King Solomon's Mines

King Solomon's Mines

eBook - 2016
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A famed elephant hunter embarks on a perilous African treasure hunt in this classic tale that launched the long-running Allan Quatermain series. Sir Henry Curtis's brother has disappeared into the uncharted African interior. Last seen by explorer and hunter Allan Quatermain, he was traveling toward the fabled King Solomon's diamond mines in search of his fortune. Now, Curtis and his friend, Capt. John Good, persuade Quatermain and a mysterious native porter, Umbopa, to lead their expedition. They venture through treacherous mountain ranges and the valley of Kukuanaland, home to the violent Kukuana warriors, to find Curtis's brother--and the treasure. Journeying to an unexplored region of Africa, they encounter hardship, myth, lost tribes, cruel kings, and an evil sorceress. The three men also discover a secret about Umbopa that changes the course of their quest--and lands them in great danger. The team will need to keep their weapons--and their wits--handy if they hope to return home alive in this gripping tale full of exciting action and thrilling adventure. Hailed by its publisher in 1885 as "the most amazing book ever written," King Solomon's Mines was an immediate bestseller and, a century later, inspired the film starring Richard Chamberlain. Author H. Rider Haggard went on to write many more classic adventures featuring Quatermain, which continue to entertain audiences today.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Open Road Media, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781504041157
Branch Call Number: Internet Access
Characteristics: 1 online resource (219 pages).

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Quietday
Jan 30, 2017

If you're looking for a swashbuckling Victorian adventure about dark caves, wild tribes and quests for hidden treasures and diamonds, this is your book. My 12 & 14 year old kids gave it pretty good ratings.

There are a lot of coincidences in this just when tragedy is about to strike: Quartermain just happens to have the book that notes an eclipse will convince the king they are gods, a gust of fresh air will lead to an escape from a sealed cave, just before the adventurers die of thirst a lush green "hidden" valley will appear, and a stone will suddenly crush the crazy witch.

I bet this was a real thriller in its day. Good thing I wasn't wearing a corset like a Victorian lady while I was reading or I might have fainted at all the close calls!

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Elentari
Jun 22, 2015

I cannot wait to read this book. Unfortunately, the library does not have The Brethren, one of my most favorite by Haggard. The brethren was a breathtaking tale full of adventure that I absolutely loved. I am expecting great things out of this book!

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lukasevansherman
Oct 02, 2014

Maybe the best (or worst, depending on your perspective) example of British imperial/empire adventure fiction. Also see Kipling's stories.

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