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At 18 years of age my father in law had applied to join the household cavalry, this was in 1936, he was sent papers to attend an examination in London.
He turned up expecting to fail the exam, as he was a country boy from Hampshire, son of a simple carter!
As he turned the paper over, to his surprise and delight, the exam was purely based on the Conan Doyle story of "Rodney Stone", a book he had read over and over again, as a boy and as a young man!
To cut the story short, he scored one of the highest pass marks of the time, and was ordered to retake the exam by the c.o. as no one had scored so highly, he did, and he scored equally as well, and was accepted into the life guards section of the household cavalry!
That aside, i read the book and was thouroughly enthralled by it, i had purchased an old copy which was printed in 1921, and read the thrilling and enthralling adventures of Rodney Stone, it takes a slice of history set during the peace of the Napoleonic wars.
There is a thrilling race from Brighton to London in carriages, and the fight descriptions literally hold no punches.
i am now in the process of discovering the written works of sherlock holmes, and reading through the language is still current.
I have no disappointments with this story it has everything that any modern novel has, it is just a shame that it hasnt been made into a film or tv series, GUY RITCHIE... take note, you have done a grand job with Sherlock, you now need to discover Rodney!
The book clearly shows the political beliefs of ACD, and his views of the war with the French of the early 1800s mirrors his views of the war with Germany in the early 1900s. There is also an interesting display of both the contrast and similarities between the values of the "Corinthians", the upper class dandies, and the men involved in a brutal contest of bare knuckle fighting.
The story moves along at a good pace and ACD has a way with words that makes the book easy to read and the characters develop nicely as the plot moves along. I enjoyed the book and would recommend it for downloading whilst it is free.
`Rodney Stone' (1896) is one of many "Historical Romances" penned by Arthur Conan Doyle betwixt his financially-lucrative, yet less personally fulfilling churning out of Sherlock Holmes adventures. Set at the start of the nineteenth century, `Rodney Stone' tells the story of its eponymous narrator (I struggle to use the word hero, given his limited impact upon plot developments) during the hiatus between Britain's conflict with Napoleonic France in 1802.
The story is ostensibly that of the relationship between two boys, Rodney and his childhood friend, Jim Harrison, the nephew of a blacksmith and once famed prize-fighter. However, as any reader of the book will discover, this is a woefully-malnourished summary of the tale which is part coming-of-age adventure, part `Gothic' murder-mystery, part historical biography and part sporting social commentary. As such, `Rodney Stone' as a whole is never as strong as its individually-brilliant component parts, and therefore fails to blend into a coherent novel (much like the similar `Uncle Bernac', which I have previously reviewed). It also suffers from having a strikingly uninspiring title that offers no inkling of its lurking treasures. Nevertheless, despite all this, it is a terrific read and a novel that is very difficult to put down.
The story begins and ends in Friars Oak near Brighton. Rodney is on the cusp of adulthood and shares an idyllic existence with his pal, `Boy Jim'. One night they break into the nearby deserted manor house, Cliffe Royale, and seemingly witness a ghostly apparition. Cliffe Royale was the scene of a mysterious murder fifteen years earlier and a number of clues as to the perpetrator are seemingly dangled in front of the reader.Read more ›