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on 4 June 2014
I think this was the second Saint book I read, many a long year ago. If it wasn't quite as enjoyable as the first I encountered (Saint Overboard), it nevertheless ran it close. There's seafaring stuff -- I just loved it whenever the Saint climbed aboard some villain's luxurious yacht -- as in the earlier book, but there's also a remarkable depiction of the Florida Everglades. The Saint's race against time through those dangerous swamplands at the climax of the novel is highly memorable. I recall also being shocked as a boy by one or two "rude bits" -- the Saint encounters nude women in a sleazy nightclub! Of course, it was written in 1940, but it still packed a series of punches for me decades later.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 27 October 2011
This full-length Saint adventure, although published in 1941, appears to be set just before the outbreak of war in Europe; it seems unlikely that Simon, Pat and Peter would be idling about on a Florida beach otherwise, even in response to an appeal for help.

This is thus the last of the pre-war Saint stories, the last where the Saint is still clearly British and not a naturalised American, and, perhaps not coincidentally, the last before the quality starts dropping through the floor and the plots (with a few exceptions) become formulaic.

Nonetheless, Nazis and pro-Nazis are the villains of this one, which also features our old friend Hoppy Uniatz, in fine form. The incidental details of Florida, the Everglades and their denizens seem to my uninformed judgment totally convincing, and a friend of mine considers this possibly the best Saint story.

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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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 22 December 2008
This full-length Saint adventure, although published in 1941, appears to be set just before the outbreak of war in Europe; it seems unlikely that Simon, Pat and Peter would be idling about on a Florida beach otherwise, even in response to an appeal for help.

This is thus the last of the pre-war Saint stories, the last where the Saint is still clearly British and not a naturalised American, and, perhaps not coincidentally, the last before the quality starts dropping through the floor and the plots (with a few exceptions) become formulaic.

Nonetheless, Nazis and pro-Nazis are the villains of this one, which also features our old friend Hoppy Uniatz, in fine form. The incidental details of Florida, the Everglades and their denizens seem to my uninformed judgment totally convincing, and a friend of mine considers this possibly the best Saint story.

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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on 23 August 2015
A good read.
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