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The Pawns Count (EasyRead Super Large 18pt Edition) Paperback – Large Print, February 13, 2009
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About the Author
E. Phillips Oppenheim (1866 1946) was one of the most popular and successful writers of spy fiction in the early twentieth century, and was known in his time as the Prince of Storytellers. He was the author of more than 100 novels, of which The Great Impersonation has always been the most acclaimed. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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The action in this novel takes place in the Spring of 1916. Germany and England are at war, and the alliances of the United States and Japan are key to ultimate victory. Germany is looking to strengthen the neutrality of the US, and keep American out of the war, at all costs. Japan is seen as a future power that can attack or support Germany's global ambitions. The novel explores the actions of German American businessmen who plot to keep American neutral, or destroy it's ability to help English and French. American polticians are bribed, factories are burned.
The Battle of Jutland, which took place at the end of May, 1916, features prominently in the story. The novel was published in March of 1918, while the war was still being waged in Europe. Oppenheim worked for the British Government in public affairs, and was heavily engaged in the effort to convince the Americans to join the war.
This sets into action several highly cultured spies from different governments out to find Sandy and his formula. From the U.S. (a neutral country at this time in the story) is socialite Pamela Van Teyl. Oh, I like her. She's got style. She's got class. She's got *something* made of brass. Also from America is Oscar Fischer, but he was originally born in Germany and that's who he's working for. He's also got a major "thang" for Pamela. The United Kingdom is represented by suave spy John Lutchester, who always seems to turn up at the right place at the right time. There's also Prince Nikasti from the Empire of Japan, but you can call him Kato.
Who will find the formula? Will Germany and Japan become allies to attack the U.S.? Or will Germany and the U.S. become bedfellows and attack Japan? Will Pamela consider the exciting life she would have with Fischer and marry him, or will Lutchester steal her heart away?
Read this rather short book to find the answers.