Three Hostages (Wordsworth Classics) Paperback – 1 Jun 1995
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'Buchan showed the way. His pace and drive always spelled adventure, always writ large' --Graham Greene
'Buchan was a major influence on my work' Alfred Hitchcock talking to François Truffaut --Alfred Hitchcock talking to François Truffaut
'The Hannay books are . . . about penetration of the enemy, about lonely escape and wild journeys, about the thin veneer that stands between civilisation and barbarism even in the most elegant drawing-room in London' --Robin W Winks --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
John Buchan, was a Scottish novelist, historian and Unionist politician. He spent most of his time on his writing career, notably writing The Thirty-Nine Steps, a spy-thriller set just prior to World War I and other adventure fiction. Some of his most famous novels Greenmantle, The Thirty-Nine Steps, Mr. Standfast, Prester John, Huntingtower, and The Half-Hearted are considered as all time best adventure novels. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
`The Three Hostages' (1924) is the fourth of John Buchan's five tales involving his hero and adventurer, Richard Hannay. Following on from the author's now signature-tale, `The Thirty Nine Steps' (1915) and its two sequels, `Greenmantle' (1916) and `Mr Standfast' (1918), `The Three Hostages' has three very tough acts to follow. The opening trilogy of Hannay novels is a genuine collection of classic thrillers from the first quarter of the 20th century and, with the causes and events of The Great War its theme, provided thrills-and-spills in an era of tremendous uncertainty and tension.
In many ways, `The Three Hostages' cannot fail to fall short of its predecessors. The story re-introduces the reader to an older Richard Hannay, married and the father of a young son, living on a country estate. Our hero is pulled out of retirement by his old comrade, Bullivant, asking him to help track down three missing persons: "the daughter of the richest man in the world, the heir of our greatest dukedom, [and] the only child of a national hero." After much deliberation, Hannay accepts the case and so begins the search for the missing three.
In accepting his mission, for much of the novel, Hannay plays the part of the hunter, rather than (as was so perfectly done in his first adventure) the hunted. His quest leads him to become entangled with the seemingly-perfect London MP, Dominick Medina, whose charming façade disguises a malevolent and hypnotic control over his fellow man. It is to the book's credit that Medina is undoubtedly one of Buchan's most memorable villains.Read more ›
However many the themes are dated today - but they do give readers a glimpse into the world and thoughts of the high Tory of the 1920-1940's that John Buchan was.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the fourth of Buchan’s ‘Richard Hannay novels’. The third in the series was Buchan at his best and worst. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Stewart Robertson
This is very different from some of the previous Hannay novels in that it is an interesting attempt at examining the psychology of a ‘thoroughly bad lot’. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Spanish Flyer
It was of its time, and the times in which Buchan lived were very different from the early 21st century. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kilrymont