The Thirty-Nine Steps is a thriller novel written by John Buchan. It is the first book in the Richard Hannay series. The Thirty-Nine Steps is one of the earliest examples of the "man-on-the-run" thriller genre, which was afterwards adopted by Hollywood as an often-used plot theme. The book was popular, and has been adapted for three different films, and for television.The book is the story of hero Richard Hannay, who takes on the enemies of his country single-handed. Wrongly suspected of murder, he is pursued by the police, and the villains who are also after him. His pursuit takes him to Scotland, dodging one enemy after another...
Excellent. Although it is rather unbelievable, the author has done a good job of getting you in there with Hannay, and it's a good read.
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- Reading Age: 13+
- Reading Aloud Age: 13+
Some violence, although not very much, and not graphic.