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Wolf of the Steppes: The Complete Cossack Adventures, Volume One

(The Complete Cossack Adventures #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  162 ratings  ·  17 reviews
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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Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Dan Schwent
Mar 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pulp
Thoughts from the halfway mark:
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
Aug 09, 2008 added it
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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.

Andrew Hill
Aug 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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,
K.V. Johansen
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This edition, first in a set of four collected and edited by Howard Andrew Jones, has set me on a path of adventure stories I've enjoyed beyond most I've ever read in a great many years of enthusiastic book exploration. I won't call it a classic, thanks to learning of the curious remark from Mark Twain that a classic is a book which people praise and don't read. These Cossack adventures must be read! I'd far rather recommend these adventure tales as effortlessly readable (and re-readable, as I i ...more
Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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,
Oct 31, 2010 rated it really liked it

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.
Feb 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Remarkably well-written and action-packed adventures in the mountains and steppes of Central Asia.
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent, solid storytelling -- just like stepping into a classic issue of ADVENTURE magazine, where these stories first appeared. Lamb had a wonderful touch as a teller of historical adventure tales. If you like Sabatini, C.S. Forester, et al, then pick up this book.
Ralph Carlson
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating collection of stories by the great Harold Lamb.
Oct 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Unusual, for its times (or now), in that it's about an old man kicking ass. Too bad no one gifted Sean Connery with a copy when he decided to retire because there were no good roles left for him to make an informed choice about.
Voici pour la première fois en français, la traduction de textes de fictions historiques qui ont inspiré l'œuvre de Robert E. Howard (le papa de Conan). Ces textes sont donc assez anciens, tous publiés au début des années 1920.

Ils mettent en scène un cosaque, Khlit, don on suit à travers plusieurs courtes histoires, les tribulations dans la grande steppe euro-asiatique, au début du XVIIe siècle.

Le problème que j'ai en tant que lecteur va donc être le suivant : je n'ai lu aucune aventure de Conan
Sep 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure, series
прочитав першу частину чотиритомної збірки оповідань гарольда лемба про козака хлита ( раніше я писав, що «не чекаю видатної літературної якості від цих творів. але почитати, аби знати — мушу». на свій час це було, мабуть, доволі міцненьке пригодницьке чтиво на історичній канві, що розходилося в м’яких палітурках, як гарячі пиріжки. сьогодні читається трохи… нуднувато. але найбільше мене розчаровує те, що попри вибір українського козака за головного персонажа, гарольд лемб ...more
Julie Davis
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I partially read this book (it's long!) and then, surfeited with adventurous Cossack stories, put it down for a while. A while meaning 3 years. Came across it in my Kindle archive and again felt that urge for the humor and danger of that world, as well as to revisit Khlit the Cossack, that wily grandfather who always finds a way to survive extreme danger.
Hendlefrink Brinklestone
May 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This series of adventure novellas, unreprinted since the late 1910s, deserves to be MUCH better known than it is.
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Harold Albert Lamb 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, his primary fiction outlet for nine

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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