Top Ten Tuesday: John Buchan Villains

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

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  • Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want.
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This week’s topic is Top Ten Villains (favourite, best, worst, lovable, creepiest, most evil, etc.) Once again, I’m putting my own spin on this week’s topic by concentrating on villains who feature in the novels of John Buchan.  The list may involve spoilers.

Click on the title to read my review or view the book description on Goodreads.


The Femme Fatale – Hilda von Einem from Greenmantle

‘The man that will understand her has got to take a biggish size in hats.’

The Agitator – Marka from The Half-Hearted

‘…one of the cleverest man living, a cheerful being whom the Foreign Office is more interested in than anyone else in the world.’

The Elements – The Arctic and the Swiss Alps from A Prince of the Captivity

The Is He Really A Villian? – Dr. Christoph from ‘The Loathly Opposite’ in The Runagates Club

The Ruthless Gang – The Black Stone from The Thirty-Nine Steps  

The International Mastermind – Andrew Lumley in The Power-House

“Did you ever reflect…how precarious is the tenure of the civilisation we boast about?”

The Thug – Ulric von Stumm from Greenmantle

‘He was a perfect mountain of a man, six and a half feet if he was an inch, with shoulders on him like a shorthorn bull.’

The Religious Fanatic – Ephraim Caird from Witch Wood

‘devil worship and madness’

The Flawed Patriot – Moxon Ivery from Mr. Standfast

‘He’s a cruel as a snake and as deep as hell.  But, by God, he’s got a brain below his hat.’

The Manipulator – Dominick Medina from The Three Hostages

‘I’ve only a nodding acquaintance, but one can’t help feeling the man everywhere and being acutely interested…. If he were a rogue he could play the devil with our easy-going society.’