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Prester John
After his father's death our young hero sets off to make his fortune in South Africa. He gets tangled up in an African tribal uprising and the strange encounter and rumours he hears along his journey make him suspect that his destination may not be as predictable as he has supposed. Set at the turn of the last century, this is a real adventure story.

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Sick Heart River
Lawyer and MP Sir Edward Leithen is given a year to live. Fearing he will die unfulfilled, he devotes his last months to seeking out and restoring to health Galliard, a young Canadian banker. Galliard is in remotest Canada searching for the River of the Sick Heart. Braving an Arctic winter, Leithen finds the banker. Leithen's health returns, but only one of the men will return to civilization.

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Courts of the Morning
South America is the setting for this adventure from the author of The Thirty-nine Steps. When Archie and Janet Roylance decide to travel to the Gran Seco to see its copper mines they find themselves caught up in dreadful danger; rebels have seized the city. Janet is taken hostage in the middle of the night and it is up to the dashing Don Luis de Marzaniga to aid her rescue.

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Half Hearted
Set in the closing years of the nineteenth century, The Half-Hearted tells the story of Lewis Haystoun, a dilettante and coward. At a Scottish country house party hosted by Lady Manorwater, Lewis falls for Alice Wishart, one of the guests. Lewis answers the call to adventure finally and sets off to Kashmir in search of 'success, enterprise, new lands and faces'.

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Salute to Adventurers
Andrew Garvald is a young Scottish merchant who has bravely come to make his fortune in a newly colonised America. Outlawed from Virginian society for opposing the London traders' monopoly, his friends are Red Ringan, a pirate and gentleman adventurer and Shalah, an exiled Indian prince. When Garvald is faced with a deadly foe, the stakes are high - the love of a beautiful lady and the existence of Virginia.

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Greenmantle
The mission; to neutralise and destroy a cunning and potentially devastating German plot to foment Holy War in the Islamic Near East, which could ignite a powder-keg and shake the balance of world power and the course of the war. Hannay is assisted by three intrepid companions: the suave, dashing, exotic and romantic Sandy Arbuthnot, the American - John Scantlebury Blenkiron, and the South African Boer Scout - Peter Pienaar.

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39 Steps
Richard Hannay has just returned to England after years in South Africa and is thoroughly bored with his life in London. But then a murder is committed in his flat, just days after a chance encounter with an American who had told him about an assassination plot which could have dire international consequences. An obvious suspect for the police and an easy target for the killers, Hannay goes on the run in his native Scotland where he will need all his courage and ingenuity to stay one step ahead of his pursuers.

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Mr Standfast
When Richard Hannay is recalled by the head of British Intelligence from the Western Front, he has little idea that his contribution to the war effort will be much more crucial than the command of his brigade in Flanders. His mission is to unravel a sinister conspiracy against the Allies.

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