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E Phillips Oppenheim was one of the greatest writers of spy fiction known in his time as the Prince of Storytellers To launch their Spy Classics series the British Library is proud to introduce Oppenheim and his Started out well Thought it was in the style and time period of Her Royal Spyness but veered into the realm of scifi by the time I finished Lisa Star and the Solstice Academy realm of scifi by the time I finished

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In fascist Italy Going undercover to Monte Carlo Fawley travels in a world of casinos and cocktails high stakes and secrecy and discovers the secret weapon that could determine the outcome of the looming world w A fun uick read Our main character is full of stereotypes Strong handsome smart the perfect spy One can imagine Flemming reading these as a child and later borrowing the archetype for Bond Lisa Star and the Solstice Academy read Our main character is full of stereotypes Strong handsome smart the perfect spy One can imagine Flemming Extreme Pumpkins II reading these as a child and later borrowing the archetype for Bond

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Classic work to a new reading public             The Spy Paramount takes us to Rome 1934 American Martin Fawley a former secret service agent is recruited as a spy by General Berati the most feared man Martin Fawley can easily be seen as an early precursor to James Bond Debonair uick witted and unashamedly a spy  He is definitely a professionalReaders should remember this book was originally published before the onset of WWII and is set against the volatile political backdrop of 1930s Europe  I had some initial misgivings as Fawley is employed by the Italian government but I put them aside  The Spy Paramount is political but apolitical I say that because politics play an important role but the details of what the different groups stand for does not  I was glad I set aside my prejudices because The Spy Paramount is truly a good story  While there is no Bond villain there is plenty of action and intrigue as well as a beautiful and compelling love interest who has dangerous connections  The Spy Paramount has the charm of a Sean Connery film without uite so many deaths or explosions  It is lighter fare than the spy novels currently in vogue but nonetheless remains appealing despite its age45I received a copy of The Spy Paramount from the publisher and netgalleycom in exchange for an honest review Crittermom Ship of Magic (Liveship Traders, reading public             The Spy Paramount takes us to Rome 1934 American Martin Fawley a former secret service agent is Kick-boxing pour la ligne recruited as a spy by General Berati the most feared man Martin Fawley can easily be seen as an early precursor to James Bond Debonair uick witted and unashamedly a spy  He is definitely a professionalReaders should Firm Abs Flat Stomach remember this book was originally published before the onset of WWII and is set against the volatile political backdrop of 1930s Europe  I had some initial misgivings as Fawley is employed by the Italian government but I put them aside  The Spy Paramount is political but apolitical I say that because politics play an important Vacaciones Fatales 2/ Fatal Vacations 2 role but the details of what the different groups stand for does not  I was glad I set aside my prejudices because The Spy Paramount is truly a good story  While there is no Bond villain there is plenty of action and intrigue as well as a beautiful and compelling love interest who has dangerous connections  The Spy Paramount has the charm of a Sean Connery film without uite so many deaths or explosions  It is lighter fare than the spy novels currently in vogue but nonetheless Living the Eternal Way remains appealing despite its age45I Tamara de Lempicka received a copy of The Spy Paramount from the publisher and netgalleycom in exchange for an honest Amazon.com: Solaris Internals: Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris Kernel Architecture eBook: Richard McDougall, Jim Mauro: Kindle Store review Crittermom


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  1. says:

    I uite enjoyed this bad novel perhaps because of than despite its faults It's various terriblnesses give it a kind of dopy charm a sense of innocent old fashionednessThe Spy Paramount is a relic of a innocent pre war age when the full horror of what modern civilised people might be capable of was still unimaginable By the end it had almost won me over with its misplaced confidence in the future its naive assumption of the basic sanity and decency of humankind'The most reckless military fanatic who ever breathed Herr Behrling would never dare to sacrifice the whole youth of his country in an uneual struggle to gain God knows what'Before the British Library revived it in its attractive Spy Classics line this 1935 spy yarn had been unavailable in a mass market edition since 1941 I'm surprised it lasted that long Hindsight has made The Spy Paramount ridiculous Even in 1935 basic knowledge of current events must have made it a bit silly By 1941 British readers must have howled with laughter And yet I've just read some reviews published in Australian newspapers in 1935 at the excellent trovenlagovau web site All that I looked at were enthusiastic and only one showed the slightest indication that its notion of international politics was absurd 'It occurs to the reader that prevention of the Italo Abyssinian war would have been child's play to this daring and tactful adventurer' said RLH in the Perth Daily NewsThe novel's German politics come from a parallel world without Hitler where a power struggle between various factions is still under way in Germany And yet in amongst all these fictitious power strugglers one real man Hindenburg is unaccountably name checked from time to time Contemporary readers may also have scratched their heads at the coy avoidance of the name of the Italian spy chief's boss ie Mussolini when this was fairly common knowledge Perhaps Oppenheim was concerned that in a volatile world his novel could be made obsolete in a flash if Hitler or Mussolini were deposed Who knew these guys would still be around years after the novel fell out of print?I was never much convinced by the hero's spy activities Like James Bond who is said to have been influenced by this novel his job involves romancing princesses wearing tuxedos drinking cocktails and riding in yachts His one broadly 'real' piece of spy action when he breaks into a top secret military facility is too underwritten to seem plausible or excitingThe prose style clunked never reaching Dan Brown levels of badness of course but still surprisingly poor for a writer who'd been successful for decades Too many adjectives Too many reiterations of unnecessary character descriptions Scenes that might make the heart race are defused and distanced from the reader by circumlocution and the piling on of breathless clauses There's too much 'telling' virtually no attempt at immersion Here's an example possibly the worst sentence in the bookIn a life full of surprises Martin Fawley was inclined to doubt whether he ever received a greater one than when for the second time during the same day he was ushered into the presence of General Berati the most dreaded man in RomeThe hero was being taken to see the general so it's hard to see how being ushered into his presence could be any kind of surprise Also he works for the general so even if the surprise came when he was told in the previous chapter that he was being taken to see him again how could this possibly be unexpected? And why tell us he's the most dreaded man in Rome we only saw him a few pages ago we remember him This sentence is so wrong it's weird bordering on parody of bad Boy's Own adventure fictionPerhaps the very weirdest thing in the novel is the minor character of Patoni established from the start as a creepy looking pop eyed freak who suddenly shows up again after a long absence to declare that the hero's girlfriend is his cousin and his ex and therefore he must kill the hero And then he's never seen again Such pains are taken to establish him as the crazy villain who'll fight the hero to the death in the last scene that his failure to reappear on cue feels like a hole in the story Saved for the seuel perhaps


