Simon Templar is the Saint - daring, dazzling, and just a little disreputable. On the side of the law, but standing outside it, he dispenses his own brand of justice one criminal at a time.
When the Saint and Patricia Holm stumble upon a government test of a weapon of mass destruction, they realise they've seen something that must be kept away from the wrong hands. But the Saint's nemesis Rayt Marius is already nearby...
There is only one way to stop Marius from using the weapon to start a war - kidnapping the scientist who built it. The plot comes to a climax on the banks of the River Thames, and not everyone will survive.
Leslie Charteris was born in Singapore and moved to England in 1919. He left Cambridge University early when his first novel was accepted for publication. He wrote novels about the Saint throughout his life, becoming one of the 20th century`s most prolific and popular authors.
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"Important to Listen Within Original Context"
My 4 star rating for this book overall has everything to do with setting the right context and listening within that framework. This book was published in 1930. The same year that Dashiel Hammit published The Maltese Falcon. For those who have actually watched that old b/w Humphrey Bogart film, it will help to evoke the context of that time. WWI was the war to end all wars. WWII was a thought too horrible to contemplate. Relationships were portrayed in simple and un-nuanced terms. Given that approach, this book starts to make sense. Charteris writes with a wonderful style and really knows how to turn a phrase. The main character (our Saint) is rather amoral when it comes to dealing 1-on-1 justice, but still is capable of preaching about national righteousness and ethics.
This book was definitely heading to a 3 star rating (which for me means "just average, but not awful") when it finally picked up speed in the last few chapters. What sealed the 4 stars was the author's afterword. Equally as informative as the foreword, it acknowledged the book's shortcomings and rationalized why he decided to not go back for a rewrite. I found this absolutely fascinating. Enough so that I will pick up the next book.
And, let it be said that this narrator was absolutely wonderful.
Repeating myself here: I strongly recommend listening to the foreword and the afterword. Those two pieces give this book meaning, context and make it all the more enjoyable.
"Classic Series that Audible serves Poorly"
Book 3 is actually Book 1! Audible & Amazon staffs have a tendency to do minimal service to some series & unfortunately this is one of them.
The book is fantastic! A picture in time right up with Dashiell Hammett & Raymond Chandler. This is NOT your mother's Simon Templar! This is more of an amoral Saint filled with violence and fuzzy philosophies. There are more than one Saint and Simon Templar is not a womanizing Lothario,but a one-woman man.
Charteris helped write the early Saint movies, so agreed to the sanitizing of what Simon Templar became on the screen, but he kept The Saint true to his origins on the page.
Mr. Tefler serves the written word with panache and verve! Listen to the series and see why Simon Templar, The Saint has been popular since 1929!
The name Simon Templar sounded familiar, a character with literary backbone. So I picked this one up out of curiosity as I sometimes do, and found it to be a pleasant diversion.
"Simon Templar fresh for the age"
I have long been a fan of the Brighter Buccaneer known as the Saint. This is a great way to enjoy these early stories.
While some may find them simplistic next to some modern thrillers. I believe Charteris's Saint to be still very enjoyable and a cleaner alternative for younger readers.
Sure no one talks like the Saint anymore but that is part of the clever joy it provides.
Job Well Done!
"Enjoyable early Saint story"
The Saint in the early days had his band of merry men, and he was a far cry from the dashing, suave Simon Templar people who only know him from the TV show know. There's still his brash, smartass attitude, and his "into the brink of death" philosophy (perfectly portrayed by John Telfer), and here it comes in handy. A (quite literal) mad scientist has invented a horrible weapon, and the Saint and his cronies battle not only foreign powers but Scotland Yard to keep the scientist from unleashing his horror upon the world.
"Nostalgia overwhelmed me"
The Saint,'s sense of right and wrong and why he developed that particular code of conduct.
The Saint. Just a very lovable character, good and bad rolled up into one character that accomplishes the greatest good for the greatest number of people.
No, I haven't.
"Finding what is positive in darkest time."
Predictable yet enjoyable. Story to entertain with laughter and smile. Finding the positive in the hardest time. Becoming a new fan after all is said and done.
"Well Written Horror"
I did not finish this book. Eruditely written. Well read to the point that the violence was just too real. Too much so, especially in this day and age of violence expounded.
Did not complete this book.
I could hear each character clearly.
NO. There is enough gratuitous violence already.
Sorry to have such good writing tell such horrible stories.
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