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Three Bladed Doom

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  84 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Three-bladed Doom - this is the original long version written by Robert E. Howard. He also wrote a short version, and L. Sprague de Camp rewrote this story as "The Flame Knife" (a Conan story). This is the REH original, starring El Borak.
Paperback, 171 pages
Published July 1977 by Zebra
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Aaron Meyer
Aug 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A full length story starring El Borak! What more can one say? Well plenty I guess, but I won't go to far in depth. We find El Borak in his usual haunts on a mission to help his friend during a fall from grace when all of a sudden a revived ancient threat is come back to life ..... the cult of Assassins. A whirlwind of action and intrigue carries one through to the explosive ending in this ultimate of El Borak tales.
Jason
Nov 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Robert E. Howard fans; adventure fans, Indiana Jones fans.
I needed some Robert E. Howard lately, and I decided to read an “El Borak” adventure. They aren’t always what the reader expects, and I love the idea of an American soldier-of-fortune fighting in Asia during the 1920s and 30s. Humorously, I picked “Three-Bladed Doom”, expecting a short and fun story. I was totally unaware that it is the longest El Borak tale Howard ever wrote.


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Francis X. Gordon, aka “El Borak”, is an American adventurer living in Afghanistan. The story begins as he tries t
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Eugene
Feb 10, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Robert E. Howard, creator of Conan the Barbarian, tries to bring that sensibility to a tale of Afghanistan in the late colonial period, with little success...
Likely written in the pulp fiction era, and when many stories were serialized in periodicals of the day and later put together for re-publication as a book, it doesn't really work as a stand-alone novel.
Charles
Jan 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More from Howard about Francis Xavier Gordon.
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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."

He is well known for having created — in the p
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