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Hannay at his lamest
on 2 March 2017
Although it's nicely written as usual, and there are some interesting characters along the way, this novel is fatally handicapped by a thin and very slow moving plot that also manages to pretty far fetched as well.
The whole thing centres around a sinister gang that practices mind control and has abducted three children, but in fact whole thing just feels lame and naive more than anything. One really senses here that Buchan hadn't really thought the thing through as carefully as he might have done.
The best part of the book is probably the ending, where Hannay is pitted against a dangerous adversary in the sort of rugged upland country that Buchan loved so much, but it can't save the book from being the dullest and most disappointing of the Hannay series.