El Borak and Other Desert Adventures
Robert E. Howard is famous for creating such immortal heroes as Conan the Cimmerian, Solomon Kane, and Bran Mak Morn. Less well-known but equally extraordinary are his non-fantasy adventure stories set in the Middle East and featuring such two-fisted heroes as Francis Xavier Gordon—known as “El Borak”—Kirby O’Donnell, and Steve Clarney. This trio of hard-fighting Americans, civilized men with more than a touch of the primordial in their veins, marked a new direction for Howard’s writing, and new territory for his genius to conquer.
The wily Texan El Borak, a hardened fighter who stalks the sandscapes of Afghanistan like a vengeful wolf, is rivaled among Howard’s creations only by Conan himself. In such classic tales as “The Daughter of Erlik Khan,” “Three-Bladed Doom,” and “Sons of the Hawk,” Howard proves himself once again a master of action, and with plenty of eerie atmosphere his plotting becomes tighter and twistier than ever, resulting in stories worthy of comparison to Jack London and Rudyard Kipling. Every fan of Robert E. Howard and aficionados of great adventure writing will want to own this collection of the best of Howard’s desert tales, lavishly illustrated by award-winning artists Tim Bradstreet and Jim & Ruth Keegan.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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A collection of Robert E. Howard's adventure stories, set mostly in Afghanistan, but partly in other Middle Eastern and Central Asian locales. The first couple of stories weren't as good as the rest ... Read full review
The Daughter of F rlik Khan
Three Bladed Doom 57
Hawk of the Hills
Blood of the Cods
Sons of the Hawk
Son of the White Wolf
Gold from Tatary 565
Swords of Shahrazar
Tlie Trail of the Blood Stained Cod
Notes on the Original Howard Texts
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