Campbell's Kingdom

Campbell's Kingdom[KINDLE] ❄ Campbell's Kingdom By Hammond Innes – Heartforum.co.uk At , Bruce Wetheral, a London insurance clerk, finds he hasn t much time to live A few hours later he also learns that he has become sole heir to his grandfather s failing Canadian enterprise Campbell At , Bruce Wetheral, a London insurance clerk, finds he hasn t much time to live A few hours later he also learns that he has become sole heir to his grandfather s failing Canadian enterprise Campbell s land perched atfeet in the Canadian Rockies may contain vast resources of oil The old man s partners offer him a moderate sum for control He declines the offer and launches his own search for Rocky Mountain Black GoldThe art of writing thoroughly well documented and ably written thrillers is perfectly understood by Innes, whose work stands in a class by itself VS Pritchett.

Ralph Hammond Innes was an English novelist who wrote over novels, as well as children s and travel booksHe was awarded a CBE Commander, Order of the British Empire in The World Mystery Convention honoured Innes with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Bouchercon XXIV awards in Omaha, Nebraska, Oct, Innes was born in Horsham, Sussex, and educated at the Cranbrook School in Kent He left in to work as a journalist, initially with the Financial Times at the time called the Financial News The Doppelganger, his first novel, was published in In WWII he served in the Royal Artillery, eventually rising to the rank of Major During the war, a number of his books were published, including Wreckers Must Breathe , The Trojan Horse and Attack Alarm the last of which was based on his experiences as an anti aircraft gunner during the Battle of Britain at RAF Kenley After being discharged in , he worked full time as a writer, achieving a number of early successes His novels are notable for a fine attention to accurate detail in descriptions of places, such as in Air Bridge , set partially at RAF Gatow, RAF Membury after its closure and RAF Wunstorf during the Berlin AirliftInnes went on to produce books in a regular sequence, with six months of travel and research followed by six months of writing Many of his works featured events at sea His output decreased in the s, but was still substantial He became interested in ecological themes He continued writing until just before his death His last novel was Delta Connection Unusually for the thriller genre, Innes protagonists were often not heroes in the typical sense, but ordinary men suddenly thrust into extreme situations by circumstance Often, this involved being placed in a hostile environment the Arctic, the open sea, deserts , or unwittingly becoming involved in a larger conflict or conspiracy The protagonist generally is forced to rely on his own wits and making best use of limited resources, rather than the weapons and gadgetry commonly used by thriller writersFour of his early novels were made into films Snowbound from The Lonely Skier , Hell Below Zero from The White South , Campbell s Kingdom , and The Wreck of the Mary Deare His novel Golden Soak was adapted into a six part television series in .

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10 thoughts on “Campbell's Kingdom

  1. Dominique says:

    4.5 stars

  2. Randell Green says:

    It was okay Decent characters, intriguing setting, just slow and blah at times One of my mum s favorite writers when she was a youth I would read another one of his.

  3. Sarah Harkness says:

    I think I first read this book when I was 13 or 14, at the same time as I was reading Alastair McLean and Len Deighton I saw it by chance last week on the bookswap shelves in the gym and picked it up out of curiosity to see how it had aged and couldn t put it down Innes was just a fantastic spinner of yarn, and i really enjoyed it again I think this is one of hisfamous works if it was published now, they d make a film of it, as it has all the visual hallmarks of a great action movie I think I first read this book when I was 13 or 14, at the same time as I was reading Alastair McLean and Len Deighton I saw it by chance last week on the bookswap shelves in the gym and picked it up out of curiosity to see how it had aged and couldn t put it down Innes was just a fantastic spinner of yarn, and i really enjoyed it again I think this is one of hisfamous works if it was published now, they d make a film of it, as it has all the visual hallmarks of a great action movie unusual location the rockies and a fantastic climactic scene The romance is corny yet very touchingI would definitely recommend it

  4. Rick Piatt says:

    The only way I can describe the experience of reading any Hammond Innes book is to say it feels like I m reading a 1950 s black white movie A very good black white movie The only way I can describe the experience of reading any Hammond Innes book is to say it feels like I m reading a 1950 s black white movie A very good black white movie

  5. Paul Cornelius says:

    Hammond Innes did his best writing, I think, in the 1950s and 1960s Campbell s Kingdom is a quintessential product of that era It has all the Innes hallmarks, exotic locations, protagonists ripped from their secure world into nature s harsh and unrelenting environment, a commentary on man s perspective and relationship to his wider cosmos, and recurring patterns of urgency and tension It is with the latter aspect that Innes excels perhapsthan usually in Campbell s Kingdom I think this Hammond Innes did his best writing, I think, in the 1950s and 1960s Campbell s Kingdom is a quintessential product of that era It has all the Innes hallmarks, exotic locations, protagonists ripped from their secure world into nature s harsh and unrelenting environment, a commentary on man s perspective and relationship to his wider cosmos, and recurring patterns of urgency and tension It is with the latter aspect that Innes excels perhapsthan usually in Campbell s Kingdom I think this may have been the first time that I had to stop reading, because the tension was so keen Not just once, but several times There was a bit of a surprise in this novel as well Before reading it, I hardly imagined the Canadian wilderness as much of a landscape for an adventure novel Canada has always seemed, well, sort of boring But Innes brought it to life, along with its inhabitants and their lusts, greed, and mostly suppressed violence, which is just waiting to bust through The novel, meanwhile, is another in the series of books that Innes would devote to contrasting the wilderness to its exploitation This time, it was oil drilling and mining under his microscope The people who do this work come out looking pretty good, however, even as they spoil the forests, mountains, and meadows around them Later on, Innes would take a much harsher tone towards this destruction

