This book is a member of the special collection Special Collection: The Works of E. Phillips Oppenheim (1866-1946)
|Title:||Ambrose Lavendale, Diplomat|
|Publisher:||Hodder and Stoughton Limited|
|Tags:||adventure, fiction, thriller, World War I|
Mr Ambrose Lavendale, a young English-American diplomat, leaves the Embassy service to work as a secret agent in London during World War One. He meets Mlle. Suzanne de Frayne, who is similarly employed by the French, while he is shadowing a scientist who has developed a formula for a lethal gas explosive. In a series of connected stories, the pair uncover German spies, foil plots to divert munitions from the Allies, steal secret weapons, and fall in love.
Initially published 1916 as a series of stories in Hearst's magazine—"A magazine with a mission"—these stories were probably written during 1915-1917, before American intervention. Several of the plots are focused on the strong support the German-American community gave to maintain U.S. neutrality, and to favor Germany. There are several comments about the unwillingness of Americans to fight. In the second to last story, the hero encounters the effects of submarine warfare against American shipping.
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Author Bio for Oppenheim, E. Phillips
E. Phillips Oppenheim, in full Edward Phillips Oppenheim (born Oct. 22, 1866, London, Eng.—died Feb. 3, 1946, St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands, U.K.), internationally popular British author of novels and short stories dealing with international espionage and intrigue.
After leaving school at age 17 to help in his father's leather business, Oppenheim wrote in his spare time. His first novel, Expiation (1887), and subsequent thrillers caught the fancy of a wealthy New York businessman who bought out the leather business at the turn of the century and made Oppenheim a high-salaried director. He was thus freed to devote the major part of his time to writing. The novels, volumes of short stories, and plays that followed, totaling more than 150, were peopled with sophisticated heroes, adventurous spies, and dashing noblemen. Among his well-known works are The Long Arm of Mannister (1910), The Moving Finger (1911), and The Great Impersonation (1920).--Encyclopaedia Britannica.
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