'Right enough,' I said, 'though this isn't just the kind of war I would have picked myself. It's a comfortless, bloody business. But we've got the measure of the old Boche now, and it's dogged as does it. I count on getting back to the front in a week or two.'
'Will you get the battalion?' he asked. He seemed to have followed my doings pretty closely.
'I believe I've a good chance. I'm not in this show for honour and glory, though. I want to do the best I can, but I wish to heaven it was over. All I think of is coming out of it with a whole skin.'
He laughed. 'You do yourself an injustice. What about the forward observation post at the Lone Tree? You forgot about the whole skin then.'
I felt myself getting red. 'That was all rot,' I said, 'and I can't think who told you about it. I hated the job, but I had to do it to prevent my subalterns going to glory. They were a lot of fire-eating young lunatics. If I had sent one of them he'd have gone on his knees t
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If you're into adventure stories this short series of books are great. Buchan's keeps the books interesting adding interest with excitement and humor. Richard Hannay is sometimes a little pretentious, but I enjoyed his sense of honor, dignity and compassion. The book is as much about his adventures, the war and life as a spy as it is about the relationships Hannay had with his friends and colleagues. I would recommend this book to anyone, it lacks the vulgarity of modern day books and would make a great adventure read for anyone teen or adult.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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