Envoy Extraordinary by E. Phillips Oppenheim

Envoy Extraordinary

byE. Phillips Oppenheim

Kobo ebook | March 13, 2015

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Ronald, Earl of Matresser, global traveler and dilettante, returns home to his Norfolk estates after several years hunting, exploring and spying in Africa and Asia. His wealth is enormous, but his heart is empty. On the night of his arrival, a mysterious messenger is assaulted just outside the gates of his estate. Also, a gigantic Dutchman sails a small yacht into the local harbor amidst a furious gale. Matresser finds that the beautiful Baroness Elizabeth Stamier, niece of the Austrian ambassador has joined his household as the companion of his sister.

Most of the first half of this 1937 novel takes place on the extensive estates of Matresser during the fall hunting season. Much attention is paid to shooting and social life. Eventually the action escapes to the forests of Germany, where more hunting and feasting is done while an astounding collection of nations gathers to plot the return of Monarchy to the disturbed countries of Europe.

At the time this novel was written, German and Italy were already under the control of dictators (called Hellstern and Matorni in Oppenheim speak). How could Europe return to peace? That is the puzzle that Oppenheim addresses in this fantastical fiction which focuses on nobility instead of common sense. There are several well drawn minor characters in the novel. Henry Yates is the diminuitive, one-armed, ex-soldier, and secretary to Matresser. Also, an extended return of General Besserley, American Diplomat and head of the Secret Service.

Title:Envoy ExtraordinaryFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 13, 2015Publisher:Consumer Oriented Ebooks PublisherLanguage:English

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