Tuesday, 11 March 2008


The official blurb

Greenmantle is the second of five Richard Hannay novels by John Buchan, first published in 1916 by Hodder & Stoughton, London. It is one of two Hannay novels set during the First World War, the other being Mr Standfast (1919); Hannay’s first and best-known adventure, The Thirty-Nine Steps (1915), is set in the period immediately before the war started. - Hannay is called in to investigate rumours of an uprising in the Muslim world, and undertakes a perilous journey through enemy territory to meet up with his friend Sandy in Constantinople. Once there, he and his friends must thwart the Germans’ plans to use religion to help them win the war, climaxing at the battle of Erzurum.

My Review

Up front I have to admit to being a Hannay fan. I loved "The 39 Steps" in both film and audio versions. I even lapped up the BBC television series, sadly short lived. So when I spotted Greenmantle on Librivox I downloaded it immediately.

I was not disapointed. The story is action packed, the advetures of the herioc and honourable Hannay are engaging, if not downright enthralling. The phrasing and terminology in the text is extreemly evocative of the period and sets the perfect tone to what is now a "period" story.

From the very beginning you know your into a great spy thriller and if thats your thing, you'll enjoy this story.

Reading = 2/3
Production = 2/3
Story = 3/3

Total = 7/9

You can get it at Librivox.