One by one they left London; their reasons various, their destination the same: Romney Marsh.First to leave was a Mr James Bone, better known as Gentleman James, Highwayman-and ally of the mysterious smuggler called the Scarecrow.Close behind: Lord Cullingford. Foolish, foppish Lord Cullingford, desperate with debt, determined to earn the reward due to the man who broughtOne by one they left London; their reasons various, their destination the same: Romney Marsh.First to leave was a Mr James Bone, better known as Gentleman James, Highwayman-and ally of the mysterious smuggler called the Scarecrow.Close behind: Lord Cullingford. Foolish, foppish Lord Cullingford, desperate with debt, determined to earn the reward due to the man who brought the Scarecrow to justice.On Dover Stage: Captain Bully' Foulkes who had boasted and wagered publicly that he was the man to catch the Scarecrow. And travelling with him by chance, Doctor Syn, Vicar of Dymchurch, much regarded as a clergyman-and with some most unclerical distinctions.Soon their paths would cross, and the meetings would be unhappy for some....
|Title||:||The Shadow Of Doctor Syn|
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The Shadow Of Doctor Syn Reviews
It is with more than a little regret that I finished the last of the Dr. Syn novels (not including the CHRISTOPHER SYN rewrite). Although they stretched credibility at times, each one was an entertaining read and filled with adventure.This final book was also filled with an incredible amount of drinking! Indeed, it’s no wonder that The Scarecrow’s smuggling operations were protected by the residents. If the flow of imported alcohol ceased, at least two-thirds of the citizenry would be experiencing serious withdrawal symptoms. Ale was laced with brandy, as was a mead wine that was consumed at breakfast as others might drink coffee! Offers of water were rebuffed with a preference for rum or brandy. I began to feel light-headed just reading about it.The central character of Dr. Syn has fallen into a very comfortable pattern by this book. The writer emphasizes his heroic qualities despite his past as a pirate captain and the significant number of men that he has killed. Christopher Syn has also changed in appearance from his description in earlier books, especially a distinct alteration to his hair that is gone in this book, but that we know will return later in his life. The moody, dark personality seen previously is also mostly absent. Finally, even though the good doctor has had the Devil’s own luck with romance previously, his heart is captured again in this one.For me, this closing book probably had the best assortment of supporting characters of all of them in the series. Those we have met before, such as Gentleman Jimmy Bone (the highwayman) and the Squire, seemed more accessible in this one. Meanwhile, a visiting Aunt and Dr. Syn’s soon-to-be love interest were especially enjoyable and I looked forward to their appearances. The “villains” of the piece were also well-drawn, and their behavior was suitably threatening. There was even a stop in France during the infamous Reign of Terror that I found to be very intriguing.In short, THE SHADOW OF DOCTOR SYN is a marvelous ending to the series and an engaging extension of the adventures. (The youth inside of me was thrilled.) One recommendation for those who are considering this series … begin with the second book and go through them in order, then circle back around and read the first one that actually ends the series. You won’t miss anything by doing so, and you’ll be able to enjoy the adventures without the foreknowledge of the ultimate ending.A final comment: Much has been made by purists that Disney white-washed the story with the 3-part television series, THE SCARECROW OF ROMNEY MARSH. That case could certainly be made for many of the books. However, the final two (FURTHER ADVENTURES and SHADOW) are firmly in the mold that Disney used. The main differences are the absence of a romantic interest for Dr. Syn, and the employment of trickery in the place of killings. (And, for me, the image of Patrick McGoohan who is indelibly both Dr. Syn and The Scarecrow in my mind.) So, the fan of any of the three versions of the story will find something pleasingly familiar in the series.
A good story and sad that it is the last in this series. However, the formatting in this edition is TERRIBLE.