19 NOVEMBER 1910, Page 59

the Peninsula under Wellington Captain Gilson provides him with an

ample field for fighting and adventure. But before leaving his native shore Sir Jeffrey Jones comes into collision for the first time with the " Spy " of the title, and makes a poor business of it. We do not want an Admirable Crichton in the hero, but he need not have been such a fool. Neither do we care for the Irish doctor, O'Shea. The first few chapters are no fair test of the book's merit. Afterwards the story moves briskly and well. Sir Jeffrey becomes a gallant and sufficiently intelligent young officer, who between love and war has many hair's-breadth escapes, to his own ultimate advantage.