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Sir Percy Leads the Band (Scarlet Pimpernel)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2003
I really adored this book! It's the second one I've read in the Pimpernel series and I finished it in record time. It was so incredibly true to the spirit of The Scarlet Pimpernel. My only complaint would be - no Marguerite. She was very much a background character in this book, only mentioned, but never actually appearing. However, I would still recommend this to any Pimpernel fan!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 2006
What a great novel! Yes, I have heard criticism that there is less of Marguerite in this book than its predecessor, and that is true. However, I think the story is every bit as good as the original (even without Mrs. Blakeny). I also loved the 2 meanings of the title (and yes, I admit I read it one way until partway through the book, and then the second way dawned on me).

Anyone who loved "The Scarlet Pimpernel" will like this book as well!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A priest, a baron, a doctor, a lawyer and the Scarlet Pimpernel walked into a bar. Ok, well, not really, but take those characters and a woman, throw in a love triangle, and you have the basics of this book.

That, and the execution of the king of France. Sir Percy's band has to sneak around in entertaining disguises and extricate most of the above from the problems they have gotten themselves into.

To make matters worse, Chauvelin has become interested.

Fun stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 2012
The best thing about this Scarlet Pimpernel sequel is that it prominently features the Scarlet Pimpernel. I enjoy the Pimpernel sequels, owning and having read seven of them, but they all suffer from under-use of Sir Percy Blakeney and the Scarlet Pimpernel.

Baroness Orczy tends to write her Pimpernel books from the points-of-view of the victims and villains of the Revolution, with the result that the Scarlet Pimpernel himself is rarely on the page, and even when he is we're not necessarily aware of it, since he employs disguises and persona. This is, to some extent, unavoidable, since the Scarlet Pimpernel is a master of assumed identity. However, it does present a problem, since whenever Sir Percy Blakeney or the Scarlet Pimpernel is speaking or acting, the story simply glows, and when either is absent the story lacks wit and energy. They are the Sun and everything else is a planet, asteroid, or moon in comparison.

"Sir Percy Leads the Band" succeeds more than almost all the other sequels -- though the two short story collections are quite satisfying -- because we have a generous amount of the Scarlet Pimpernel on the page, exhorting his men, planning their exploits, wittily responding to setback or triumph. It's a pity that it took until this late sequel for Baroness Orczy to understand that the key to a Scarlet Pimpernel book is the Scarlet Pimpernel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2009
This second book in the series contained all the adventure of the first one. It kept me interested throughout, and I rapidly read through it. It was nicely separated into chapters (or smaller book sections) so that the reader knew exactly who was in current need of saving. I liked that part... especially since our favorite hero was of course the one we were all to worry about in the end. Yes, Marguerite was mostly absent from this book, but since it is all set inside France, it made a lot more sense than if our author had radomnly tried to throw her into the happenings. Plus, she was at least mentioned a few times... so not at all entirely forgotten by our hero. I liked the little wrap up in the end since it gave us a quick view into what happened to the minor characters and also a little bit more of Marguerite with her husband. Of course, to me this book told more about about Percy's relationship with his "band" of followers than with other characters. I guess that makes sense, since it is just as the title suggests.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2013
Loved it - a must for any Scarlet Pimpernel fan! I read the original years ago but only recently discovered that Orczy had written numerous sequels, and I'm enjoying every one! Working through the plot twists is like following Columbo as he tries to solve a mystery; it's no surprise that Orczy also wrote detective novels. The whole concept is just so much fun! Interestingly, though, she remains true to the historical reality of the period at the same time. Enjoy!
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on February 8, 2015
I ENJOYED this, the second Scarlet Pimpernel story I have read. I plan to read the rest of the series. There were lost of typos, but they were well worth putting up with in order to read this fascinating adventure story.

This was as much fun to read as the first book in the Scarlet Pimpernel series. I shall happily read the rest of the series. There were plenty of interesting plot twists to keep me intrigued.
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on December 8, 2011
A nice hardback book version of the Scarlet Pimpernel series is indeed elusive. This one is a good one. Wish the cover was a little more decorative. That's the only drawback.
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on May 4, 2015
A rave from the grave. Loved the old classics , derring do and courageous combatants. Wee bit racist against the french, but has to be taken in context of the times.
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on December 30, 2014
All is well!
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