History Creator / AnthonyPrice

30th Jun '16 8:18:28 AM PaulA
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* InWhichATropeIsDescribed: ''The '44 Vintage'' has chapter titles like "How Corporal Butler Was Saved By His Boots" and "How the Germans Spoilt a Good Plan".

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* InWhichATropeIsDescribed: ''The '44 Vintage'' has chapter titles like "How Corporal Butler Was Saved By His Boots" and "How the Germans Spoilt a Good Plan". (So does the prologue of ''Gunner Kelly'', which is likewise from Butler's point of view.)



* MurderByMistake:
** The plot of ''Gunner Kelly'' kicks off when a respected old gentleman without an enemy in the world is killed by a car bomb intended to kill his driver (who achieves a SerendipitousSurvival).
** The plot of ''[[spoiler:The Alamut Ambush]]'' seems to similarly involve an innocent killed by a bomb intended by another, but it turns out in the end that it was set up to look that way when he was the intended victim all along.



* SerendipitousSurvival: At the beginning of ''Gunner Kelly'', Kelly is sent on an errand by his employer and thereby misses an assassination attempt intended for him.



* TheSpymaster: Sir Frederick Clinton, Audley's superior

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* TheSpymaster: TheSpymaster:
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Sir Frederick Clinton, Audley's superiorsuperior.
** Following Clinton's retirement, Colonel Butler reluctantly takes on the mantle.
30th Jun '16 7:44:24 AM PaulA
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* ''The Old Vengeful'' (1982) (Mitchell, Loftus)
* ''Gunner Kelly'' (1983)

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* ''The Old Vengeful'' (1982) (Mitchell, Loftus)
(Loftus, with Mitchell prologue)
* ''Gunner Kelly'' (1983)(1983) (Schneider, with Butler prologue)
12th Jun '16 9:12:12 AM PaulA
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* ''The Old Vengeful'' (1982)

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* ''The Old Vengeful'' (1982)(1982) (Mitchell, Loftus)



* BuryYourGays: In ''The Old Vengeful'', [[spoiler:the openly gay agent Aske gets killed in the last chapter]].



* TheChessmaster: Professor Nikolai Panin, Audley's recurring opponent in the KGB, has a knack for tricking his enemies into doing his work for him while trying to prevent what they think he's up to.

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* TheChessmaster: Professor Nikolai Panin, Audley's recurring opponent in the KGB, has a knack for tricking his enemies into doing his work for him while trying to prevent what they think he's up to. Lampshaded in ''The Old Vengeful'', where Paul Mitchell becomes convinced about halfway through that the trail they're following is a garden path the Russians are leading them up yet again.



* SuspiciousSpending: In ''Soldier No More'', a subplot involves the mystery of where Audley is getting the money to perform extensive renovations on his ancestral home. [[spoiler:It turns out he's secretly the author of a trashy but bestselling historical novel mentioned in passing at several points in the story]].

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* SuspiciousSpending: SuspiciousSpending:
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In ''Soldier No More'', a subplot involves the mystery of where Audley is getting the money to perform extensive renovations on his ancestral home. [[spoiler:It turns out he's secretly the author of a trashy but bestselling historical novel mentioned in passing at several points in the story]].story]].
** In ''The Old Vengeful'', the late Commander Loftus had tastes in food and travel that he shouldn't have been able to afford on his income, let alone leave a significant amount of money to his daughter. It's the more puzzling because, by the time the story opens, an investigation has already ruled out all the obvious possibilities.
6th Jan '16 10:22:46 PM PaulA
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* DecoyProtagonist: In the prequel ''The Hour of the Donkey'', Audley's father is introduced within the first few pages, demonstrating a family resemblance in attitude and intelligence. He is killed off before he gets a chance to learn about the main plot, and the usual Audley role is played by another character, who is identified as a previously-unnamed mentor the younger Audley recalls in one of the novels it's a prequel to.

