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Full of action and adventure
on 7 October 2013
The novel follows on from Richard Hannay's adventure uncovering a spy plot in The 39 steps. Richard is now an army Major and seasoned veteran in France in World War 1. Injured and consigned to blighty he recovers and receives a request to present himself at he War Office. He is surprised to find that this meeting is not to receive papers to rejoin his regiment but a request to undertake a special assignment on the eastern front.
This, unlike The 39 Steps, is a full length novel which grips the imagination of the reader in certain parts and is most enjoyable. The detail underpinning the story; the political framework; the knowledge of Turkish custom and army deployment demonstrates John Buchan's wide knowledge and experience in his own political life. However, in places the detail of the Battle of Looes and other parts of the plot, for instance, assumes that the reader already knows the background to the situation leaving the reader to half-guess the meaning of the paragraph. Nevertheless, Greenmantle is an excellent spy thriller with lots of action and adventure and probably warrants an airing on the big screen.