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by Guy Boothby

Other books written by Guy Boothby include: On the Wallaby: or, Through the East and Across Australia (1894)

Other books written by Guy Boothby include: On the Wallaby: or, Through the East and Across Australia (1894). In Strange Company: a Story of Chili and the Southern Seas (1894). John Sutherland (e., intro to Guy Boothby, A Bid For Fortune, or Dr Nikola’s Vendetta (New York: Oxford University Press, 1996), p. xv. ^ Mark Valentine, "Introduction' in Guy Boothby, Dr Nikola, Master Criminal.

Read online books written by Boothby Guy in our e-reader absolutely for free. Guy Boothby's grandfather was Benjamin Boothby (1803-1868), judge of the supreme court of South Australia from 1853 to 1867. Author of A Bid for Fortune, My Strangest Case at ReadAnyBook. Guy Boothby was educated at Salisbury, near Adelaide, and Christ's Hospital, London. In 1890 Boothby wrote the libretto for a comic opera, Sylvia, which was published and produced at Adelaide in December 1890, and in 1891 appeared The Jonquil: an Opera. The music in each case was written by Cecil James Sharp. Boothby worked as secretary to the mayor of Adelaide.

A Bid for Fortune book. Boothby’s Nikola may be the world’s first modern super villain: he is a master of hypnotism and mind control, a telepathic adept, and an astral projectionist

A Bid for Fortune book. Boothby’s Nikola may be the world’s first modern super villain: he is a master of hypnotism and mind control, a telepathic adept, and an astral projectionist. He can cause ordinary men to see images in pools of liquid, and prophesy into the future. It’s said that he knows the hour, moment, and method of his own demise.

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Richard Hatteras, on holiday in Sydney, rescues a lovely young woman in distress, the start of a series of events that sees him falling in love and becoming ever more entangled in the machinations of the shadowy Doctor Nikola, villain, gentleman, and occult adventurer, who will stop at nothing to steal his prize.

A Bid for Fortune - Guy Boothby. You will leave at once-that is to say, by the boat on Wednesday-for Sydney. You will book your passage to-morrow morning, first thing, and join her in Plymouth. You will meet me to-morrow evening at an address I will send you, and receive your final instructions.

Publisher Description. A Bid For Fortune is quite a novel. It is unnecessarily complicated, filled with villainous people chasing objects that the reader never really has explained, and, in the last stretch, wildly politically incorrect.

A Bid for Fortune, or Dr. Nikola's Vendetta. One fee. Stacks of books. Drag & drop your files (not more than 5 at once).

This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide.
Nice mystery story
This is one of the best-written mysteries I've read, and I've read several. I will certainly read more of this series.
This is the first book in an exciting old series about a diabolical criminal mastermind by Australian author Guy Boothby. Obtaining all 5 can be a little confusing due to some alternate titles for the first two books. Here they are:

These books are all available individually in free public domain editions, but in the Kindle Store be careful to avoid any that are dated Oct. 23, 2013. Public domain books bearing that publishing date (and not just those by Boothby) contain garbled, fragmented text that is unpleasant to decipher and are virtually unreadable. (Why Amazon doesn't remove them is a mystery to me.)

Perhaps the quickest and easiest way to acquire all five is in an inexpensive bundle; two that I am familiar with are available from Ignacio Hills and Timeless Wisdom for only $.99, but there are others.

These may not be great literature but they are great escapist fun. And it all begins with this story.
Guy Boothby's novel 'A Bid for Fortune or Dr. Nikola's Vendetta' (1895) is an apt choice for the short-lived Oxford Popular Fiction series, which shed a spotlight on the now forgotten novels. Few people read these novels today, but they were once very popular, and if you read the book, you will see the reason.

Boothby's novel, which was serialized in 1895 (2 years before the publication of 'Dracula'), follows the adventure of our hero/narrator Hatteras, a white raised in the South Seas, who literally saves a beautiful lady (named Phyllis) from ruffians, falls in love with her, encounters the arch-villain Dr. Nikola, and tries to save the day. Really. The novel includes the globe-trotting story that leads us from Australia to the South Seas via Egypt, and the narration is full of incredible dangers.

And Dr. Nikola, first-rate mastermind of evil schemes, remains in the shadow all through the story, hatching plans ala Dr. No or Spectre in 007 series. Shrewd Dr. Nikola, always one step ahead of the brave hero, uses even mesmerism to make the targeted victim listen to what he says. His attire is always that of gentleman, with a jet-black cat perched on the shoulder watching you!

Boothby hit the right mood to create this kind of cliff-hanging thriller, providing set-pieces of suspence to each chapters, which is followed by another. While you read, do not think about the plot. It is like Eugene Sue (if you know his 'The Wandering Jew'), with ultra-fast-paced suspence.

Now forgotten, and perhaps undeservedly so, Boothby's 'Dr. Nikola' is still interesting today. Pity that he couldn't keep up with the pace (he made sequels, none of which are as good as this, according to John Sutherland, the editor of Oxford edition), but the first entry is very entertaining. Try it if you like John Buchan or that kind of thrilling novels.
Dr Nikola is an enigmatic supervillain type, with his own strange code of honor. Unfortunately for him, he crosses paths with a bored adventurer on holiday, and life becomes more difficult for him. A fun, straightforward, clear adventure on one hand, with the enigmatic Nikola in the background.
A Bid for Fortune ebook
Guy Boothby
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