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* DecoyProtagonist: In the prequel ''The Hour of the Donkey'', Audley's father Nigel Audley, David's father, is introduced within the first few pages, demonstrating a family resemblance in attitude and intelligence. He is killed off before he gets a chance to learn about the main plot, and the usual Audley role is played by another character, who is identified as a previously-unnamed mentor the younger Audley recalls in one of the novels it's a prequel to.



* {{Prequel}}: Although most of the books are set around the date of publication, ''The '44 Vintage'' and ''The Hour of the Donkey'' are set during World War II, and ''Soldier No More'' during the 1950s. ''The Hour of the Donkey'' is set during the German invasion of France, and features Audley's father and one of his mentors. ''The '44 Vintage'' recounts the meeting of Second Lieutenant Audley and Corporal Butler and the first time they worked together. ''Soldier No More'' covers Audley's recruitment into the newly-formed Department of Research and Development.

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* {{Prequel}}: Although most of the books are set around the date of publication, ''The '44 Vintage'' and ''The Hour of the Donkey'' are set during World War II, and ''Soldier No More'' during the 1950s. ''The Hour of the Donkey'' is set during the German invasion of France, and features Audley's father and one of his mentors. ''The '44 Vintage'' is set during the Allied re-taking of France, and recounts the meeting of Second Lieutenant Audley and Corporal Butler and the first time they worked together. ''Soldier No More'' is set in the aftermath of the Suez Crisis, and covers Audley's recruitment into the newly-formed Department of Research and Development.


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* ReclusiveArtist: In-universe in ''Soldier No More'', there's Antonia Palfrey, author of the trashy but bestselling historical novel ''Princess in the Sunset'', who never makes public appearances and rarely meets in person with anyone except her lawyer and agent. [[spoiler:"Antonia Palfrey" is actually David Audley, who wrote the novel because he needed the money, but wants to keep his reputation as a serious historian intact]].


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* SuspiciousSpending: In ''Soldier No More'', a subplot involves the mystery of where Audley is getting the money to perform extensive renovations on his ancestral home. [[spoiler:It turns out he's secretly the author of a trashy but bestselling historical novel mentioned in passing at several points in the story]].
6th Jan '16 6:09:02 AM PaulA
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* ''Soldier No More'' (1981)

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* ''Soldier No More'' (1981)(1981) (Roche) (a prequel set in 1957)



* {{Prequel}}: Although most of the books are set around the date of publication, ''The '44 Vintage'' and ''The Hour of the Donkey'' are set during World War II, and ''Soldier No More'' during the 1950s. ''The Hour of the Donkey'' is set during the German invasion of France, and features Audley's father and one of his mentors. ''The '44 Vintage'' recounts the meeting of Second Lieutenant Audley and Corporal Butler and the first time they worked together.

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* {{Prequel}}: Although most of the books are set around the date of publication, ''The '44 Vintage'' and ''The Hour of the Donkey'' are set during World War II, and ''Soldier No More'' during the 1950s. ''The Hour of the Donkey'' is set during the German invasion of France, and features Audley's father and one of his mentors. ''The '44 Vintage'' recounts the meeting of Second Lieutenant Audley and Corporal Butler and the first time they worked together. ''Soldier No More'' covers Audley's recruitment into the newly-formed Department of Research and Development.
5th Jan '16 7:21:58 PM PaulA
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* BilingualBonus: In ''The Hour of the Donkey'', set during the German invasion of France early in World War II, the protagonist doesn't speak either French or German, so whenever he hears someone speaking in one of those languages, it's presented without translation. Thus, a reader who does know one or both of those languages will frequently have more idea what's going on than the protagonist does.
5th Jan '16 7:37:19 AM PaulA
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* ''The Hour of the Donkey'' (1980)

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* ''The Hour of the Donkey'' (1980)(1980) (Bastable) (a prequel set in 1940)



* CallForward: In ''Tomorrow's Ghost'', Frances Fitzgibbon is helped toward the solution of the mystery by a saying that she recalls hearing from Audley, which he attributed to one of his old teachers. The next published novel, ''The Hour of the Donkey'', is a prequel set forty years earlier, in which the teacher appears as a character and at one point applies the same saying.



