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Guy Newell Boothby
Nabu Press (September 7, 2010)
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Guy Newell Boothby (13 October 1867 – 26 February 1905) was a prolific Australian novelist and writer, noted for sensational fiction in variety magazines around the end of the nineteenth century. He lived mainly in England. He is best known for such.

Guy Newell Boothby (13 October 1867 – 26 February 1905) was a prolific Australian novelist and writer, noted for sensational fiction in variety magazines around the end of the nineteenth century. He is best known for such works as the Dr Nikola series, about an occultist criminal mastermind who is a Victorian forerunner to Fu Manchu, and Pharos, the Egyptian, a tale of Gothic Egypt, mummies' curses and supernatural revenge

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Guy Newell Boothby (1867 – 1905) was a prolific Australian writer. He moved to London in 1894 and became most well-known for his D. ikola mysteries. This book is the first in a series of five and introduces the good doctor himself.

A Bid for Fortune book. A Bid For Fortune is quite a novel

A Bid for Fortune book. A Bid For Fortune is quite a novel. It is unnecessarily complicated, filled with villainous people chasing objects that the reader never really has explained, and, in the last stretch, wildly politically incorrect. However, it is also a little dry, making for a bad combination. Guy Newell Boothby was born in Adelaide, South Australia, the son of Thomas Wilde Boothby, a Member of the South Australian House of Assembly.

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Guy Newell Boothby, (1867-1905), was an Australian novelist and writer. He wrote over 50 books over the course of a decade. In 1890 he wrote the libretto for a comic opera, Sylvia, which was published and produced at Adelaide in 1890. Some of his earlier works relate to stories of Australian life, but later he turned to genre fiction. He was once well known for his series of five novels about Doctor Nikola, an occultist anti-hero seeking immortality and world domination.

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Listen online to A Bid for Fortune; Or, Dr Nikola’s Vendetta - A Bid for Fortune; Or, Dr Nikola's Vendetta is the first of Guy Boothby’s novels about the mysterious Dr Nikola, an occultist anti-her. This book is the first novel, in a series of five, about the mysterious Dr Nikola and introduces the good doctor himself. Guy Newell Boothby (1867–1905) was a prolific Australian novelist and writer, noted for sensational fiction in variety magazines around the end of the nineteenth century.

If you're one of those readers who always finds themselves rooting for the bad guy, you'll relish every sentence of Guy Newell Boothby's A Bid for Fortune. Dr. Nikola is a brilliant master criminal who is on a lifelong quest to achieve immortality - and to accumulate as much power and wealth as he can along the way. Making copious use of his formidable occult powers, Nikola will stop at nothing to achieve his nefarious ends.

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  • Yla
Nice mystery story
  • Qag
This is one of the best-written mysteries I've read, and I've read several. I will certainly read more of this series.
  • Ffan
This is the first book in an exciting old series about a diabolical criminal mastermind by Australian author Guy Boothby. Obtaining all 5 can be a little confusing due to some alternate titles for the first two books. Here they are:

These books are all available individually in free public domain editions, but in the Kindle Store be careful to avoid any that are dated Oct. 23, 2013. Public domain books bearing that publishing date (and not just those by Boothby) contain garbled, fragmented text that is unpleasant to decipher and are virtually unreadable. (Why Amazon doesn't remove them is a mystery to me.)

Perhaps the quickest and easiest way to acquire all five is in an inexpensive bundle; two that I am familiar with are available from Ignacio Hills and Timeless Wisdom for only $.99, but there are others.

These may not be great literature but they are great escapist fun. And it all begins with this story.
  • Galanjov
Guy Boothby's novel 'A Bid for Fortune or Dr. Nikola's Vendetta' (1895) is an apt choice for the short-lived Oxford Popular Fiction series, which shed a spotlight on the now forgotten novels. Few people read these novels today, but they were once very popular, and if you read the book, you will see the reason.

Boothby's novel, which was serialized in 1895 (2 years before the publication of 'Dracula'), follows the adventure of our hero/narrator Hatteras, a white raised in the South Seas, who literally saves a beautiful lady (named Phyllis) from ruffians, falls in love with her, encounters the arch-villain Dr. Nikola, and tries to save the day. Really. The novel includes the globe-trotting story that leads us from Australia to the South Seas via Egypt, and the narration is full of incredible dangers.

And Dr. Nikola, first-rate mastermind of evil schemes, remains in the shadow all through the story, hatching plans ala Dr. No or Spectre in 007 series. Shrewd Dr. Nikola, always one step ahead of the brave hero, uses even mesmerism to make the targeted victim listen to what he says. His attire is always that of gentleman, with a jet-black cat perched on the shoulder watching you!

Boothby hit the right mood to create this kind of cliff-hanging thriller, providing set-pieces of suspence to each chapters, which is followed by another. While you read, do not think about the plot. It is like Eugene Sue (if you know his 'The Wandering Jew'), with ultra-fast-paced suspence.

Now forgotten, and perhaps undeservedly so, Boothby's 'Dr. Nikola' is still interesting today. Pity that he couldn't keep up with the pace (he made sequels, none of which are as good as this, according to John Sutherland, the editor of Oxford edition), but the first entry is very entertaining. Try it if you like John Buchan or that kind of thrilling novels.
  • Qus
Dr Nikola is an enigmatic supervillain type, with his own strange code of honor. Unfortunately for him, he crosses paths with a bored adventurer on holiday, and life becomes more difficult for him. A fun, straightforward, clear adventure on one hand, with the enigmatic Nikola in the background.