Review: Mr. Standfast – moved

Mr. Standfast
Mr. Standfast by John Buchan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mr. Standfast concludes the Hannay trilogy, which begins with The Thirty-Nine Steps, and continues through Greenmantle.
In this instalment, Hannay is called in to help discover the identity of a masterspy. There are the usual characters – Blenkiron and Piennar – and the addition of a female character, Mary.

The novel roams all over the British Isles, and onto the continent. There’s goodies and baddies galore, red-herrings, romance, manoeuvres and more. Buchan doesn’t disappoint. This is another cracking read.

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Review: Greenmantle – moved

Greenmantle
Greenmantle by John Buchan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The continuing adventures of Richard Hannay, begun in The Thirty-Nine Steps, and concluded in Mr Standfast. John Buchan is such a classic writer, and a this a novel of its time. Be aware – this book used to terms to discribe different races that we find offensive, but it was written in the period after the war, when different values applied.
In this adventure, Richard is seconded to become a spy. He, and a number of other agents, are tasked with discovering what the Germans have planned for the area around Turkey. Richard must go deep undercover to successfully complete this mission. Can he do it? A ripping yarn.

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Review: The Heroes of the Kokoda Track

The Heroes of the Kokoda TrackThe Heroes of the Kokoda Track by Nicholas Brasch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a thorough, well-written, comprehensive ‘quick info’ book about the battle for Kokoda.

Covering the Australian, PNG and Japanese histories of the battle, Nicholas Brasch presents the information in manageable pieces. It has a very good glossary and index, and a terrific list of references.

Recommended for readers from Year 3-8.

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Review: Confessions of a Liar, Thief and Failed Sex God

Confessions of a Liar, Theif and Failed Sex GodConfessions of a Liar, Thief and Failed Sex God by Bill Condon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bill Condon writes teenage boys so well, and this book is no exception. Set in the 1960s, just prior to Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam conflict, Confessions follows a year in the life of Neil Bridges and his mates. Dealing with issues of faith, first love, religion and family, this is both funny and poignant.

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