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The Day the World Ended

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Title:The Day the World Ended
Ward, Arthur Henry  Writing under the pseudonym: Rohmer, Sax   
(4 of 10 for author by title)
The Exploits of Captain O'Hagan
Daughter of Fu Manchu (Fu Manchu #4)
Published:   1930
Publisher:P. F. Collier & Son Corporation
Tags:fiction, mystery

Brian Woodville is an adventure journalist who has investigated odd stories from all over the world, most recently the deep Amazon. He is assigned a strange story in the Black Forest of Germany involving mysterious deaths and giant bats.

He sets out to discover the truth about these apparent vampiric attacks in the bucolic village of Baden-Baden. He encounters reticent locals, strange foreigners, and a beautiful noble woman. And a voice from nowhere tells him that he has three days to leave Baden-Baden, with the implied threat of personal peril.

This book is divided into two parts. The first follows Woodville as he tries to unravel the mysterious of the supposed vampires. He makes the acquaintance of a gorgeous Polish woman and her odd American companion and a boisterous Frenchman, but discovers little else other than seeing a giant bat at a haunted cemetery and discovering an abandoned castle. Then the story changes drastically. . . .—Stuart Dean @ Goodreads.com. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Ward, Arthur Henry

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Arthur Henry Sarsfield Ward (15 February 1883—1 June 1959), better known as Sax Rohmer, was a prolific English novelist. He is best remembered for his series of novels featuring the master criminal Dr. Fu Manchu.

Born in Birmingham, he had an entirely working-class education and early career before beginning to write. His first published work was in 1903, the short story The Mysterious Mummy for Pearson’s Weekly. He made his early living writing comedy sketches for music hall performers and short stories and serials for magazines.

His first Fu Manchu novel, The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu, was serialized from October 1912—June 1913. It was an immediate success with its fast-paced story of Denis Nayland Smith and Dr. Petrie facing the worldwide conspiracy of the “Yellow Peril”. The Fu Manchu stories, together with his more conventional detective series characters—Paul Harley, Gaston Max, Red Kerry, Morris Klaw, and The Crime Magnet, made Rohmer one of the most successful and well-paid authors of the 1920s and 1930s.

His final success came with a series of novels featuring a female variation on Fu Manchu, Sumuru.

—fantasticfiction.com; goodreads.com

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