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The Island of Sheep (Richard Hannay)

The Island of Sheep (Richard Hannay) [Kindle Edition]

John Buchan , Andrew Lownie
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'There is a message for modern politicians in his writing' --Ann Widdecombe

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'The narrative drive of his thrillers is unsurpassed' --Evening Standard

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A long-forgotten promise made by Richard Hannay finds him honour-bound to resolve a violent vendetta in which the lives of a young father and his daughter are in danger from desperate men. Hannay sets out on a high-octane chase from the rural tranquillity of his English manor to the Scottish Borders and, ultimately, to Scandinavia.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 450 KB
  • Print Length: 161 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1406823899
  • Publisher: Polygon; Reprint edition (25 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009751H2Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #180,755 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The mature Hannay, scared of old age 7 July 2001
The Island of Sheep is the last Hannay book and introduces the hero as settled in his home and in family life until the past comes back in the shape of Haraldsen and an old vow to his father. The action is much slower than previous Hannay tales and introduces the reader to new characters such as Peter John, Hannay's son, while reintroducing old friends such as Sandy and Geordie Hamilton and even a throw back to Peter Pienaar. After a chance encounter of the train, Hannay feels that he and his former friends have accepted the advance of age too easily and he is no longer at ease with the comfort his more mature years have brought. The development of the plot however shows that the old Hannay is still there as is the former drive of other acquaintances, something questioned by Hannay himself earlier on. The plot moves from haven to haven - from Hannay's haven, Fosse, to Sandy's, Laverlaw and finally to the dénouement on the Island of Sheep of the title, the persued Haraldsen's haven where he finally finds his inner-strength and is true to his ancestry. Thus the plot has two levels - an adventure stroy as to be expected of any Buchan novel featuring Hannay but also a more spiritual search for one's home as in the home of one's soul. "The Norlands are a spiritual place which you won't find on any map. Every man must discover his own Island of Sheep." Let's hope we all do ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars a buchan classic 18 Feb 2000
By A Customer
this book is up there with john macnab, which is, in my opinion the best book buchan ever wrote. this is a thriller of the highest quality, taking the reader back to a quieter time where life was more gentle. a very worthwhile read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars As good as John Macnab 16 Dec 2008
By Des OK
If you liked John Macnab then this book and its predessors are definetly worth reading. Clear concise old-style thrillers, one and all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Island of Sheep 1 Jun 2012
By Bacchus
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This is, without question one of the best written stories you could hope to read. The slower pace at first reflects the age of the protagonists but the action comes through. Hannay has all the qualities of a proper hero; tough, resilient, honest and committed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars shadows from the past 2 Mar 2012
By BobH
Shadows From the Past
This novel was read as part of `The Complete Richard Hannay` by John Buchan.
`The Island of Sheep' is one of the less well-known thrillers in the Richard Hannay series . The opening pages move slowly and may put you off but persevere and once you get to the account of the fight at Mfudi's kraal in Africa, the real origin of the plot, the pace picks up. Another factor to put you off MIGHT be the style of when it was written (1936). I know much of the writing appearing before 1939 distresses some of my fellow reviewers on Amazon but persist as the language hasn't changed that much - for myself I must admit to finding most 18th century literature a bit too much. Also Buchan employs the occasional word not in our usual vocabulary such as `apolaustic' - I tracked that down as meaning `pleasure-seeking'. So why use it? In the story there's a ridiculous example of trickery to assist the cause of the righteous and the usual coincidences which help the plot along.
So much for the negative points. Let's be more positive. You're in for a good thriller with the usual components. Here are some examples:
Rogues who are merely rascals: `.... I have seen him look as ugly as sin. The pale eyes became mean and shallow and hard, the rudimentary features somewhat less than human..... I dare say you've gathered don't much like Mr. Barralty.'
A rogue who plunges the depths of wickedness: `D'Ingraville wasn't likely to fling away such a trump card. He would use these helpless children to the limit as bargaining counters, and if I refused a deal, he would not be scrupulous about those counters.'
A damsel (albeit `a child') in need of being rescued : `Her hair had gold glints in it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Woolly About Hannay's Final Bow! 7 Jan 2012

`The Island of Sheep' (1936) is John Buchan's fifth and final novel detailing the adventures of his most famous hero, Richard Hannay, whose exploits began with the immortal `The Thirty Nine Steps' in 1915. Twenty one years later, Hannay is no longer the archetypal man-on-the-run. Now a blissfully happily married man and father of teenager, Peter John, he has effectively retired to his Oxfordshire home of Fosse. Nevertheless, his thirst for action lingers on. Indeed, it is a chance meeting with an old South African fellow-adventurer that kick starts the tale and sets the scene to prove that old habits die hard.

Structurally, `The Island of Sheep' is split into three separate books, each based in the home of a principal character - Hannay's Fosse, Sandy Arbuthnot's Scottish estate and finally, The Island of Sheep itself (based upon The Faroe Islands). The adventure's back story centres on a pledge made by Hannay and co. to a now-deceased business partner, Haraldsen, to protect his interests against unscrupulous enemies. A generation later, it is Haraldsen's son who approaches Hannay in desperate need of sanctuary as both Haraldeson and his daughter face blackmail, coercion and physical danger from the descendants of his father's enemies. Thus, the story revolves around Hannay and his comrades' efforts to liberate the younger Haraldsen from his pursuers.

Many overly-critical reviewers have dismissed `The Island of Sheep' as being a poor final bow for Richard Hannay. Its excessive length (especially compared to his wafer-thin debut) and more-rambling style have both come under fire. To a certain extent, these are valid points.
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