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ISBN: 0340198931

ISBN13: 9780340198933

The avenging Saint

(Part of the The Saint (#4) Series and Le Saint (#2) Series)

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For weeks the Saint had been hunting two men across Europe...and one of them at least he had sworn to kill. Face-to-face with his quarry in London, Simon Templar takes his own side in a nightmare game... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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The Saint was also a TV show

Having seen the Saint British TV show (starring Roger Moore) I was curious to read this novel. It is a very exciting and somewhat old fashioned book about a debonair and risk taking man who is very different from the other detectives. The Saint is not like Sherlock Holmes, Lord Peter Wimsey or Hercule Pierrot by other authors. He is a unique character. Definitely worth.reading.

Saint Saga #04

Although the Saint books are definitely best if read in the right order, most of them - especially the later ones - can be read in isolation without great loss. The present book, the direct sequel to The Last Hero, is the exception. Once again arms-dealer Rayt Marius is plotting to start a war to increase demand for his products, and once again Simon and his friends frustrate his major plan. But of course, Marius has a second string to his bow, and the climax of "Knight Templar" is the most electrifying in any Saint book (and, incidentally, provides the mechanism whereby Simon is able to continue on through thirty-three more rather than spending the next forty years in gaol). Crown Prince Rudolf, my very favourite villain, who only comes on stage towards the end of the earlier opus, appears early here in the tale of the Desecrated Royal Toothpaste. BTW, the titles of ten of the Saint books were later - confusingly - changed, as follows: 01: Meet the Tiger -> The Saint Meets the Tiger <br />03: The Last Hero -> The Saint Closes the Case <br />04: Knight Templar -> The Avenging Saint <br />07: She Was A Lady -> The Saint Meets His Match <br />08: The Holy Terror -> The Saint vs. Scotland Yard <br />10: Once More the Saint -> The Saint and Mr. Teal <br />12: The Misfortunes of Mr. Teal -> The Saint in London <br />13: Boodle -> The Saint Intervenes <br />18: Thieves Picnic -> The Saint Bids Diamonds <br />19: Prelude for War -> The Saint Plays With Fire <br /> <br />The fatuity of the revised titles is nowhere more evident than with the present book and its antecedent: in "The Last Hero" the Saint does not close the case, and in "Knight Templar" the one thing he does not do is avenge the death of Norman Kent. <br /> <br />P.S. For a list of -- and discussion of -- all Charteris's Saint books, see my So You'd Like To... Guide.

Saint Saga #04

Although the Saint books are definitely best if read in the right order, most of them - especially the later ones - can be read in isolation without great loss. The present book, the direct sequel to The Last Hero, is the exception. Once again arms-dealer Rayt Marius is plotting to start a war to increase demand for his products, and once again Simon and his friends frustrate his major plan. But of course, Marius has a second string to his bow, and the climax of "Knight Templar" is the most electrifying in any Saint book (and, incidentally, provides the mechanism whereby Simon is able to continue on through thirty-three more rather than spending the next forty years in gaol). Crown Prince Rudolf, my very favourite villain, who only comes on stage towards the end of the earlier opus, appears early here in the tale of the Desecrated Royal Toothpaste. BTW, the titles of ten of the Saint books were later - confusingly - changed, as follows: 01: Meet the Tiger -> The Saint Meets the Tiger <br />03: The Last Hero -> The Saint Closes the Case <br />04: Knight Templar -> The Avenging Saint <br />07: She Was A Lady -> The Saint Meets His Match <br />08: The Holy Terror -> The Saint vs. Scotland Yard <br />10: Once More the Saint -> The Saint and Mr. Teal <br />12: The Misfortunes of Mr. Teal -> The Saint in London <br />13: Boodle -> The Saint Intervenes <br />18: Thieves Picnic -> The Saint Bids Diamonds <br />19: Prelude for War -> The Saint Plays With Fire <br /> <br />The fatuity of the revised titles is nowhere more evident than with the present book and its antecedent: in "The Last Hero" the Saint does not close the case, and in "Knight Templar" the one thing he does not do is avenge the death of Norman Kent. <br /> <br />P.S. For a list of -- and discussion of -- all Charteris's Saint books, see my So You'd Like To... Guide.

A Strangely Charming Novel

This is a strange novel. I can point out a lot of defects of this novel; the style is old-fashioned and too figurative; the story is also old-fashioned; the plot is easy and crude. Nevertheless, I LIKE THIS NOVEL. It has some inexplainable charm that fascinates me. It may be partly because of a charm of the hero, Simon Templar, alias the Saint.I didn't know this "Knight Templar (alias The Avenging Saint)" was a continuation to "The Last Hero". I will read the previous story, too.

It has a tone of seriousness in its subject.

I liked the book for being different from the normal Saint stories. The plot is wide and it makes you think. The Saint plays a more thoughtful role in this story as he can't make a false move. He knows that he is the only one who knows anything about a coming war and he is the only one who can stop it. Actually, that's what I liked about this book. The Saint didn't do anything remotely rash in this book.

Knight Templar (alias The Avenging Saint)

If you already have The Avenging Saint, don't get this book. The publisher just changed the book's name and cover.You may want to read "The Last Hero" before reading this book in order to really understand the background of this story.The story starts with Simon Templar returning to England to revenge the death of a friend. Revenge isn't easy if every member of Scotland Yard is trying to arrest you for murder and other crimes. Simon soon learns he is the only person who can stop a major European war. Can Simon bash the villians, stop their war, and avoid arrest? Not quite; he only manages to achieve two of these objectives.
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