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The Silent Barrier

Louis Tracy

Book Overview: 

The Silent Barrier is a story of mystery and romance with Charles K. Spencer, a well-to-do young American mining engineer, as main character. Drinking his water in a hotel in London one day, he overhears a conversation between two young women, one of whom speaks of going to Switzerland. He decides to play "fairy godfather" and send the comparatively poor, but most amicable other girl there, without her knowing anything of him, under the pretext of furthering her career as a writer for a scientific journal. However, the girl is shadowed on her journey by the mysterious Mr. Mark Bower. Convinced from the first that Bower is a rogue, Mr. Spencer decides to follow them to protect the girl.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . adjusted her eyeglasses again, and passed in review the remaining occupants of the compartment. They were “foreigners,” whose existence might be ignored.

“This line grows worse each year,” she remarked, by way of a conversational opening. “It is horrid traveling alone. Unfortunately, I missed my son at Lucerne. Are your people on the train?”

“No. I too am alone.”

“Ah! Going to St. Moritz?”

“Yes; but I take the diligence there for Maloja.”

“The diligence! Who in the world advised that? Nobody ever travels that way.”

By “nobody,” she clearly conveyed the idea that she mixed in the sacred circle of “somebodies,” carriage folk to the soles of their boots, because Helen’s [Pg 68]guidebook showed that a diligence ran twice daily through the Upper Engadine, and the Swiss authorities would not provide those capac. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Helen is offered the opportunity of her life, but what is Charles Spencer's secret, and who is this mysterious Mr. Bower...more

Charming, clean & interesting romantic mystery. Enjoyable narration and recommended.

I loved the description of the Swiss Alps and the surrounding area. It really made me feel like I was there. The two guys fighting over the girl got a little old.

3.5 stars
Not my favorite of Tracy's work, but a good read nonetheless. A rich young American hero is visiting England when he overheard an interesting young lady make a wish that she could afford to summer in the Alps. He finds out that she is a young journalist and goes to the paper to pay for her

A fun adventure in the Swiss Alps.

Some of Tracy's supporting characters make all of the difference between 2 or 3 stars. This tale is one of those.