Sem rated it liked it Jan 16, Peter Ellis rated it liked it May 29, Pedro Cravo rated it liked it Aug 17, Francisco Monteiro rated it really liked it Apr 26, Bin rated it really liked it Sep 22, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. He went to France in when World War I broke out and he saw action at both the First and the Second Battle of Ypres where he displayed considerable bravery, was awarded the Military Cross and was mentioned in dispatches.
His first known published work was a series of short war stories based on his own experiences, and published under the name 'Sapper' in the Daily Mail and in the magazine 'The War Illustrated'. These stories were immediately successful and later sold over , copies within a year when subsequently republished in book-form.
His realistic writing proved most popular at a time of great stress and Lord Northcliff, the owner of the Daily Mail who recognised his talent, was so impressed by that he attempted, but failed, to have McNeile released from the army so he could work as a war correspondent. After the War was over, in , McNeile resigned from the army with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and became a full-time author, publishing his first novel, Mufti, in that year.
In , he moved to Sussex and lived there for the rest of his life, having married Peggy Baird-Douglas with whom he had two sons. He began the series for which he now best remembered, that of Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond in and thereafter he wrote 10 novels featuring his eponymous hero. The public took to Drummond and McNeile had great financial success. The first book was adapted for the stage and produced, to great success, at Wyndham's Theatre during the season with Gerald du Maurier playing the main character.
There were 26 films made of his books. As well as Drummond, he wrote about Ronald Standish but the majority of his work was short stories that were published in various popular monthly magazines and continued to earn him good money. Indeed, in addition to his novels, many of his books were short story collections.
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He was reputedly an unremittingly hearty man, who even his good friend and collaborator Gerard Fairlie, who continued the Drummond series after McNeile's death with seven further books, described as "not everybody's cup of tea". He died on August 14, at his home in Pulborough, West Sussex. His funeral, with full military honours, took place at Woking crematorium. Gerry Wolstenholme May Other books in the series.
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I have read other Bull Dog Drummond and Boston Blackie books, always enjoying them very much, but this "Black Gang" book was a sleeper that never woke me up. This author was incredible. Today, the writing is so dreadful that it rarely keeps me on the edge of my chair. Not so with H. This author is a real find for me.
If you like suspense and you like mystery--and you are sick and tired of the level of profanity, unnecessary sexual content and gratuitous violence--you will really, really like these books. The writing is superior. This might have been a good book in the twenties, but really, we have moved on! In this book, things just happen, with no explanation as to how people knew were to be at what time. And the characterisation is rather poor. Nowadays we know that heroes are not supermen, and we know that villains are not snarling devils One person found this helpful.
A classic old time thriller. I can almost see the fog of London as his story unwinds. I enjoyed this novel.
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The plot moved along at a good rate. This was the first time I have read this author. A fine mystery of a possible few months during the year after World War II. A fast paced novel which kept me interested and intrigued until the last word. I certainly suggest this story to everyone. This book caught me by surprise. It was so good.
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