King Solomon's Mines

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Penguin Books Limited, Nov 29, 2007 - Fiction - 260 pages
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The first great "Lost World" action-adventure, a precursor to Indiana Jones

H. Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines has entertained generations of readers since its first publication in 1885. Following a mysterious map of dubious reliability, a small group of men trek into southern Africa in search of a lost friend-and a lost treasure, the fabled mines of King Solomon. Led by the English adventurer and fortune hunter Allan Quartermain, they discover a frozen corpse, survive untold dangers in remote mountains and deserts, and encounter the merciless King Twala en route to the legendary hoard of diamonds.

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User Review  - Kim - Christianbook.com

I am very impressed with this author. King Solomon's Mines was the first book I tried by Haggard, and I thought it was probably a guy's book so I wouldn't like it that much. Surprisingly I did-the ... Read full review

User Review  - Elizabeth M. - Christianbook.com

This is one of my older son's favorite books. After reading this book he thought Indianna Jones was a whimp. If you want lots of adventure this is the book. I would caution that this book should not be read by younger children due to some violent content. This is a favorite author in our house. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Sir Henry Rider Haggard (1856-1925) was a prolific English writer, who published colorful novels set in unknown regions and lost kingdoms of Africa, or some other corner of the world: Iceland, Constantinople, Mexico, Ancient Egypt. Haggard's best-known work is the romantic adventure tale KING SOLOMON'S MINES (1885), which was inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson' s famous Treasure Island.


Giles Foden was born in Warwickshire in 1967. His family moved to Malawi in 1972 where he was brought up. His first novel, the acclaimed The Last King of Scotland (1998), is set during Idi Amin's rule of Uganda in the 1970s and won the Whitbread First Novel Award; his second novel, Ladysmith (1999), is set during the Anglo-Boer War in 1899; Zanzibar (2002), is set in East Africa and explores the events surrounding the bombings of American embassies in 1998. A new book, The Battle for Lake Tanganyika, was published in 2004.

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