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A cracking good read,
This review is from: Tales of Daring and Danger (Paperback)George Alfred Henty (1832-1902) is largely forgotten today, but prior to World War II he had many young fans of his adventure books. Muscular fiction at its exciting best, Henty's stories follow a brave and upright young man through a series of adventures during great historical happenings (usually great happenings of British history). This book is a collection of five of Henty's short stories, ranging the world from India to China to the wilds of the California Gold Rush. Exciting stories from another era, this book is a cracking good read. I highly recommend it to you!
In case you are interested, the five stories are:
Bears and Dacoits - When his young niece disparages the size of the bears of India, Colonel Hastings spins out a tale of one of his hunting expeditions. It seems that not only are the bears dangerous, but so are the brigands who haunt the same hills.
The Paternosters - Young Tom Virtue is proud of his yacht, and when a storm begins to brew, he puts his passengers aboard a steamer and sets out to weather the storm at sea. But, there is an adventure heading towards all of them.
A Pipe of Mystery - When the children ask the old Colonel for a ghost story, he instead tells them a story of second sight. It seems that in rescuing a fakir, the Colonel was given a view of the future, one of mutinying sepoys...
White-Faced Dick - It's 1849, and the Gold Rush is on. But among all of the tough and pitiless man there walks a boy with a heart of gold, White-faced Dick.
A Brush With The Chinese - With Britain at War with the Chinese, H.M.S Perseus is looking for pirates. When chance for action comes, Percy Adcock, the youngest of the lads on the ship, stows aboard a rowboat, so he can have a part in the excitement. However, before he knows it, Percy finds himself experiencing more excitement than he ever wanted.