The Wrath to Come

The mystery by E. Phillips Oppenheim starts out in the Sierra Nevada mountains, 500 miles from San Francisco, at a gold mining camp. Bryan came to America from England, chasing a man who may have papers which explain Bryan’s mysterious origins. Enter heroine, the beautiful orphan Myra Mercier who is arriving to the camp where women are not allowed. Murder and mayhem ensue before the pair escapes to San Francisco. Bryan abandons Myra and travels back to England alone, where he takes up residence in the country, near the home of Lady Helen, the ward of Lord Wessemer. Bryan seeks to improve himself, and his status, in order to win the hand of the beautiful, but cold, Lady Helen. Finally, Myra makes her way to England as a actress, and Bryan decide who to wed.

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Edward Phillips Oppenheim (1866-1946) was the earliest writer of spy fiction as understood today, inventing the “rogue male” school of adventure thrillers and writing over 150 novels of all sorts. 1924’s The Wrath to Come is one of his novels that are “fascinating extrapolations of the political dangers that faced Europe and America in the first half of the twentieth century.”

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