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Book Title: The Silent Barrier|
The size of the: 17.96 MB
Edition: Echo Library
Date of issue: June 7th 2010
The author of the book: Louis Tracy
Format files: PDF
ISBN 13: 9781406856736
Read full description of the books The Silent Barrier:I love reading old stories like this. Perhaps they are a bit predictable with their lovely heroines and sturdy heroes. But there are some twists in this one that kept me turning pages (well not literally, since I'm reading online at Project Gutenberg).
Start with a "pulled himself up by his bootstraps" young American engineer, who has made a fortune in the mining fields of the Rockies and goes to England for a vacation. By the merest chance, he overhears a couple of girls talking about their lives, and one wistfully wishes for a Swiss vacation, expressing that of course it would be a miracle as she is poor and alone. Our hero is somewhat attracted to the young lady's appearance and decides to be a good fairy and grant her wish. How he does it without her knowledge is part of the fun. He is just about to go on his merry way, when enters the villain. The villain is also interested in Helen, the young lady, but for his own ugly reasons. He follows her as she leaves on her Swiss vacation. Now our hero can do no less that follow as well, to protect his protege' from the villain.
This was a satisfying read, an old-fashioned story. The author apparently had an affinity for the American character, because Americans figure largely in several of his stories that I have read so far. Rough and ready, although elegant of course, the Americans carry the day because of their sterling character qualities, pluck, and intelligence.
Read information about the authorLouis Tracy (1863 - 1928) was a British journalist, and prolific writer of fiction. He used the pseudonyms Gordon Holmes and Robert Fraser, which were at times shared with M.P. Shiel, a collaborator from the start of the twentieth century.
Around 1884 he became a reporter for a local paper - 'The Northern Echo' at Darlington, circulating in parts of Durham and North Yorkshire; later he worked for papers in Cardiff and Allahabad.
During 1892-1894 he was closely associated with Arthur Harmsworth, in 'The Sun' and 'The Evening News and Post'.
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