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5.0 out of 5 stars The Thirty-Nine Steps: John Buchan - A `shocker', but in a good way!
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Written in 1915 as he convalesced, The Thirty Nine Steps was the first of what John Buchan called his `shockers', or adventure stories.

Set in the months preceding the outbreak of the first world war, the novel introduces us to Buchan's enduring hero, Richard Hannay. Coming home one night he finds a...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Thirty-Nine Steps: John Buchan - A `shocker', but in a good way!, 9 July 2013
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Written in 1915 as he convalesced, The Thirty Nine Steps was the first of what John Buchan called his `shockers', or adventure stories.

Set in the months preceding the outbreak of the first world war, the novel introduces us to Buchan's enduring hero, Richard Hannay. Coming home one night he finds a mysterious man on his doorstep asking for his help. Being an adventurer and recognising someonein true need he lets him in. This leads to a whole series of adventures as the mysterious man is murdered and Hannay finds himself on the run from the murderers (who fear what he knows) and the police. Buchan then writes a brilliant story of a cat and mouse chase across the highlands of Scotland, as Hannay fights to remain free of capture by either side, and tries to work out just what is at the heart of it all. That particular mystery leads him to a deep plot that strikes at the very security of the county, breathtaking in its magnitude.

It's a classic piece, and we really get to know (and like) Hannay. OK, so a lot of the time he has extraordinary luck as well as his wits (a room the villains lock him in just happens to contain a handy store of torches and explosives...) but the adventure is so full of charm, and the stakes so high and the story so exciting that you can forgive its few shortcomings. It's a classic, no, THE classic adventure story of one man on the run fighting against all the odds. 4 sequels were to follow featuring Hannay, and many authors attempted to copy the style, but no one ever really matched the verve, vigour and excitement of the original. 5 stars all round.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AN EARLY 20TH CENTURY CLASSIC, 11 Dec. 2013
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I have to admit I have never read The 39 Steps before. I have seen the films, most notably the one starring Kenneth More. This is a classic novel of derring-do and gung ho bravery. John Buchan has written a classic page turner. His descriptions of the geography of the Scotland are spot on, and convey all the desperate actions that Richard Hannay has to undertake to evade his pursuer's, both legal and illegal. The ending is different than the film, and I kept wondering as the number of pages diminished when he was going to set off for Big Ben,the 39 steps being the number up steps to the bell.
This novel incorporates all that you would want in a story -deception, intrigue, political manoeuvring, disguise and chases.Still a good and entertaining read in 2013.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 4 Sept. 2014
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