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by Hammond Innes

Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Suspense and Thriller
Author: Hammond Innes
ISBN: 0854561544
ISBN13: 978-0854561544
Publisher: F.A. Thorpe (1972)
Pages: 533
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The Strode Venturer is a thriller by British author Hammond Innes published in 1965. Geoffrey Bailey returns to London, leaving behind a career in the Royal Navy and a ruined marriage in Singapore.

The Strode Venturer is a thriller by British author Hammond Innes published in 1965. He becomes involved in the affairs of the Strode Shipping Company, the company which ruined his father's shipping firm, with a job offer to locate the black sheep of the Strode clan, Peter Strode, who was last seen in Aden.

Published 1968 by Collins (Fontana Books). The 'Strode Venturer' (Ulverscroft large print series). Published November 1st 1972 by . Paperback, 254 pages. Unknown Binding, 533 pages.

I will nowe referre the reader to the following discourse with the hope that the perilous and chargeable labors and indevours of such as thereby seeke the profit and honor of her Majesty, and the English nation, shall by men of quality and vertue receive such construction, and good acceptance, as them selves would looke to be rewarded withall in the like.

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Ralph Hammond Innes CBE (15 July 1913 – 10 June 1998) was a British novelist who wrote over 30 novels, as well as children's and travel books

Ralph Hammond Innes CBE (15 July 1913 – 10 June 1998) was a British novelist who wrote over 30 novels, as well as children's and travel books. Innes was born in Horsham, Sussex, and educated at Feltonfleet School, Cobham, Surrey where he was head boy and later at Cranbrook School in Kent. He left in 1931 to work as a journalist, initially with the Financial Times (at the time called the Financial News). The Doppelganger, his first novel, was published in 1937.

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The Strode Venturer Paperback – Large Print, October 1, 1998. Strode Venturer' is quite a complex and multi-layered story that is not easy to summarise in a few lines. by. Hammond Innes (Author). In the 1950's and 1960's, Hammond Innes had an amazing run, turning out a series of high quality books in his typically distinctive style. While in the adventure/thriller mould, his books were unconventional in focussing on "everyman" characters, strange environmental conditions, little-known locations, and highly original plots. Basically, it tells two parallel stories: The first concerns Peter Strode and his Adduan mission.

Beyond her were the lights of another vessel-the Wave Victor, a derelict old tanker used by the Navy as a floating bunker for ships in the Indian Ocean.

Ugly old bitch, ain’t she, sir?. Slinger shouted in my ear as we roared out across the slight chop produced by the breeze

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Purebinder
Hammond Innes in good form with exotic location and a book populated with interesting characters. Board room intrigues contrast with storms at sea and deserted islands. A great read and shows littel sign of being dated other than the subdued love interest
Eseve
I liked this. Different from most of his novels and another good read from one of my favorite authors
BlackBerry
Good read but at times a bit slow moving
WUNDERKIND
In the 1950's and 1960's, Hammond Innes had an amazing run, turning out a series of high quality books in his typically distinctive style. While in the adventure/thriller mould, his books were unconventional in focussing on "everyman" characters, strange environmental conditions, little-known locations, and highly original plots. `The Strode Venturer' is a near-perfect example of his work, and I personally regard it as his best book.

Ex-Commander Geoffrey Bailey arrives in London after many years in the Service, desperate for a new beginning and a job. Arriving at Strode and Company (with which he has a family connection), directors Henry and George Strode offer Bailey a strange errand: find their rolling stone half-brother Peter and offer him a position on the board. This seemingly routine task soon finds Bailey travelling back and forth across the world, becoming involved in both a City boardroom battle and an exotic "mystery island" quest in the Indian Ocean.

`The Strode Venturer' is quite a complex and multi-layered story that is not easy to summarise in a few lines. Basically, it tells two parallel stories:

The first concerns Peter Strode and his Adduan mission. The black sheep of the Strode family, Peter has thrown away a corporate life in order to visit exotic locations and interact with local people. His present endeavour concerns the fate of the Adduan people in their struggle against the autocratic Maldives government. He sees a newly formed volcanic island in the Indian Ocean, rich in mineral resources, as giving the Adduans the political and economic independence they need. But his determination to keep the island's location secret from everyone but the Adduans means that when disaster strikes and he is abandoned on the island, nobody knows quite where to find him.

The second relates to the future of Strode and Company, which has fallen into decline under Henry and George. While publicly staring down a takeover challenge, the two brothers are privately considering packing up and selling out to the highest bidder. However, Peter sees his Adduan venture as means of restoring Strode and Company to its former glory, and is determined to use his large shareholding to frustrate his half-brothers at every turn. But when Peter is reported missing on the island, Henry and George are not exactly sad for him (and his shares) to be given up as dead.

As always with Hammond Innes, what makes the story are the characters. The book is dominated by the personality of Peter Strode, whose wide-eyed enthusiasm and idealism conceals a ruthless streak and a manipulative brain. But there are a host of great supporting characters. Bailey is the typical "everyman" Innes hero, with Ida being another strong female character. Don Massour, leader of the Adduans, who will risk his life to establish independence for his people. Slattery, Felden and Thomas, three City men with very different ideas on how to deal with Strode and Company. And of course Deacon, the broken-down drunkard captain of the Strode Venturer, who is the only person who might have a clue where Peter and the island really are.

In all, this is a clever and brilliant book, in my opinion Hammond Innes' very best. Since he wrote so many great books, calling this the best of the best means I give it very high praise indeed!

Five stars.
Domarivip
unfortunately this fine novel cannot really appeal to todays reader. For example who knows what a bob remembers in terms of the purchase and sale of the shares.
The family company on the stock exchange with the office in the City of London in an old building is really a thing of the past .
As a nineteen sixties novel set to some extent in the City of London the novel is interesting in the first chapter but the final chapter b in which the boardroom protagonists is so complex that unless a reader really has had a great deal of experience of reading about reading real takeover battles that a reader would not be able to appreciate what was going on.
Innes excels in his description of landscape and his first chapter is excellent but the boardroom characters are really dull people.
Giamah
You could be forgiven for thinking that this is yet another formulaic adventure story in the style of Alastair Maclean, Jack Higgins, Desmond Bagley, et al. Surprisingly however, Mr Innes has crafted a gripping tale of family honour, double-cross, exploration, romance and a terrific boardroom climax. The story sweeps from the stock markets of London to the remote reaches of the South China Sea, from dusty lawyer's offices in Threadneedle Street to the reeking cabin of a disgraced ship's captain on a broken down hulk. Through it all, Mr Innes writes with flair and originality and the result is an adventure story with a much broader sweep than the usual fare. The characters are complex and finely drawn. The hero is not an infallible man; he has doubts and fears like all of us, and the villains are made villainous, not by their evil intentions but through their all too human frailties. Sad to see this book is out of print but second-hand copies should be easy to find.
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