Reviewed March 22, 2002.
Buccaneer Books. First published 1913. 256 pages.
It’s true. I’m on a Scarlet Pimpernel kick. The books
aren’t numbered, but this seems to be the third book Baroness Orczy
wrote about her swashbuckling hero who cleverly saved aristocrats from
the French Revolution. This is the first time I’ve read this one,
and I enjoyed it.
The events in this book were combined with Book One to make the
“Scarlet Pimpernel” movie starring Jane Seymour that we have at the
Library. So I thought I knew what was going to happen.
the denouement and clever escape was entirely different, and completely
In this book, the Scarlet Pimpernel takes on the task of rescuing the
Dauphin of France. This one has more dramatic setbacks than
most of the books, and made exciting reading. I am getting where
I know what to expect in a Scarlet Pimpernel book, but she still
to keep me guessing how the daring escape will be worked out.
I am finding these old books refreshing. Sometimes it’s fun to
read a good, clean adventure story. Instead of indiscriminate
sex, throw in undying love. Add some danger and clever surprises,
and you end up with a delightful reading experience.
Copyright © 2005 Sondra
Eklund. All rights reserved.
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