| Posted: Sun 30 Jul, 2006 10:26:14
I've set out on a quest. The quest is to read all the DW books, starting with the Forbidden Territory (1933) to The Deception Planners (1980). The reason is that there are many books that I have not read and there are several that I would like to read again.
Whether I achieve this aim or not I'm not sure as there are are likely to be many interruptions in every day life; but here goes!!
I've broken a rule already because I should start with the Forbidden Territory BUT I read this a year ago and it is still fresh in my mind.
I would think that most DW fans have read the Forbidden Territory and I can only confirm what a wonderfully evocative and exciting read it is. I really feel as if I want to go there and explore it myself.
So, Such Power is Dangerous.
I wish I hadn't read that the book had been written in two weeks in order to see if DW could match Edgar Wallace's ability to write them in a week as I felt that I was looking for flaws.
The story revolves around a young actess called Avril Bamborough who gets involved with a conspiracy for a group of ruthless men to monopolise the American/British film industry.
The book started slowly and I began to think, do I really care if these people achieve their aim or not but as it progressed it became more readable and developed into a typical DW "Get the baddies" type theme and by the end of the book I felt that it was good. Not great but good.
There is a ride through the English countryside in this book and it really reminded me of the drive to the Sabbat in TDRO.
A couple of things also struck me with this book;
It was a little fanciful to achieve this sort of plot in such a small time scale.
I loved the way DW tries to promote the Forbidden Teritory by including details of it and himself in the story.
He uses the word 'Snide' 4 times. - very dated now.
Being a huge Charles ll fan myself I really liked the references to him in conjunction with the story.
The last chapter seemed a little rushed or am I imagining it reference my earlier comment on timescale.
His first book the 'The Forbidden territory' I will
Will I read 'Such power is Dangerous' again - Maybe!!!