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A cracking read
on 29 November 2012
Yes, the book was written in a different age. The baddie is actually a person in the Sherlock Holmes/Moriarty mould. Yes, the protagonists could have done away with each other in the first book. Indeed given his exploits it was surprising that Drummond even survived the war. Drummond occupies the moral high ground although he works on the wrong side of the law. Like Holmes and Templar, Drummond has a working relationship with officers from Scotland Yard who are frequently left to clear up after him.
Unlike many modern novels, the lower orders speak in the vernacular and some foreigners "English they like Germans speak." This lends a different flavour to the yarns.
Of interest is the pace of the novels in relation to the modern world. Long distance travel is by train not plane although small planes are used from time to time. We also have to remember that the cars used are today's vintage cars and adjust our thoughts accordingly.
Whether the books would appeal to a younger readership used to the modern genre of special forces type thrillers with easily out dateable plots is questionable. To an older readership brought up with Biggles, the Saint, and other tales of daring-do this omnibus will bring back old memories.
The 10 books that comprise this collection work out at 7.7p per book and astonishingly good value for money.