The Saint - Leslie Charteris

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The Saint - Leslie Charteris

Fiction - Thriller - ISBN: 0517403048

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published 31/03/2006 | workangel
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Pro An easy read with a good writing style - very enjoyable eacapism.
Cons A bit simplistic sometimes
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"The Saint - written by Leslie Charteris"

I grew up with the Saint. The television series of the same name, starring Roger Moore was iconic during my childhood and essential viewing.

Backgound to the Books.

The Saint is the psuedonym of adventurer playboy Simon Templar, around whom all the Saint books revolve.

He is a wealthy, very good looking thirty something, who will verge to just outside of the Law if he feels the end will justify the means. He loves women and fast cars, but has a strong alruistic streak and is definitely a hero.

He gets involved in all sorts of mayhem ( some definitely not believable) but he always comes out on top, saving the girl on the way.

A feature in most of the stories are the ongoing tussle he has with authority in general and the police in particular. He has a healthy disregard for officialdom and enjoys getting the better of the authorities, particularly the police. As a consequence, he is always on their wanted list for something, but they are never able to prove a case against him. He is an accomplished safebreaker, for example, but always escapes.

The police, most usually in the guise of Inspector Clause Eustace Teal , have a torrid time dealing with Templar - but are not averse to asking for help on occasion when the need arises.


I have not gone into depth on any specific stories because it would spoil them - but the true value of them is in the humour that runs through.

The sparring between Templar and the police is very cleverly done and you start actively looking for the next clash. The opposites of a free agent who will sail VERY close to the wind to get to the truth and the authorities who have to be circumspect in their dealings is very well done - the writing brings out the terrible frustrations of Claude Eustace and the (usually) gentle nose thumbing from Templar.

None of the stories are tomes, and the style is easy to read, very fluent and the action moves along at a brisk pace. Characterisation is very good - you get a good understanding of the types of people involved, and very really do you get the feeling that one of them is not developed true to type.

The TV series was a good adaptation from the books, but there are so many features that you cannot get from film the way you can from the written word.

For some light hearted escapism, easy to read and enjoy, these books are great.

I recently saw several of the books in Stockton in our cut price bookshop of £1.50 each - well worth the money!

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  • pollipocket published 02/04/2006
    Good price for those books too :o)
  • Moogiekupo published 31/03/2006
    I like simple things - Kupo x
  • sunmeilan published 31/03/2006
    Yep, like these too! There were quite a few of the films/TV series on TV over the New Year which I enjoyed. Melony
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Fiction - Thriller - ISBN: 0517403048

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Author: Leslie Charteris

Title: The Saint

Genre: Thriller

Type: Fiction

ISBN: 0517403048

EAN: 9780517403044


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