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The Man with the Clubfoot

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Author: Valentine Williams (Douglas Valentine)
Published: 1918
Language: English
Wordcount: 68,414 / 202 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 82.5
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 2,982
Added to site: 2005.03.10
mnybks.net#: 9978
Origin: gutenberg.org

'The Man with the Clubfoot' is one of the most ingenious and sinister secret agents in Europe. It is to him that the task is assigned of regaining possession of an indiscreet letter written by the Kaiser. Desmond Okewood, a young British officer with a genius for secret service work, sets out to thwart this man and, incidentally, discover the whereabouts of his brother.

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n purple ink beneath the name and address of Mynheer van Urutius ... that was all.

My heart sank with disappointment and wretchedness as I read the inscription.

Here is the document:

* * * * *

Herr Willem van Urutius, Automobilgeschäft, Nymwegen. Alexandtr-Straat 81 bis.

Berlin, Iten Juli, 16.

O Eichenholz! O Eichenholz! Wie leer sind deine Blätter.

Wie Achiles in dem Zelte.

Wo zweie sich zanken Erfreut sich der Dritte.

* * * * *

(Translation.)

Mr. Willem van Urutius, Automobile Agent, Nymwegen. 81 bis Alexander-Straat.

Berlin, 1st July, 16.

O Oak-tree! O Oak-tree, How empty are thy leaves.

Like Achiles in the tent.

When two people fall out The third party rejoices.

* * * * *

I stared at this nonsensical document in silence. My thoughts were almost too bitter for words.

At last I spoke.

"What's all this rigmarole got to do with Francis, Dicky?" I aske

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 5 from 2 reviews: *****
2012.11.02
tgatzajr
*****

This was a great book! Throughout the whole book Desmond was just one step ahead of danger and certain death.

In a effort to locate his lost brother behind enemy lines in Germany during WW-I, Des comes across half a letter that the German Kaiser would stop at nothing to get back. Lots of action and impossible escapes.

The book was very well written.

I Highly recommend this book for those who like adventure and espionage novels!

2008.06.30
Linda Otto
*****

This was great! I loved every minute of it.


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