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  1. says:

    enjoyed this in the final part of the trilogy where the loose from books 1 and 2 were sorted as the action takes in 1919 japan in the aftermath of WW1 and the gradual changing mood of some of the nobility towards imperialism and their past in this many woven tales which end as one the only slight disappointment or excitement is maybe a new series based on the final part of this novel


  2. says:

    I can't remember when I've been disappointed in a book I loved the first of this trilogy and couldn't put it down This one I couldn't wait to finish The characters stumble from one obvious trap or reversal to another with so many contrived plot points it almost gets comical The whole set up of the finale seems forced and unrealistic Very unsatisfying and far off form for Goddard


  3. says:

    The final book in ‘The Wide World Trilogy' and Robert Goddard remembers the ‘Wide World' bit on the cover and has the story rushing as much as a five week sail trip can be said to be rushing off to Japan in search of answers to the many uestions raised back in Europe and in the first two ‘Wide World’ books 'The Ways of the World' and 'The Corners of the Globe’The travel time to Japan can be easily explained in case you haven’t been with us thus far by the story being set in 1919 during and just after the Paris Peace Conference formed by the winning side to sort out the mess made in the Forst World War The main character WWI flying ‘ace’ James ‘Max’ Maxted is dead It seems he was killed in the incident at the end of 'The Corners of the Globe' That’s not a spoiler at the end he is shot You’ll have to wonder just why Robert Goddard might want to kill his hero off until you read this book Max’s colleagues have already arrived in Japan and are hot on the trail of the mysterious Jack Farnham who might if he’s still alive be able to supply some of the afore mentioned much needed answers Or shed some light on them anyway Or not as you know the case might also be Hot on their trail or maybe even there before them is the enigmatic ‘how does he DO that?’ devious treacherous German spy master Fritz Lemmer The whole trail of events was set in motion by Sir Henry Maxted Max’s father who died even before the first book 'The Ways of the World’ even started Seems to run in the family that Max according to his older brother who was looking at a smooth transference of the family assets property and titles into his hands had one job To sign the papers in Paris and bring their father’s body home It was never going to be that simple and soon a whole intriguing can of worms was opened one which has had me pretty much spellbound the whole way through the three volumesThe series as a whole has been wonderful Entertaining interesting surprising full of suspense and shocks and very well written indeed There are actually signs and I do have one or two un answered uestions of my own that there may be further books featuring some of the characters Those still alive of course The middle book 'The Corners of the Globe' was particularly good It dealt with issues brought up in the first book not by solving the clues but by expanding them and confusing the issues even It was a brilliant book I thought uite extraordinary as a number two as well rather like ‘The Bone Tree’ by Greg Iles in that respect So it was an almost impossible level for 'The Ends of the Earth' to live up to really Whilst it is up there it doesn’t uite match my expectations Not entirely my fault blame it on a superb second book What’s wrong? Not an awful lot howeverpersonally I wouldn’t have had the story going off to Japan I’d have had the Japanese angles of the story coming to us as it were The first two stayed in Britain and France and worked superbly well The trip to Japan whilst necessary for the story as it is now seems still to be as I flippantly mentioned above a way of justifying the ‘Whole Wide World’ tag Moving and finishing the story out to Japan removed any subconscious frame of reference we European readers had And felt a little forced The Japanese are so different were so different back then they might as well be aliens The first two we thought we knew where we were and so the surprises were even surprising and shocking Anything here can be written off as 'the kind of thing they obviously get up to over there’ The ’39 Steps’ bit in volume two is just superb way better for it’s simplicity and naturalness if that’s a word than much of the set pieces here And the big castle set piece again yeah necessary for the plot as it is well a certain part of the castle anyway but it was all bit 'game show' 'Mission Impossible' Implausible like and further removed the characters from reality even that of the well written streets of TokyoAs a whole a really excellent old fashioned in ways than one mystery thriller series With hopefully to come and to be revealedMore world class reviews on Speesh Reads


  4. says:

