||British Secret Service
Edward R. Home-Gall
||1932 - 1949
ABOUT THE SERIES
Victor Gaunt is an agent of the British Secret Service.
The area of the world that Gaunt operates in is the countries of Afghanistan and Pakistan. In fact the first recorded adventure of this agent who was already well known for his exploits takes place in the most famous connection between the two lands, the fabled Khyber Pass.
From the limited information that is given about Gaunt, the man has spent a good number of years working in that region and has acquired the ability to disguise himself physically and accurately play the part of a native in either country. The skill that Gaunt has with mimicry lefts him assume different roles in his play-acting with a beggar being one of his better avatars.
Another of Gaunt's impressive set of skills is his fast draw of his revolver which he at times keeps secured by the sash around his waist; "the speed of his draw baffled the eye to follow it". This is very handy on several occasions but even more beneficial is his willingness to forego the handgun and bring out his sword with which he is possibly even better: "there were few better swordsmen in the world that the wild hillmen of the Khyber Pass but Gaunt was now proving to be one of that few". When he puts together those two abilities, he is frightening as in one scene where he is sword-fighting several men and still manages, when he notices a sniper about to fire, to pull his revolver and eliminate the threat.
Gaunt is described as slightly taller than most men, in superb athletic build, and possessing piercing eyes. From the images we are given of him, Gaunt has a wide, solid chin, a slightly hawkish nose, and the description of his eyes is clearly shown to be accurate.
|Number of Books:||2|
As described in the Novellas section below, the original stories about Victor Gaunt came out in serial format 15 years before the hardbacks mentioned next. What exactly are contained in these hardbacks is not yet known to me though my suppositions are given.
NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES
|Number of Stories:||5|
Each of the following adventures had their initial publishing in the pages of The Triumph, a British weekly publication. They were each told in serial format over a numerous successive weeks.
The stories took on average 12 or more weeks to tell with each week holding usually 3 pages of 3 columns each resulting in each adventure being of an impressive size. [Note that two of the story arcs mentioned below have been verified as having at least 7 issues but were likely a dozen or more issues.]
The first two came out in the same year, 1932, and were under the author's most commonly used pseudonym of Edwin Dale. The next year he returned to the character but used a different author name (I am curious as to why). Two years after that another adventure came out using the original pseudonym, followed two years later with the 5th and last adventure, again by the first pseudonym.
As marked below, three of these serial adventures were combined into a 'pocketbook' edition in a sister publication called Champion Library which came out twice a month and seemed to me to be closer to a digest than a regular paperback.
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