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For £2.25 it's got to be worth a try!,
This review is from: The Thirty-Nine Steps (Penguin Popular Classics) (Paperback)Which is exactly what I thought when I saw this. I'd missed the BBC's adaptation at Christmas (2008) but had thought it was just what I wanted when I found it in the bookshop.
And it was. One of the great things about reading adventure books set more than 20 years ago is that people don't solve their problems by getting their mobile phone out and calling someone. They actually have to rely on being rescued or finding their own way out of their dillema.
So this type of book, where our hero is literally on the run through the Scottish Highlands, has a much greater feeling of desperation and anxiousness about it than modern thrillers. I recently read all the 007 books and they are fantastic for exactly the same reason. It's likely James Bond would have not got into half as many scrapes if he'd been able to get to send Moneypenny an email from his BlackBerry.
If I'm honest I found the "reveal" a little bit dissappointing. I hoped the 39 steps would be something a lot more complicated and that it would be some deeply ludicrous code but, I guess, I've been reading too much Dan Brown.
Having said that, it does have political intrigue, a shadowy underground group pulling the strings and a chase that spans the length of the UK... so maybe it's not too far away after all!!
It's a really great book and it won't take you too long to read as it's possibly one of the thinnest books I've ever bought. So, even if you don't get on with it, then both the financial and time investment won't be too great. £2.25 and you could read it in a day... got to be worth a go, hasn't it?