The Thirty-One Kings



The Thirty-One Kings June 1940.As German Troops Pour Across France, The Veteran Soldier And Adventurer Richard Hannay Is Called Back Into Service In Paris An Individual Code Named Roland Has Disappeared And Is Assumed To Be In The Hands Of Nazi Agents Only He Knows The Secret Of The Thirty One Kings, One Upon Which The Future Of Europe Depends Hannay Is Dispatched To Paris To Find Roland Before The Germans Overrun The City On A Hazardous Journey Across The Battlefields Of France Hannay Is Joined By Old Friends And New Allies As He Confronts A Ruthless Foe Who Will Stop At Nothing To Destroy Him.

10 thoughts on “The Thirty-One Kings

  1. says:

    Robert J Harris resurrects the dashing Richard Hannay hero of John Buchan s The 39 Steps and places him at the centre of a World War II thriller Hannay is joined by 3 of The Gorbals Diehards characters from Buchan s 1922 novel Huntingtower now all grown up and roped in by British Intelligence to rescue an agent, codenamed Roland , thought to be a prisoner of the Nazis in soon to be conquered Paris in June 1940 Various other Buchan characters including the wonderfully named John Scantlebury Blenkiron make an appearance in this non stop action tale, as Hannay and his allies do battle with the German army and a bunch of Nazi agents who will stop at nothing to prevent them from rescuing Roland and getting him and his secret information about The 31 Kings back to Britain Most of the action centres around Paris in the final days of the Battl...

  2. says:

    Frustrating It might have been excellent if the author had slowed down long enough for us to become invested in the characters and situations As it was, I felt as though I was reading a Cliff s Notes of a good book.

  3. says:

    It s one for fans of the genre, but if you ve enjoyed Hannay stories before then you should have some time for this

  4. says:

    First a brief plot synopsis General Sir Richard Hannay is called back into service during the fall of France, tasked with bringing a secret informant out of soon to be occupied Paris if he can find him in time He meets up with some friends, and also is helped by the Gorbals Die Hards, grown up but still eager to fight the bad guys, and in no doubt as to who they are The Nazis, d oh If all you know of John Buchan s work is the movie made of his classic The Thirty Nine Steps, this will be meaningless to you But it does seem to me that Robert Harris exhibits great bravery reimagining this character, who practically defines not politically correct Don t get me wrong I love Buchan s books But I say that as an American woman, and also a member of several groups that Buchan tended to stereotype and disregard He was a creature of his times, which I can accept Still, I am susceptible to the thrill of some of his set pieces, just as one can watch a terrible western movie and still thrill to the bugle call that says the cavalry has arrived to save the day There are references in this book to several of Buchan s other books, including Greenmantle Can one forget the moment when Sandy Arbuthnot, masquerading as an Arab mystic, turns to the beautiful German agent whom he loves, and rejects her offer of domination of the Middle ...

  5. says:

    With all of his former associates involved in the war effort, Richard Hannah wants nothing than to do his part However, the War Office has not replied to his requests for any position where he might serve When he is finally contacted, he does not hesitate to take an assignment that will take him into German occupied Paris An operative known as Roland is the only person who knows the significance of the phrase The Thirty One Kings, inform...

  6. says:

    While this book beautifully captured the phrasing and style of a bygone era brilliantly, the plot itself was rather lackluster and predictable A retired military hero anxiously awaits his turn to help his country at the outbreak of WW II and seemingly finds his efforts rebuffed at every turn Of course, this is just an excuse to set him up with a vital mission involving awfully eager ...

  7. says:

    Richard Hannay the hero of John Buchan s classic 1915 thriller The 39 Steps and the movies based on it the 1935 version with Robert Donat being supreme returns with Harris taking up the reins to continue the adventures of a classic character of the ripping yarns stories of the 1920s Now General Sir Richard Hannay retired he is chafing at the bit to help as the Nazis roll across France When an old spy master calls for his help Hannay is soon up to his neck in intrigue...

  8. says:

    Robert Harris writes an homage to John Buchan As such, it s good work, which you would expect from Harris no matter what the genre or subject I guess the problem is that Buchan s novels and style, while great in their time and still interesting if only as museum pieces o...

  9. says:

    Fun revisit to a classic thriller The author returns us to the thrilling days of yesteryear with this novel featuring Richard Hannay, protagonist of Scottish author John Buchan s The Thirty nine Steps Updated ...

  10. says:

    Light weight.

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