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Standfast Richard Hannay Book 3 Author s: Dancing Unicorn Books Availability: The villain, whom we know from the previous books, and proven to be a German aristocrat, is the ideal evil doer; brilliant, highly motivated, and with an army of agents at his command. With only four; John Blenkiron, the American mining engineer; Richard Hannay; Peter Pienaar, the South African hunter; Mary Lamington, the teen age spy; if they should win it would be a great achievement.
Nothing like having terrible odds to stir up all one's abilities. There are patriotic rants such as you find in writing of the period so you have to be careful not to be drawn in too much or you'll find yourself crying "Up the British! View all 5 comments.
My favourite Buchan, well, at least, my favourite Hannay Buchan Greenmantle is a close second. If you don't, he will funk worse next time. I hadn't enough courage to be able to take chances with it, though I was afraid of many things, the thing I feared most mortally was being afraid. Buchan does an excellent job illustrating that sentiment. He also manages to pull off at least two major plot climaxes and a bunch of helter-skelter escapades Hannay is that word incarnate , not to mention the funny Scots characters that pepper Buchan's writings 'For the first wee bit,' Hamilton reported, 'we thocht he was gaun daft.
Jan 19, Alayne rated it really liked it. Despite its age, published in , almost one hundred years ago , this was a gripping book which I found hard to put down.
The battles of the First World War were mentioned a lot and the names all meant something to me - third battle of Ypres, Polygon Wood, the Somme, Amiens, etc. And the German spy that the Intelligence Service was trying to catch was very slippery. Richard Hannay got himself into and out of a number of difficulties. Jan 02, Stephen rated it really liked it. This book's strong point is the suspense, although I like the character of Richard Hannay.
Overall, very worth reading, and probably you'll have to read it all at once, but it's not as good as the first book, the 39 Steps, partly because the ending was slightly drawn out and then suddenly cut off. I guess it was permissible, but I didn't prefer it. Standfast, it's clear I should read Pilgrim's Progress , as it plays an important part in the story. Standfast is a character in Pilgrim's Progress , one to whom a character in Mr.
Standfast the book aspires. Confusing until you've read a mile in their shoes. Standfast appears to be the third book in a series set before and during World War I. Of course, being a doofus, I couldn't start at the beginning except I've seen two versions of the film adaptations. Richard Hannay, the main character, is a British general temporarily reassigned to intelligence to infiltrate a group of people who seem to be not for the un United Kingdom. There is evidence of espionage, and it is based upon this evidence that Hannay is redeployed.
This covers the first third of the book, and I can't really relate the rest of the story without spoilers. This book is much longer than the books I have been reading, pages! There were times the book seemed to drag, and perchance when reading upon my phone, I paid more attention to how quickly I could read and flip to the next screen to lower the estimated time to completion of the chapter than to the story itself.
Yet, when I thought about it, the ebb and flow accurately portrayed Hannay's view of his mission. At times it moved quickly, at other times it moved nowhere, and sometimes it moved in quicksand. Hannay is generally well characterized in the book, for we see most everything through his eyes and ears. Other characters we learn different amounts about, the more important to Hannay, the greater the information related. While the reality of the characters might not be known to us, the reality of them as known by Hannay is sufficient.
And as near as I can tell, Hannay has respect for all the people around, even the enemy. Oh, he vehemently disagrees with them, but as an army fellow, he respects the discipline and the strategy of the German military, which seems rather surprising for the time of the book. While an adventure of one particular man and his cohorts, Mr. Standfast serves as a celebration of the common British man and woman.
Not necessarily for the war, each serves in his or her own way in support of the country, to defend it and their way of life not just for themselves, but for their descendants and those who cannot or will not do it themselves. When I finished reading this at breakfast this morning, I had to compose myself so as to not burst into tears in the middle of Whataburger. This was such a bittersweet ending to the book.
This is war, though, and this is life.
There is death that comes and death that is put off, but in the end we are all touched by it one way or another. Standfast highly not with reservation but with slight trepidation. Do not enter lightly, but perseverance will be rewarded hence, five stars. What is it with series? I just don't like them, that's what. This third Richard Hannay book was a bit of a letdown, but I couldn't bring myself to rate it two stars.
There were some exciting passages in this book, but overall I found that the faults exhibited in the two earlier Hannay tales, namely a tendency to pontificate on character, fate, and philosophy plus a heavy reliance on coincidence to advance the plot were more pronounced here. Buchan also makes frequent refer What is it with series?
Buchan also makes frequent references to events from the previous two books, so this is far from a stand-alone tale. I also found the love interest subplot fairly cringeworthy.
The girl is half Hannay's age, for starters, and so wonderfully clean, wholesome, bright, and fearless that I wanted to strangle her. The central plot of the book sets Hannay up against his Moriarty, an evil arch-enemy he's crossed swords with in the past. Hannay is sent "undercover" among pacifists and conscientious objectors, which gives Buchan endless opportunity to natter on and on about the National Character. When Hannay waxes philosophical, I just skim. That sort of earnest sermonizing seems to have been as de rigeur as fatuous irony is today.
