When the bombs fall on London, the elderly Duke de Richleau is forced to consider a problem of the utmost urgency. What methods are the Germans using to discover - with sinister effect - the secret routes of the Atlantic convoys? His answer is bizarre and fantastic. Could it really be that the enemy are in touch with supernatural powers? Can these powers only be overcome by those who have the knowledge and courage to join battle with them on the Astral Plane? The Duke and his supporters face the terrifying challenge from the Powers of Darkness.
Dennis Yates Wheatley (1897 - 1977) was an English author whose prolific output of stylish thrillers and occult novels made him one of the world's best-selling writers from the 1930s through the 1960s. His Gregory Sallust series was one of the main inspirations for Ian Fleming's James Bond stories.
Born in South London, he was the eldest of three children of an upper-middle-class family, the owners of Wheatley & Son of Mayfair, a wine business. He admitted to little aptitude for schooling, and was expelled from Dulwich College. Soon after his expulsion Wheatley became a British Merchant Navy officer cadet on the training ship HMS Worcester. During the Second World War, Wheatley was a member of the London Controlling Section, which secretly coordinated strategic military deception and cover plans. His literary talents gained him employment with planning staffs for the War Office. He wrote numerous papers for the War Office, including suggestions for dealing with a German invasion of Britain. Dennis Wheatley died on 11th November 1977. During his life he wrote over 70 books and sold over 50 million copies.
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"Really good detailed occult fast paced mystery"
I love the story and the the audio translates it very well
Pan, only a bit part but brilliant
I think all of it but I'm guessing the best part is when Saturday lets slip he knows why he is being kept awake is cool. The animal fight from the ship is well portrayed too.
"A born storyteller"
Despite the subject matter the author draws the reader in and makes us suspend our disbelief through the depth of his own knowledge and his love of telling a good tale. Could do without the stand up for Britain nonsense but it was written during the war so can't blame Wheatley for this given that, at the time, there was much doubt as to whether there was going to be a Britain to
Stand up for.
Excellent reader. 5 part drama series on the BBC?i don't think so but I can see where a lot of modern fantasy filmmakers get there ideas from
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