Athelstan King is a secret agent for the British Raj at the beginning of World War I. Heavily influenced both by Mundy's own unsuccessful career in India and by his interest in theosophy, it describes King's adventures among the Muslim tribes of northern India accompanied by the mystical woman adventurer Yasmini and the Turkish mullah Muhammed Anim.
s bad! Study those papers on your way down to Delhi and see that I get them back."
The general paced once across the room and once back again, with hands behind him. Then he stopped in front of King.
"No man in India has a stiffer task than you have now! It may encourage you to know that I realize that! She's the key to the puzzle, and she happens to be in Delhi. Go to Delhi, then. A jihad launched from the 'Hills' would mean anarchy in the plains. That would entail sending back from France an army that can't be spared. There must be no jihad, King!--There must--not--be--one! Keep that in your head!"
"What arrangements have been made with her, sir?"
"Practically none! She's watching the spies in Delhi, but they're likely to break for the 'Hills' any minute. Then they'll be arrested. When that happens the fate of India may be in your hands and hers! Get out of my way now, until tiffin-time!"
In a way that some men never learn, King proceeded to efface himself entirely among t
This is an excellent read. Captures your imagination from the start. You can almost smell the teeming masses of India crowding against you in the train. Very entertaining. Its like a breath from a different world. A younger and fresher world. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
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