The s was a heck of a decade for the British. We started it at war with Nazi Germany, with the threat of IRA collaboration with the enemy looming large. By the end of it we had seen Independence achieved by India, lived through strikes and rationing, and held the fourteenth Olympic Games in London at a time of great austerity. The welfare state was under formation, and in the space of ten years we had become a very different country.
The British film industry reflected those changes, particularly in the thrillers that were made.
The lines between good and evil, safety and danger, were the stuff of entertainment that tapped into the concerns of the public. It was a period of vivid, ambitious, and surprising films. Here are ten, in chronological order, that were made for an audience who were living through momentous times. Gaslight Walbrook was a mesmerizing Austrian-born actor who left his homeland in to live in the UK.
Walbrook was a great actor. Gaslight is claustrophobic, and paranoiac, and downright nasty. A young woman marries an older man, and they move into a house that contains secrets of the past. Objects appear and disappear, the lamps flicker, and the young woman starts to suspect that she is going insane.
As she descends into madness, she falls further and further under the spell of her husband, who is not as supportive as he seems….
Night Train to Munich Carol Reed directed this crowd-pleasing adventure. But Night Train to Munich has the added bonus of Rex Harrison as Dickie Randall, a laid-back Intelligence Officer who composes seaside songs and thinks nothing of impersonating a member of the SS with stylish insouciance. The film has some great set pieces. The Case of the Frightened Lady Marius Goring stars as the reluctant Lord Lebanon, commanded by his mother to marry her secretary and produce lots of little Lord Lebanons. They all live in a very spooky castle where things go bump in the night.
There are double crosses, betrayals, and lots of twists and turns to a verbose script before all hell breaks loose and the police investigation leads to secret passages and nefarious motives. He updated his famous role as the Scarlet Pimpernel for his turn as Pimpernel Smith , an archaeology professor who secretly rescues inmates of concentration camps. Howard produced, directed and starred in the film, and it is very funny, and very moving.
Pimpernel Smith has a great denouement, filled with smoke and shadows, where Howard gives a stirring speech about why the war will lead to the moral destruction and eventual defeat of Germany. In difficult times that were only going to get worse, you can see how British cinema played such an important part in bolstering morale.
Howard gave people more than entertainment. He gave them courage.
But Blake was a hugely popular literary character in Britain from the turn of the century until as late as the s. Yes, he was a rip-off of Sherlock Holmes, but with more fisticuffs and sexiness. His popularity endured, and he was played by David Farrar in this filmic incarnation where he solves a murder at a Cornish tin-mine.
But it contains a fascinating detective who changed with the times. This is a really interesting film. But she ends up working for the Nazis without her knowledge, and the viewer is placed in the strange position of hating what Bridie does, but wanting her to defeat those who are using her. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Plaza by Shane M. Plaza by Shane M. Brown Goodreads Author. They should have kept it all a secret. When archaeologists uncover the largest ancient safe in the world, the wrong kinds of people will show up: criminals, mercenaries, treasure hunters. Why would an ancient culture devote three generations to build a giant stone safe? Why would they bury it so the jungle could hide it from the world?
Why ritually sacrifice one hundred thousand people to ensure its secrecy? This last mistake hurt the most.
Their last mistake was to assume that nothing had been left behind to keep guard…. Special note for Kindle format: PLAZA has an active table of contents, is approximately 90, words, and displays seamlessly with Kindles and all other eBook reading devices. Get A Copy. Kindle Edition , pages. More Details Other Editions 1. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Plaza , please sign up.
Why an African chameleon tail on a book about South America? The author says so in his acknowledgements. See 1 question about Plaza…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 07, Jennuineglass rated it it was amazing Shelves: fun-reads. Look at this book!! I feel that is the necessary way to start talking about this dirt-cheap, wild ride, couldn't put it down, Kindle find.
Author: Unknown to me. Cover Art: shrug Title: generic The only thing that drew me in was the mention of old gods, jungle, and archeology Homegirl's on a book budget so I figured I would give it a whirl.
I enjoyed it so much that I have given this "beach read" book a five star rating You are sucked in right from the first chapter and the action just. There's a little science thrown in there, a smidge of history, and a dash of fantasy and theology.
Just enough so that you can plausibly frame the motivations for all the people running through the jungle on the hunt for So if you are a Cussler fan add this one to your queue. I'm off to add Melt and Haywire to my reading list now Brown just got added to my list of Fun Reads. Happy Reading! Dec 16, John rated it it was amazing. I really liked this a lot. Lots of action and a great story line. I'd love to see these characters in another one.
Will definitely be reading more of Shane Brown's work. Jul 17, Matthew rated it really liked it Shelves: reviewed , horror , paranormal , , kindle-loanable. I picked this novel up on a recommendation. Reading through the first few pages, I began to have my doubts as I found the sentences to be short and choppy and instead of the typical quotation marks around sentences, single quotation marks were used ' instead of ". The writing quickly smoothed out with likable characters and a captivating story.
And whats the deal with only one trap? All in all, an exciting, quality read. May 05, Sharon Michael rated it it was amazing.