What is even more predictable are the countless references to "the Bosch" as the evil spies and perpetrators behind all that's wrong with the war effort. After a spell among the pacifists, one of Buchan's trademark chase scenes moves things along at a gratifying pace though there are, alas, so many fortuitous encounters that the plot is marred considerably. The last part of the book, which takes place in Switzerland and then on the front in France can be a little hard to follow without brushing up on WW1 tactics and battles.
At the time this was written , of course, all these events would have been common knowledge.
I have to say, however, that I actually enjoyed the opportunity to immerse myself in These books are very much of their time , and there are many baffling references, some minor and some major, which invariably set me googling. In this novel, for example, I learned that an "Aquascutum" is a type of coat Hannay mentions the word repeatedly , that there were travel restrictions in place for parts of Scotland during the war a fact which is central in an extended "chase" scene , that there were about 50 air raids in Britain during the war, and that "Mr.
Standfast" is a character in Pilgrim's Progress. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. It helped that I was reading this e-text on my iPad and could quickly switch over to a browser to consult Google Speaking of e-books, a word of warning: I first started reading this from a free e-book I'd downloaded from Barnes and Noble.
The text was so badly scanned that virtually every sentence had misspelled words and mangled passages. After about ten pages, I gave up and downloaded a free edition which was almost error-free from Amazon. Sep 02, Carol Fenlon rated it really liked it. This is the kind of book I would never normally read but I was led to it because i read in another book that parts of it were set in the early days of Letchworth Garden City and I have a historical interest in that.
I believe the protagonist Richard Hannay features in other of Buchan's books and he is certainly well drawn. The book I suppose is best described as an action thriller, a tale of espionage and battle in World War 1. There are lots of twists and turns and predictably a romance along t This is the kind of book I would never normally read but I was led to it because i read in another book that parts of it were set in the early days of Letchworth Garden City and I have a historical interest in that.
There are lots of twists and turns and predictably a romance along the way and a sacrifice at the end which allows the heroes the British of course to win out. Even though it now seems a bit dated and certainly it was predictable, I found it a satisfying read.
It is very well written as one would expect from such a famed writer and jumps rapidly from action scene to action scene set in a bewildering variety of locations, with the characters in a number of innovative disguises, rather reminding me of the Milk Tray man Hannay appears as a sort of pre-James Bond figure, suave and upper class Brit but definitely full of British fairness and courage and there were many plot twists, sometimes seeming rather too convenient.
I don't know whether this one was ever made into a film, but it certainly has the right scenic qualities for a movie. Overall, I enjoyed it even though it wasn't really my type of book and I was a bit disappointed that the part set in Letchworth only comprised a chapter or two at the beginning. Although I knew in advance roughly what would happen, I still wanted it to end the way that it did so I felt quite satisfied when I got to the end.
If you like spy thrillers and history you will like this book. The first two, The 39 Steps and Greenmantle, were both excellent and this third story follows easily with another excellent, well-paced, thriller. The Germans are infiltrating pacifist factions and using these people to help their ends, as a conduit for passing information, and other activities.
Hannay follows a trail to northern Scotland and back to the front in this wartime adventure. There are excellent characters in this story, Buchan writes thoughtfully and the story, especially the ending is all excellent. An excellent follow-up to the first two books. Next in this series will be The Three Hostages. I found this 3rd installment of the Richard Hannay story gripping! Although it could probably be read as a stand-alone, it does refer to the first two books of the series: The Thirty-nine Steps and Greenmantle , and I would strongly recommend starting with the first book.
This time Hannay tracks down German spies and his main opponent is a master of disguise called Ivery who pursues him through Europe With, as a bit of an unusual backdrop, 'The Pilgrim's Progress' Though a bit overly descriptive at times, this classic war adventure novel is loaded with action, adventure and excitmement on every pa Another thrilling, fast-paced, WWI novel by Buchan featuring the adventures of Richard Hannay and his associates Pieter Pienaar, John Blenkiron and Mary Lamington. Though a bit overly descriptive at times, this classic war adventure novel is loaded with action, adventure and excitmement on every page Feb 24, Chuck rated it really liked it.
This is the 3rd installment of the Richard Hannay series. Hannay is a General of infantry troops in Africa when he is called to go undercover to flush out a German spy ring. The book does a good job n character development and the scenes and action are very good. The book does have its slow spots but I have never read a book that is non stop action front to back.
So far I thing that this is the best book of the series. Buchan really lets his politics show through in this one. There are passages in this book where Dick Hannay takes a back seat and Buchan steps into the lead role, damning socialism, labor unions, and especially pacifists.
Once Hannay slips back into the book, the narrative regains it strength and the plot surpasses that of Greenmantle, and at times the pace resembles the breakneck chase of 39 steps. All in all, good book An exciting and thought provoking read An excellent read if you like old fashioned adventure stories, even if at times a bit far fetched One of Buchan's best, I think. Another thrilling yarn by John Buchan! Feb 22, Jane rated it it was amazing Shelves: Perhaps the best of the Richard Hannay books.
