The Ways of the World

The Ways of the World

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A thrilling espionage story set in Paris after the First World War, full of classic Goddard double crosses and triple twists.
1919. The eyes of the world are on the city of Paris where diplomats, politicians, spies and opportunists have gathered to discuss the fate of Germany in the aftermath of the cataclysm that was the First World War. In such circumstances, the last thing the British diplomatic community need is the untimely death of one of their delegation. So when Sir Henry Maxted falls from the roof of his mistress' apartment block in mysterious circumstances, their first instinct is to sanitize any unexplained aspects to his death.
But his son ex Royal Flying Corps ace, James 'Max' Maxted, has other ideas. He resolves to get to the bottom of Sir Henry's death - even if it does mean disturbing the impression of harmonious calm which the negotiating teams have worked so hard to maintain. In a city where nations are jostling for position at the crossroads of history and stakes are very high, it is difficult to tell who is a friend and who is a foe. And Max will soon discover how much he needs friends.

Publisher: London ; Toronto : Bantam Press, 2013.
ISBN: 9780593069738
0593069730
Characteristics: 403 p. :,map.

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feghoot
Aug 19, 2015

Convoluted plot that does not end at the end of the book. Don't waste your time. Basic plot idea stolen from Jacqueline Winspear.

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Matthew412
Mar 05, 2015

Pretty good book. Would have preferred the story to have ended with current effort ...... character and story not strong enough to justify sequels/continuations.

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Barbara Miller
Jan 28, 2015

Exciting from beginning to end. Can't wait to read the 2nd book.

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zipread
Dec 16, 2014

The Ways of the World --- by --- Robert Goddard, In this thrilling novel set in post WW1 Europe, Max, a British pilot shot down behind enemy lines, is dispatched to Paris by his suspicious mother to investigate the untimely death of her husband. Apparently he died by falling from a roof; hardly the expected cause of death for a reserved, minor British diplomat. Is this a story of espionage or a story about a seedy affair gone wrong? As the story unwinds we are introduced to characters savory and otherwise; to characters suspect and otherwise; to individuals competent and otherwise. The more questions Max’s investigations answer, the more new questions are raised. The plot of this novel squirms with turns and diversions. Who can he trust? Who is not to be trusted? Hold your breath: you won’t see the answers coming. Well written, never dull, this novel rolls right along. And then, and then it ends. But it’s not over. There are two more books to this trilogy. Recommended.

debwalker Dec 16, 2013

Another intriguing thriller/ tangled family tale from Goddard... this time out set in the immediate aftermath of WW1 and the negotiation of a peace that ultimately failed - interesting timing given the 100th anniversary of the declaration of war coming up soon.

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