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The Scarlet Pimpernel (Everyman's Library Children's Classics Series) Hardcover – September 21, 1999
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As other reviewers have stated, this book is Emmuska Orczy's excellent conclusion to her Scarlet Pimpernel series. In it, Sir Percy Blakeney tries to effect the hardest kind of rescue possible--that of a counter-revolutionary, who doesn't _want_ to be rescued--in the closing months of the Reign of Terror, when drowning "aristos" by the shipload had apparently replaced the guillotine as the preferred method of execution. All the while, Sir Percy must match wits with said rescuee's lover--an actress almost as good at disguise as the Pimpernel himself, who has secretly been blackmailed by an increasingly paranoid Citizen Robespierre (and the revenge-obsessed Chauvelin) to bring them the Pimpernel's head--at the cost of her lover's! Can Sir Percy outwit someone who can anticipate his every trick?
Marvelous story and a fit ending to the literally epic series.
Now, the bad points--
Don't be fooled by the professional cover art--the Kindle transfer was obviously done in a huge hurry. Whoever it was ran the text through a computer spellchecker without taking the time to make sure the machine had replaced errors with the correct word. Consequently, words such as but/by to/too/two this/thus are interchanged. But there are many more. If you cannot get past such things, I would recommend finding another edition of this.
I rated this book with four stars mostly because of its intriguing story line. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romance and adventure, or anyone looking for an inspiring story about moral decisions and human nature.
The only reason I do not give this book five stars is because it has a few repetitive phrases throughout the book. The repetition seemed unnecessary to me, but I could understand if others thought it to be important.
Over all good read! I thoroughly enjoyed it.