South American jungle-based archaeological dig, atypical underground ruins, the archaeology people vs. The characterization was, overall, excellent and not totally stereotyped, the monsters and the reason for the underground site reasonably rational, high body count. This is one that compares well with some of my long-held favorite adventure authors and I could certainly see it translating into a great Indiana Jones type movie as well. Oct 07, Mercury rated it liked it Shelves: e-reader.
I am a fan of the archeological dig - ancient secret - treasure hunt - secret code genre. But not a fan of heavy action that needs a lot of description. This story jump starts quite early and the action rolls in thick. But too many pages are wasted in describing the action happening on the scene - without really moving the plot forward.
Started well, dragged in the middle, ended quite timidly. Jul 12, Dawn rated it liked it. It was fast-paced, full of action, and held my interest by dangling the mystery of the "Plaza" in front of my face But then it kind of slowed down. The ending was a real disappointment with the mystery being more "Umm, okay then" than "Oh!
So that's the answer". A shame. Feb 21, Joe Geesin rated it really liked it. A great read although I did find a couple of holes in the story that I would have liked filling. But an interesting and original and gripping idea. Dec 28, Crystal Lucas rated it liked it. It was not bad, I just wish more info had been given at the end. Sep 01, Douglas Cook rated it liked it Shelves: thriller , fantasy. A fast read. Enjoyable if you don't mind the goofy plot. First paragraphs Libby blamed her father. His love of nature and the endless camping trips with her sister when they were kids.
Butterfly nets, ant farms, insect catchers, kiddie microscopes, television documentaries after bedtime when her mother thought she was asleep. Bug books with stickers for every species they found on their daily insect hunts. From a young age Libby proudly presented strange specimens to her mother for the shrieks the A fast read. From a young age Libby proudly presented strange specimens to her mother for the shrieks they would invariably elicit.
Then her father would dash out, wonder in his eyes. Twenty-five years later, it was a rare month that passed when they didn't find time to continue the tradition. Not this month, though. Her sister Deborah, two years younger, hadn't shared Libby's enthusiasm. Life led them in different directions, and today they couldn't possibly be more different. While her sister was at home, pregnant with her first kid, Libby was preparing to land a hot air balloon onto some of the most isolated jungle canopy in the world.
This was where the best insects were to be found, and Libby was an entomologist. Hot air ballooning was the easiest way to get here. It proved close to impossible on foot. The inflatable raft hanging under the balloon gave her three-person team access to some of the most wonderful places in the world. The best way to describe the balloon-raft was to imagine a large white water raft hanging under the balloon in place of the traditional passenger basket.
The balloon itself was elongated like a football. The raft could settle onto the jungle canopy, providing them a large trampoline-like platform to work from. She scanned for gaps in the jungle canopy. It was too dark to see the jungle floor. About seventy feet down, she estimated.
Brown, Shane M Kindle Edition. Mar 10, David Dalton rated it it was amazing Shelves: action , intense , monsters , thriller , isolated-location , guns-gun-and-more-guns , suspense , adventure. This is my 2nd book by Shane Brown and I loved it! Shane Brown is 2 for 2 in the action-thriller department as far as I am concerned. The action for FAST was fantastic and it fit that type of book. FAST was a military action thriller all the way While Plaza is an exciting combination of archaeology and all-out action. A different kind of action then what was featured in FAST. I loved Amazonia as well, and consider it one of my favorite James Rollins books.
May 07, J. Yeah, kind of far-fetched and even a little corny in spots. But hey, it's a thriller, so that's to be expected. There's the one who stretches and grows while confronting the danger, the ones who just manage to survive, the ones who survive due to muscle and prep, Yeah, kind of far-fetched and even a little corny in spots. There's the one who stretches and grows while confronting the danger, the ones who just manage to survive, the ones who survive due to muscle and prep, the one who survives with flair, and the ones you just know are going down and do, very satisfactorily.
The plot has more kinks and turns than an oxbow-forming river; the author spent hours sorting through the timeline and correlating events. Little moments that seemed trivial mattered in the end, and while I could have lived without some of the gore, again, that's part of the genre. We'll call it a solid four stars. May 24, Anand rated it it was ok. There is too much of blood and gore in this for my liking.
I was attracted to it by its description of being an 'archeological adventure', which it is in all fairness, but somewhere I was left confounded. To be fair to the author, it does take a lot of imagination to even contemplate a plot like this, and then to convert it into a coherent narrative is surely commendable.
Further, the novel does make you feel turn the page, and to that ext There is too much of blood and gore in this for my liking. Further, the novel does make you feel turn the page, and to that extent it accomplishes its job to entertain. But, the mystery of the archeological finds when finally revealed left me disappointed; after building a crescendo, the revelation ends on slight whimper. Overall, an okay read. Apr 21, Mark rated it it was amazing. The beginning felt a little like someone took scissors to parts of the story but it evened out well by the first third.
Well-written, a few homonym problems damn for dam comes to mind , but nothing that took me out of the story. And what a story