|Plot Summary of The Thirty-Nine Steps|
|"From the moment his friend had been murdered, Richard Hannay's own life is under threat, since he friend had previously told him of a political assassination that was to shortly take place in London.
Pursued by the police and killers, Hannay heads to his native Scotland to seek refuge, where a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues. He must persuade someone in the British Government of the impending danger, and to save the country from certain ruin.
Paul Antony Hayden, Resident Scholar
|"In Buchan's most famous novel Richard Hannay, a mining engineer lately of South Africa, becomes embroiled in international conspiracy and intrigue. A man is murdered, he must fly to his beloved Scotland, run for his life. The murdered man's little black book holds the encoded key to the conspiracy, but both the police and the enemy are on his trail."
Michael JR Jose, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Thirty-Nine Steps|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Tone of story
- very upbeat
How difficult to spot villain?
- Somewhat obvious
Time/era of story:
Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:
- main char. spying/sabotage
- stopping a saboteur/spy
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
General Crime (including known murderer)
Who's the criminal enemy here?
- finding a known killer
- infantry soldier
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How much violence does he/she use?
- a little
- just the right amount
How sensitive is this character?
- hard edged
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- Very much smarter than other characters
- average physique
- an organization
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- an average amount
Motive of antagonist
The antagonists are:
- average physique
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
How many deaths?
Unusual forms of death
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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