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The Corners of the Globe Exemplifies Historical Espionage Thrillers
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The Corners of the Globe
By Robert Goddard
Mystery & Thrillers, Espionage
Pub Date 7 June 2016
The Corners of the Globe is a fast paced spy thriller that easily sits beside such classics as The 39 Steps. The followup to Goddard's The Ways of the World kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. James Maxted is ostensibly working for the treacherous master spy Lemmer, but in reality is working for Appleby of the British Secret Service to bring Lemmer to justice. Being a double agent is a dangerous game. Meanwhile Sam has his own problems. Kuroda has been sent back to Japan, and Sam is targeted by Tomura a deadly and powerful member of the Japanese delegation.
There is a lot going on throughout The Corners of the Globe but all of the pieces fit well together. The only thing that disappointed me was that the novel ended on a cliffhanger. I want to know what happens next and am eager to see what the next Goddard thriller has in store for Maxted and his compatriots.
I received a copy of The Corners of the Globe from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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 more – much more – 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...