House of Stratus
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Historical Crime/Classic Reprints (1624, The Netherlands)
Rachel A Hyde
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First Sir Percy
House of Stratus is an exciting new
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The First Sir Percy is one
of a whole set of reprints of Baroness Orczy's masterly novels,
and deals with the ancestor of the Scarlet Pimpernel. The heir to
a fortune and title back in England, he is instead adventuring his
way in Holland under the nom de guerre of Diogenes, together with
his companions whose call themselves Socrates and Pythagoras. Newly
married to the beautiful Gilda, he hears of a new plot from some
old adversaries to kill the Stadtholder Maurice of Nassau, whom
he is sworn to protect and the adventure starts. What happens you
will have to find out for yourself, but if you are a fan of this
type of adventure story, then you will enjoy it hugely. For best
understanding, it is necessary to first read The Laughing Cavalier,
as this is the second book of a pair and follows on directly after
this earlier chapter of the First Sir Percy's adventures.
Baroness Orczy, as ever, manages to
pack a lot of story and some convincing historical detail into a
modest number of pages. It isn't all just plot driven either, as
the characters are engaging enough and not mere ciphers to the exciting
story. You will find some humor in here as well which all adds up
to an enchanting whole. Well, it is a classic, isn't it? One to
dive in and enjoy hugely.