Monday, April 2, 2007

Latest Read - The Scarlet Pimpernel

... By Baroness Emmuska Orczy.

It is 1792 and France is in the grip of a seething, bloody revolution. Mobs roam the streets of Paris hunting down royalists and others from the aristocratic community. Barricades block any chance of escape and everyday hundreds die under the blade of the ruthless guillotine. But in the hearts of the condemned nobility there remains one last vestige of hope: rescue by the elusive Scarlet Pimpernel. Renowned for both his unparalleled bravery and his clever disguises, the Scarlet Pimpernel's identity remains as much a mystery to his sworn enemy, the ruthless French agent Chauvelin, as to his devoted admirer, the beautiful Lady Marguerite Blakeney.

The story leads into a wonderful thrilling episode when its time comes for the Scarlet Pimpernel to risk everything, and carry out his best rescue mission ever - to rescue the Monsieur le Comte. In the various disguises, the Scarlet Pimpernel comes close enough to smell the breadth of his enemy. The French, on the other hand have no clue at all of the elusive path the Scarlet Pimpernel has taken to reach France from England completely undetected. The book is written in such a wonderful way that it tends to keep the reader guessing the actual identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel, until it is finally revealed by a set of clues. I would love to tell you the identity of the Pimpernel but I would hate to spoil the fun too, so I'll leave you to enjoy the book for yourself.

First published in 1905, the book guarantees thrills.