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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books (19 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444766341
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444766349
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 747,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Saint is back - the thirty-five original books starring the debonair classic crime hero are being republished in print and ebook with new introductions and extra content.

About the Author

Leslie Charteris was born in Singapore and moved to England in 1919. He left Cambridge University early when his first novel was accepted for publication. He wrote novels about the Saint throughout his life, becoming one of the 20th century`s most prolific and popular authors.


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For those unused to Charteris or the phenomenon of "The Saint", it is an unexpected pleasure to pick up a book written so long ago (1945) and find it so readable.
There are two stories here: "The Black Market" and "The Sizzling Saboteur", both based in wartime America.
Although very occasional parts of the writing do appear slightly dated, the plots and characterisations are sophisticated yet not belaboured. There are very very funny moments, and points of real suspense. Charteris must be one of the most under-estimated authors : some of the "Saint" books are absolute classics (such as "The Saint's Getaway" and "The Saint and Scotland Yard"), and Charteris never repeats a plot-line.
Whilst this isn't up on the level of those other books mentioned, this is certainly worth the read.
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By Paul Magnussen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 July 2013
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This 1945 opus finds the Saint battling black-marketeers and Nazi saboteurs.

The catastrophic slide in quality that started with The Saint Goes West continues. In dismal contrast to early classics like The Last Hero, "The Saint On Guard" is both preachy and leaden; the plots of the two stories here are formulaic and drearily predictable; and the villains are straight from Central Casting. The old friends are all absent; but this may be a good thing, considering the procrustean torturing of Iron John Fernack (from The Saint in New York) into the pathetic Teal-substitute of "The Black Market". And whoever invented Olga Ivanovitch the Beautiful Russian Spy clearly had a much shakier grasp of Russian than Charteris had of French, German and Spanish.

A very few passages show the old Charteris touch, in particular the near-breaches of the Fourth Wall that started right at the beginning with Meet the Tiger. For instance Simon, explaining the iridium black market to Fernack, remarks:

"You make us remind me of the opening characters in a bad play, carefully telling each other what it's all about so that the audience can get the idea too."

But by and large, for hard-core Saint aficionados only.

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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Arrived quickly. It is my husband that orders the saint books, he is always pleased with them and enjoys reading them
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8f154b10) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
HASH(0x8f156e34) out of 5 stars Saint Saga #25 15 July 2007
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Format: Hardcover
This 1945 opus finds the Saint battling black-marketeers and Nazi saboteurs.

The catastrophic slide in quality that started with The Saint Goes West continues. In dismal contrast to early classics like The Last Hero, "The Saint On Guard" is both preachy and leaden; the plots of the two stories here are formulaic and drearily predictable; and the villains are straight from Central Casting. The old friends are all absent; but this may be a good thing, considering the procrustean torturing of Iron John Fernack (from The Saint in New York) into the pathetic Teal-substitute of "The Black Market". And whoever invented Olga Ivanovitch the Beautiful Russian Spy clearly had a much shakier grasp of Russian than Charteris had of French, German and Spanish.

A very few passages show the old Charteris touch, in particular the near-breaches of the Fourth Wall that started right at the beginning with Meet the Tiger. For instance Simon, explaining the iridium black market to Fernack, remarks:

"You make us remind me of the opening characters in a bad play, carefully telling each other what it's all about so that the audience can get the idea too."

But by and large, for hard-core Saint aficionados only.

P.S. For a list of all Charteris's Saint books, look up "Simon Templar" (section "The Saint book series") on Wikipedia.
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HASH(0x8f6903d8) out of 5 stars Another great one 4 Aug. 2015
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This book is just as enjoyable as the other books in the series. I heartily recommend it to anyone who is a fan of The Saint.
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