The Corners of the Globe

The Corners of the Globe

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Spring, 1919. James 'Max' Maxted, former Great War flying ace, returns to the trail of murder, treachery and half-buried secrets he set out on in The Ways of the World. He left Paris after avenging the murder of his father, Sir Henry Maxted, a senior member of the British delegation to the post-war peace conference. But he was convinced there was more -- much more -- to be discovered about what Sir Henry had been trying to accomplish. And he suspected elusive German spymaster Fritz Lemmer knew the truth of it. Now, enlisted under false colours in Lemmer's service but with his loyalty pledged to the British Secret Service, Max sets out on his first -- and possibly last -- mission for Lemmer. It takes him to the far north of Scotland -- to the Orkney Isles, where the German High Seas Fleet has been impounded in Scapa Flow, its fate to be decided at the conference-table in Paris. Max has been sent to recover a document held aboard one of the German ships. What that document contains forces him to break cover sooner than he would have wished and to embark on a desperate race south, towards London, with information that could destroy Lemmer -- if Max, as seems unlikely, lives to deliver it.
Publisher: London : Corgi books, 2015, c2014
ISBN: 9780552167062
Characteristics: 511 pages ; 20 cm


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Dec 08, 2014

The Corners of the Globe --- by --- Robert Goddard. If anyone has ever told you not to begin reading a novel in the middle of the book you should believe them. You should also believe them when they tell you not to begin a trilogy half way through. Maybe that’s why I never figured out what was going on until well into the story. Maybe that was why I found the cast of characters confusing. Certainly that is why the “ending” in this was so dissatisfying. It wasn’t an ending at all. Set in the immediate post WW I period in Scotland, England and France this is a story of skullduggery and deceit. It is a story of covert activity and deceit, of flight and surveillance, escape and deception. Every time you think you know what`s going on, you don`t. Every time you think you know who are the bad guys, you don`t. The plots turns on itself so much that it is impossible to tell where the plot will be too pages from now. And still I would read it again --- but only if I`d read the first installment first. That way at least there wouldn`t be these seemingly ``new`` characters popping up in the middle of the book. IMPORTANT PS: Don't even THINK of reading this book before you've read "The Ways of the World". --- it makes everything fall into place. Without it reading this book is like walking into a movie half way through.

Aug 01, 2014

All the skulduggery continues in part 2 of the trilogy as max gets deeper into his father's past exploits. Very well done. Now I have to wait for part 3 and the question of who will be alive at the end to tell the tale,

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