The Ways of the World

The Ways of the World

Large Print - 2016
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1919. The eyes of the world are on Paris, where statesmen, diplomats and politicians have gathered to discuss the fate of half the world's nations in the aftermath of the cataclysm that was the Great War. A horde of journalists, spies and opportunists have also gathered in the city and the last thing the British diplomatic community needs at such a time is the mysterious death of a senior member of their delegation. So, when Sir Henry Maxted falls from the roof of his mistress's apartment building in unexplained circumstances, their first instinct is to suppress all suspicious aspects of the event. But Sir Henry's son, ex Royal Flying Corps ace James 'Max' Maxted, has other ideas. He resolves to find out how and why his father died - even if this means disturbing the impression of harmonious calm which the negotiating teams have worked so hard to maintain. In a city where countries are jostling for position at the crossroads of history and the stakes could hardly be higher, it is difficult to tell who is a friend and who a foe. And Max will soon discover just how much he needs friends, as his search for the truth sucks him into the dark heart of a seemingly impenetrable mystery.
Publisher: Leicester, United Kingdom : Charnwood, 2016.
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2013.
ISBN: 9781444828856
Characteristics: 545 pages :,map ;,24 cm.


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Aug 19, 2015

Convoluted plot that does not end at the end of the book. Don't waste your time. Basic plot idea stolen from Jacqueline Winspear.

Mar 05, 2015

Pretty good book. Would have preferred the story to have ended with current effort ...... character and story not strong enough to justify sequels/continuations.

Barbara Miller
Jan 28, 2015

Exciting from beginning to end. Can't wait to read the 2nd book.

Dec 16, 2014

The Ways of the World --- by --- Robert Goddard, In this thrilling novel set in post WW1 Europe, Max, a British pilot shot down behind enemy lines, is dispatched to Paris by his suspicious mother to investigate the untimely death of her husband. Apparently he died by falling from a roof; hardly the expected cause of death for a reserved, minor British diplomat. Is this a story of espionage or a story about a seedy affair gone wrong? As the story unwinds we are introduced to characters savory and otherwise; to characters suspect and otherwise; to individuals competent and otherwise. The more questions Max’s investigations answer, the more new questions are raised. The plot of this novel squirms with turns and diversions. Who can he trust? Who is not to be trusted? Hold your breath: you won’t see the answers coming. Well written, never dull, this novel rolls right along. And then, and then it ends. But it’s not over. There are two more books to this trilogy. Recommended.

debwalker Dec 16, 2013

Another intriguing thriller/ tangled family tale from Goddard... this time out set in the immediate aftermath of WW1 and the negotiation of a peace that ultimately failed - interesting timing given the 100th anniversary of the declaration of war coming up soon.

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