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  • File Size: 199 KB
  • Print Length: 46 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd.; 1 edition (February 23, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 23, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007CS7WJU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,694 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Richard Foreman is the author of the Raffles series of books and the historical novels Augustus: Son of Rome and A Hero of Our Time. He has worked as a literary consultant and publicist to a number of bestselling authors, including Tom Holland, Conn Iggulden and Simon Scarrow. He lives in London.

Richard Foreman's work has been widely praised:

The Raffles: The Gentleman Thief series:

'A capital story! Strong characters, sparkling dialogue, a plot with a twist as the gentleman thief plies his trade again. Devotees of the original stories will rejoice at his return: new fans will greet a fresh hero and wait impatiently for more adventures. Raffles, burglar extraordinaire, master cricketer, welcome back to The Albany!' (David Dickinson, author of The Lord Powerscourt Mysteries)

'This story is not only a joy because of the wonderful characterizations of Raffles and Bunny, but the rest of the ensemble is both amusing and full of personality. I found myself often laughing with Raffles and cringing with Bunny at the various people they encounter. The casual mention of real people like H.G.Wells, Winston Churchill and the famous sportsman C.B.Fry - here a friend of Raffles - naturally brings authenticity to the story, and you really do feel like you're witnessing history first hand.' (Dawn, The Baker Street Babes)

'The exploitative rich are robbed, habitual criminals are caught, and men of true nobility triumph... Raffles... is a debonair rogue - a sparkling bon vivant with penchants for cricket and larceny ... [but] Foreman gives himself more latitude with Bunny... who grows in stature (and cunning) over the books.' (David Blackburn, The Spectator)

A Hero of Our Time:

'An elegant novel which is awash with both hope and tragedy. A Hero of Our Time is a must read for anyone interested in WWII or 19th Century Russian Literature.'
(Nigel Jones, author of Countdown To Valkyrie)

Augustus Son of Rome:

'Augustus: Son of Rome forges action and adventure with politics and philosophy. This superb story is drenched in both blood and wisdom - and puts Foreman on the map as the coming man of historical fiction'.
(Saul David, Author of the Zulu Hart series)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kate Barber on February 26, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This novella brings Raffles back to life in a witty and authentic way. It has all the adventure and charm of the original stories but with a very distinct modern touch from Foreman. Concise, it's a perfect short read for a journey and it will have you laughing out loud, as well as wanting more (there is a teaser chapter for the second book at the end of the first). There are a number of literary references littered throughout the text but, like the original stories by Hornung, Raffles: The Gentleman Thief aims to be good old fashioned entertainment - and succeeds.
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In 'Raffles: The Gentleman Thief', the author interestingly compares two opposing characters: Sherlock Holmes, the genius detective created A. C. Doyle and A. J. Raffles, the cricketer and skilful cracksman created by E. W. Hornung, Doyle's brother in law.

In this short story, Harry `Bunny' Manders narrates the event in which he and his Raffles are employed by Holmes to steal a letter from Hatchard's bookshop; the letter contains secret information that could compromise a powerful member of the government.

The precious collaboration between the investigators and the thieves seems to turn out well untill an unexpected and ironic ending changes the tide of story.

In spite of the brevity of this short story there is plenty to it, in terms of characterisation, plot twists and dialogue.
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Raffles: The Gentleman Thief is an excellent short story. It is detailed and interesting enough to quench a thirst for nostalgic and historical comfort whilst being compact enough to devour in the space of a lunchtime or train journey. For fans of Hornung's original stories, Foreman adds a fresh sense of adventure to Raffles, a respected and admired gentleman in London society with a penchant for larceny and pleasure. An addictive set of characters, a charming setting and Foreman's excellent dialogue bode very well for the next instalment.
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