oops, sorry, agent), Mr. John Steed, and all of
his various partners. From Dr. David Keel, to Mrs. Cathy Gale.
From Venus Smith and Dr. Martin King, to the irresistible,
charming, cool, intelligent, independent, sophisticated and
sensuous Mrs. Emma Peel. From Miss Tara King, to Purdey and Mike
Gambit. From Charles and One-Ten, to Mother, Father, and even
Rhonda, they're all here!

In "The Avengers Files", you enter the fictional, undercover
world of Great Britain's top agent, and all his helpers and
associates. Mr. Pixley threads through all the "surveillance
tapes" (TV episodes) from all the years of The Avengers and The
New Avengers, and the "books and comics", passed off upon we,
the unsuspecting public, and extracts all the intelligence data
and missions, clearly detailed here for us to relive and enjoy,
over and over.

As a work of fiction, Mr. Pixley's book is very good background
material for fan fiction writers, and anyone who wanted to know
more about their favorite Avenger.

The fault that I find with it, is that the sections
on Emma Peel should be the largest of the book, since Emma Peel
did appear in nine more of the surveillance tapes than Cathy
Gale, and Emma Peel was certainly the subject of many novels
and comics and comic strips.

If Emma sells, then here would have been the place to do it.
I feel that Mr. Pixley favors Cathy Gale, judging by the size of
the chapters involving her, and the picture on the back of the book.

Maybe someday, somewhere, someone will finally realize who was
the apex of Steed's partners, and give Emma her just due, giving
us the "perfect" book on The Avengers.

In the meantime, "The Avengers Files" can feed some appetites.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of Great Info, Bad Format 31 Aug 2007
By John Liosatos - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
My anticipation piqued when I saw the mail package containing this book in my mailbox. However, after the initial perusal through the pages of The Avengers Files, that anticipation soured, only to be overtaken by disappointment. Please do not misunderstand. There is plenty of great background information on all the main characters of The Avengers, from the David Keel Years to The New Avengers in the late 70s. The problem with this volume lies in its format.

First, the blurb from the publisher on this book's Amazon page claims that the book is "abundantly illustrated". This claim is simply not true. What pictures this book does include are limited to two glossy eight-page photo inserts placed in two different parts of the book. While the photos are quite lovely and glossy, in both monochrome and color, they hardly qualify as an abundance. In fact, I'd consider 16 pages of photos in a 352 page volume a dearth.

The next problem has to do with the way Pixley presents the background information. The Avengers Files treats each episode as a real life event, even claiming that somewhere in the vast unknown lurks the real John Steed. Therefore, each story becomes its own case, each televised episode a surveillance film kept hidden away hush hush in the files of the ministry, with top secret and background information for each. Had Andrew Pixley chosen to present this info in an easy-to follow, year-by-year, story-by-story format, it would have worked much better. Instead, he gives each character his (or her) own chapter or chapters, with Steed getting the most chapters, being the longest-running character in the series, and recounts the background information in a prose style that is much like a novel. Unfortunately, this method is not conducive to a neat, chronological order of events. At one point, he discusses Steed's characteristics in the early 60s, then jumps to the mid 70s with the very next paragraph. There is plenty of great info here, but unfortunately it is scattered throughout the book in a hard-to-follow format.

Another problem I have with this book is, when referencing each story, Pixley designates a four letter code for each. Thus, The Hidden Tiger is [TIGE], Murdersville becomes [MDVL], and a Sense of History goes by [HIST]. You can understand the problem right off the bat. If the reader is not familiar with the story titles, he will be hampered in his understanding of the reference. Give Pixley credit for including a definition of acronyms, or Codes, if you will, in Appendix A toward the end of this volume. However, if the reader has to constantly interrupt his reading to check up on a code, his enjoyment of the book will be severely strained.

Also, I really don't understand the need for all the footnotes in the book. Most pages are inundated with them. If this is fiction, there really should be no need for them. Why not just include the footnote material as part of the main text? In this regard, Pixley went too far in his work of "espionage". Footnotes, just as the definitions of Codes in Appendix A, interrupt your reading.

I consider this book an opportunity lost. Great research went into The Avengers Files to incorporate all this great background information into one easy-to-follow-volume. Too bad this volume is not so easy to follow. This malady could have been easily fixed by putting all this info in an episode-by-episode format.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A muddled mess! (About a great TV show.) 1 Sep 2007
By Armchair Pundit - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If the format of this book was an experiment, then I'm afraid it's a failed experiment.
I was continually looking up the abbreveated storytitle code to find which episode Mr Pixley was referring to.
I may not be able to recommend this book, but I can recommend the following two.
If you want to learn more about the particular episodes in a more coherent style try Dave Rogers; "The Complete Avengers". Which is an excellent episode guide, even if some of the episode synopses are from shooting scripts, and not the televised version.
Or if you want a more Macnee centric one try; "The Avengers and me".
By Patrick Macnee and Dave Rogers.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Avengers 21 Aug 2013
By Jorge B Romero - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My favorite TV Show of all time. Lots and lots of pictures Very entertaining to read, looks great on my book shelf.
Thanks, Jorge
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Avengers Files: A Unique Perspective 29 Jan 2009
By Kimberly Sue Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
There are several Avengers books available to the average fan, but the problem is, they all read about the same. A synopsis of each episode, some background information, author's opinions etc. And that's fine for the most part, but quite frankly, how many episode synopsis does one need?

Then we have Andrew Pixley's The Avengers Files, a refreshingly new perspective of the series done with some tongue-in-cheek views. We definately get a synopsis of each episode, however, they are presented as "survelance videos". Steed and Company are presented as real people and we are given backgrounds into their "real lives".

For newer fans, this probably isn't a book to start with. Mr. Pixley uses abbrivations for episode titles and if you aren't familiar with the episodes themselves, it can be quite confusing. It's also not for the fan who takes the show too seriously as actual facts in regards to the characters, actors, writers, etc., are minimalized. Mr. Pixley does pique one's interest in where he gets some of his information on the characters, leaving the reader to want to find the comics, books, episodes and such for further reading.

Over all, this is a very fun book to read and is one of my favorites.
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