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The Road to Samarcand by Patrick O'Brian
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Jan 28, 2012

it was amazing
Read from January 23 to 26, 2012

When I started listening to this book I wasn't at all sure I'd like it. I was expecting it to be set in the early 19th century like Mr. O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series and a couple of other sea novels he wrote. Instead it is set in the 1930s in Asia. However, I really liked it. As one might guess from the title, this is a "road trip" novel, but not the kind of road trip the reader is likely to go on. The travelers find themselves in the middle of a battle between Chinese warlords and have to flee from hostile Tibetan lamas, among other adventures. There is a scientist who somewhat resembles to Steven Maturin. His attempts to use American slang and make it conform to the rules of grammar are really hilarious.

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