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The Big Book of Swashbuckling Adventure selected by Lawrence Ellsworth – 2014

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The Big Book of Swashbuckling Adventure
Selected and introduced by Lawrence Ellsworth

Pegasus Books

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“. . .an excellent read . . .”

Swashbuckling action tales have a long and illustrious history with many famous authors contributing to the genre. The successful Pirates of the Caribbean movies demonstrates how it remains highly popular with the public. Lawrence Ellsworth brings us a wonderful collection of short stories by such luminaries as Baroness Orczy, Alexandre Dumas, Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle among others, stories which are long overdue another well-deserved spell in the limelight.

Conan-Doyle is known for Sherlock Holmes, but his Brigadier Gerard is a delightful character in the Baron Munchausen mold. Here the author recounts the Brigadier’s exploits in the closing years of the Napoleonic Wars when he encounters a noblewoman who isn’t all she seems. Anthony Hope’s best known work is The Prisoner of Zenda. In The Sin of the Bishop of Modenstein his protagonist lives in the Zenda of a hundred and fifty years earlier where the good bishop must take up his forsaken sword to defend the life of a princess. Baroness Orczy’s Scarlet Pimpernel once more comes to the rescue of a noblewoman in peril in The Cabaret de la Liberté in a piece redolent of the French Revolution.

Ellsworth has produced an excellent read for all those who enjoy swashbuckling – and for those who’d like an introduction to the world of derring-do.

Reviewer: Cindy A. Matthews