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When Derrick's missionary parents are tragically murdered, he is entrusted to his gruff, seafaring Uncle Sullivan, captain aboard the Wanderer. After surviving a killer typhoon in the South China Sea and meeting up with an elderly and eccentric cousin, they set off across land to discover the treasures of Central Asia. Along the way, Derrick befriends a fierce young Mongol warrior who saves his life and helps to defeat a ruthless Chinese warlord. Having been given a gift of priceless jade, the group is pursued into the inhospitable mountains of Tibet where they are caught between the fierce ascetic mountain monks and a terrifying creature that stalks them through the snow...
©1954 Patrick O'Brian; (P)2008 Soundings

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  • Christopher Wilkinson
  • 10-31-17

Worth a read

Bit of a cross between Tintin and Biggles, dated and of its time but gives an interesting baseline to assess the development of O'Brian's writing.

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  • Harriet Morris
  • 01-26-09

A Good Book for Young Adults.

I have read most of Patrick O'Brian's books and absolutely loved them. Upon reading this one, however, I found that I could not relate to any of the characters within. Maybe I am too old for this particular book! It would be a good book for young people as Patrick O'Brian's command of english is so good that it would be an advantage for youngsters to read it!

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