His thrilling stories of spies, counterfeiters, black markets and shipwreck earned him both literary acclaim and an international following, and in he was awarded a CBE. Hammond Innes died at his home in Suffolk on 10th June The Strode Venturer.
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Hammond Innes. What could link the slick world of London boardrooms, an isolated island race in the Maldives and the mysterious voyages of a battered ship skippered by a brooding alcoholic? It falls to Geoffrey Bailey to unlock the mystery, but first he must overcome both family tragedy and the unpredictable treacheries of land, sea and big business. Historical note: The Suvadives declared independence on January 3, They capitulated, rejoining the rest of the Maldives, on September 23, Feb 15, Wendy rated it it was ok Shelves: library-link , disliked , asia-maldives.
I really tried to read the book. I had heard it gets better.
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I liked the main character and ached for his success. I so wanted him to find happiness and even love. However, the plot was SO slow and methodical. It gets very detailed about stocks, shares, office politics and other business whatnot.
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Although it was necessary for the storyline, for me, it got complicated and boring. Then the nautical aspects were a I really tried to read the book. Then the nautical aspects were also meticulously detailed. Anyone who enjoys business politics, office machinations and maritime aka shipping history will enjoy this book immensely. I am disappointed because the Maldives were part of my World Book Challenge. I cannot justify counting this book because I did not finish it.
Jul 08, Edennehy rated it it was ok. The characters lack depth and there is little sense of emotion associated with very emotional events - very stiff upper lip and stilted style. Oct 11, Vernon Yarker rated it liked it. I was stationed on the Maldive Islands when he came to visit our island on a fact finding mission for this book. I didn't quite rate it as high as some of his other works.
Sep 05, Simon Mcleish rated it it was ok. Originally published on my blog here in September Naval officer Geoffrey Bailey becomes involved in the affairs of the Strode Shipping Company which ruined his father's competing line when he receives an offer for the shares left him by his mother that will enable him to live comfortably. It is only after he has resigned from the navy that he is advised that the conditions of his mother's will do not allow him to sell the shares. He has, however, received an offer from one of the St Originally published on my blog here in September He has, however, received an offer from one of the Strode brothers who run the company of a job with them, but when he visits the company he discovers that this was not communicated with either of the two elder brothers actively doing so.
Bailey is given a job, though, because he has seen Peter Strode relatively recently in Aden; Peter is really the black sheep of the family, and his brothers want him to be tracked down so that he can be forced to play a part in the company affairs. Much of the action of the novel takes place in steamers including the Strode Venturer of the title passing to and fro across the Indian Ocean, mainly in stretches of water which are among the least frequented in the world, and partly in the Maldives.
This part of the novel is based on a journey made by Innes himself, and is the product of his sympathy for the Adduans of the southern islands and their attempts to escape domination by the north.
This journey is one of those described in Sea And Islands. Despite being based on Innes' own journey, the Indian Ocean scenes of the novel come across as rather artificial, never gripping the imagination as much as the boardroom manoeuvrings back in London. I'm not sure that the plot hangs together - it seems to me unlikely that the discoveries made by Peter Strode will turn around the fortunes of the company, at a time of a decline in British shipping in general. This leaves a feeling at the end of the novel that it has been unconvincing, despite some excitement.
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Sep 19, Malcolm rated it liked it Shelves: thriller. The Strode Venturer shares many of the elements of Solomon's Seal , a failing shipping line operating in isolated territories, a feud between members of a family an exotic island setting and a group of people seeking to gain their independance form a government they see as oppressive.
The Strode Venturer was written first. However, the p The Strode Venturer shares many of the elements of Solomon's Seal , a failing shipping line operating in isolated territories, a feud between members of a family an exotic island setting and a group of people seeking to gain their independance form a government they see as oppressive.
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However, the parallels go further with the character of the drunken has-been ship's officer, who at a moment of crisis can once again rise to the occasion and take command, changing the direction of the events. Otherwise this novel follows the typical Hammonnd Innes formula: a first person narrator who has become footloose with few ties to his past, a central character with a passion to achieve some unusual goal, an exotic locale, The Maldive Islands, a maritime theme, even prospecting for rare metals this time magnesium nodules.
I was inclined therefore to see this as a little "been there, done that", but the description of the island is some of Innes' best writing and the abandoning of the mining crew on the island gives the novel the tension it needs. Aug 01, Ian added it. The blurb at the front claims "this could be Innes' finest book yet. Utterly dull and boring until about two thirds of the way through, when for a few pages it becomes mildly interesting, only to return to dull and boring for the remainder of the book.
The problem is, Innes writes brilliantly about the sea, not so brilliantly about boardroom wrangles, takeover bids, etc Feb 08, Alan Bolton rated it liked it Shelves: my-favourites. I like almost everything by Hammond Innes! This one was one of his best! I loved the dual story of a board room tussle together with a huge sea adventure! He writes stories exactly the way I like them! Sep 12, Margareth rated it liked it Shelves: thriller.
Reasonable but not to his normal standard.
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About Hammond Innes. Hammond Innes. Ralph Hammond Innes was an English novelist who wrote over 30 novels, as well as children's and travel books. He was awarded a C. Commander, Order of the British Empire in Innes was born in Horsham, Sussex, and educated at the Cranbrook Sc Ralph Hammond Innes was an English novelist who wrote over 30 novels, as well as children's and travel books.