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The Kingdom Of The blind Paperback – February 20, 2004

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Edward Phillips Oppenheim (1866 1946), an English novelist, was a major and successful writer of genre fiction, particularly thrillers. Among his books are The Betrayal, The Avenger, The Double Life of Mr. Alfred Burton, The Devil's Paw, and The Evil Shepherd. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Classics (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594562423
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594562426
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,672,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Surgeon-Major Hugh Thomson is engaged to the beautiful Geraldine Conyers. Ostensibly responsible for military hospitals on the front in France, in reality he is in charge of military counter-intelligence. He is on the trail of a German master spy who seems to be able to travel across the lines and back and forth between Germany and England.

Captain Granet is a wounded war hero recently awarded the DSO and recovering after having been captured twice and escaping twice from the Germans. He meets and falls in love with Geraldine Conyers.

This novel was written and published in 1916, during the early years of World War 1. It relates with remarkable clarity the thoughts and feelings of the upper class in London during the early, romantic, phase of the war. Although there are intimations of the brutality of Ypres and other battles, there is still the remarkable fluidity between the battlefields in France, and society in London. Much is made of the ignorance and cowardice of politicians and businessmen, and the courage of military men in confronting the enemy.

The plot evolves around the development and implementation of secret war weapons aimed at German Submarines. Airplanes are still a novelty, and there is a nighttime Zeppelin raid on a secret weapons laboratory.

Oppenheim served as a press liaison with the British military in France. He was one of the authors who notably tried to warn Britain about German intentions before the war, and then cursed the inadequate British conduct of the war. Writing clearly from the viewpoint of the upper class, this novel is a interesting window into the thoughts and feelings of the participants.
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`Some of our worst enemies are at home... and we shall never get on with the war till we've weeded them out. `

This phrase epitomizes best the subject of the work. Written by British literaturist EP Oppenheim in 1916, it's quite feasible that when this was published it was genre pop-fiction, much akin to today's works by `James Axler' and `Clive Cussler', but with a bit more culture. Oppenheim is believed to have published over 150 works, many under a nom de plume. However, because of its genre-fiction standing I find it hard to find the desire to further read anymore of his work.

The work offers plenty of twists and turns, war, a love triangle, lies, an entrapment, deceit and feathery expressive writing to keep the readers interest. The plot twists and turns fairly well and coheres nicely, with all the notions falling into place. Thereby, the work is quite well written, and it is to a degree interesting, but it doesn't add much new or substantial to the body of WWI fictional literature.

In a tale of espionage set during World War I (WWI) Britain, we encounter a variety of characters. Surgeon-Major General Hugh Thomson, the works apparent antagonist, who is endeavoring to clear the British troops of spies. From an encounter with Captain Ronald Granet at Granet's aunt's luncheon, Thomson begins to feel suspicion toward him. But is this only due to Granet's interest in Thomson's girl, Geraldine Conyers? The prime players spend much of the novel thinking this is so.
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