El Borak and Other Desert Adventures
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El Borak and Other Desert Adventures

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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...more
Paperback, 592 pages
Published February 9th 2010 by Del Rey (first published 2010)
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Feb 13, 2010 Mohammed rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: To fans of adventure fiction,a must for fans of Robert E Howard
I wasn't surprised by the quality,mature writing i saw these stories was written late in his short career. I was surprised how free,natural his writing got with the non-fantastic stories of El Borak and co. I have much more respect for his writing ability now and not only his vibrant,vivid storytelling. Take away the fantasy pulp mannerism and he writes like Jack London.

Also now i understand why many of his fans see El Borak as their favourite. He is one of the best heroes i have read in any fic...more
As much as it pains me to give such a rating to work by Robert E. Howard, I found this to be the weakest of the (not insignificant amount of) material I've read by him. It's clear from the writing that Howard has only read of the Middle East in books, and has used his imagination to fill in the details the books didn't provide. This, to me, is the greatest drawback of these stories: they just don't ring true. The broad strokes of Howard's imagination don't do justice to the Middle East, and the...more
Jon Merz
Fantastic over-the-top gritty fiction from one of the absolute best. I loved it.
It is not necessary to have been to a place in order to write about it--indeed, even those who spent years there, or who were born and raised there, or who are of that very culture can still show biases just as deep. After all, as I'm sure you're tired of hearing, The East is a fantasy, just as any unified notion of Europe or America is a fantasy--or really a collection of competing fantasies--and just because someone is born and lives in America does not mean they have an unbiased view of it--q...more
Enjoyable Howard stories (I had never read any of them before) but a little overwhelming and a little repetitive, so it took me many months to get through the whole volume. I mean, in almost every story by Howard the same stuff happens... I wish the real world had so many secret tunnels and passages. It's pretty interesting how the El Borak stories are set in Afghanistan and central Asia, and thinking about the history of these lands over the past century and the Americans fighting there today.

Dec 19, 2012 James rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Great to have all the El Borak stories available in one book. Disappointed with the extras, two fragments and a link to the stories. But I always enjoy anything by Robert E Howard.
Boston Book Bums
The moody photo-realistic ink silhouettes of El Borak, created by master illustrator Tim Bradstreet, punch out of the pages in much the same way Howard’s words do.
The Book Geek
Too much like a western for my tastes. I like the way Howard writes, and seems to research his locations, and cultures. I just didn't care for this modern book.
Not as strong as his Conan or SOlomon Kane stuff, but a decent change, although I had already read"The Fires of Ashurbannipal" in one of the other collections.
Ira Livingston
Loved this even more than the Conan series. Howard's raw form of action and adventure is a very fast read.
Robert Howard at his best -
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Robert Ervin Howard was an American pulp writer of fantasy, horror, historical adventure, boxing, western, and detective fiction. Howard wrote "over three-hundred stories and seven-hundred poems of raw power and unbridled emotion" and is especially noted for his memorable depictions of "a sombre universe of swashbuckling adventure and darkling horror."

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