* CowardlyLion: Harry Bastable spends much of ''The Hour of the Donkey'' berating himself for cowardice, and is convinced that his successes are entirely down to luck and the support of his more capable colleague Willis. He's bemused when Willis admits to feeling much the same way with their respective positions reversed.



* DecoyProtagonist: In the prequel ''The Hour of the Donkey'', Audley's father is introduced within the first few pages, demonstrating a family resemblance in attitude and intelligence. He is killed off before he gets a chance to learn about the main plot, and the usual Audley role is played by another character, who is identified as a previously-unnamed mentor the younger Audley recalls in one of the novels it's a prequel to.



* {{Prequel}}: Although most of the books are set around the date of publication, ''The '44 Vintage'' and ''The Hour of the Donkey'' are set during World War II, and ''Soldier No More'' during the 1950s. ''The '44 Vintage'' recounts the meeting of Second Lieutenant Audley and Corporal Butler and the first time they worked together.

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* {{Prequel}}: Although most of the books are set around the date of publication, ''The '44 Vintage'' and ''The Hour of the Donkey'' are set during World War II, and ''Soldier No More'' during the 1950s. ''The Hour of the Donkey'' is set during the German invasion of France, and features Audley's father and one of his mentors. ''The '44 Vintage'' recounts the meeting of Second Lieutenant Audley and Corporal Butler and the first time they worked together.
4th Jan '16 7:13:19 AM PaulA
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* ''The '44 Vintage'' (1978)
* ''Tomorrow's Ghost'' (1979)

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* ''The '44 Vintage'' (1978)
(1978) (Butler) (a prequel set in 1944)
* ''Tomorrow's Ghost'' (1979)(1979) (Fitzgibbon)



* InWhichATropeIsDescribed: ''The '44 Vintage'' has chapter titles like "How Corporal Butler Was Saved By His Boots" and "How the Germans Spoilt a Good Plan".
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: In ''Tomorrow's Ghost'', there is a folk tale that is reputed to be a harbinger of death whenever it is told. It is told twice in the course of the novel, and each time a death follows on cue. But it could, of course, just be a coincidence.



* {{Prequel}}: Although most of the books are set around the date of publication, ''The '44 Vintage'' and ''The Hour of the Donkey'' are set during World War II, and ''Soldier No More'' during the 1950s. ''The '44 Vintage'' recounts the meeting of Second Lieutenant Audley and Corporal Butler and the first time they worked together.




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* WorthlessTreasureTwist: In ''The '44 Vintage'', several groups with conflicting aims fight it out over a MacGuffin but it all turns out to be for nothing, because [[spoiler:the hiding place in which it had been stashed several years earlier flooded every winter, ruining the paper and rendering the MacGuffin illegible]].
27th Jun '15 7:24:36 AM Gillimer
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* OrgyOfEvidence: Inverted in ''The War Game''. Red Charlie has thousands of witnesses that he was in another part of the battleground at the time of the murder. He is so ostentatiously innocent that clearly he must be guilty.
16th Nov '14 8:59:57 AM PaulA
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[[folder:Novels in the series]]
*''The Labyrinth Makers'' (1970) (Audley)
*''The Alamut Ambush'' (1971) (Roskill)
*''Colonel Butler's Wolf'' (1972) (Butler)
*''October Men'' (1973) (Richardson, Boselli)
*''Other Paths to Glory'' (1974) (Mitchell)
*''Our Man in Camelot'' (1975) (Mosby)
*''War Game'' (1976) UK (Audley)
*''The '44 Vintage'' (1978)
*''Tomorrow's Ghost'' (1979)
*''The Hour of the Donkey'' (1980)
*''Soldier No More'' (1981)
*''The Old Vengeful'' (1982)
*''Gunner Kelly'' (1983)
*''Sion Crossing'' (1984) (Latimer)
*''Here Be Monsters'' (1985)
*''For the Good of the State'' (1986)
*''A New Kind of War'' (1987)
*''A Prospect of Vengeance'' (1988)
*''The Memory Trap'' (1989)
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