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Publication Order of Jimgrim Books

Jimgrim and the Devil At Ludd (1920) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Nine Unknown (1923) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ramsden (1926) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hundred Days (1930) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Marriage of Meldrun Strange (1930) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Woman Ayisha (1930) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jimgrim (1931) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jimgrim and Allah's Peace (1933) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Tros of Samothrace Books

Tros (1967) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Helma (1971) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Liafail (1971) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Helene (1971) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Queen Cleopatra (1929) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Purple Pirate (1935) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tros of Samothrace (1925) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Tros of Samothrace Serialization Books

Lud of London (1976) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Avenging Liafail (1976) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Praetor's Dungeon (1976) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Hookum Hai (1913) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Machassan Ah (1914) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rung Ho! (1914) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Winds of the World (1915) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
King, of the Khyber Rifles (1916) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ivory Trail (1919) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Eye of Zeitoon (1920) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Guns of the Gods (1921) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bubble Reputation (1923) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Caves of Terror (1924) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Om (1924) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cock O' the North (1929) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Black Light (1930) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jungle Jest (1931) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
CID (1932) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of Khufu's Tomb (1933) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Affair in Araby (1934) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Caesar Dies (1934) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Full Moon (1935) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
East and West (1937) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Thunder Dragon Gate (1937) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Old Ugly Face (1938) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hira Singh (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
For The Salt He Had Eaten (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Chapbooks

The Soul of a Regiment (1912) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Wine of Life (1925) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I Say Sunrise (1969) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Talbot Mundy

Talbot Mundy was a British born American author of historical fiction, literature, and fiction books. He spent large part of his life in America and also wrote books under the penname, Walter Galt. He is best known for his Jimgrim series, and pulp magazines published a standalone titled King of the Khyber Rifles & several of his books.

Throughout his professional writing career, Mundy wrote 47 novels, 130 short stories and novelettes, and 23 articles as well as one nonfiction novel. He’s often described as one of the bestselling authors of adventure science fiction of his time, while others refer to him as most influential and enduring author of eastern adventure of his time. During his days, Mundy’s writing was compared with that of Rudyard Kipling and H.Rider Haggard, who overshadowed his career. This comparison was one that Mundy himself disliked. Even after death, Talbot Mundy’s work saw a growth of fan interest. Several of Tablot’s works, including King of the Khyber Rifles have been adapted for the big screen.

King of the Khyber Rifles

The novel begins in 1914, a time when the European war has brought many problems to the British ruler in India. Garrisons have already been cleared and taken to fight in Europe, leaving India guarded by group of British soldiers with the help of local troops.

Northwestern frontier has always been having trouble, and now that the brave tribesmen are aware of the weak British army in India, there is a likelihood of more trouble than before. The Indian secret service Athelstan king is given a challenging task of making sure that there is no risk of the tribes rising against each other. He has to meet Yasmini who is believed to be a mysterious woman. Yasmini is a dedicated princess with many followers from the hill, and she is also said to be loyal to the British

Yasmini seems to enjoy the power she has and may decide to split off an empire of her own even though no one seems to doubt that she can be tempted to do such. She is beautiful and at the same time, dangerous, but she can also save British and India if she is convinced to stay loyal.

The Khyber Rifles support the king; however he will travel to the northwest frontier in concealment. He is to camouflage as an hakim who is a local healer and doctor. The king begins his journey, and after crossing the Khyber border, he finds himself in a massive fortress arrives in Khinjan near the mountains. No one is permitted to enter Khinjan unless he shows beyond doubt that he is a killer since this is not a civilized region of the world. The king finds himself caught up in complex interconnections of plots. Yasmini, on the other hand, is not the only one who has the power of forming an army from the tribesmen from the hill since there is Mullah, who is a dangerous murderer and plans to fight against all the Islam enemies.

The Athelstan king later discovers that Yasmini does not only have a political interest in him but has also fallen in love with him. He then finds himself playing the role of her lover which is not a safe occupation where a woman like Yasmini is involved. Khinjan hides a bizarre secret where the past is well remembered in that area. A roman general had entered in Khinjan with a group of soldiers and has never returned to Rome. Is it his soul that was left in Khinjan, or its only his body? Can the natives leave the past behind and live the present?

The novel is not only an adventure tale, but it also contains a lot of political interests, which makes the story more fascinating. The book has many adventures, and the world past the Khyber Pass is a place of murder and shedding of blood. The tribe’s man pretends to be friendly when they can easily cut off your head cheerfully. Athelstan King is a great hero depending more on his brainpower and his skills on political interests than his physical strength even though he can use his power when need be.

Jimgrim and Allah’s Peace

Scholars have chosen the novel as culturally crucial since it gives some knowledge based on civilization. The leading character, Jim Schuyler Grim is working in the British secret service in Middle East during the repercussions of the First World War even though he is an American. His adventures include guarding British interests against the French and other countries, intruding the region after the war.

Jim explores the world of terrorist’s attacks and political interests accompanied by a Ramsden, another American just like him and a clumsy adventurer. He lives in Jerusalem, and he is doing his best to keep things in order. With the numerous factions, races, and religions around the city, he has to work hard for the place to remain calm. With the help of his team, he plans to stop the person in possession of a lot of TNT before he can do destructions in the city.
The book is fast-paced and the author does an excellent work of fleshing out the characters in exquisite detail easy to understand. Jimgrim is a charming character dealing with situations that the natives don’t want any trace to get back on themselves. Mundy makes the image of Jerusalem magical as we see how Ramsden walks in the city at night, seeing, hearing, and feeling its past in its streets. During the daylight, the city can into an oppressive and dangerous city of stone with chaotic market and promising adventures and death as well. The story shows how one can be curious and willing to risk their life so that they can witness when something is happening.

The dialogue is spiced with comedy and humor in addition to the critics on the social attitudes and contemporary politics. The author also uses diversions that mostly seem to take us away from the main story to different tales and eventually come back to the main plot to create context and atmosphere.

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