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The Port of Missing Men

Meredith Nicholson

Book Overview: 

Shirley Claiborne is fascinated by the tall handsome man named John Armitage who seemed to follow her and her brother, Captain Claiborne, as they traveled around Europe. Count von Stroebel had urged Armitage to do something for Austria. Now von Stroebel was dead – cut down by an assassin’s bullet – and Jules Chauvenet is one step closer to seeing the corrupt and worthless Francis ascend to the throne. When Shirley and Captain Claiborne sail for their home in Washington D.C., Armitage follows them. Monsieur Chauvenet also follows, but is he following Shirley or the mysterious John Armitage? And just who is John Armitage?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .American flag displayed by the cruiser, and Dick lifted his cap.

"I was bidding farewell to your foreign suitors, Shirley, and congratulating myself that as soon as père et mère get their sea legs they will resume charge of you, and let me look up two or three very presentable specimens of your sex I saw come on board. Your affairs have annoyed me greatly and I shall be glad to be free of the responsibility."

"Thank you, Captain."

"And if there are any titled blackguards on board—"

"You will do dreadfully wicked things to them, won't you, little brother?"

"Humph! Thank God, I'm an American!"

"That's a worthy sentiment, Richard."

"I'd like to give out, as our newspapers say, a signed statement throwing a challenge to all Europe. I wish we'd get into a real war once so we could knock the conceit out of one of their . . . Read More

Community Reviews

This narrative shows an uncanny insight in the potential volatility of the Balkan countries. The Port of Missing Men is a cloak and dagger story written a few years prior to World War I. Serbia plays a large role in this tale and the chance of a World War id hinted to. This isn’t the only predict...more

PRE WW11 STORY IN EUROPE AND US SHOWING HOW OR WHY WAR IS NEEDED SOMETIMES

I read this one a second time after I learned the true identity of John Armitage. I really enjoyed this book!

A sweet, intriguing story.

The House of a Thousand Candles (same author) was much more intriguing, but this was fun enough for a simple read.

The man sitting in fron of Von Strobel was heard of as dead; and if he were to anounce his name and stay in Austria, he will be dead. But he holds a most important clue that holds great importance to the welfare of Austria, and Strobel leaves him with a request: "Do something for Austria!"
He is...more

I greatly enjoyed this book. I think what I enjoyed more than the story was the fact that there were so many words I had to look up the definitions for! Reading a book as old as this one is always a pleasure as I'm taken back to the English language as it struggles to mark it's independence from...more

This popular novel of a century ago is essentially a potboiler romance dressed up as a spy thriller.

No sooner do we get into the second chapter than there is a rather lengthy (pages!) ‘info dump’ to slow things down and thoroughly bore one. Following that, however, the novel settles into a decent...more

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