Alas, Buchan's wonderful yarns can seem tarnished by his Imperialist and pro-war views, but seen in context, they are first rate. Jan 27, Randal Schmidt rated it really liked it. If you're interested in Mr. These other books will introduce you to many of the supporting characters found here and are essential for understanding parts of this plot.
Standfast , its highs are very high, but its doldrums are dull indeed, and there are large portions of this book that run on far too long, even by the standards of the s when it was written. I If you're interested in Mr. It is a great letdown after Greenmantle , which is so far the high point in the series for me. Standfast is a great adventure, and its many subplots and characters lead to satisfying and sometimes unexpected conclusions.
If you can't tell by that name, our hero and this book are British as hell. If you're an Anglophile and you love this sort of WWI spy adventure, and you understand that it's full of jingo and can take it for what it is, you'll like this book! But read the other two first, then make the decision for yourself whether to read this third. Jun 11, Giles rated it liked it.
Something of a mixed bag, this third book in the adventures of Richard Hannay. It's the final push of World War I and Brigadier General Hannay, who's proved himself such a daring hero both on the battlefield and behind enemy lines, is tasked with going undercover to smash the German spy ring that is on the verge of triumph against the allies. The first part of the story, the recruitment, laying low amongst a community of pacifist agitators and a fabulous, ranging journey through the Western Isles Something of a mixed bag, this third book in the adventures of Richard Hannay.
The first part of the story, the recruitment, laying low amongst a community of pacifist agitators and a fabulous, ranging journey through the Western Isles of Scotland is excellent, then the action moves to France and it becomes patchy. Lovely locations and chases through Switzerland and North Italy but the last pages could easily have been trimmed to 50 as there really is only so much langthy battlefield strategy you can put up with. A satisfying conclusion thankfully, rescues the previous slow pace of the third act. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. Not quite as good as Green Mantle or thirty-nine steps, but quite good still. Patriotic love of England. Curious both for its affect on the author and its affect on the reader! But most of us Americans have gotten a grip on your Old Country. You'll find us mighty respectful to other parts of your Empire, but we say anything we damn well please about England. You see, we know her that well and like her that well, we can be free with her.
But they're all at home with the old man who used to warm them up with a hickory cane, even though sometimes in their haste they call him a stand-patter. It was more; for in that hour England first took hold of me. Before my country had been South Africa, and when I thought of home it had been the wide sun-steeped spaces of the veld or some scented glen of the Berg. But now I realized that I had a new home. I understood what a precious thing this little England was, how old and kindly and comforting, how wholly worth striving for. On my last visit to Scotland, when I covered more moorland miles a day than any man since Claverhouse, I had been fascinated by the land, and had pleased myself with plans for settling down in it.
But now, after three years of war and general rocketing, I felt less drawn to that kind of landscape. I wanted something more green and peaceful and habitable, and it was to the Cotswolds that my memory turned with longing. I puzzled over this till I realized that in all my Cotswold pictures a figure kept going and coming—a young girl with a cloud of gold hair and the strong, slim grace of a boy, who had sung 'Cherry Ripe' in a moonlit garden.
Up on that hillside I understood very clearly that I, who had been as careless of women as any monk, had fallen wildly in love with a child of half my age. Cool but funny impressions of Celtic lands and people About midday I topped a ridge, and beheld the Sound of Sleat shining beneath me. There were other things in the landscape.
In the valley on the right a long goods train was crawling on the Mallaig railway.
And across the strip of sea, like some fortress of the old gods, rose the dark bastions and turrets of the hills of Skye. He told me of evictions in the year. One somewhere in Sutherland, and of harsh doings in the Outer Isles. It was far more than a political grievance.
It was the lament of the conservative for vanished days and manners. But the lairds said it wass better for sheep, and then they said it wass not good for sheep, so they put it under deer, and now there is no black cattle anywhere in Skye. The war and all things modern meant nothing to him; he lived among the tragedies of his youth and his prime. Frae Frickout Circus to the south end o' the High Wood is every bit o' five mile. I took up wire every nicht for a week. He wad bear me out. These boys are no good, for they didna join till later. I tell ye it's five mile. Tempers were rising, for each of the disputants felt his veracity assailed.
It was too hot for a quarrel and I was so drowsy that I was heedless. Mr Linklater cocked his ears. A second-world-warrior confronted by biological warfare It was, but I took my knife and cut the lock out and spilled the contents on the table. There were some papers, a newspaper or two, and a small bag tied with black cord. The last I opened, while Mary looked over my shoulder.
It contained a fine yellowish powder. For I remembered a day near Peronne when a Boche plane had come over in the night and had dropped little bags like this.
Happily they were all collected, and the men who found them were wise and took them off to the nearest laboratory. They proved to be full of anthrax germs I used to be a fan of Buchan, but now more than 15 years afer I read 39 steps, his characters are all too stereotype and his world view too preoccupied to be really interesting.