    The journey of James Maxted Max begun in the first volume of Robert Goddard’s World Wide Trilogy continues in the third volume THE ENDS OF THE EARTH The focus shifts to Japan as Max is determined to bring his investigation of his father’s death Sir Henry Maxted a British diplomat to a conclusion In the first two installments we learn that Max does not accept the verdict of the Parisian police that his father had committed suicide and he is bent on restoring his father’s reputation and finally learn the truth Max is certain his father was murdered and everything seems to center on a failed Japanese nationalist attempt to assassinate the Russian Tsarevitch upon his visit to Tokyo in 1891 The “Dark Ocean” is a Japanese nationalist organization that hoped to prevent any improvement in Russo Japanese relations as they were focused on Japanese expansion in the Far EastMany of the characters from the previous novels reappear in THE ENDS OF THE EARTH; Sam Twentyman Max’s engineer from World War I; Malory Hollander an assistant to Schools Morahan; Horace Appleby a British secret agent and they with their allies confront the xenophobic Count Iwazu Tomura a nationalist leader with his own murderous agenda as they try to block the sale of Frederick Lemmer’s spy network to the Japanese government As in the two earlier novels the book possesses numerous twists and turns one would expect from a Goddard story Goddard’s description of the historical period is very accurate The infighting in the Japanese government over expansion and honor is a major theme The difficulties between Russia and Japan over the Far East would culminate in the Russo Japanese War in 1905 and continue thereafter is accurate Goddard also creates a number of documents and letters that keep the reader abreast of what took place in the previous novels that allows the current volume to make senseThe plot is very suspenseful as Max’s uest continues but as the story evolves Max is presented with a number of situations that blindside him At times in the novel it appears that things are about to settle down but Goddard will then introduce a new character or bring back an old one from the previous volumes to twist the plot even further Goddard seems to have a low opinion of human nature as most of his characters seem to be seeking some sort of revenge Max’s goal is to find the letter that Jack Farngold an old friend whose sister is married to Tomura had sent his father in 1917 The purpose of the letter was to warn him about Tomura and Lemmer which would explain Sir Henry’s death As he proceeds Max will learn things about his past that are shocking and will force him to confront Tomura as he tries to uncover the mystery of his own birth Throughout the novel Goddard constantly provides hints from the perspective of 1919 of what to expect from Japan in the future Goddard’s knowledge of Japanese history and geography is an asset as he sets his scenes and allows the reader insights into Japanese culture and politics between 1891 and 1919 The novel is very fast paced and at times I found myself jotting down who some of the characters were because they came and then disappeared at a rapid rate Despite the numerous characters and shifting plot lines the novel is surprisingly easy to follow if one pays attention Despite a storyline seems to bring closure at the book’s end in true Goddard fashion there are hints that some of these characters may reappear once again in the future If you enjoyed THE WAYS OF THE WORLD and THE CORNERS OF THE WORLD Goddard’s final installment will not disappoint


  5. says:

    If you like a long book that has no ending so that it must be finished in the next book without being told that eventually this will be a trilogy that still has no ending then you might like this bookBut I do not like to read a book the second one thinking that the story will finally end only to find out that it will be finished in a still unwritten unpublished book for which I had to wait a few monthsThen I do not like finding out that the plot does not end at the end of the third book but leaves the hero in the process of escapeI cannot think of any valid reason for this approach to a novel Even real life has an ending; a problem or situation has an ending I think that the author developed a very implausible situation which I do not think that the author had the skill to develop to its logical conclusion a rescue of someone who was so emotionally damaged that surviving in society was probably doomed to fail An escape flight also doomed to fail because planes do not fly without enough fuel and when overloadedBut if you like a book like this as an adventure book then I would be generous to rate this 3 stars If you want a book about the politics of this era it would rate higherIt is a book of too many improbable sudden connections with people in the right place at the right time with the right power to assist him It is a book of improbable grace where enemies let him go free on his word I think this author cannot write a book with logical connections and conseuences The plot is too jumpy a crisis a sudden improbable and very unlikely deliverance a new plan and the cycle repeats itself However other readers seemed to like this book Reading their reviews might give you a balanced criticism of this book I know that I will not waste my time reading any books by GoddardI actually finished this book several days ago but did not write a review in the hope that my opinion might become favorable over time But it has not Other reviewers of this book have stated that the ending is unresolved the wait for the third book was too long 8 months the coincidences were unbelievable the characters not well developed and possibly the best comment a hope that a fourth book is not forthcoming There is a major difference between a series of books like Lee Child's where the plot has an ending and the next book is a new unrelated plot and a book that has an incomplete ending reuiring reading the next book Who wants to read than 1000 pages and still not have an ending?


