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Wolf of the Steppes: The Complete Cossack Adventures, Volume One (The Complete Cossack Adventures #1)

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Master of driving pace, exotic setting, and complex plotting, Harold Lamb was one of Robert E. Howard’s favorite writers. Here at last is every pulse-pounding, action-packed story of Lamb’s greatest hero, the wolf of the steppes, Khlit the Cossack. Journey now with the unsung grandfather of sword and sorcery in search of ancient tombs, gleaming treasure, and thrilling land ...more
Paperback, 606 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Bison Books (first published January 3rd 2006)
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Harold Lamb really knows how to tell a good adventure yarn. Not only that, his stories are very well researched, a rarity among pulp stories. The stories in this volume range from twenty to eighty pages, good for an evening's read. The writing is detailed but not as weighty as that of Robert E. Howard. Lamb was one of Howard's influences, which was the reason I picked this up in the first place.

Khlit, the main character, is an aging Cossack who leaves his band and
Harold Lamb wrote fantastic adventure stories and I loved each and every tale in this first volume of a series. Honestly, I am floored by Lamb's talent. His stories have action, intrigue, surprises, and characters who moved me through their heroic acts. Then there's all of the history that Lamb weaves into his stories. In this collection alone, the hero, Khlit, falls in with Chinese and Tatar royalty; takes on a newly raised Alamut; explores the myth of Prester John; and even takes part in a pol ...more
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When critics talk about writers who influenced Robert E. Howard, along with predictable favorites such as H.P. Lovecraft, Jack London, and Rudyard Kipling, one name always comes up: Harold Lamb.

“Lamb who?” is no doubt the reaction of many readers. Unlike J.K. Rowling or Terry Prachett, Harold Lamb’s name is not a household word. But he was once the darling of the Saturday Evening Post, contributing both fiction and analyses of Middle Eastern politics. Nowadays, he’s just about forgotten.

Fantastic stories written by a master of adventure.

Lamb is that rare writer who employs faultless prose in the service of galloping plots. In his stories of the ageing Cossack Khlit, there's not an unnecessary word or kludgey phrase. This is pulp written by a master craftsman.

When it comes to history, Lamb knows his business. The world of Central Asia in the 16th century is exotic, perilous, and colourful, as the setting for pulp adventures should be. Lamb gives us fantastic stories of sieges,

Good, page turning adventures for the early 20's. They have aged well and are seldom marred by the overt racism that makes many similar stores unreadable today. One can see how they would have influenced Robert E. Howard when he wrote his Conan stories, and added his own layer of strangeness to a lush background.
K.V. Johansen
Harold Lamb has definitely become one of my favourite authors. His adventure stories are not only exciting and suspenseful, they open up new horizons. Although the individual adventures of Khlit the Cossack aren't necessarily connected, the fact that they take place within the larger historical landscape gives them a unity and direction that are often lacking in collections that are about a hero who merely survives from one adventure to the next without any long-term goal to give him or her focu ...more
Andrew Hill
This is why I read the books section of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. The Journal turned me on to these great reprints of the great-but-forgotten adventure writer, Harold Lamb. The University of Nebraska press has published eight Lamb collections to date, this being the first. They reflect a labor of love by Lamb scholar Howard Jones, and Lamb (one of Robert E. Howard's major influences) proves a worthy subject.

To call Lamb a "pulp writer" doesn't do him justice. I love pulps,
Brendan Henry
This is a great collection of serial pulp stories set in central asia. I found myself looking up 16th century nouns from google. The reading is so breezy, so entertaining. The Mighty Manslayer is epic. I felt incredibly satisfied after reading that story.
This series of adventure novellas, unreprinted since the late 1910s, deserves to be MUCH better known than it is.
Remarkably well-written and action-packed adventures in the mountains and steppes of Central Asia.
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Harold Albert Lamb (September 1, 1892 - April 9, 1962) was an American historian, screenwriter, short story writer, and novelist.

Born in Alpine, New Jersey, he attended Columbia University, where his interest in the peoples and history of Asia began. Lamb built a career with his writing from an early age. He got his start in the pulp magazines, quickly moving to the prestigious Adventure magazine,
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The Complete Cossack Adventures (4 books)
  • Warriors of the Steppes: The Complete Cossack Adventures, Volume Two
  • Riders of the Steppes: The Complete Cossack Adventures, Volume Three
  • Swords of the Steppes: The Complete Cossack Adventures, Volume Four
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