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The First Saint Omnibus: An Anthology of Saintly Adventures (The Saint series) Paperback – July, 1990


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Product Details

  • Series: The Saint series
  • Paperback: 639 pages
  • Publisher: Intl Polygonics Ltd (July 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558820604
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558820609
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,514,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Paul Magnussen TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 18, 2010
It's always seemed to me that if you like the Saint stories enough to read more than a couple of them, it's worth starting at the beginning and reading them in the right order (as described in my So You'd Like To... Guide). Otherwise, you miss so much: to take just one example, the references in "The Simon Templar Foundation" to Rayt Marius (villain of The Last Hero and Knight Templar) will be meaningless to you.

However, if anthologies such as this are more to your taste, then this is where to start: all the stories are drawn from the pre-war books, which is to say the best ones.

Here's what you get:

From #02 Enter the Saint (1930)
• The Man Who Was Clever
From #05 Featuring the Saint (1931)
• The Wonderful War
From #06 Alias the Saint (1931)
• The Story of a Dead Man
From #08 The Holy Terror (aka The Saint vs. Scotland Yard 1932)
• The Million Pound Day
From #10 Once More the Saint (aka The Saint and Mr Teal 1933)
• The Death Penalty
From #11 The Brighter Buccaneer (1934)
• The Unblemished Bootlegger
• The Appalling Politician
From #12 The Misfortunes of Mr.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By coastalkate on June 23, 2012
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If you are a Saint aficianado here is a bunch of him in one pacakage. Vintage and still delightful. I miss this type of writing and this type of "hero" - Bond is good but Saint is better. Sums up a whole era of sauve.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 20, 2014
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I had downloaded and listened to all the Saint radio shows starring Vincent Price, and enjoyed them. Price's sense of humor made the show, I thought. So I bought the book to see how much had changed. The answer: a lot! The original Saint in these stories operates outside the law to right wrongs that have happened that the law can't rectify. Although the radio show described the Saint as "The Robin Hood of Modern Crime," it was only in the book that I could see how that made sense.

Overall, the short stories/novelettes in this collection are entertaining, but by no means deeply meaningful. I read them on a long train trip. You might like them at the beach, as a respite from more serious reading.
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