  6. says:

    My review is for the whole trilogy not just the 3rd instalment I have the e book combo of the 3 books all in one digital file Goddard is one of my very favourite authors so it is hard for me not to rate this book 4 or 5 It is certainly an outstanding achievement worthy of a 5 rating All of his books are full of unexpected twists and turns that keep you in suspense This trilogy may well be his masterpiece However I did not realize that it was all one novel spread over 1200 pages at first otherwise I might have given it a miss Way too long for my limited attention span I wondered whether this was meant to be a spoof on spy novels or a reductio ad absurdum of them There is definitely an absurd number of twists turns back stabbings and double crosses nearly in every chapter Also way too many deaths many of which I felt were unnecessary At first I enjoyed the suspense action then got jaded and started to think Oh no not again As another negative I hated the way the second book ended so much so that I almost didn't read the 3rd book I persisted but didn't enjoy the 3rd one mainly skimming through parts of it just to get it over with I felt in the end that it was a great story admirable for Goddard's ability to keep the plot interesting and the characters fascinating over 1200 pages which never dragged by the way Still I felt that he got a bit carried away that it could have been condensed to one 600 page novel without much loss I just hope that the 3rd book is the end and we aren't going to see a seuel


  7. says:

    Non stop action and adventure in post WWI Japan In 1919 pilot James ‘Max’ Maxted sets out to uncover the mystery behind the death of his father Sir Henry Maxted who was murdered a few months earlier in Paris His investigations lead him to Japan and one of Sir Henry’s enemies the formidable Count Tomura Max assembles a team to travel to Tokyo and meet him there to investigate a lead but upon their arrival they are informed that Max has been killed on the orders of a German spy Fritz Lemmer Shaken by the loss of their friend Sam Twentyman and Malory Hollander persevere to uncover the truth whilst facing betrayals and persecution from the Tokyo authorities However not all is as it seems and over the next few days events are set in motion that will result in secrets that have been kept for almost 30 years finally being revealed Whilst it was very clear from the first few pages that this was a seuel in fact the third book in a trilogy I found it remarkably easy to catch on to what was going on and was able to follow the plot with little difficulty The author manages to successfully reintroduce characters from the previous novels and explain their backstories in a way that is succinct and informative without feeling like it would be repetitive for those who have read the previous instalments As a result of both this and the fast paced plot I found myself rapidly drawn in to a post war adventure filled with mystery and conspiracy which whilst not exactly an original theme for a book worked extremely well and was very entertaining to experience The characters in the story particularly Max and his friends are well constructed and believable and I felt invested in their fates despite having only minimal knowledge of their history As well as this every character in the story seems to have a role to play in the overall plot meaning that there were few unnecessary background filler characters to get bogged down with Even the extreme characters such as spies and assassins feel realistic and fit in to the story well Plot wise Ends of the Earth had plenty of action suspense and adventure to keep you turning the pages with multiple cliffhangers and surprises throughout The pace never slows down and the writing is extremely easy to follow yet manages to create both atmosphere and complex characters without the need for excessive descriptions At the end of the book most of the loose ends seem to come together creating a conclusion that was both satisfying but also left potential for further reappearances from some of the characters My one criticism of this story would be that a couple of times I had to double back and check who some of the people were in the context of the story particularly those with Japanese names that were difficult to differentiate from each other Additionally I feel that I would have enjoyed this book even than I did had I read its predecessors but it can definitely be experienced as a standalone novel with no trouble Overall this was an excellent book and I am uite disappointed that I didn’t read the first two instalments beforehand I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys historical fiction or a good adventure novel and will happily read by this author in the future Daenerys Breakaway Reviewers received a copy of the book to review


  8. says:

