The Island of Sheep

The Island of Sheep

by John Buchan


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Sir Richard Hannay, retired mining engineer, lives a comfortable suburban life outside London, but feels old age and stodginess coming on and longs to have his mettle tested again. He gets his chance when a promise he made years ago in Rhodesia, to protect the son of an old acquaintance from a sinister conspiracy, and the action moves rapidly from England through the Scottish Borders to the Island of Sheep in the remote Norlands, where Hannay and his friends turn at last to confront their enemy. In this, his final adventure, Buchan's hero Richard Hannay becomes embroiled in one of the most hazardous escapades of his life. This novel contains what all of Buchan's yarns contain: peril, action, heroism, dastardly villains, powerful manly friendships, a hint of romance, references to the classics, British pluck in the face of danger, can-do youngsters, picturesque country folk...

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ISBN-13: 9781540854469
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/08/2016
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir (26 August 1875– 11 February 1940) was a Scottish novelist and politician, who was Governor General of Canada from 1935 to 1940.

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Island of Sheep 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
swabbie More than 1 year ago
Excellent author and an excellent book. All of his books that I have read are awesome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Similarly to his classic, Thirty-nine steps, this book contains adventure, danger, heroes and villains and at times is a hard book to put down, though at others a somewhat difficult book in 1930s English to read. The plot involves a sworn oath between Hannay, Lombard, and the older Haraldsen in which the former two assisted by Lord Clanroyden are called upon when the younger Haraldsen is faced with the prospect of evil intentions by dangerous villians to dispossess him of his immense wealth. From this point the story progresses from demands to threats, blackmail, kidnapping and open warfare and is somewhat far-fetched, though there are great descriptions of various landscapes.While this book falls well short of the story line in thirty-nine steps, it is well written and well worth reading. Brian Wilson
glauver More than 1 year ago
The Island of Sheep, the final Richard Hannay novel, is a rather strange story. It sets itself up for a rousing finale but falls short of its promise. Hannay comes to the aid of the son of an old ally he made a pact with in Africa decades ago. A gang is trying to take the family fortune away from the son by intimidation and extortion. Haraldsen. the target of the plot, is a Norwegian mystic and after a while the story became a bit too mythological for my taste. As a thriller it is a bit tame but Buchan's nature descriptions shine and keep the book from wandering totally into the mists.
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