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The Ways of the World: (The Wide World - James Maxted 1)

The Ways of the World: (The Wide World - James Maxted 1) [Kindle Edition]

Robert Goddard
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A thrilling espionage story set in Paris after the First World War, full of classic Goddard double crosses and triple twists

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1919. The eyes of the world are on Paris, where statesmen, diplomats and politicians have gathered to discuss the fate of half the world's nations in the aftermath of the cataclysm that was the Great War. A horde of journalists, spies and opportunists have also gathered in the city and the last thing the British diplomatic community needs at such a time is the mysterious death of a senior member of their delegation. So, when Sir Henry Maxted falls from the roof of his mistress's apartment building in unexplained circumstances, their first instinct is to suppress all suspicious aspects of the event.

But Sir Henry's son, ex Royal Flying Corps ace James 'Max' Maxted, has other ideas. He resolves to find out how and why his father died - even if this means disturbing the impression of harmonious calm which the negotiating teams have worked so hard to maintain. In a city where countries are jostling for position at the crossroads of history and the stakes could hardly be higher, it is difficult to tell who is a friend and who a foe.And Max will soon discover just how much he needs friends, as his search for the truth sucks him into the dark heart of a seemingly impenetrable mystery.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2184 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (4 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CJES50C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #862 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another page turner from Robert Goddard 13 Aug 2013
By suec
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I always enjoy books by this author, even though they often follow a similar format. There are always twists and turns and I am usually surprised by the final outcome. This time I was totally unsure what the ending would be and VERY surprised at the end to find the words "to be continued"! He has not done that before! What I want to know now is - when is the sequel coming out please?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So disappointing 16 Mar 2014
Robert Goddard has been my favourite author since I discovered his work 20 years ago and have eagerly anticipated each new publication. I struggled with The Ways of the World and have been unable to finish it (which is a first). The story did not grip me, the characters didn't come to life and the story was just boring!
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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Deeply Unsatisfying 6 Aug 2013
I never thought I would feel cheated by a Robert Goddard novel, but "The Ways of the World" has left a nasty aftertaste, or sensation akin to being duped by a second-hand car dealer. I am not surprised that the cover price has been slashed by almost a third only a couple of weeks after launch. How on earth can any writer consider writing what was developing into an outstanding mystery - and then not bothering to finish it?
I have seen many unusual constructions in my literary experiences, but to effectively tail off mid-chapter and be faced with "To be continued" did come as something of a suprise, to say the least. If this was intended from the start to require a sequel, or be a part of a trilogy, why on earth was that not made clear from the start? And even writers who adopt that practise usually ensure that each separately sold segment had self-contained plots but developed continuous themes.
There is no doubt "Ways of the World" was developing into one of Goddard's best-yet mysteries, with sufficient uncertainty, duplicity and historical ambiguity to keep readers gripped. But to pull the rug out at the very end will ensure I have absolutely no desire to pay another hefty price to find out what Goddard should have delivered for my original investment. It's a great pity that having read all his previous novels our relationship should have to end like this.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Why no warning? 26 July 2013
I am a great fan of Robert Goddard & to date have read all his books. Ways of the World was a great read BUT why was there no indication at all that this book is only Part 1. Had I known I would have waited until all part(s) were available to read. This book would normally warrant a 5* star rating, but the aforementioned disappointment/frustration takes it to 3*. Presumably it is the fault of the publishers?
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ways of the World 12 Aug 2013
By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
"The world turns on a sixpence. Nothing can be foretold. Certainty lies only in the actual."

I've read a few of Goddard's books over the years, and always thoroughly enjoyed them. I was very intrigued by the setting of this book, in Paris in 1919 where statesmen, diplomats and politicans are gathered at the Peace Conference to discuss the future of Europe and the wider world in the aftermath of the Great War. James Maxted is looking to the future after the War, preparing to set up a flying school, convinced that the air was the future. But abruptly, his plans change, when his father Sir Henry Maxted is killed in an accident.

This is a fantastic spy thriller from early twentieth-century Paris and London; full of action, mayhem, intrigue, double-crossing and more. Cryptic notes, untrustworthy allies, pasts which are now haunting their owners. Absolutely fantastic with non-stop action but characters that are drawn brilliantly and which leap off the page for the reader.

I am surprised that some reviewers have complained that this book offers a sequel. Books do not suffer in and of themselves if they are sufficiently fully populated as to allow a sequel to continue the longer narrative. For this book, in itself, it offers a neat ending to the initial part of the story, so there is no need to read any sequel if you cannot bring yourself to do so. For my part, I cannot wait for the next instalment of Max's journey to find out the secrets that his father appears to have lived by, and to find his own path in the post-War world. Brilliant stuff.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goddard at his best 7 July 2013
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I ordered Robert Goddard's latest book on the day of publication (Thursday), it arrived Friday and I began reading it that evening. I finished it 24 hours later. It's been a while since I've been gripped to read a book that quickly. The shorter chapters certainly helped - in fact, they're not even numbered as chapters - the scene ends and a new scene begins on a new page - and as a result, the story hurls along at a cracking pace. I believe this is the first of a trilogy, and when I learned of this I was concerned. (Having just watched the film version of The Hobbit, where the first part just stops, I was worried Goddard might do the same.) I needn't have worried, though. This book neatly resolves the main quest, and then sets the scene for the questions that need answering in part 2. Brilliant.

The only downside to reading the book so quickly is that I now ave longer to wait until part 2 is published!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tedious 9 Aug 2013
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I slogged through this to discover on the laser page to be continued - have been a great fan in the past but I don't think I'll bother with the sequel. A disappointing holiday read!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant read!!!
As always, Robert Goddard keeps me totally involved. I love every twist and turn. I have just reread it before reading The Corners of the Globe.
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Fab as usual
Published 6 days ago by LindyLou
5.0 out of 5 stars Different but a really good read!
Bit different from the normal Robert Goddard but really enjoyed the book. Downloaded the next one in the series at 10 mins. past midnight on the 3rd. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Mrs. Elizabeth Gallimore
5.0 out of 5 stars this was a great story, well told
As always with Robert Goddard, this was a great story, well told. Very involving
Published 7 days ago by PaulaP
4.0 out of 5 stars First class political skulduggery
A little piece of big history engagingly brought to life through some colourful characterisation. Next one please before history repeats itself.
Published 9 days ago by Kathy Hammond
4.0 out of 5 stars Am never disappointed by Mr Goddard's appreciable talents as a...
Am never disappointed by Mr Goddard's appreciable talents as a novelist. He is a superb story teller and the book is great entertainment.
Published 10 days ago by Mrs. J. E. Gorman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book - I love Robert Goddard stories
Great book - I love Robert Goddard stories! Condition ok, considering it was an ex library book. Looking forward to reading the sequel.
Published 11 days ago by susanna
5.0 out of 5 stars Ways of the world
Good read. I have read all the Robert Goddard books. This is his first series.Can't wait for the next book.
Published 14 days ago by Chris PR
5.0 out of 5 stars I Spy a Hit!
I have read all of Robert Goddard's previous novels and have to say that this is probably his best work to date. Read more
Published 18 days ago by 1fcscout
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