Sunday, October 3, 2021

Sexton Blake's New Order (Sexton Blake Library #5)


Sexton Blake's New Order is the 5th collection of Sexton Blake stories, this collection from the 60s. Released 27th April 2021 by Rebellion, it's 400 pages and is available in paperback and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats.

These are enthusiastically action driven adventures and they're full of non-stop intrigue and espionage. The stories are simply written and plotted and they rush along at a gallop. The bad guy are unrepentantly bad - the good guys are brave, lucky, and always on the side of the angels. The stories are easy to read and easy to like.

The writing quality is surprisingly high, especially considering that they're channeling the style of stories which were banged out as public entertainment.

I definitely would recommend the updated versions to anyone looking for light and entertaining action books, especially fans of series characters. For all my friends and acquaintances who enjoy the old John Creasey series like The Toff and The Baron, these (though set somewhat earlier in time) will fill the bill nicely.

Four stars (warning, product of its time and reflects many of the social mores and attitudes of same).

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes. 

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