    Award winning narrator Derek Perkins reads the audio version of this historical thriller and does a great job There are many characters perhaps too many from many countries and Perkins has the chance to use multiple accents British American French German Russian and Japanese Originally this was meant to be a trilogy but the conclusion of this third book clearly sets the stage for additional volumes Liked the first book disappointed in the second one and satisfied with this one I wouldn't suggest anyone jump in with this one too much back story Start with the first one The Ways of the World


  9. says:

    I've read Robert Goddard before but not this trilogy This was an ARC and was the last book of the trilogy I hadn't read the first two books which would of helped with knowing the characters Max was placed into many scenarios and came out unfazed I wish I could have lived back when all this happened The romantic in me takes off This is a really good story I'm sorry I did't read the first two books Robert Goddard took took history and made it come to life


  10. says:

    Description A thrilling climax to Robert Goddard's bestselling adventure trilogy The Wide World July 1919 Ex flying ace James 'Max' Maxted's attempt to uncover the secret behind the death of his father Sir Henry Maxted murdered while serving as an adviser with the British delegation to the Paris peace conference has seemingly ended in failure and his own death The trail uncovered by him leads to Japan and a mysterious prisoner held by Sir Henry Maxted's old enemy Count Tomura Unaware of Max's fate the team he has recruited to finish the job are already there where their paths cross that of former German spymaster Fritz Lemmer now rebuilding his spy network in the service of a new sinister cause In the days and weeks ahead the uest Max embarked on in Paris will reach its dizzying end at Tomura's castle in the mountains of Honshu and the full truth of what occurred thirty years before will finally be laid bare Opening SAM TWENTYMAN WAS A LONG WAY FROM HOME HE HAD NEVER imagined he might stray so far from his Walthamstow roots He was not by nature the straying kind Yet here he was sitting on a bollard smoking a cigarette while people of several races and numerous nationalities swarmed around him on Yokohama pierUnderwhelmed by this last book in the trilogy it was a uestion of having to drive myself through I did wonder if Goddard himself had tired of it Baseline 35 In Pale Battalions3 Into the Blue5 Past Caring4 Caught In The Light4 Long Time Coming3 Never Go Back3 Sight UnseenTR Beyond Recall3 Borrowed Time3 Hand in GloveWL Fault Line4 Set In Stone1 Found Wanting2 Name To A Face4 Painting The Darkness1 Dying To Tell3 Play to the End3 Out of the Sun3 Days Without Number4 Take No Farewell2 Closed CircleTR Blood Count3 Sea Change3 The Ways of the World The Wide World Trilogy #14 The Corners of the Globe The Wide World James Maxted #23 The Ends of the Earth The Wide World Trilogy #3


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He had uncovered leads to Japan and a mysterious prisoner held by Sir Henry Maxted's old enemy Count Tomura Unaware of Max's fate the team he has recruited to finish the job are already in Japan where their paths cross that of former German spymaster Fritz Lemmer now rebuil. My review is for the whole trilogy not just the 3rd instalment I have the e book combo of the 3 books all in one digital file Goddard is one of my very favourite authors so it is hard for me not to rate this book 4 or 5 It is certainly an outstanding achievement worthy of a 5 rating All of his books are full of unexpected twists and turns that keep you in suspense This trilogy may well be his masterpiece However I did not realize that it was all one novel spread over 1200 pages at first otherwise I might have given it a miss Way too long for my limited attention span I wondered whether this was meant to be a spoof on spy novels or a reductio ad absurdum of them There is definitely an absurd number of twists turns back stabbings and double crosses nearly in every chapter Also way too many deaths many of which I felt were unnecessary At first I enjoyed the suspense action then got jaded and started to think Oh no not again As another negative I hated the way the second book ended so much so that I almost didn't read the 3rd book I persisted but didn't enjoy the 3rd one mainly skimming through parts of it just to get it over with I felt in the end that it was a great story admirable for Goddard's ability to keep the plot interesting and the characters fascinating over 1200 pages which never dragged by the way Still I felt that he got a bit carried away that it could have been condensed to one 600 page novel without much loss I just hope that the 3rd book is the end and we aren't going to see a seuel