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A man in the 1890s falls asleep for two hundred and three years. When he awakes, he learns that his investments have accumulated to make him the richest and most powerful man on Earth. The new London has completely transformed into a place that horrifies him and that it is his name that is used to maintain an oppressive hierarchical society where a large proportion of people are uneducated and impoverished. He is the man with the power to change things.......
In May 1914 Europe is close to war. Richard Hannay has just arrived back in London from Rhodesia and learns of an assassination plot. On returning to his flat later, he discovers his confidant, Scudder, dead. Under surveillance by the plotters, and feeling himself a prime suspect in Scudder's murder, he makes his way to Scotland where he hopes to foil the plot and clear his name. Thrilling, suspenseful action. Buchanan eventually wrote four other novels featuring Richard Hannay.
The works of H.G. Wells are well known for their prophetic ideas. The War in the Air is one of these works. Written in 1907, it presented the idea of using aircraft for the purposes of warfare. The protagonist in this story is Bert Smallways who becomes accidentally entangled in a German plot to bomb New York City from the air. As the bombardments and air warfare become more intense and destruction surrounds him, Bert faces the true horror of war ... even after it has ostensibly ended.
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