face grim, and after that he pushed his mount a bit harder. His hand instinctively sought the hilt of the broad scimitar slung from the high-peaked horn.
His gaze sought the white cap of Mount Erlik, ghostly in the starlight, then swung to the point where he knew Yolgan lay. He had been there before, himself, had heard the deep roar of the long bronze trumpets that shaven-headed priests blow from the mountains at sunrise.
It was past midnight when he sighted fires near the willow-massed banks of a stream. At first glance he knew it was not the camp of the men he followed. The fires were too many. It was an ordu of the nomadic Kirghiz who roam the country between Mount Erlik Khan and the loose boundaries of the Mohammedan tribes. This camp lay full in the path of Yolgan and he wondered if the Englishmen had known enough to avoid it. These fierce people hated strangers. He himself, when he visited Yolgan, had accomplished the feat disguised as a native.
Gaining the stream above the camp he
Francis X. Gordon, "El Borak" the grim American nightmare of the Far East, leads two Englishmen to try to rescue their friend. But the Englishmen are lying and plan treachery.
Great, convoluted plot with action that doesn't let up for a moment. Bloody deaths on every hillside. Revenge. And a woman to be rescued from bestial priests. The only thing missing is a hunchback.
Love the interesting writing style. Good plot leaves you hanging for the next book good clean book
Most people are only aware of Robert E. Howard's (1906-1936) literary invention of Conan the Barbarian, but he had a number of bigger-than-life characters in his stable of pulp tales.
The Daughter of Erlik Khan is the first literary appearance of El Borak who also appeared in five other stories:
Hawk of the Hills
Blood of the Gods
The Country of the Knife
Son of the White Wolf
The Lost Valley of Iskander
In The Daughter of Erlik Khan, El Borak, a former American, leads two Englishmen far into what appears to be Afghanistan of the early 1930's to rescue a friend. However, the motives of Pembroke and Ormond are far more sinister and lead El Borak into an adventure of an ancient city, an ancient people and a more ancient evil.
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