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Julia Probyn-an old friend of many readers-is sailing off the west coast of Scotland. On the desolate island of Erinish Beg, she and her cousin are startled to see a sky-blue pole rise up out of the ground at their feet. Military Intelligence sends Colonel Jamieson to investigate this find. The action moves from the Erinishes to a tweed-shop in Tobermory, an archaeologicalJulia Probyn-an old friend of many readers-is sailing off the west coast of Scotland. On the desolate island of Erinish Beg, she and her cousin are startled to see a sky-blue pole rise up out of the ground at their feet. Military Intelligence sends Colonel Jamieson to investigate this find. The action moves from the Erinishes to a tweed-shop in Tobermory, an archaeological dig on Lewis, an island off the County Mayo, and finally to a dramatic end in the Scillies. The mystery of the sky-blue pole is solved soon enough; but there is much journeying, heart-searching and danger for Julia before the whole system of espionage is laid bare. During these events Julia, more and more attracted to Colonel Jamieson, finds in him the man she will marry.Miss Bridge's many admirers will warm to this tale of love and adventure, full of authentic local colour, well informed about the cold war of science on which its plot is based....

Title : The Dangerous Islands
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ISBN : 9781448204175
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 326 Pages
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The Dangerous Islands Reviews

  • Vinnie
    2019-05-06 13:01

    I really want to go and explore the brilliant islands around the UK now after reading this admittedly really old fashioned story . Interesting to reflect on the acceptable prejudices towards our now EU partners at the time if the Cold War. And also how the two shockingly 'forward-thinking' and intelligent main characters would today be considered biggots. What a long way we have come since the early 1960s.....

  • Jean
    2019-05-16 05:17

    Published in 1963, it capitalizes on the then current topic of cold war spying. It is set on most of the Islands around England, so it really qualifies more as a travel book. Reading it now, in 2017, it seems a very tame and quaintly period piece, though it was an enjoyable read.

  • Carol Kerry-green
    2019-05-01 05:00

    Ann Bridge does it again! This book was excellent, set in the early 1960s, it is full on tension about the Cold War. Julia Probyn is once again the main character, and she is sailing with her cousins Colin and Edina and Edina's husband Philip off the islands of Scotland when they notice some strange aerial on one of the islands. Colin phones to London (this is way before the days of mobile phones and there's wonderful description about the way the telephone systems worked then) to his office (Secret Service) who send up one of his bosses Colonel Jamieson.Jamieson cofirms it's a Russian aerial probably set up to transmit to satellites going over (Sputnik); and they set off to see if they can find others, which they do, one of Callernish near the standing stones! Julia finds herself drawn to Jamieson, and indeed before the end of the book they are engaged; before that though they discover more aerials in Co. Mayo on Clare Island and in the Scillies.Brimful of interesting places and characters and marvellously portrayed. And so interesting to read again now after about 30 years, reminds one that the Cold War was so real to people in the 50s and 60s.

  • Susan
    2019-05-03 05:01

    A book with too much plot is like someone wearing a sweater that is too small-- elbows and shoulders poke out and distort the fit. While I really enjoyed the opening sailing scenes set in Scotland, by the end the book became a back and forth of short scenes needed to resolve the many open points and lost its momentum. I also was put off by a tone of condescension and some prejudice in the section set in Western Ireland, such as a reference by the main character (British) on how if God had known the Irish, he would have made not lying one of the Ten Commandments.

  • Donna
    2019-05-23 05:48

    I love this Cold War cozy thriller series. The plot may not be the greatest but the atmosphere and landscape more than make up for it. This one has Julia sailing around the Hebrides and falling in love.

  • Julie
    2019-05-06 09:48

    It was enjoyable. I like this type of book for the travel aspect. It took place in the Hebrides, Ireland and the scillies. I loved being able to read the descriptions of these places even more than the story.

  • Julie
    2019-05-12 08:56

    Ann Bridge (a pseudonym) was a friend of George Mallory, I came across her when I read about him. I really like her writing! The Dangerous Islands was written in the 60's, and deals with spies (Russian), orinthology, and yachting. Good times!

  • Linda
    2019-05-10 10:12

    Another story featuring Julia Probyn, this time in the Hebrides and other islands around Britain.Working from a list of books I read years ago.

  • Sandynj
    2019-04-30 05:16

    Good use of sailing and the West of Ireland.

  • Theresa
    2019-04-29 12:09

    This was faster moving than some others in the series....Julia and Jamison investigate Russian planted radar and fall in love while they are at it.

  • Tamara
    2019-05-23 11:17

    Enjoyable, light espionage thriller. Published in 1963. Series character - Julia Probyn. I will read more of these books.