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5.0 out of 5 stars The Saint Goes On !, 5 Jun 2014
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I just want to make a general appreciation of the fact that these wonderful books are back in print - with excellent introductions by crime writers and other enthusiasts. These books which are not sufficiently well known these days are up there with P G Wodehouse, better than James Bond and much better than almost anything else in their genre.

I know of many people who will tell you that their lives, attitudes and resilience have benefitted from an early acquaintance with Simon Templar. Well, now he's back for a new generation. The Saint Goes On !
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4.0 out of 5 stars More Saint to Love, 21 Jun 2013
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Mr. John Booth "John" (Reading) - See all my reviews
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It has always annoyed me how poorely SImon Templar has been served by television. If you have watched Roger Moore you haven't experienced the Saint. Read this book and find how brilliant this character really is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not yet the Saint most of us know, but enjoyable if read in context, 26 Jun 2014
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The Saint of the early books isn't the guy on television... in fact, if you met this Simon Templar today you'd find him intensely, annoyingly foppish. But that's the point. The Saint stories MUST be read in the context of their time: when Englishmen were surer of themselves and their place in the world. When respectable adults talked of people from other cultures disparagingly. When people with power and privilege were usually born to it.

Not always a pleasant world, but that's how it was - and it's the world this Saint inhabits. Saint 05 contains three novellas, each enjoyable and the last, "The Man who Could not Die", starting to show Templar's progression towards the less cartoony, more rounded character of the later books. So read this with your critical hat on: it's not great, but it's a great part of the overall story of this character's life. And the price doesn't break the bank.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Saint Saga Nº 05, 17 Jun 2013
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Paul Magnussen (Campbell, CA USA) - See all my reviews
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Three stories from the early days of the Saint. In "The Logical Adventure" he deals in a pretty unequivocal way with a ring of (what used to be called) white slavers. "The Wonderful War" sees Simon planning and executing a bloodless revolution to overthrow a corrupt Latin American government, and in "The Man Who Could Not Die" he avenges the murder of a friend.

But although this is the fifth book in the Saint Saga, the exact chronology seems to be more involved.

The second story refers to events in the first, and is therefore later. But in that second story, the Saint still has his little throwing-knife Anna, which he loses in The Last Hero, the third book in the series.

On the other hand, in the last story Teal refers to Simon's Royal Pardon, which he gets at the end of the fourth book, Knight Templar. This is a strange, intense story, featuring a moody and irresponsible Saint; and I don't like it much, which is the reason for four stars instead of five.

Otherwise, vintage stuff from Charteris, whose excellent grasp of idiomatic Spanish stands him in good stead.

(Incidentally, those who view the Author's portrayal of Latin Americans with disfavour may be interested to know that he had previously written a book [The Bandit] with a Latin American hero. Probably not coincidentally, the Saint himself later [in "The Inland Revenue"] writes such a book. Could the outraged letter Simon receives in response be based on — perhaps even be taken taken verbatim from — one Charteris received?)

P.S. For a list of all Charteris's Saint books (in two sections, because of length limitations) see my Listmanias.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 8 Oct 2014
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Tracey Ann Tozer (united kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Love the book
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