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Strange Conflict Hardcover – 1 Aug 1966

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  • Hardcover: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Hutchinson; Lymington e. edition (Aug. 1966)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0090435311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0090435319
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 11.9 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,324,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When an old friend asks the Duc de Richleau to look into how Nazi U Boats seem to know exactly where and when supply convoys in the Atlantic will be he discovers that evil occult forces are at work. The Duc and his companions discover that a Voodoo adept from Haiti is travelling on the Astral Plane to gain information regarding the convoys. Now the Duc and his friends must confront their powerful foe not only on the Physical Plane but on the Astral as well. The Duc must also pit his wits against the "Great God Pan" after he is summoned by voodoo ritual. Brilliant !
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By Pyewacket TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Nov. 2013
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in this brilliant story of espionage and Voodoo set during the Second World War.

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.
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I first read Strange Conflict in my teens some forty years ago. Even then, I could see that it was snobbish, racist and badly written, but my it was fun. Oddly, there is little sexism, perhaps because Wheatley's creed of reincarnation means that his characters have all lived past lives as both men and women. It brings the heroes of The Devil Rides Out (didn't they spend that novel preventing another world war? That didn't last long!) up against the minions of Hitler and, since it was published in 1941, Wheatley could not know the outcome of that war.

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'.
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My parents were both Dennis Wheatley fans so I was brought up surrounded by his books. I found the "Black Magic" ones particularly fascinating and think this one s second only to "The Devil Rides Out" in my opinion his best.

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!
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This book should come with a warning. Some of the language and sentiments, particularly regards race, are quite uncomfortable. But if you can accept that as being writing of its time and put up with an ongoing theme of jolly upper class frolics (it reads at times like an adult Enid Blighton Famous Five book) you'll enjoy a fast moving tale full of mystery, danger and excitement. I was going to give it three stars, but the fact that it is such a compelling read (very hard to put down - which is always a test of a good read) gets it an extra star.
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I first read the haunting of Toby Jugg and felt I it was sensational.
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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I read Dennis Wheatley first during the 60's And Loved his books. This book 'Strange Conflict 'was amongst my many favourites. Re-reading the entire collection has been a great pleasure. Imaginative writing soundly based on his personnel expirences during both world wars. He is probably best known for his tales of the occult , as in 'The Devil Rides Out 'always a favourite , 'The Ka of Gifford Hilary' great story . They Found Atlantis' another great adventure.I am about to settle down on a rainy Saturday afternoon with a cup of tea with biscuits ! And my choice of the day is The Golden Spaniard a tale of tthe Spanish Revolution.
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