The Ways Of The World – Robert Goddard

Posted: October 18, 2013 in Review, thriller

the ways of the worldJames ‘Max’ Maxted served as a pilot in WW1 and intends to set up a flying school on his aristocratic family’s land. His father, Sir Henry Maxted, is in favour of the idea but his brother Ashley, who will inherit everything, is not.  Sir Henry is a former diplomat and is asked to meet with delegates in Paris in 1919 to determine the outcome of the peace process.  While there he falls from an apartment roof in a dodgy part of the city.

Ashley and Max travel to Paris to find out about their father’s death and deal with the red tape to get his body home.  Max is unsatisfied by the official explanation and determined to find the true cause of his father’s death.  His fried Sam Twentyman, who Max is setting up his business with, travels to Paris to help and the action begins!

Though slow to start with the story gets exciting and a breathtaking adventure follows.  The plot is cleverly constructed, an espionage novel that shows the decadent side of Paris society in the late 1910s.  Factual history merges with the fictional story and you can see the setting as though you were there.  Max is a brave, determined hero and Sam is a likeable sidekick, engaging and courageous.

The book is gripping, with lots of twists, double-crosses, triple twists, and clever manipulations.  I’m really looking forward to the next in the trilogy.

Transworld Publishers

Supplied by Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Jan


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