The Zeppelin's Passenger

The Zeppelin's Passenger

E. Phillips Oppenheim / Feb 28, 2020

The Zeppelin s Passenger Edward Phillips Oppenheim was an English novelist in his lifetime a successful writer of genre fiction including thrillers He composed some novels mostly of international intrigue Th

  • Title: The Zeppelin's Passenger
  • Author: E. Phillips Oppenheim
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  • Page: 440
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  • Edward Phillips Oppenheim 1866 1946 , was an English novelist, in his lifetime a successful writer of genre fiction including thrillers He composed some 150 novels, mostly of international intrigue This one deals with a German spy in England who romances a titled lady and has a happy ending.

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      • E. Phillips Oppenheim

        Edward Phillips Oppenheim was an English novelist, primarily known for his suspense fiction He was born on 22 October 1866 in Leicester, the son of a leather merchant, and after attending Wyggeston Grammar School he worked in his father s business for almost 20 years, beginning there at a young age He continued working in the business, even though he was a successful novelist, until he was 40 at which point he sold the business.He wrote his first book Expiation in 1887 and in 1898 he published The Mysterious Mr Sabin , which he described as The first of my long series of stories dealing with that shadowy and mysterious world of diplomacy Thereafter he became a prolific writer and by 1900 he had had 14 novels published.While on a business trip to the United States in 1890 he met and married Elise Clara Hopkins of Boston and, on return to England, they lived in Evington, Leicestershire until the First World War,and had one daughter His wife remained faithful to him throughout his life despite his frequent and highly publicised affairs, which often took place abroad and aboard his luxury yacht.During World War I Oppenheim worked for the Ministry of Information while continuing to write his suspenseful novels.He featured on the cover of Time magazine on 12 September 1927 and he was the self styled Prince of Storytellers , a title used by Robert standish for his biography of the author His literary success enabled him to buy a villa in France and a yacht, spending his winters in France where he regularly entertained than 250 people at his lavish parties and where he was a well known figure in high society.He later purchased a house, Le Vanqui dor in St Peter Port, in Guernsey He lost access to the house during the Second World War when Germany occupied the Channel Islands but later regained it He wrote 116 novels, mainly of the suspense and international intrigue type, but including romances, comedies, and parables of everyday life, and 39 volumes of short stories, all of which earned him vast sums of money He also wrote five novels under the pseudonymn Anthony Partridge and a volume of autobiography, The Pool of Memory in 1939 He is generally regarded as the earliest writer of spy fiction as we know it today, and invented the Rogue Male school of adventure thrillers that was later exploited by John Buchan and Geoffrey Household.Undoubtedly his most renowned work was The Great Impersonation 1920 , which was filmed three times, the last time as a strong piece of wartime propaganda in 1942 In that novel the plot hinges around two very similar looking gentlemen, one from Britain and the other from Germany, in the early part of the 20th century Overall than 30 of his works were made into films.Perhaps his most enduring creation is the character of General Besserley, the protagonist of General Besserley s Puzzle Box and General Besserley s New Puzzle Box Much of his work possesses a unique escapist charm, featuring protagonists who delight in Epicurean meals, surroundings of intense luxury, and the relaxed pursuit of criminal practice, on either side of the law Gerry Wolstenholme


    1. When a Zeppelin crashes in a small English town, at first no one realizes it was carrying a passenger. He immediately puts in place a plan to blackmail two of the best ladies in town by bargaining secrecy for the life of their brother/fiancé, driving a hard bargain and showing no mercy. For awhile it seems that he could not possibly do any damage, but can that be true? What really has drawn him to town?I liked how each character was deeply layered. A spy who wants to succeed, yet admits to seve [...]

    2. 3.5 stars. Highly enjoyable melodrama about espionage and romance during WWI. Plenty of propaganda and obvious plotting, but fun just the same. Cue the dramatic music, put a wrist to your forehead, and enjoy!

    3. A World War I tale of German espionage in a fictional english village called Dreymarsh. Some residents there discover a zepplin observation car and this discovery triggers a range of events and introduces a myriad of characters which all make for a rather delightful mystery

    4. Aaarghh! I'm on a bad streak. Ludicrous plot. Brainless heroine. Oppenheim at his worst. Don't bother with this one.

    5. An early espionage novel with a strong hint of romance, The Zeppelin's Passenger was a book I bought on a whim knowing very little about it and, therefore, having little idea what to expect. E. Phillips Oppenheim pulls together a very effective story in which a foreign agent arrives in a quiet coastal haven in Britain during WW1. Soon, one of the local women has fallen head-over-heels in love with him, even though she is already married. She considers her real husband a time-waster and a coward, [...]

    6. Very pleasant entertainment, like his other books. Oppenheim was popular between the wars but is by now largely forgotten. A pity. Especially considering he produced over 100 novels and 37 volumes of short stories.

    7. Disappointed because the evil German zeppelin never actually appeared in the book, however, the rather inattentive lady the eponymous passenger “makes love to” has massive red-gold hair, an Oppenheim trademark.“People who travel in Zeppelins don’t wear things like that.”

    8. This is the story of a woman who desires to be loved. The war and it's trials affect how her husband is able to love her. It's an interesting look at life during the war, our flights of fancy, and enduring loyalty. I listened to the book on Audible/Libravox.

    9. This WWI-set story is quick, compactly told, and features a few twists to keep the reader guessing to the end. The ebook formatting is pretty good, with a few typos resulting from the OCR, but nothing too distracting.

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