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John Dene of Toronto

A Comedy of Whitehall

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Author: Herbert Jenkins
Published: 1920
Language: English
Wordcount: 72,163 / 219 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 79.9
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 964
Added to site: 2010.07.28 28556

The story of how Malcolm Sage frustrated the enemies of Sir John Dene, inventor of submarine destroyers.

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k here," broke in John Dene, "I come from T'ronto, and in Can'da when we've got a good thing we freeze on to it. You've got to decide this thing within twenty-four hours, yes or no. Unless I cable to my agent in Washin'ton by noon to-morrow, he'll make the same offer I've made you to the States, and they'll be that eager to say 'Yep,' that they'll swallow their gum."

"But, Mr. Dene----" began Sir Lyster.

"I've been in this country fourteen hours," proceeded John Dene calmly, "and I can see that you all want gingering-up. Why the hell can't you decide on a thing at once, when you've got everything before you? If a man offers you a pedigree-pup for nothing, and you want a pedigree-pup, wouldn't you just hold out your hand?"

John Dene looked from one to the other.

"But this is not exactly a matter of a pedigree-pup," suggested Admiral Heyworth diplomatically. "It's a matter of--er----"

"I see you haven't got me," said John Dene with the air of a patient schoolmaster with a stup

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****
Henry L. Ratliff

(1920) Sci-fi (Military Invention) / Espionage (War secrets) / Humor (Personality) / Romance (Romantic comedy) / War (WWI)

R: :* * * * *

Plot bullets

  • John Dene is a rich Canadian. He has a dynamic, whirlwind personality and sees no reason why anyone should stand in his way., when he wants to bring an idea to fruition.

  • He has a plan to end the submarine menace of WWI. He has invented a super submarine killer.

  • The British government realizes they need him at any cost. Even to the loss of their rules, regulations and sanity.

  • He has his way at the war department, with some help from another agency, who unknown to hem, watches his back..

  • John falls in love with a secretary and applies his same dynamic philosophy to winning her..

  • Can Whitehall survive both the war and John Dene of Toronto?



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