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I wrote:

The Island Where Time Stands Still
Dennis Wheatley
the 8th volume of the Gregory Sallust series, from 1954.

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In regards to prototypical Bond elements:
this may of course be coincidence, but Gregory washes up on the Pacific island after losing his wife. At first, the islanders' reaction to his discovery of their secret is to offer him an amnesia drug, wiping away all memories and personality. He actually prefers this solution, as his grief is so painful he would prefer to forget all, and live out his days in anonymity and seclusion on the isle.
Does the death of a wife, a Pacific island, and amnesia sound familiar?

Barbel wrote:

Yes, no doubt at all. I enjoyed this one a lot but I'd rather hold off discussing it till you've read the next (and last) one "The White Witch Of The South Seas" to avoid spoilers.

It'll be a while til I get to The White Witch Of The South Seas, Barbel, the only other Sallust adventure I was able to find is They Used Dark Forces, which is next on my reading list.
Just glancing at wikipedia, it looks like Wheatley skips backwards in the timeline for that one, back to WWII. But it was written 1964.

There was a page I found a couple weeks ago, that lists the Sallust books in order of internal chronology, as well as publication order. It's not just that Black August happens after all the others, they all skipped back and forth in the timeline (like Conan and Flashman both did).
Can't seem to find that page now, if I can I'll link to it later, because it's a good resource.

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Sorry, am not a great photographer. Hope you can make out the order! As you can hopefully see, "Dark Forces" should be read before "Island" but it doesn't matter enormously- it shouldn't be a spoiler to say that the Nazis lost WW2!

753

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Ben Macintyre: The spy and the traitor

Ben Macintyre's books are always informative and exciting, and this is probably one of his best. It's about Oleg Gordievsky, the KGB agent who secretly worked for the MI6 in the later part of the cold war. This may be the best non-fiction book in the spy genere I've ever read. The competition is "Spy/counterspy" by Dusko Popov and Max Manus' two biograpies abouut his exoeriences as a WWII SOE agent (A shortened version was published in English under the name "Underwater saboteur"), but today it feels like Macintyre beats them all.If you're atall interested in real life espionage thisis a must read.

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Barbel wrote:

https://i.postimg.cc/v1tB953d/IMG-20200628-185134.jpg


https://i.postimg.cc/p5hR0jYr/IMG-20200628-185142.jpg

nice collection of hardcovers!

755

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All firsts I think,  though some in poor condition. Must ask CoolHandBond if they're worth anything.

756

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ah here is that table with the Internal chronology I found earlier:

Title  ///    Period of Plot  ///    Date of 1st publication
Contraband  ///    3 Aug 1935 - 11 Aug 1935  ///    [9 October 1936]
The Scarlet Impostor  ///    7 Sep 1939 - 8 Nov 1939  ///    [7 January 1940]
Faked Passports  ///    9 Nov 1939 - 13 Mar 1940  ///    [June 1940]
The Black Baroness  ///    14 Mar 1940 - 17 Jun 1940  ///    [22 October 1940]
V For Vengeance  ///    14 Jun 1940 - 22 Jun 1941  ///    [12 March 1942]
Come Into My Parlour  ///    23 Jun 1941 - 12 Dec 1941  ///    [28 November 1946]
Traitors' Gate  ///    30 Mar 1942 - Oct 1942  ///    [1 September] 1958
They Used Dark Forces  ///    May 1943 - 6 Jun 1945  ///    [5 October] 1964
The Island Where Time Stands Still  ///    1954  ///    [20 September] 1954
Black August  ///    circa 1960  ///    [January 1934]
The White Witch Of The South Seas  ///    Jan 1963 - 1963  ///    [26 August] 1968

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"Black August" as you'll probably know isn't part of the chronology and stands apart. I think you'll enjoy filling in the gaps.  ajb007/smile
(And of course spotting the influences on Fleming)

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Truth is i don't read a lot of novels, i prefer factual books as a rule. My hobby is oil painting which is something i took up when i retired two years ago,so i read a lot of art related books, but... i am currently struggling my way through Moby dick by Herman melville which is hard work to be honest as the dialect is at times unfathomable

ive smelt that aftershave before and both times ive smelt a rat