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In this, the fourth installment of the 10-volume Bulldog Drummond series by H. C. McNeile (pen name Sapper), The Final Count is a 1926 British thriller with a brilliant tough-guy protagonist at its center. Enormously popular at the time of its publication, this interpretation by Roy McMillan recreates this tale of an inventor of a powerful chemical weapon gone missing. Bulldog Drummond just knows he can solve the crime, and he pursues the truth with characteristic fervor. McMillan’s impeccable acting dramatizes all the adventure and romance that ensue and will leave listeners hanging on every word.

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In The Final Count, the fourth in Sapper's Bulldog Drummond series, Hugh Drummond returns after the climax of The Third Round saw him embroiled in an electrifying boat chase with his long-term enemy and master of disguise Carl Peterson. Now, Drummond must attempt to prove the innocence of an inventor of chemical warfare whose weapon mysteriously goes missing. Drummond is utterly resolute: Only one man can be capable of such a sinister plot.

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Public Domain (P)2012 Naxos AudioBooks

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  • 13-06-18

In Which We Regret This is the Last in the Series

Admittedly, this last of the Naxos Bulldog Drummond recordings gets off the mark a little slowly. Narrated by a character new to Drummond’s merry band, it takes him a while to join in the fun wholeheartedly. But once we does we’re off, and the thrills, spills and sheer escapism is, as always with “Sapper”, of a high order.

By turns hair-raising and humorous, the latter quality is what makes these tales so irresistible. I call it humor, but it’s really the breezy self-confidence of men who come from a certain class, went to the same schools and survived the Western Front together. This attitude leavens the heroics; Drummond’s band don’t take themselves too seriously, and the passages of high adventure seem keener thereby. When the chips are down, we realize the bluff good humor covers deep feelings of camaraderie. Sapper’s perspective is a nice change; obviously, not every writer who emerged from the trenches in 1918 hated God and country.

As always, Roy McMillan does a superb job. Let’s hope he gets a chance to perform some of Sapper’s six remaining Bulldog Drummond adventures. After all, Peterson may be no more, but Irma lives on.

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