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The Corners of the Globe: (The Wide World - James Maxted 2) [Kindle Edition]

Robert Goddard
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Spring, 1919. James ‘Max’ Maxted, former Great War flying ace, returns to the trail of murder and treachery he set out on in The Ways of the World. He left Paris after avenging the murder of his father, Sir Henry Maxted, convinced the only man who knows about the mysterious events leading up to Sir Henry’s death is elusive German spymaster, Fritz Lemmer.

To find out more, he enlists in Lemmer’s network under false colours and is despatched to the Orkney Isles, where the German High Seas Fleet has been interned in Scapa Flow. His mission: to recover a document secreted aboard one of the German battleships. But the information it contains is so explosive Max is forced to break cover and embark on a desperate and dangerous race south, pursued by men happy to kill him to recover the document.

The breathless chase will take Max from the far north of Scotland to London and on to Paris, where the world’s governments are still bartering over the spoils in the aftermath of the Great War. The stakes could not be higher. It is life and death for all concerned.

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"The master of the triple double-cross" (The Times)

"A compelling storyteller of our time" (Sunday Telegraph)

"A conjurer...nothing can stop him" (Guardian)

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A thrilling mix of espionage, treachery and murder set in the aftermath of the First World War from the master of the triple-cross

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1392 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0593069757
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (3 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593069757
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593069752
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,156 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Robert Goddard was born in Hampshire. He read History at Cambridge and worked as an educational administrator in Devon before becoming a full-time novelist. He is the author of many bestselling novels, including Into the Blue which won the first WH Smith Thumping Good Read Award and was dramatized for TV in 1997, starring John Thaw.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
By Mike
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've been a fan of Robert Goddard for quite a while, and even though his books are mystery/thrillers with a reveal/twist at the end I can read them again and again. I love his story telling and the journey of his novels as much as the final destination.

I was a bit disappointed with the ending of the first part of this trilogy - largely because I didn't realise it was a trilogy at the time, so when it came to the cliff hangar ending I felt a bit disappointed, even cheated. However with this book, it was always clear that it was part two of the trilogy so the cliff hangar ending was not a surprise, but expected.

The story cracks along at a savage pace, and that is where the problem with this book lies. Frankly the pace of the storyline has become manic - like a movie director trying to get 3 hours of plot into a two hour film. The plot is intense and convoluted (which is fine) - but it needs a lot more room to breathe - accidentally skim read a paragraph and you could end up lost.

I like these characters, I like the plot, and I can't wait for the story to resolve with the final part of the trilogy. There are some howling coincidences - but they are forgivable, even necessary, in this genre of novel.

Still, it is way better than much of the other stuff you will find out there, but please let the final part of the trilogy be more like a solid and engrossing build up to huge crescendo, rather than the high speed antics of the closing credits of the Benny Hill Show.

However, the proof of the pudding is that I can't wait to get hold of the final part of the trilogy - please don't keep us waiting too long for it !
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
With the Great War over, the powers of the world assemble in Paris to decide on terms for victors and vanquished. While diplomats and ministers meet to discuss terms, agents and spies work to their masters' agendas, dealing in secrets, hiding sins, removing obstacles. Circumstances, though, have made a spy of James Maxted, known to most as Max. With his father Sir Henry murdered, found in Paris at the end of a steep drop, Max is after answers and vengeance. The more Max learns, the deeper he descends into a most perilous world. The cost of peace is immense and no-one knows this better than Max, the man who survived years as a pilot and then a prisoner of war.

The Corners of the Globe is the second in Robert Goddard's historical spy thriller series, begun so well with last year's The Ways of the World. There is no pause from the previous novel. Max is now determined on his course of action. His father's death might be less of a mystery now, proven to be murder and not suicide, but Max knows that Sir Henry's killer was just one small cog in a wheel that surrounds Paris. Vengeance on the murderer is not enough. Max is after the leaders and to take them on he plays a very dangerous game indeed.

As the novel begins, Max is on a `mission' for Germany's chief spymaster, to travel to Orkney to rescue a document from the interred German fleet. It contains secrets so powerful they can draw out spies from the shadows. As British and German agents search for Max, the British secret service is in danger of collapsing from the inside out, its double agents making themselves known in the desperate scramble for the document.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the Goddard of old! 24 July 2014
By kirenzi
I'm a huge Goddard fan. Since reading Into The Blue during the summer when it won the Thumping Good Read award, I have read all his books, some several times. I'd rank him as my favourite author, bar none.

But ...

... I struggled to get through this one. I'd pick it up, but even after a couple of paragraphs, I'd find my mind wandering. It's a spy story, and when compared with other novels in this genre, there is nothing much wrong with it, hence the 3 stars. A load of blokes go round annihilating each other. Characters are introduced and killed in short order. No matter, plenty more where they came from. There is no emotional depth at all, not much in the way of back stories, no reason for you to care what happens. Maxted (the central protagonist) asks someone to do something. Moments later, they are dead. Does this give him pause for thought, a moment of regret? Nope!

Anyone who knows (and loves) the Goddard of Past Caring, In Pale Battalions, Beyond Recall, Hand In Glove, or Painting The Darkness (to name but a few examples), will know that he is capable of writing books with cracking story lines, full of mystery and intrigue and twists and turns, but where you care about the characters. Where their stories stay with you for years. Where you reread and feel as though you are meeting old friends. Where you are grabbed from the first paragraph and held till the last page. Oh how I long for another Goddard novel with these attributes. Oh how I miss the enjoyment of a first read of such quality. Oh how I mourn the change of style and the loss of depth and my subsequent lack of engagement.

Will I read the next installment? I will, borrowed from the library. I doubt I'll be able to remember anything about it within a day or so of finishing it. But, for old time's sake, I'll give it a go.
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2.0 out of 5 stars unfocused
Although not a page turner this book seems to demonstrate that the author lacks the confidence to tell his readers anything but the thinnest of story line. Read more
Published 5 days ago by J. Whetsel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
really enjoyed it.
Published 12 days ago by Geoffrey Hodges
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
I am enjoying these James Maxted series but I wish the third was available while the plot is still fresh in my head.
Published 12 days ago by Ms. Sonia Boulden
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Published 15 days ago by Carol C
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Can't Wait For The Next One.
Published 22 days ago by Big A.
4.0 out of 5 stars Try and put i down
Gets off to a fast start and you need to concentrate to keep up. A lot of the plot is unbelievable but it is a novel and I enjoyed it from start to finish. Read more
Published 24 days ago by William T.
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a good idea to leave a lot of time between reading ...
The second book in the trilogy. Not a good idea to leave a lot of time between reading these exciting editions as you forget the thread of the plot and the final book is not... Read more
Published 28 days ago by tezzat
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An extremely good book. Well written.
Published 29 days ago by Margaret
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
My Husband read these stories
Published 1 month ago by Ann Denny
5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Goddard is in the first Tranche of suspense thriller writers.
Part two of a trilogy.. Goddard is a brilliant writer of suspense thrillers. Haven't finished reading this book yet but so far it follows the same pattern as part one. Read more
Published 1 month ago by emsea
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