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Salute to Adventurers

John Buchan

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I left him the business in the town, bought two good horses, hired a servant, by name John Faulkner, who had worked out his time as a redemptioner, and set out on my travels.

This is a history of doings, not of thoughts, or I would have much to tell of what I saw during those months, when, lean as a bone, and brown as a hazelnut, I tracked the course of the great rivers. The roads were rough, where roads there were, but the land smiled under the sun, and the Virginians, high and low, kept open house for the chance traveller. One night I would eat pork and hominy with a rough fellow who was carving a farm out of the forest; and the next I would sit in a fine panelled hall and listen to gentlefolks' speech, and dine off damask and silver. I could not tire of the green forests, or the marshes alive with wild fowl, or the noble orchards and gardens, or even the salty dunes of the Chesapeake shore. My one complaint was that the land was desperate flat to a hill-bred sou. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Wholly Adventure. Interesting. Good American History. Lovely Romance to it.

This is not a Hannay book, but it's one of my favorite Buchan books! It's set in the 1700s in New England (or thereabouts).

How can you go wrong with such an intro?-
"I tell of old Virginian ways;
And who more fit my tale to scan
Than you, who knew in far-off days
The eager horse of Sheridan;
Who saw the sullen meads of fate,
The tattered scrub, the blood-drenched sod,
Where Lee, the greatest of the great,
Bent to the storm of

One of Buchan's early books.... But the pace of the novel moved swiftly enough that I could easily imagine it as a movie unfolding scene by scene. A Critique of Buchan is that his spy novels become formulaic. This is neither. This is a novel that captures the grand adventure of being an early Americ

A ripping yarn.

New note:

Totally forgot to add that one of the funniest things my husband and I noticed about this book is that Louis L'Amour totally ripped it off for his Sackett series, whether he meant to or not. Wow, even some of the same descriptions and word usages.
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Another totally awesome Buchan book. I

It was chance that made me select Salute to Adventurers as my Buchan of the Month book to follow Prester John, which I read and reviewed last month. Once I started reading it, I began to appreciate the similarities between the two novels although Salute to Adventurers is more than merely Prester Joh

Full of action, very competent. Scottish trader goes to Virginia to improve business, but makes enemies of old families. Because of contacts in Scotland he goes into Indian country. Escapades, fights, acts of bravery.