by A.E.W. Mason
(1910) Romance( Tragedy / Suspense (Murder)
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- A man finds that his wife-to-be has secrets.
- The man's once best friend has love letters that he threatens to use against the girl.
- The scheme is exposed.
- Murderous plans are made for revenge.
- The small town of Wastdale has few secrets, but this is an exception. It is a black secret for some but soon will no longer be A Secret of Wastdale.
by J. Storer Clouston
(1917) Espionage (WWI) / Mystery (Spy)
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- A German soldier is put ashore on and English island, from a submarine, for a three day mission to gain information about British fleet movements.
- The first part of the story is told from his viewpoint, as he tries to avert detection and meet up with his contact.
- In the second part, the plot thickens as the master spy, his contact, executes his plot of impersonation (that of a village Vicar), and sets himself up to fulfill his part in the mission.
- The soldier considers himself, as just that, a soldier on a mission, not a spy, and has issues with the cold ruthlessness of his contact.
- Yes, there is a beautiful lady spy for whom he learns to care.
- In the final segment, the mission falls apart. All is not as it seemed.
- Is the story about the soldier who lands in the black of night clothed in a dark jumper to hide his uniform, the master spy, who is disguised in the black clothing of a Vicar, or the black deeds of the profession itself?. Who is, The Spy in Black.?
by Johann David Wyss
(1849) Adventure (Survival) / Young Readers (Moral religious/social)
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- This family is in route to Australia.
- Their ship is wrecked off the African coast and only the family members, some animals and ship goods remain.
- The family set about to make an island there new home. This is done too an incredible extent as the father is a scientist and the family the ideal social unit.
- They must conten with the fear of pirates (sorry Disney, there are none), the need for shelter and food, and rescue. They make it a paradise.
- If you had to be ship wrecked on an island, you would wish to do so with, The Swiss Family Robinson
by E. Phillips Oppenheim
(1920) Espionage (WWI) / Mystery (Unraveling past events) /Suspense (Political)
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- Sir Everard Dominey, an Englishman, and Baron Leopold Von Ragastein, a German are old school acquaintances.
- They are more that that. The resemblance of the two is remarkable.
- Dominey shows up in Africa at the plantation of Baron Von Ragastein, who has been placed there for espionage work for Germany, in case of, or in preparation for war.
- Von Ragastein devises a plan to take advantage of an opportunity to switch places with Sir Edward and do some secret work in England, as Sir Edward.
- The masquerade will not be easy, as he must deal with Sir Edward's past. And must be prepared to encounter and best these situations:
o Sir Edward left England to flee a possible murder indictment.
o The event mentally effected his wife Rosamund to the point that she may want his life.
o The mother of the man he was supposed to have killed. THis woman is his wife's personal attendant and confidant.
o Rumors of a ghost of the man he was supposed to have killed.
o Von Ragastein's old lover, who is determined to cause trouble.
- Under these conditions, and thosed imposed by the war, can any one man keep up, 'The Great Impersonation'.