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The Great Prince Shan

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Author: E. Phillips Oppenheim (Anthony Partridge)
Published: 1922
Language: English
Wordcount: 64,551 / 193 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 77.5
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 3,328
Added to site: 2005.02.26 9771
Genres: Espionage, Romance, Pulp

This story of world politics in 1934 has everything that goes to the making of an enthralling tale. A theme of present import, an intricate plot full of suspense and surprise, fascinating characters and an unusual love interest.

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never eat more than an omelette and some fruit for luncheon, compelled to sit down every day to a mittagessen! I wonder I have any digestion left at all."

"Do you mean that you were there under your own name?" he asked incredulously.

She shook her head.

"I secured some perfectly good testimonials before I left," she said. "They referred to a Miss Brown, the daughter of Prebendary Brown. I was Miss Brown."

"Great Heavens!" Nigel muttered under his breath. "You heard about Atcheson?"

She nodded.

"Poor fellow, they got him all right. You talk about thrills, Nigel," she went on. "Do you know that the last night before I left for my vacation, I actually heard that fat old Essendorf chuckling with his wife about how his clever police had laid an English spy by the heels, and telling her, also, of the papers which they had discovered and handed over. All the time the real dispatch, written by Atcheson when he was dying, was sewn into my corsets. How's that for an exciting situation?"

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 1.7 from 3 reviews: **
Dai Alanye

Another questionable Oppenheim tale, though I must admit to skimming. But the, life is too short to waste on something this silly.

Published in 1922 but set in 1934, it manages to get nearly every prediction wrong.
Russia (not USSR) seems to be a democracy with the Bolsheviks driven into a few mountain fastnesses. China is ruled by a prince who admires Britain and British ladies. Germany? Well, Germany is just plain bad, as it always is in Oppenheim's stories.

Never fear, thouigh--the plot is just as silly as the rest of it.

Dai Alanye

In fairness, I should add that Oppenheim gets a couple of things right: Britain's loss of empire and the evil of the Versailles Treaty.

On the other hand, it's a stupid title.


Kind of hard to tell exactly what was supposed to make this suspenseful, or romantic, or mysterious - but it was interesting to see a pre-WWII take on the direction of world politics, from the dramatic point of view. Giant airships (zepplins?) were the wave of the future! China, Russia and Germany, secretly allied against England and America, with a pair of attractive Brits as our only hope...



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