Strange Conflict (Duke de Richleau, #9)

Strange Conflict Duke de Richleau Oct When the bombs fall on London the elderly Duke de Richleau considers a problem of the utmost urgency What methods are the Germans using to discover with sinister effect the secret routes

  • Title: Strange Conflict (Duke de Richleau, #9)
  • Author: Dennis Wheatley
  • ISBN: 9780090435319
  • Page: 124
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  • Oct 1940 1941When the bombs fall on London the elderly Duke de Richleau considers a problem of the utmost urgency What methods are the Germans using to discover with sinister effect the secret routes of the Atlantic convoys His answer is bizarre and fantastic The enemy are in touch with supernatural powers which can be overcome only by those who have the knowledgeOct 1940 1941When the bombs fall on London the elderly Duke de Richleau considers a problem of the utmost urgency What methods are the Germans using to discover with sinister effect the secret routes of the Atlantic convoys His answer is bizarre and fantastic The enemy are in touch with supernatural powers which can be overcome only by those who have the knowledge and courage to join battle with them on the Astral Plane The Duke and his supporters face the terrifying challenge from the Powers of Darkness.

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  • Dennis Wheatley

    Dennis Yates Wheatley 8 January 1897 10 November 1977 Born Dennis Yeats Wheatley was an English author His prolific output of stylish thrillers and occult novels made him one of the world s best selling authors in the 1950s and 1960s.His first book, Three Inquisitive People, was not immediately published but his first published novel, The Forbidden Territory, was an immediate success when published in 1933, being reprinted seven times in seven weeks.He wrote adventure stories, with many books in a series of linked works His plots covered the French Revolution Roger Brook Series , Satanism Duc de Richleau , World War II Gregory Sallust and espionage Julian Day.In the thirties, he conceived a series of whodunit mysteries, presented as case files, with testimonies, letters, pieces of evidence such as hairs or pills The reader had to go through the evidence to solve the mystery before unsealing the last pages of the file, which gave the answer Four of these Crime Dossiers were published Murder Off Miami, Who Killed Robert Prentice, The Malinsay Massacre, and Herewith The Clues.In the 1960s his publishers were selling a million copies of his books per year A small number of his books were made into films by Hammer, of which the best known is The Devil Rides Out book 1934, film 1968 His writing is very descriptive and in many works he manages to introduce his characters into real events while meeting real people For example, in the Roger Brook series the main character involves himself with Napoleon, and Jos phine whilst being a spy for the Prime Minister William Pitt Similarly, in the Gregory Sallust series, Sallust shares an evening meal with Hermann G ring.He also wrote non fiction works, including accounts of the Russian Revolution and King Charles II, and his autobiography He was considered an authority on the supernatural, satanism, the practice of exorcism, and black magic, to all of which he was hostile During his study of the paranormal, though, he joined the Ghost Club.From 1974 through 1977 he edited a series of 45 paperback reprints for the British publisher Sphere under the heading The Dennis Wheatley Library of the Occult , selecting the titles and writing short introductions for each book This series included both occult themed novels by the likes of Bram Stoker and Aleister Crowley and non fiction works on magic, occultism, and divination by authors such as the Theosophist H P Blavatsky, the historian Maurice Magre, the magician Isaac Bonewits, and the palm reader Cheiro.Two weeks before his death in November 1977, Wheatley received conditional absolution from his old friend Cyril Bobby Eastaugh, the Bishop of Peterborough.His estate library was sold in a catalogue sale by Basil Blackwell s in the 1970s, indicating a thoroughly well read individual with wide ranging interests particularly in historical fiction and Europe His influence has declined, partly due to difficulties in reprinting his works owing to copyright problems.Fifty two of Wheatley s novels were published posthumously in a set by Heron Books UK More recently, in April 2008 Dennis Wheatley s literary estate was acquired by media company Chorion.He invented a number of board games including Invasion.

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  • I'm a huge fan of The Devil Rides Out, the Hammer adaption of Wheatley's previous Duke de Richleau novel. Reading de Richleau is a bit like the supernatural adventures of an aged James Bond. Astral travel and occult doings among British high society. I picked this up along with The Devil Rides Out. In this outing, the Duke and his chums are called upon by British Intelligence to figure out how the Nazis are gleaning covert information on British convoy deployments. The Duke eliminates all the po [...]


  • I confess I have a particularly soft spot for this book. It was the first Dennis Wheatley story I ever read, and it set me on a path of DW admiration that has stayed with me ever since.I realize that when reading him today, there are certain things one has to look past. His casual racism, wherein he assumes that black people are necessarily less intelligent or decent than whites, or that just about any race in existence takes second place to the English. His class-consciousness, with its obvious [...]


