5 Classic Tales from the Golden Age of Adventure :
Greenmantle - John Buchan It is 1915. Richard Hannay is convalescing from wounds received fighting in France, when he is approached by Sir Walter Bullivant of British Intelligence. Bullivant's son has been working undercover in the Middle East. It seems that the Germans with their Turkish Allies are planning to stir up a revolt in the Muslim world that could leave Egypt, India and North Africa in disarray.
The boy has since been killed. The only clue he left behind is a piece of paper bearing the words 'Kasredin','cancer' and 'v.I'. Hannay must take up the trail. At stake could be the outcome of the war. Buchan is a master of the spy genre, and this astonishingly prescient and gripping story of danger and adventure has stood the test of time.
Feathered Serpent – Edgar Wallace Miss Ella Creed had been knocked out by thieves outside her home and her jewels were taken. She seemed to care little about them – they were just a very clever imitation after all – but when she discovered a card tied round her neck she was terrified. On it was a crude drawing of a feathered serpent.
Reporter Peter Dewin soon discovers that a wealthy artist, a boxing promoter and a nouveau riche stockbroker share her fear. But why? And who is behind the crimes of 'The Feathered Serpent'?
Bulldog Drummond - Sapper Bulldog Drummond. Hero, patriot, sportsman and quintessential English gentleman. An army officer in the First World War, he knows how to fight hard and play fair and there is not much that can shake him. Finding peace unbearably tedious he puts an ad in the newspaper offering his services to any client who can offer adventure.
An attractive young woman called Phyllis contacts him fearing for her father who seems to be under the power of blackmailers. Without hesitation Drummond accepts the commission and starts to investigate and uncovers a plot that threatens not just Phyllis and her family but the country itself.
King Solomon's Mines – H Rider Haggard Allan Quartermain had been a trader and hunter all his life and knew Africa as well as any white man. He was returning to Natal, South Africa, when Sir Henry Curtis tracked him down and made him a proposition. Curtis's brother had heard of the famous, fabled diamond mines of King Solomon. He has taken an expedition into the unchartered interior to find it. He has not returned.
Quartermain possesses an old map purporting to show the way to the fabled mines so, in return for a share of the treasure or a handsome stipend for his son if he dies in the attempt, Quartermain agrees to mount a rescue expedition. They journey over snowy mountains, through deserts, and into battle, but it is when the adventurers reach their destination that they must face Gagaoola, evil, clever and the greatest danger of all.
Riders of the Purple Sage – Zane Grey The canyons and sage plains of Utah have a dangerous beauty. Skilled riders must go out every day and night to protect the herds and the homesteads from cattle rustlers. Stories of a masked man and a lone gunman looking for vengeance have spread across Utah. There has long been a feud between Gentiles and Mormons. A feud that Jane Withersteen, daughter of the man who founded the Mormon settlement of Cottonwood, chooses to ignore.
When Mormon Elder Tull discovers that the woman he means to make one of his wives has offered hospitality to an outsider he vows vengeance but he underestimates her courage and the determination of the riders of the plains.
Format: Boxed, Slipcased or Casebound
Published: 17th January 2007