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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (820 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Percival Wren Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Beau Geste Novels Release Date:
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A classic, rip-roaring tale of adventure

A column of French Legionnaires finds one of their fortresses manned by dead men. It looks like the sergeant was killed by one of his own troops. Who could have done it?

A flashback then unravels the mystery of the three English Geste brothers. The brothers, orphaned early in life, are raised by an aunt. Their raucous youths are filled with the literature of adventure and ritualized horseplay centered around these myths and legends. So when the family’s prized “Blue Water” sapphire goes missing, each of the young men confesses to being the thief in order to protect the others, and one by one they head off to join the French Foreign Legion.

The three brothers meet up in the deserts of Africa, where they fall under the command of the malevolent Sergeant Lejaune. Not content to merely be a martinet, Lejaune sets his sights on stealing the jewel, which rumor holds to be in the brothers’ possession. Meanwhile, the unruly troops he commands are planning a mutiny, and the marauding Tauregs pin this badly outnumbered and bitterly divided unit of Legionnaires at Fort Zinderneuf. The ensuing drama plays itself out as the French forces battle overwhelming odds.

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  • “David Case is well chosen to read this nineteenth-century-flavored tale of high adventure. Sounding impeccably British, he’s completely at home with the style of the book. His command of tone and dialect gives convincing voices to the international cast of characters.”


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jo | 2/19/2014

    " I wish this book was still readily available and not just at used book stores. Loved this book. After about the first 10 pages you are not sure where it is going and it is a little hard to follow and then it is great. Mystery, action, drama, a little of everything. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jenny | 2/3/2014

    " Someone reviewed this a little further down in regards to lesson she got out of it and I can't agree more. I read this in junior high and loved this book and I hope to have my son read it when he's old enough to understand those lessons as well. Plus, it's a good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kate Landfair | 1/31/2014

    " My father lent me his copy when I was in high school, and to this day, the story has stayed with me. Real adventure. I'm not sure if many of my generation can quite appreciate it (you need to have an understanding of just how much the french foreign legion was seen as glory bound mercenaries/adventurers with questionable backgrounds)...either way, it is a great read:) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Currit | 1/26/2014

    " What a great adventure! There's an adolescent truth to it. The question always is, 'how did we get into this mess?' Exciting as can be. "

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About the Author

Percival Wren (1885–1941) was a British writer, mostly of adventure fiction, who is remembered best for Beau Geste, a much-filmed book involving the French Foreign Legion in North Africa, and its sequels, Beau Sabreur and Beau Ideal. After graduating with an MA from Oxford, he traveled the world for five years before joining the British Calvary. From there, he went on to join the French Foreign Legion. World events saw him returning to active service during World War I with the India Army in East Africa, after which he settled in London in 1917. He lived out the remainder of his life in England, concentrating on his literary career. He produced almost fifty titles during his lifetime, including The Snake and The Sword, Sinbad the Soldier, The Disappearance of General Jason, and The Uniform of Glory.