Tomb of the Ten Thousand Dead

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Step back into time with this riveting tale. Captain Gordon is hired to fly a team of American anthropologists to an arid mountain region now part of Pakistan bordering the Arabian Sea. All goes well until an ancient map is discovered in an old pottery jar, revealing the site of a vast treasure that Alexander the Great was bringing to Greece from his conquest of India. More than 10,000 of Alexander's soldiers and camp followers lay buried in the high desert plains along with the...

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Overview

Step back into time with this riveting tale. Captain Gordon is hired to fly a team of American anthropologists to an arid mountain region now part of Pakistan bordering the Arabian Sea. All goes well until an ancient map is discovered in an old pottery jar, revealing the site of a vast treasure that Alexander the Great was bringing to Greece from his conquest of India. More than 10,000 of Alexander's soldiers and camp followers lay buried in the high desert plains along with the loot of India—hidden in a tomb never to be reclaimed.

With the map's discovery, all academic pretense is dropped. Now Gordon finds himself caught in the middle of the expedition where murder replaces scholarship as the best method to uncover the valuable hoard.  ALSO INCLUDES THE ADVENTURE STORIES "PRICE OF A HAT" AND "STARCH AND STRIPES".

"...These programs burst into life on audio." —Library Journal

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - AUDIO
Hubbard's trio offer vintage action, adventure, and romance. The Falcon Killer (1939), the longest of the group, follows Bill Gaylord, an American-born pilot who became known to the locals as Tzun Kai after joining the Chinese air corps to help fight the Japanese invaders. When his plane is downed, Gaylord is hidden from the enemy by American industrialist Henry Thompson and his beautiful daughter (can you say love interest?), who stand to lose it all if the Japanese prove triumphant. A spy in their midst could spell disaster, so Gaylord has to sniff him out while trying to elude capture and keep his head.Greed (1950), which also includes the short stories "Final Enemy" (1950) and "The Automagic Horse" (1949), represents Hubbard's numerous sf writings. In the distant future, man has turned to the stars to hunt for precious stones and metals, and there are billions to be made if you have the stomach for space travel and raping planets and their inhabitants of their natural resources. "Final Enemy" has a clever twist ending as Earth learns that the long-feared invader from space is man himself. "The Automagic Horse" is a humorous story of movie special effects genius Gadgett O'Dowd's mission to build a realistic fake equine for a film. When a hard-nosed studio accountant starts nickel-and-diming him, O'Dowd picks up some extra scratch racing his creation at the track.Tomb (1936), the standout of the bunch, is like a good Indiana Jones adventure. Gordon, a pilot hired to fly archaeologists on a dig, is framed for a team member's murder. He escapes but is prodded into helping the group's guide locate Alexander the Great's fortune in buried treasure. The loot is guarded by Alexander's troops, but they're long dead—or are they? This title also includes the shorts "The Price of a Hat" and "Starch and Stripes" (both 1936), offering more adventure. These full-cast productions quickly become addictive. Their brevity also makes for perfect commuter fare. Anyone who enjoys hard-boiled pulp writing or old-time radio will be rewarded.
Publishers Weekly
The three stories reprinted in this volume are solid examples of what passed for thrilling adventures (not coincidentally the name of the pulp fiction magazine in which two of them appeared) in the pre–Indiana Jones days. In the title tale, an expedition to the Pakistan desert to locate the lost loot of Alexander the Great erupts in murder and mayhem when greed gets the better of its members. “Price of a Hat,” set in revolutionary Russia, concerns a Cossack hat that carries a secret so significant a dozen people die trying to acquire it. “Starch and Stripes” tells of a Marine officer at a Caribbean outpost whose scheme to apprehend a wily bandit is nearly undone by corps bureaucracy. Though minimally plotted and matter-of-factly narrated, all three stories have the action, violence, and derring-do that made pulp fiction the escapist entertainment of its day. (Oct.)
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"The three stories reprinted in this volume are solid examples of what passed for thrilling adventures (not coincidentally the name of the pulp fiction magazine in which two of them appeared) in the pre–Indiana Jones days. In the title tale, an expedition to the Pakistan desert to locate the lost loot of Alexander the Great erupts in murder and mayhem when greed gets the better of its members. “Price of a Hat,” set in revolutionary Russia, concerns a Cossack hat that carries a secret so significant a dozen people die trying to acquire it. “Starch and Stripes” tells of a Marine officer at a Caribbean outpost whose scheme to apprehend a wily bandit is nearly undone by corps bureaucracy.... all three stories have the action, violence, and derring-do that made pulp fiction the escapist entertainment of its day." —Publishers Weekly

"The title story in this trio of Hubbard's pulp fiction (all of them published in 1936) has a very strong Indiana Jones feel to it, even though it predates Indy by nearly five decades....an exciting story, told at a brisk clip, with characters and dialogue that keep readers glued to the page: Hubbard at his best." —Booklist

"Offers further evidence of Hubbard's pulp-action mastery." —Ellery Queen

“As with any well written story these stories will sweep you away and take you to these lands and leave you on the edge of your seat the whole way.”—Gil Wilson

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592123230
  • Publisher: Galaxy Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/21/2011
  • Series: Stories from the Golden Age
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: First Edition, Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

With 19 New York Times bestsellers and more than 230 million copies of his works in circulation, L. Ron Hubbard is among the most acclaimed and widely read authors of our time.  As a leading light of American Pulp Fiction through the 1930s and ’40s, he is further among the most influential authors of the modern age. Indeed, from Ray Bradbury to Stephen King, there is scarcely a master of imaginative tales who has not paid tribute to L. Ron Hubbard.

 

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  • Posted June 21, 2011

    Ripping Fun Adventure Read

    I have to say I have never read any of L. Ron Hubbard's books. Not a huge fan of sci-fi and there is that whole Scientology issue, but I have to say this was a ripping good read. I'm glad I received an Early Review copy because I had no idea what an exciting author Hubbard was. "Tomb of the Ten Thousand Dead" is an action-packed adventure ride centered on a treasure map from Alexander the Great. He left jewels in the Indian desert in a tomb which has yet to be found. Captain Charles Gordon's quest is incredibly exciting and fast paced. Loved it.

    The book also includes two other short stories, "Price of a Hat" and "Starch and Stripes". In "Price of a Hat", a Russian hat brings death wherever it goes, but what is the mysterious secret it hides? The fall of the Russian Monarchy takes center stage in a classic question of "What if?". I found this story utterly fascinating and a wonderful read. I'm not much of a fan of military stories so I wasn't a huge fan of "Starch and Stripes", but it was well written.

    On the whole, this was a great adventure read and a must for anyone who is a fan of pulps, life myself. The cover looks exciting and definitely captures the feel of the book. A wonderful glossary and section of L. Ron Hubbard's contribution to pulp literature accompanies the book. A definite keeper. I can't wait to read the rest of the series!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2013

    I'm a big fan of adventure heroes so this book was right up my a

    I'm a big fan of adventure heroes so this book was right up my alley. I was quickly wrapped up in Captain Gordon's big adventure. I also liked that the book included a glossary. Its the nerd in me but I having the meaning of words not used in everyday contemporary language is helpful.

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