  • This is the third of Wheatley’s Black Magic series that I have read. The Devil Rides out was very enjoyable. Gateway to Hell was OK, but nothing great. Unfortunately Strange Conflict, has been the worst of the bunch.The setup is very good. During the Blitz of the Second World War, the British supply ships are being destroyed with eerie efficiency. The Duke De Richleau deduces that the Nazis are using Black Magic to intercept the ships’ locations so that their U-boats can sink them. He gather [...]


  • Another 1940's-penned adventure from DW which although in the edge of credibility nevertheless succeeds in building the tension and desperation of the heroes through the plot. The style is somewhat genteel in today's world but fun.


  • Second in the Black Magic series and ninth in the Duke de Richleau series. It begins after the Germans began bombing England at the start of World War II and after the French government has collapsed.This ARC was sent to me by NetGalley for an honest review.My TakeThe accepting nonchalance of the duke and Sir Pellinore interrupting their dinner to deal with the incendiary bombs cracked me up. Then there’s the duke’s spying. I wonder if the CIA knows how much easier it is if one can travel in [...]


  • An entertaining occult adventure with hilarious elitist upper class characters.I liked the two previous Wheatley books I read, and this one was more or less the same. I got what I wanted.Most of what needs to be said about Wheatley's style has already been said in the other linked-to reviews, as this one was cut from the same cloth. It's hard to say how serious the elitism (and everything else that goes wit it) is, but it sure is entertaining."That a better world might emerge with the passing of [...]



  • I know Wheatley is a just supernatural pulp writer but I'm always disappointed in his books. The first one I read, The Devil Rides Out, I liked despite its flaws--mostly, being too long. This is the third I've read since then and the quality keeps going downhill, so this may be the last. The set-up is promising: during WWII, the Nazis are using a satanist to help them get secret British navy plans, and the same intrepid group of occult warriors from Devil Rides Out go to do battle on the astral [...]


  • 'Strange Conflict' has all the trademarks of a genuine Wheatley book: it is racist, sexist, chauvinist, militarist, etc. On the one hand, however, this one is much better than the post WWII books where Wheatley spends most of the pages moaning about the decline of British power and regularly descends into paranoia about Commies everywhere. In this book, published in 1941, Britain was still an empire and its enemies were easy to distinguish. In this sense, the book is a much better read than the [...]


  • Enjoyable Hokum.In WWII, the Duke De Richleau, a kind of supernatural James Bond, battles voodoo forces of Haiti that are astrally projecting themselves to find ships in the Atlantic and inform the Nazi's.De Richleau has the ability to astrally project as well and sets out to find who is stealing the secrets by occult means. (If he has this skill, it makes you wonder why he doesn't just astrally project into Hitler's bunker and end the war sooner)The story is fun and inventive, but sometimes the [...]


  • This was another enjoyable entry in the Black Magic series by Dennis Wheatley. It is set during the second world war and was written about this time. Some of the characters and cultural attitudes are dated and downright racist, but if you can read past this you may find this occult adventure enjoyable. There was a time when Mr. Wheatley was wildly popular but is no, sadly, all but forgotten. World of warning: the perpetually offended Social Justice Warrior types should avoid this book may be 'tr [...]


  • A vintage Wheatley crisp action in an exotic but deadly setting and a number of resolute heroes (and heroine) that eventually triumph after a number of twists and turns the squeamish may complain its non-p.c. but it has to be seen in context of its times - 1941 - when the outcome of the war was still in doubt.


  • I really enjoyed the book, lots of action and quite a page turner. I found the main characters a bit over the top, all so wholesome and wonderful with not a flaw between them, which makes it hard for me to relate to them. Also I think the age of the book shows with how wonderful England is and we are the best apparently! But don't let it put you off reading it.


  • Slow in the first half, which recycles lots of the material from The Devil Rides Out, but picks up when the action moves to Haiti. Wheatley lays on the wartime propaganda a little too much in places, and there are some embarrassingly out-of-date ideas, bordering on racism at times.


  • My brother brought this back from England in the 60's and it was one of the scariest books I ever read. Dennis Wheatley was ahead of his time!



  • One of Wheatley better black magic novels involving Nazis in WW 2 using magic to defeat England . The Duke e Richleau to the rescue.




  • Read this first as a teenager and thought it very exciting. Read it again recently and was disappointed that it was so melodramatic; even more than Wheatley's other occult thrillers.




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