The Corners of the Globe

The Corners of the Globe

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In The Ways of the World , the first novel in this gripping historical series by bestselling author Robert Goddard, James "Max" Maxted arrived in Paris during the 1919 peace conference to investigate the suspicious death of his diplomat father. But it didn't take long for the daredevil Royal Flying Corps veteran to land himself a new role: double agent.

In The Corners of the Globe , Max is sent on his first mission for legendary German spy Fritz Lemmer, the very man who claims responsibility for the murder of Max's father. As Max travels to Scotland's remote Orkney Islands to collect a mysterious grey file from a German captain, he must keep his true allegiances in mind. Further complications arise when a fellow tourist recognizes Max from their school days and threatens to blow his cover. Meanwhile, in Paris, Max's trusty sidekick Sam Twentyman has been promoted to chief mechanic for the British diplomatic fleet of cars. Though worried about his friend, Sam is content with his new set-up, until he receives warning that a nefarious element in the Japanese delegation is out to kill Lemmer--and they have reason to believe that Sam might be a link in the chain connected back to him.

With the Germans about to enter the peace negotiations, the need for reconciliation among nations is greater than ever. But there is one secret so explosive that it threatens to endanger the whole peace conference, and Max is intent on finding it out.
Publisher: New York : The Mysterious Press, [2016]
ISBN: 9780802125224
Branch Call Number: GODDARD
Characteristics: 392 pages ; 24 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.

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jazpur
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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