Legendary adventurer and fearless South African hunter Allan Quatermain has had many adventures, but he is about to embark on one of his greatest. When his friends Sir Henry Curtis and Captain Good ask for his aid in finding Curtis’ missing brother, he jumps to their aid. Curtis’ brother had supposedly gotten lost while traveling North to find the legendary Mines of King Solomon, that are said to hold untold riches and secrets, and he could be in dire peril. Now Quatermain must take up the quest with his friends both to find Curtis’ brother, and the mythical treasure of King Solomon……
Here it is, the adventure that started it all for the lost race/archaeological thriller genre. Long before Indiana Jones, Repairman Jack, and Sigma Force, there was Allan Quatermain, heroic adventurer. Many adventures of Quatermain were written by the writer H. Rider Haggard, but this is the one that is the most famous of all.
Although it can be a bit slow and somewhat dry in parts, “King Solomon’s Mines” is a worthwhile read. If you like journeys into ancient trap-laden tombs, confrontations with wild beasts, fierce battles against cannibal tribes, surprising revelations, maniacal witches, mystery, awkward humor, and the discovery of ancient splendorous treasure, then this is the book for you. This novel has a good old pulp-adventure feel that helped to inspire Indiana Jones, the works of F. Paul Wilson, the novels of James Rollins, and many others. They all owe a great debt to H. Rider Haggard.
I would also venture to say that Allan Quatermain, Captain Good, and Sir Henry Curtis are one of the most likeable trios of heroes I’ve encountered in literature. If you give this book a whirl, you most certainly won’t regret it.
I give “King Solomon’s Mines” by H. Rider Haggard a 4.5 out of 5.
All of H.Rider Haggard’s works can be downloaded for free in ebook format within the public domain.