  6. David Beeson says:

    How would you spend the last few months of your life Bruce Weatheral faces the dilemma when he s diagnosed with untreatable stomach cancer It s hard to know which is worse the prospect of death within weeks, or the idea that he will spend them living in his dingy rented room in London and commuting to his uninspiring City job in insurance.But the same day he receives his death sentence, he also learns of an actual death his grandfather, Stuart Campbell, died the previous autumn, in his lonely How would you spend the last few months of your life Bruce Weatheral faces the dilemma when he s diagnosed with untreatable stomach cancer It s hard to know which is worse the prospect of death within weeks, or the idea that he will spend them living in his dingy rented room in London and commuting to his uninspiring City job in insurance.But the same day he receives his death sentence, he also learns of an actual death his grandfather, Stuart Campbell, died the previous autumn, in his lonely log cabin in the plot of land, high in the Canadian Rockies, that had come to be known as Campbell s Kingdom That land is now Bruce s.The news is less of a blow than a surprise The only time Bruce had met his grandfather, it was as the latter was being released from gaol, after serving a sentence for fraud He had raised money to prospect for oil in the Kingdom, and then every penny had gone missing with his partner, as it happened, but Stuart faced the music alone The poverty stricken grandson had had his childhood made miserable by his grandfather s disgrace, and had done little with his life since then, except for his war service, which had been distinguished.Now he has to come to terms with the knowledge that far from disappearing to live off the gains of fraud, Stuart Campbell had gone back to the place he had hoped to find oil He had lived not far from though not amongst they would not have tolerated that the very people who felt he had stolen the money they d invested in his dreams He had lived way up there and devoted his remaining years to vindicating himself and proving his refrain, there s oil in the Rocky Mountains an expression that had slid into oilmen s vocabulary to mean a hopeless dream.Bruce s legacy isn t just the land, it s also a plea made to him by a letter from his grandfather, to take up the cause where he had had to lay it down, to prove him right, and to bring in an oil well at the Kingdom.That s an apparently hopeless task in itself all the indications, including a recently completed survey, suggest there s no oil there It s made all but impossible by a company that is anxious to buy the land from Weatheral, in order to flood it, by building a dam for electric power that will bring back work to the miserable town of Come Lucky below the Kingdom But what better way for a dying man to spend his remaining days but rise to the challenge of the impossible So that s how Bruce decides to answer the question I asked at the beginning He ll spend his remaining time taking on the daunting world of the high Rockies, the hostility of the few remaining inhabitants of a ghost town, and a powerful corporation trying to thwart him All with no funds to speak of at his disposal.Will he be able to drill for a well at all If he does, will it strike oil And will he be able to do it before the dam is finished and the land flooded Hammond Innes may not be the greatest of writers, but along with Nevil Shute or John Grisham, he can tell a gripping story This one doesn t fail And it doesn t cheat There s a double peril, one disaster following another, but Innes lets us know, if we read carefully, about them both early on So while the ending is dramatic, it isn t plucked out of nowhere Which to me is what you have the right to expect from a punchy, exciting novel of the wilderness.Great fun to read anywhere, and without requiring any great pain of effort of thought

  7. Michael Wilton says:

    Campbell s Kingdom by Hammond Innes, published by Collins in 1952, is one of my favourite stories, and one I am happy to read at regular intervals when there is nothing else on the skyline.In essence, after gaining three months first hand background experience of drilling in the Canadian Rockies, Hammond Innes got down to writing a gripping adventure story.Given only two months to live, 36 year old Bruce Wetheral returns to his lodgings one day in a dream, feeling that he has wasted his life as Campbell s Kingdom by Hammond Innes, published by Collins in 1952, is one of my favourite stories, and one I am happy to read at regular intervals when there is nothing else on the skyline.In essence, after gaining three months first hand background experience of drilling in the Canadian Rockies, Hammond Innes got down to writing a gripping adventure story.Given only two months to live, 36 year old Bruce Wetheral returns to his lodgings one day in a dream, feeling that he has wasted his life as an insurance clerk, only to be told by a solicitor that he is the owner of a small valley in the Canadian Rocky Mountains as a result of a bequest by his grandfather After reading his grandfather s letter expressing his strongly held hopes and beliefs, he decides to chuck his job and emigrate to Canada, and dedicate what is left of his life to proving his grandfather s lifelong conviction that There s oil in the Rocky Mountains.When he arrives, he finds his plans are threatened by the construction of a new hydroelectricity dam The race is on prove his grandfather is right, amid a blossoming friendship with his friend, Jean Lucas, before the crooked construction manager in charge of building the dam can flood the valley The film of the story produced in 1957 did the story full justice, starring Dirk Bogarde as Bruce Wetheral, helped by Michael Craig as the geologist, Boy Bladen and James Robertson Justice as the drilling contractor, James MacDonald and Barbara Murray playing Jean Lucas, as the love interest.I am still trying to get a DVD of the film let me know, if anyone hears of one

  8. Gerard Laanen says:

    This was the first book in English I read in 1961 I had FL 2.50 pocket money a week at the time Books like Innes wrote were about Fl 2 each I bought all of his novels available in those days and learned to improve my English considerably that way I still have all those books Fond memories.

  9. Rik says:

    This was much like a Desmond Bagley book, with the same sort of central character tough, resourceful, ex army, motivator, with high moral standards The writing was pretty good, and whilst not fast paced it kept my interest, slowly building to the climatic end You can tell this was written in 52, but that contributed positively to the feel of the book and the raw, rugged, red neck characters Glad I picked this up at a second hand book fair.

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