Strange Conflict Hardcover – 1 Aug 1966
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The Admiralty are completely stymied.........how is that secret information sent to the Atlantic convoys, is being sent to the Nazis? Over a Dinner with Sir Pellinore, de Richleau tries to explain that the spy maybe someone on the Astral Plane. Sir Pellinore laughs it off until de Richleau shows him a feat of White Magic. Sir Pellinore is a touch more ready to believe the Duke now.
So it is up to the Duke to go onto the Astral Plane and watch over the 'bags' of information that are sent to the Convoys. He eventually strikes lucky and comes across a rather nasty entity on the Astral Plane. This information is relayed to Sir Pellinore and of course to Richard, MarieLou, Simon and Rex. Before England for Haiti they are asked to take a young mute girl with them called Phillipa. She is to be dropped off supposedly in her home country of Jamaica.
The next step is to fly to Haiti where de Richleau has traced the entity to. They charter a plane but just as they are approaching Haiti, an unnatural storm starts up and Rex has to ditch the plane into the sea. There they remain marooned to broil in the blazing sun. Eventually they are rescued by a man called Dr. Saturday and taken to his house to recover from their ordeal. Rex, Simon and Richard are not with them.
Once there, de Richleau and Marie Lou immediately clear one of their bedrooms to make a pentacle. They dare not sleep because they could be attacked on the Astral Plane.
From here the story gets rather gruesome and all five of them are lucky to get away with their lives let alone their souls intact.
This was a new book to me as I had only ever read the more well known ones like The Satanist, To the Devil a Daughter and The Devil rides Out.
Wheatley has one thing wrong though.........the God Pan is not evil. He is a nature Deity and only does good.
Our heroes deliver a mighty blow to the Dark Side and it's a rollicking good read, although the lengthy descriptions of voodoo ceremonies become tedious (Wheatley not being a sufficiently interesting prose stylist to carry them off with panache) and the inevitably happy ending is abrupt -- almost 'with one bound Jack was free'.
This book is full of fascinating detail about Haitian voodoo practices and the submarine war in the Atlantic during WW2. Wheatley has a good knowledge of both - his service in British intelligence during WW2 clearly helps - and his style is precise and detailed. It might be considered a bit old fashioned today but he can spin a ripping yarn! Naturally, good triumphs over evil, but there's plenty of supernatural shenanigans before that happens!
A good read!
Theh I read strange conflict and I think it is wonderful
I've not read any other of Dennis Wheatley's books but I believe it'll be almost perfect.
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