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The Sword of God by Rene Hardy ; Translated from the French by Humphrey Hare

The Sword of God by Rene Hardy ; Translated from the French by Humphrey Hare


New York : Doubleday & Co., 1954. First American edition; first printing. Stated. Hardcover. 319 pages ; 22 cm. $3.95 dust jacket with minimal wear. A very good copy with firm binding, clean and unmarked pages.

The Sword of God

This is an absorbing and exciting novel of an individual caught in the toils of a bitter and demoralizing war.

Jean Kernez, former international revolutionist, arrives in Indo-China seeking his brother, Dom Angelico, the Abbot of a monastery in Mah-Binli. Many years have passed since they have met, but Kernez has loved and idealized his brother since childhood and hopes to obtain from him the answer to inner peace. Dom Angelico, however, has been taken prisoner by a Viet-Minh task force whose ranks include fanatical Asians bent on Pan-Asian victory over the white race, doctrinaire Communists, Nazi volunteers; the scum of humanity.

Kernez tries to rescue his brother by posing as a high-ranking Communist agent. The deception becomes increasingly difficult as the rivalry between the Viet-Minh leaders increases. In a dramatic public brain-washing Kernez is ordered to execute his own brother.

In France, torn by the ironies and futility of the Indo-China war, THE SWORD OF GOD has been greeted as a novel of outstanding importance.


Rene Hardy was an active member of the French Resistance during World War II. As a central figure in an underground organization he put into effect a sabotage plan in 1944 which immobilized nine enemy divisions to such a degree that they were unable to reach the beachhead in Normandy within their appointed schedules. In this, his first novel, he demonstrates his keen ability to expose both the souls of men and the skeleton of history. He has been compared to Koestler and Malraux for his depth of characterization and his feeling for the pace and unity of the story. And like these men, Hardy goes beyond the immediate problem to reach those permanent problems of life which give depth and meaning to fine novels.

Published by DOUBLED DAY & COMPANY, INC. Publishers of the Thorndike-Barnhart Comprehensive Desk Dictionary

Printed in the U.S.A.

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