King -- of the Khyber Rifles

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Wildside Press, Feb 1, 2008 - Fiction - 404 pages
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Talbot Mundy -- one of the greatest adventure fiction writers of the 20th century -- reached the epitome of his talent with "King -- of the Khyber Ribles," the thrilling tale of Athelstan King, a secret agent for the British Raj at the beginning of the First World War. Heavily influenced both by Mundy's own unsuccessful career in India and by his interest in theosophy, it describes his adventures among the tribes of the north with the mystical woman adventurer Yasmini and the Turkish mullah Muhammed Anim.

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

A great title, and later made into a movie. (Note this is a "movie" not an act of "Cinema".) It's a series of vignettes rather than a constructed novel, but it created an image of the Northwest ... Read full review

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Harkening back to the days of Saturday afternoons watching old movies on TV's Adventure Theatre, King of the Khyber Rifles is a posturing, swaggering adventure story of a British army secret agent in ... Read full review

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Talbot Mundy (born William Lancaster Gribbon) (April 23, 1879 - August 5, 1940) was an English writer. He also wrote under the pseudonym Walter Galt. Born in London, at age 16 he ran away from home and began an odyssey in India, Africa, and other parts of the Near and Far East. By age 29, he had begun using the name Talbot Mundy, and a year later arrived in the United States, starting his writing career in 1911. His novel King of the Khyber Rifles is set in India under British Occupation. The long buildup to the introduction to Yasmini and the scenes among the outlaws in the Khinjan Caves clearly influenced fantasy writers Robert E. Howard and Leigh Brackett. His related Jim Grim series, which has mystical overtones and part of which is available over the web from theosophical sites, ran in Adventure magazine before book publication. Mundy was associated with Theosophy's movement and helped popularize the legend of the Nine Unknown Men in the West. He wrote many other books and stories, including Hira Singh and a number of stories about Tros of Samothrace, a Greek freedom fighter who aided Britons and Druids in their fight against Julius Caesar.

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