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Rogue Male (Isis Large Print Fiction)

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  • Hardcover: 229 pages
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers; Large Print edition edition (Jan. 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1850890145
  • ISBN-13: 978-1850890140
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,842,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nail-biting, boldly plotted... A mesmeric climax anticipates post-war existential fiction. By any standards: a masterpiece (INDEPENDENT)

We are in classic British adventure thriller territory - think Buchan - with an upper-class Englishman showing his stiff upper lip to best effect... A page-turner if ever there was one! (GOOD BOOK GUIDE)

The book... has lost none of its appeal as a tale of survival against the heaviest of odds (DAILY MAIL)

Rogue Male is probably the most famous chase thriller ever, influencing an entire generation from Frederick Forsyth to Lee Child (CATHOLIC HERALD)

This is a completely terrific read, a perfect example of its kind and one we'd recommend to lovers of classic thrillers (EASTERN DAILY PRESS) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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One of the classic hunted-man thrillers of the 20th century --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I came to this book through two rather different directions - firstly through the writings of Robert Macfarlane and secondly (but prompted by the first) as a memory of a film I had seen as a kid, many, many years ago.

In some ways I am glad I had these introductions to this book, because without them I doubt I would have ever read this rather splendid book.

Set in an England that was sleep walking into war, the central character - The Rouge Male - is captured pointing a hunting rifle at the leader of a country who bears more than a passing resemblance to Hitler. He is tortured and a plan hatched to dispose of his body. This plan fails and he escapes to England.

Now, should you be worried I have given away too much of the plot, most of what I have described occurs in the first ten pages.

The book does not continue at this rapid pace, and in fact slows to a detailed meander. However, it never becomes dull. In fact the detail allows for the painting of the other central character in the book - the Dorset countryside.

This is a book of very many layers - some simple, like the game of cat and mouse between the hunter and the hunted, some less simple like the growing relationship between two hunters and how the death of one gives life to another. But between and inside all of these themes is the English countryside - a place where you can hide, a place where you can escape and (possibly most importantly) a place that can defeat an "alien" force.

It's a cracking read that I recommend rather highly.

(On a different note I liked the fact that Robert Macfarlane, who wrote a new introduction to the story had the decency to tell you to stop reading his words and read the novel instead.)
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Like another reviewer, I came to this book following Robert Mcfarlane's "Holloway". I half expected that this 1939 novel would be dated and slow, but was pleasantly surprised at its pace. An elongated Easter train journey seemed to fly by whilst I read the book, and anyone who wants a gripping read (a la "39 Steps", "Don't Look Back" or classic film noir) which contextualises the reasons behind Robert Mcfarlane's "Holloway" should enjoy this book.
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Rogue Male is the one book that I keep on coming back to - and each time I marvel at its perfection. It is perfectly written-not a word wasted. Intelligently formed,fascinating and containing a hidden depth that only becomes evident on repeat readings. Ladies and Gentlemen Rogue Male is the greatest thriller ever written. One of my all-time favoutite books and the one I would take to a desert Island and the one that I wish I had the writing skills to equal.

Rogue Male tells the story of a British Sportsman/Hunter who dares to attempt the perfect stalk - the assassination of a European dictator. Though never named (neither suspected hero assassin or potential victim)the European dictator is most likely to be Adolf Hitler. Captured,tortured and left for dead, the unamed hero must escape almost certain death and make his way back to England. Barely able to walk, his face disfigured and hands barely usable, this will be an almost impossible task - the odds overwhelming. Our hero's basic survival instincts come into play and in so many ways civilised man has to give way to the beast lurking within in order to survive.

For a relativlely short book. Rogue Male is epic in scope - covering escape across Europe and search and evasion in London and the English countryside. The hero is resourceful,intelligent and shrewd. He is moral and speaks with integrity. He is pushed to the limits but though he can only survive by trusting his inate animal instincts he nonetheless retains his humanity and re-discovers his true sense of purpose.

When I read this book as a teenager I initially found it slow and had to read the first 5-10 pages a few times to get into it.
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One of the very best thrillers ever written. On a higher plane than almost every modern yarn. The story draws you in from the start, and when the action switchers to England, it gets even better. Very few adventure stories have ever been this good. This particular edition by The Folio Society is fabulous, the illustrations complement the story to perfection.
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Excellent plot tht spns the decades and still holds the reader today.
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In my opinion the best thriller ever written!
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By Chunky Monkey TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Dec. 2015
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Book arrived in perfect condition. Very cheap price. Great little old-school, classic read. First person account of a hunter turned hunted......
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One of my favourite stories of all time - a book that gets better with each re-reading. A 'Boys Own' story in terms of plot but a closer/re-reading reveals an intensely psychological aspect. Inspiration for Fritz Langs film 'Man Hunt', Rogue Male provides the kind of story line Alfred Hitchcock would have loved!
Rogue Male tells the story of an anonymous English Aristocrat who is accused of trying to assasinate an European Dictator - he is captured, tortured - but incredibly survives. There then emerges a classic story of escape with hunter becoming the hunted. From Europe to the south of England the hero is literally forced to go to ground as his nemesis Major Quive-Smith gets closer and closer...
I love it! Just writing this review makes me want to read it again. This is a must try book which in my opinion, surpasses The 39 Steps.
Trying to be balanced,I have read reviews where critics find the plotting sometimes stretches the imagination a bit too much and some people are annoyed by the central character's aristocratic tendencies - but personally I disagree /don't care respectfully.
This book is a forgotten classic and a must read for anyone who enjoys Escape and Survival Stories. Give it a try!
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