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Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard
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bookshelves: historical, action-adventure, audio-books
Recommended for: H. Rider Haggard and historical fans.
Read from April 18 to May 04, 2012

This sequel to King Solomons Mines takes place some years later. Alan Quatermain and his friends Sir Henry and Captain Goode, return to Africa after becoming bored with a life of luxury in England. This time they are on a expedition to find a mysterious white skinned race deep in the interior of Africa.

At the time when this was written, much of the interior of Africa was still a mystery so it would have been 'edgy' in those days. Today, of course, we know that none of the speculation in this book it true. Looking at this as a product of it's time it is easy to see how this was high adventure back then.

For me, this was nowhere near as good as King Solomons Mines, even though it is almost twice as long. Some parts of the book bogged down a bit and I found it hard to keep myself in the story. There were a couple of rousing action scenes and the overall story was not that bad. It works as a stand alone novel, but it's more enjoyable as a sequel to King Solomons Mines.
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