Swords from the Desert

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Countless authors have swept us into the exotic east, but few based their tales there. In a time when westerners still spoke publicly about “the white man’s burden,” Harold Lamb was crafting action-packed stories featuring Arabs, Mongols, and Hindus as heroic, sympathetic, and believable characters: men of honor and integrity ready to lay down their lives for their countries and their comrades.
 
Assembled in this volume are four novellas...
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Overview


Countless authors have swept us into the exotic east, but few based their tales there. In a time when westerners still spoke publicly about “the white man’s burden,” Harold Lamb was crafting action-packed stories featuring Arabs, Mongols, and Hindus as heroic, sympathetic, and believable characters: men of honor and integrity ready to lay down their lives for their countries and their comrades.
 
Assembled in this volume are four novellas and three short stories gleaned from the work of one of the greatest pulp writers. Lamb eventually won acclaim and awards for his accurate historical research and was regularly consulted by the State Department for his Middle Eastern expertise, but before any of that he drafted these thrilling tales of adventure.
 
In “The Shield,” Khalil el Khadr reaches storied Constantinople just before it is besieged by a horde of crusaders. He must survive the intrigues of his rivals, bypass the invading Franks, rescue the maiden under his charge, and escape with the city’s most fabulous horse. Journey to sixteenth-century India with the brilliant Daril ibn Athir, a skilled Arab physician with a sharp wit and a sharper sword that he must wield in three novellas to keep schemers and assassins at bay. Three shorter tales of heroes and maidens from desert lands round out this volume, a must-have for those who thrill to tales of bold deeds and daring exploits.
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Editorial Reviews

S. M. Stirling

“Lamb knew how to write straight-ahead adventure the way Michelangelo knew how to paint.”—S. M. Stirling
PopMatters.com

"Heavy on history but with enough action to give aerodynamic lift, Lamb’s prose exemplifies and occasionally transcends the pulp genre."—Mike Pursley, PopMatters.com

— Mike Pursley

Historical Novels Review

"All of the stories collected in Swords from the Desert are excellent adventure tales brilliantly told, and they offer a wonderful glimpse of the culture and landscape where the Crusades were fought." —Eva Ulett, Historical Novels Review

— Eva Ulett

S. M. Stirling

“Lamb knew how to write straight-ahead adventure the way Michelangelo knew how to paint.”—S. M. Stirling

PopMatters.com - Mike Pursley

"Heavy on history but with enough action to give aerodynamic lift, Lamb's prose exemplifies and occasionally transcends the pulp genre."—Mike Pursley, PopMatters.com
Historical Novels Review - Eva Ulett

"All of the stories collected in Swords from the Desert are excellent adventure tales brilliantly told, and they offer a wonderful glimpse of the culture and landscape where the Crusades were fought." —Eva Ulett, Historical Novels Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803225169
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Harold Lamb (1892–1962), who wrote biographies and screenplays as well as historical fiction, is best remembered for his tales of Cossacks and crusaders.
 
Howard Andrew Jones is the managing editor of Black Gate magazine and the editor of the Bison Books editions of Harold Lamb’s Wolf of the Steppes, Warriors of the Steppes, Riders of the Steppes, and Swords of the Steppes.
 
Scott Oden, a writer of historical fiction and fantasy, is the author of Men of Bronze and Memnon.
 
More information about Harold Lamb and his works is available at www.haroldlamb.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2012

    Really fantastic stuff -- I have no idea why Edgar Rice Burrough

    Really fantastic stuff -- I have no idea why Edgar Rice Burroughs and Robert E Howard have all the glory but Lamb is mostly forgotten, as Lambs stories are easily on par with the best of those authors' works. If you like masterfully paced adventure fiction, especially one written by a world-class historian and researcher, pick up at least volume of Lamb's short stories.

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