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  1. K. K. says:

    Another fabulous Buchan He created wonderfully alive and human characters I wanted the story to keep on goingLove the hero Like many of these humble Blood and Morality Tale heroes he's not sure he's got the courage to tackle his destiny but he'll trust in being given it when he needs it Husband and I love that Buchan's women while not usually the main characters by any means are strong willing courageous active and resourceful great help meets and euals to their men I loved this line Fortune is a hussy that's likely to be in a better temper if you meet her half way How true

  2. Christina Baehr Christina Baehr says:

    This was a fun light Buchan a sort of Regency remix of Huntingtower I'm ok with that given that Huntingtower is a book I'm very fond of Wonderful character sketches Once again I'm amazed by his ability to conjure up so many lifelike characters sustain interest in them and give them each significant things to do Filmmakers flop at this all the time They should take a leaf out of Buchan's books

  3. Semenuk Semenuk says:

    Beautiful book pulled it from a used book store shelf because the spine looked so awesomely worn then discovered the text was even comfortable to sink into

  4. Meredith Meredith says:

    The characters from a Georgette Heyer regency romance find themselves in a RL Stevenson style adventure written by Sir Walter Scott

  5. Jesse Hayhow Jesse Hayhow says:

    Great fun reminds me of Tale of Two Cities at the beginning with the coach journey As with all Buchan his characters come from all walks of life and different parts of Britain with their own casual prejudices and regional attitudes but they all have a mutual respect for these differences or learn to respect them as the adventure progresses and each character’s merits come to light eg Lammas as a Scot and friend of Belses initially detests Sir Turnour Wyse but by the end recognises the worth in his English character

  6. Muriel McIvor Muriel McIvor says:

    Brilliant historical novel by a brilliant author of his time

  7. Mark Mark says:

    Lots of action

  8. dragonhelmuk dragonhelmuk says:

    In public domain in some countries This John Buchan book is pretty good although not fully up to the standard of his famous works It describes the story of a lecturer at St Andrews University in Scotland Unbeknownst to most people he is also the member of a secret organisation The tension of the early part of the book is about whether a young professional can be both a serious academic and a member of a secret fraternity with wild parties This main character is not developed to Buchan's usual standards so in the second part of the book the impetus of the story is entirely propelled by its plot which is uite good Unfortunately no good story can be carried entirely by its plot without any likeable characters or development so the story falls on its face in the second half His professor stays an idiot but still bullies the much likeable working classfemale people around himBasically this book once again proves my theory that if you place Buchan's characters on a scale The higher class and snooty the main characters are the less likeable the book is in generalThere are the usual moments of interest like when Buchan suggests that all Scottish 'countrymen' rural working class have 'the compass in their heads' and the idea that English people eat eels but not Scottish peopleThree uotesBuchan's style occasionally holding the book When he stretched his legs over the first miles of furzy common he could have sung; when before moonrise the darkness closed in thicker upon them and they all stumbled over ditches and tussocks he wanted to roar with laughter The others plodded stolidly on but he strode with a shepherd's heather step and there were moments when he longed to run so compelling did he feel the vitality in blood and sinew England worship suddenly makes the effect of the Scottish accent sinister Even this silly provincial Scottish man agrees Yon's England he had told Nanty We don't breed them like that in the north We're maybe cleverer and uicker and we're just as brave when it comes to the pinch but we're cockleshells compared to yon even keel If I saw much of him I'd be always differing from him but man I should also be dumb with admiration I've no fear of Boney when I think of Wyse and his kind He's like the stone in the Bible whoever falls on it will be broken and on whomsoever it shall fall it will grind him to powder If only all your books were like this Buchan His sober black clothes did not rank him among the sedentary for his long strides were like those of a hill shepherd and there was an odd light in his eyes His feelings were a compound of anger and excitement The scene at the Red Lion had stirred in him what he had scarcely looked for a most unphilosophic wrath That assured baronet represented a world which he had hitherto admired and cultivated for it was to it he looked for the fulfilling of his ambitions; but now he found that it roused in him the liveliest antagonism for it had treated a friend like dirt Was it some Jacobinical strain in him he wondered that made his soul revolt against such arrogant condescension?

  9. Sarah Sarah says:

    Proper adventure book with British government in peril beautiful rich women in peril and a lot of good eggs dashing around Set before the railways about the first decade of the 1800sso most of the dashing around is done by coach Wonderful technical descriptions of the transport lots of different types of coachescarriages and horses Several crashes and near misses By God sir Robin gasped That's the nicest bit of coachmanship I ever seen Simple enough said Sir Turnour coolly if you keep your head and know the meaning of proper harnessing I couldn't have done that if the pole chain hadn't been the right length and the wheelers properly curbed upA bit 'Top Gear' with horses but the real delight is the the Scottish vernacular and all the tearing around I still like 'John Burnett of Barnes' best But this rates 3 and a half stars

  10. Stephen Stephen says:

    Another damsel in distress story by a master of same I would not hand this to someone for an introduction to this author but thoroughly enjoyed on at least three readings over 50 years the book's series of escapes and hurried journeys with rollicking accounts of coaching driving and sailing the Firth of Forth The title names a secret cooperative of fishermen and sailors who come to each other's aid no matter what Buchan loved to invoke such brotherhoods We meet them in the gypsies and peasants who shelter Peter in The Blanket of the Dark or in another setting the Gorbals Diehards Unlike some historical novels this cannot be tied to an exact known event I put it on that shelf though it could go with thrillers as a genial old fashioned suspense novel in the Stevenson tradition

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The Free Fishers [KINDLE] ❥ The Free Fishers ➛ John Buchan – When Anthony Lammas minister of the Kirk and Professor of Logic at St Andrews University leaves his home town for London on business he little imagines that within two days he will be deeply entangled When Anthony Lammas minister of the Kirk and Professor of Logic at St Andrews University leaves his home town for London on business he little imagines that within two days he will be deeply entangled in a web of mystery and intrigue But he's no ordinary professor His boyhood allegiance to a brotherhood of deep sea fishermen is to involve him and handsome ex The Free Kindle - pupil Lord Belses with a beautiful but dangerous woman Set in the bleak Yorkshire hamlet of Hungrygrain during the Napoleonic Wars this is a stirring tale of treason and romance.