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The Ways of the World - Robert Goddard

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A thrilling espionage story set in Paris after the First World War, full of classic Goddard double crosses and triple twists.

1919. The eyes of the world are on the city of Paris where diplomats, politicians, spies and opportunists have gathered to discuss the fate of Germany in the aftermath of the cataclysm that was the First World War. In such circumstances, the last thing the British diplomatic community need is the untimely death of one of their delegation. So when Sir Henry Maxted falls from the roof of his mistress' apartment block in mysterious circumstances, their first instinct is to sanitize any unexplained aspects to his death.

But his son ex Royal Flying Corps ace, James ‘Max' Maxted, has other ideas. He resolves to get to the bottom of Sir Henry's death - even if it does mean disturbing the impression of harmonious calm which the negotiating teams have worked so hard to maintain. In a city where nations are jostling for position at the crossroads of history and stakes are very high, it is difficult to tell who is a friend and who is a foe. And Max will soon discover how much he needs friends…

About the Author

Robert Goddard was born in Hampshire and read History at Cambridge. His first novel, Past Caring, was an instant bestseller. Since then his books have captivated readers worldwide with their edge-of-the-seat pace and their labyrinthine plotting. The first Harry Barnett novel, Into the Blue, was winner of the first WHSmith Thumping Good Read Award and was dramatized for TV, starring John Thaw. His thriller, Long Time Coming won an Edgar in the Mystery Writers of America awards.

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4.0

not his best but ok

By billstud

from country NSW

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Read
  • Page-Turner

Cons

  • First Of Trilogy

Best Uses

  • Older Readers
  • Travel Reading

disappointing that you are forced to read the next two books for a conclusion--doesn't stand alone

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5.0

Goddard's best novel to date

By Rosco

from Mapleton,OLD AU

About Me Everyday Reader

Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Engaging characters
  • Informative
  • Page-Turner
  • Well Written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Older Readers
    • Travel Reading

    The combination of time and place, cleverly plotted storyline and believable characters all weave together to draw the reader into the intrigue. A book I didn't want to get to the end of and yet felt compelled to keep reading. So glad there's going to be a sequel!
    The small amount of French in conversation only adds to the mood of the book and should not put anyone off as Goddard cleverly ensures that no reader is left 'in the dark' about what is being said.
    Highly recommended.

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    ISBN: 9780593069745
    ISBN-10: 9780615675244
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 432
    Published: 1st July 2013
    Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.4  x 3.7
    Weight (kg): 0.55

    Robert Goddard

    Robert Goddard was born in Hampshire and read History at Cambridge. His first novel, Past Caring, was an instant bestseller. Since then his books have captivated readers worldwide with their edge-of-the-seat pace and their labyrinthine plotting. His first Harry Barnett novel, Into the Blue, was winner of the first WHSmith Thumping Good Read Award and was dramatized for TV, starring John Thaw.

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