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The Corners of the Globe Fool me once so the first book was good enough that the surpise at the end about the mystery extending to the next book was acceptable About a third of the way into this next book however I started to wonder about the pacing and meandering strands so I flipped to the end and lo and behold Continued appeared there so not fooling me twice I did not finish it To be fair if this period is a favourite and the politics is of interest the level of detail that extends a fairly good mystery story into a third volume could be right up your alley The writing is good and the main character is charismatic but for me just not compelling enough to warrant going along for a third volume Having said that if I had known from the outset that this was a trilogy I may have been a tad less annoyed and likely to have finished what I had knowingly gotten into A thoroughly enjoyable second part to the story With the end of part 2 I can only be thankful that I also have book 3 on hand to commence reading The second installment of Robert Goddard’s worldwide trilogy THE CORNERS OF THE GLOBE is a first rate seuel to THE WAYS OF THE WORLD The main character James Maxted better known as “Max” continues his uest to discredit the idea that his father Sir Henry a British diplomat attached to the English delegation at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919 had committed suicide To avoid rehashing the details of the events surrounding the death of Sir Henry the machinations that ensued involving a number of foreign secret services and the impact of events on the peace talks Goddard provides a handy memo written by Henry Appleby a member of the British Secret Service that summarizes events in his missive to “C” the individual in charge of English intelligence dated 27 April 1919 see pp 31 36 The memo allows those readers who have not read THE WAYS OF THE WORLD to gain somewhat of an understanding of why the story line proceeds as it does though it is a bit confusing at the outsetThe narrative continues as Max arrives crossing over from Scotland and landing at Kirkwall Bay which at the time is overrun by American mine sweepers trying to clear the vast body of water from mines laid during the Great War Max who is now in the service of British intelligence also posing as an agent of the German spy master Fritz Lemmer who he suspects was responsible for the death of his father is to inspect a German warship that has been interned at Scapa Flow Max’s mission is to recover a document the Grey File a coded list that details Lemmer’s foreign operatives that are working for German interests in Paris that is held aboard a German ship Once the document is located Max is forced to give up his cover story as death seems to follow his path as he races south to London with the documentation that would finally destroy LemmerGoddard weaves a number of sub plots into his narrative that seems to coalesce at various times in the book and points to Goddard’s skill as a master story teller Max’s mother Lady Maxted enlists her brother George Clissold to deal with a law suit that was about to be brought against her by a French socialite who had purchased a series of antiuities from her deceased husband The intricacies associated with the Maxted and Tomura families repeatedly make their appearance Next we find Sam Twentyman a colleague of Max’s from the war in charge of the British motor pool in Paris trying to avoid being killed by Lemmer’s men who believe he knows where Max can be found The roles of Travis Ierton and Schools Morahan whose main business was the exchange of illegally obtained information about the peace negotiations and selling it to the highest bidder is ever present Horace Appleby and Max’s uest to disclose to “C” the identity of spies within British intelligence when they themselves have been accused of being spies by members of the secret committee headed by “C” that controls intelligence operations from London is extremely important Finally the reader is exposed to the machinations of the Japanese at the peace conference as they try to acuire the former German colony of Shantung from the Chinese The role of the Japanese introduces a number of new characters in the story Maruis Saionji the head of the Japanese delegation faces political problems at home as he is perceived as not being tough enough in presenting Japan’s position in Paris His deputy Count Masatake Kuroda is recalled to Tokyo and is replaced by Count Tomura Iwazu a gangster with interests in Korea and Manchuria who represents the right wing nationalist faction of the Japanese government Count Tomuro employing his son Nuboro searches for the mysterious Arab le Singe who he believes is privy to secret Japanese documents and information that could destroy Tomuro’s illegal business empire and political influence The result is havoc and death for anyone who gets in their way It seems for most of the book that every strand in the story leads to le Singe What does he know? Lemmer and his men Nuboro and his thugs British intelligence led by Appleby and Max are all desperate to find him first so they can figure out the proper course to take to protect their personal and governmental interests However as the story continues to unfold of the utmost importance is that a deadly secret exists that is deeply buried in Japan’s domestic political power struggle This secret has already cost the lives of Max’s father Sir Henry and a growing list of others who have some knowledge of what it isGoddard’s historical nuances are as strong in his second installment as they were in the first volume of the trilogy He points to the problems between the Greeks and Turks as they covet certain territory The American government’s subterfuge in fomenting a revolution in Columbia in order to obtain a strip of land to push the Panama Canal through President Wilson’s battle with the Japanese over self determination for the Chinese The political infighting within the Japanese peace delegation and government in Tokyo as well as the arrival of the German delegation to receive the final peace treaty are all significant and presented with historical insight and accuracyThe glue that seems to bind all the characters whether from THE WAYS OF THE WORLD or newly introduced in THE CORNERS OF THE GLOBE is the Grey File and what it entails the knowledge that le Singe may possess and economic and political influence in Japan The disingenuous behavior and violence that dominates the story is well suited to the characters that Goddard has developed The book continues a mysterious historical yarn but as in the first book it ends rather abruptly leaving the reader hanging looking forward to reading