[[ Reading ]] ➼ The Corners of the Globe Author Robert Goddard – Loufanet.info

The Corners of the Globe Spring, 1919 James Max Maxted, Former Great War Flying Ace, Returns To The Trail Of Murder, Treachery And Half Buried Secrets He Set Out On In The Ways Of The World He Left Paris After Avenging The Murder Of His Father, Sir Henry Maxted, A Senior Member Of The British Delegation To The Post War Peace Conference But He Was Convinced There Was Much To Be Discovered About What Sir Henry Had Been Trying To Accomplish And He Suspected Elusive German Spymaster Fritz Lemmer Knew The Truth Of It.Now, Enlisted Under False Colours In Lemmer S Service But With His Loyalty Pledged To The British Secret Service, Max Sets Out On His First And Possibly Last Mission For Lemmer It Takes Him To The Far North Of Scotland To The Orkney Isles, Where The German High Seas Fleet Has Been Impounded In Scapa Flow, Its Fate To Be Decided At The Conference Table In Paris Max Has Been Sent To Recover A Document Held Aboard One Of The German Ships What That Document Contains Forces Him To Break Cover Sooner Than He Would Have Wished And To Embark On A Desperate Race South, Towards London, With Information That Could Destroy Lemmer If Max, As Seems Unlikely, Lives To Deliver It I don t mind reading trilogies as long as there is a good reason for spreading a story over three books but I didn t feel that this book was anything than padding Although I will read the final book in due course I hate giving up , I ve got to the point where I m not sure I care whether Max ever finds out who murdered his father or why Despite the glamour of having been a WW1 flye Description Spring, 1919 James Max Maxted, former Great War flying ace, returns to the trail of murder, treachery and half buried secrets he set out on in The Ways of the World He left Paris after avenging the murder of his father, Sir Henry Maxted, a senior member of the British delegation to the post war peace conference But he was convinced there was much to be discovered about what Sir Henry had been trying to accomplish And he suspected elusive German spymaster Fritz Lemmer knew the truth of it.Now, enlisted under false colours in Lemmer s service but with his loyalty pledged to the British Secret Service, Max sets out on his first and possibly last mission for Lemmer It takes him to the far north of Scotland to the Orkney Isles, where the German High Seas Fleet has been impounded in Scapa Flow, its fate to be decided at the conference table in Paris Max has been sent to recover a document held aboard one of the German ships What that document contains forces him to break cover sooner than he would have wished and to embark o Fool me once so the first book was good enough that the surpise at the end about the mystery extending to the next book was acceptable About a third of the way into this next book however, I started to wonder about the pacing and meandering strands so I flipped to the end and lo and behold Continued appeared there so not fooling me twice I did not finish it To be fair, if this period is a favourite and the politics is of interest, the level of detail that extends a fairly good mystery story into a third volume could be right up your alley The writing is good and the main character is charismatic but, for me, The second installment of Robert Goddard s worldwide trilogy, THE CORNERS OF THE GLOBE is a first rate sequel to THE WAYS OF THE WORLD The main character James Maxted, better known as Max continues his quest to discredit the idea that his father, Sir Henry, a British diplomat attached to the English delegation at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919 had committed suicide To avoid rehashing the details of the events surrounding the death of Sir Henry, the machinations that ensued involving a number of foreign secret services, and the impact of events on the peace talks, Goddard provides a handy memo written by Henry Appleby, a member of the British Secret Service that summarizes events in his missive to C, the individual in charge of English intelligence, dated 27 April 1919 see pp 31 36 The memo allows those readers who have not read THE WAYS OF THE WORLD to gain somewhat of an understanding of why the story line proceeds as it does, though it is a bit confusing at the outset.The narrative continues as Max arrives crossing over from Scotland and landing at Kirkwall Bay which at the time is overrun by American mine sweepers trying to clear the vast body of water from mines laid during the Great War Max, who is now in the service of British intelligence, also posing as an agent of the German spy master, Fritz Lemmer, who he suspects was responsible for the death of his father, is to inspect a German warship that has bee

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