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The Power House

John Buchan

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The Power-House of the title is an international anarchist organization led by a rich Englishman named Andrew Lumley. Its plan to destroy Western civilization is thwarted by Leithen with the assistance of a burly Labour MP.

Recommended for fans of Dan Brown.

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A good yet rather short suspense and adventure tale from Buchan...more

Edward Leithen is a very different character from Richard Hannay: he's well settled in his urban life as a lawyer and MP, doesn't crave travel and isn't an adventurer. However, like Hannay, he has a knack for finding himself in the midst of perilous conspiracies, and he rises to the occasion in h...more

A short but effective novel. By all rights it shouldn't work but it does. That's Buchan's skill showing thru. There's nothing specific about the set-up. There's a bad guy, Lumley, with a plan to take over...what? I'm not sure. Either I didn't catch it or it wasn't spelled out. The same goes for '...more

Reading this book from John Buchan I thought to myself when a book evokes such a strong sense of deja-ious am I reading just a new version of an old story or in fact I am reading one of those rare books which sets the ground work for a more famous descendent.

Let me explain - I have been fan of 3...more

قصة ظريفة .... هى مثيل ل قصص شيرلوك هولمز ل ارثر كونان دويل ...فقط ذكاء اقل ..لا محادثات بين البطل و زميله ليفسر له ما حدث و ما سيحدث ...
للحظات فكرتنى ب فيلم باتمان حينما كان الفساد يضرب جهاز الشرطة فى المدينة كلها لدرجة انه لم يكن يعرف بمن يثق

اضحكتنى جدا جملة .. الضابط المسئول ب سكوتلانديارد حين...more

Perhaps only 3* for this fairly short adventure novel about a man who discovers a secret anarchist society in pre-WW1 London.

Reminiscent of Hitchcock: The Power House of the title is definitely a McGuffin as it really isn't at all clear what evil deeds its members are cooking up. But it's a good chase story.

There's something to be said about vintage literature: it makes for fascinating study. Someone knowledgeable in history, social studies, or politics would find vintage literature an easy window to view our past from and compare the worlds of yesterday to the universe of now. As for readers like m...more

قصة بوليسية أخرى من بوكان.. بطلها عضو برلمان يكتشف وجود منظمة سرية يتزعمها شخص ما و من خلالها يسيطر هذا الشخص على انجلترا بأكملها.. و يحاول البطل كشف تلك المنظمة..

الأحداث سريعة لم أشعر بالملل منها.. و لو ان فكرة "عضو البرلمان" الذي يقوم بدور "جيمس بوند" تبدو فكرة غريبة قليلا بالنسبة لي.. لكن على...more

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