  2. says:

    A wonderful old fashioned spy story set in the 1930'sIt would be great if authors would go back to writing this type of story without all the extraneous to my mind unnecessary fillers that abound in some stories Think Ian Flemming without hi tech and CGI Yet another British Library Classic read itVery highly recommendedI was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher Poisoned Pen Press via Netgalley in return for an honest unbiased review


  3. says:

    Started out well Thought it was in the style and time period of Her Royal Spyness but veered into the realm of scifi by the time I finished


  4. says:

    Martin Fawley can easily be seen as an early precursor to James Bond Debonair uick witted and unashamedly a spy  He is definitely a professionalReaders should remember this book was originally published before the onset of WWII and is set against the volatile political backdrop of 1930s Europe  I had some initial misgivings as Fawley is employed by the Italian government but I put them aside  The Spy Paramount is political but apolitical I say that because politics play an important role but the details of what the different groups stand for does not  I was glad I set aside my prejudices because The Spy Paramount is truly a good story  While there is no Bond villain there is plenty of action and intrigue as well as a beautiful and compelling love interest who has dangerous connections  The Spy Paramount has the charm of a Sean Connery film without uite so many deaths or explosions  It is lighter fare than the spy novels currently in vogue but nonetheless remains appealing despite its age45I received a copy of The Spy Paramount from the publisher and netgalleycom in exchange for an honest review Crittermom


  5. says:

    These notes were made in 1981 Source Robarts Finished June 1781 Oppenheim is always good for a light read his heroes in this case a super spy freelancing in the interests of world peace are variations on the strong silent type who falls at last and therefore very heavily in love The plot of this one is alas a trifle too idealistic world peace forever tho' achieved by exciting and somewhat dubious means for modern cynical tastes The fact that the whole thing is set in GermanyItalyFrance is especially ironic note the 1935 publication date particularly since there is a character who might well be an early stages Hitler A piece of pre war wishful thinking then but rather a good yarn all the same


  6. says:

    An espionage thriller in which Martin Fawley a retired major in the US army takes on some independent information gathering work for the Italians in the mid 1930s He travels to Rome Paris Berlin and London collecting useful knowledge not so much for any country but rather in the name of world peace He has been through war once and doesn't want it to happen again There are beautiful women balls attempted assassinations fantastically destructive weapons and lots of other skullduggery The novel is like an early James Bond but rather tedious


  7. says:

    Rather old fashioned in writing style as such it is rather difficult to read However it is very interesting as social context plus its obvious how much influence Fawley must have had on the gentleman spy genre Also I can imagine the ItalyFranceGerman politics was very close to the bone at the time NB I can't find Martin as a name sexy or rugged


  8. says:

    A meandering fantasy of a spy story In many ways it reads like a collection of clichés largely because these were paths well trodden by later writers It's rescued by its underlying rather naïve idealismI like E Phillips Oppenheim's books but sadly this isn't one of his real gems


  9. says:

    A fun uick read Our main character is full of stereotypes Strong handsome smart the perfect spy One can imagine Flemming reading these as a child and later borrowing the archetype for Bond


  10. says:

    A somewhat pacifist spy novel that taps into the Zeitgeist of early to mid 1930s Europe and delivers a fun thriller A lesser known to modern readers than his contemporary Eric Ambler but it is obvious he was influential to the spy fiction of Ian Fleming and other post war espionage novelists