the final volume in Goddard’s trilogy THE ENDS OF THE EARTH I was delighted to receive this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review I'm a huge fan of Robert Goddard in fact I have a shelf dedicated to his books so I did a little dance of joy around the kitchen when I was approved This was short lasted however as I found the book hard to get into i'm not sure if it was the political nature of the story or the myriad of characters that I found hard to keep up with but this book wasn't easy to read and I had to keep going back to find out what was happening At one point I began to wonder if it had been written by someone else entirely It has been a while since I last read one of his books so it could just be me but not one of his better stories It wasn't until the end that I realised this is the second story in a series Perhaps if I'd read the first it would all make sense? Spring 1919 James 'Max' Maxted former Great War flying ace returns to the trail of murder treachery and half buried secrets he set out on in The Ways of the World He left Paris after avenging the murder of his father Sir Henry Maxted a senior member of the British delegation to the post war peace conference But he was convinced there was much to be discovered about what Sir Henry had been trying to accomplish And he suspected elusive German spymaster Fritz Lemmer knew the truth of itNow enlisted under false colours in Lemmer's service but with his loyalty pledged to the British Secret Service Max sets out on his first and possibly last mission for Lemmer It takes him to the far north of Scotland to the Orkney Isles where the German High Seas Fleet has been impounded in Scapa Flow its fate to be decided at the conference table in Paris Max has been sent to recover a document held aboard one of the German ships What that document contains forces him to break cover sooner than he would have wished and to embark on a desperate race south towards London with information that could destroy Lemmer if Max as seems unlikely lives to deliver it I read the first part of the three part trilogy and enjoyed it But this second book has too many characters and too many plot lines The first half of the book finds Max and the people trailing him on train after train in Scotland and parts of England Then there's Paris where most of the action takes place I'm not a fan of books that end with a cliffhanger and you're forced to read the next installment to find out what happens and this one has a doozy Max is about to be killed with a hypodermic needle but then the book ends And now it seems we're off to Japan via Marseilles Is James a British spy or isn't he? Is he just trying to avenge his father's death? It's not easy to follow Corners of the Globe is the page turning continuation of Robert Goddard’s Wide World Trilogy We chase James Max Maxted around Northern Europe in the weeks before the post war peace conference Its hard to know who to trust in this thriller Although we want to like Max’s supporting cast of characters its clear that there is than one baddie in the bunch Goddard leaves us hanging at the end waiting for resolution in the next book in the series There are parts of The Corners of the Globe which are good and parts which trundle along in a very samey sort of way It has several POVs which can get confusing as by the time you're back round to an earlier POV so much has happened in between with the others you've forgotten what happened last time There is a large cast of characters some with similarforeignunfamiliar names which doesn't help eitherThis to me is a bit like an author who has the option of many different ways that his plot could go and instead of cutting to make a good tight fast paced thriller decides instead to include everything and spread it over 3 booksIt's not that it's badly written it's fine but does it stand out as one of Goddard's best well plotted intriguing surprise a minute stories by an author with a reputation as the master of the double twist? Nah Nowhere nearThis is the second story in the James Maxted trilogy I have issues with the word trilogy in this case because usually one can expect each book in a trilogy to be concluded in its own right Yet in this instance that's not the case It's like someone has sneaked up to your bedroom taken the book off your bedside table which you're half way through reading and torn out the last third of it so that when you come to the end you're left hanging with the plot unresolved and significantly without feeling that satisfaction of a completing a good book The role of the author is always to be mindful of the experience of the reader and ensure it's a good one IMHO on that count Goddard fails his reader utterly I hope he's not planning to make the same mistake again Having recently read The Ways of the World by Robert Goddard I was so angry that the book ended mid story I didn’t plan to continue However I received The Corners of the Globe book 2 in the mail and I decided to give it a go I started reading and got a few chapters in before I remember the rage I had for the first one I didn’t want to go through that again so I flipped to the end of the book There it was the words ‘To be concluded’ and I abandoned the book on the spotMaybe I will read the book again when the final book is released but I suspect that I will have no interest in attempting it again The story sounds entertaining enough but after The Ways of the World I have too much rage to be forgiving It is a shame that Robert Goddard would do this to his fans it doesn’t make me want to read anything else he has written I don't mind reading trilogies as long as there is a good reason for spreading a story over three books but I didn't feel that this book was anything than padding Although I will read the final book in due course I hate giving up I've got to the point where I'm not sure I care whether Max ever finds out who murdered his father or why Despite the glamour of having been a WW1 flyer one is led to believe that he was probably a fighter ace as well he strikes me as being ridiculously stupid by the way he is constantly led into impossible and dangerous situations for example because he doesn't want to ask his Mum a pertinent uestion Her answer of course would have made this book redundant which is what makes me so angry with the author

About the Author: Robert Goddard

In a writing career spanning than twenty years Robert Goddard's novels have been described in many different ways mystery thriller crime even historical romance He is the master of the plot twist a compelling and engrossing storyteller and one of the best known advocates for the traditional virtues of pace plot and narrative drive

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