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The Mystery of the Black Jungle

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Who is killing the great hunter's men?

India, 1851. Few can live in the Black Jungle, a desolate place teeming with wild dangerous beasts. Yet it is among its dark forests and bamboo groves that the renowned hunter Tremal-Naik makes his home. For years he has lived there in peace, quietly going about his trade until, one night, a strange apparition appears before him - a beautiful young woman that vanishes in an instant. Within days, strange music is heard in the jungle then one of his men is found dead without a mark upon his body. Determined to get some answers, the hunter sets off with his faithful servant Kammamuri, but as they head deeper into the jungles of the Sundarbans, they soon find their own lives at risk; a deadly new foe has been watching their every move, a foe that threatens all of British India. Part of a series of adventures that includes: Sandokan: The Tigers of Mompracem and Sandokan: The Pirates of Malaysia.

Selected by Julia Eccleshare as one of the 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up.

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About the Author

Salgari dayaki Emilio Salgari (1862-1911) was a writer of action adventure swashbucklers and a pioneer of Italian science fiction. He is one of Italy's most translated authors and is considered the father of Italian adventure fiction and the grandfather of the Spaghetti Western. He wrote more than 200 adventure novels and short stories, many of which are considered classics in Europe and Latin America. In 1897, he was named Knight of the Order of the Crown of Italy for his contributions to popular Italian literature.

"I just couldn't stop reading! It's amazing how Salgari take us to an exotic land, and almost make us feel like we are in the middle of the jungle, or on the stream of Ganges. And the story line it's just amazing, simple enough, but the twists and the action after action. ~ Sofia Gonçalves, Goodreads.com

"Action and adventure in India. The pace is fast and furious. A great escapist swashbuckler of a novel." ~Doc Spindrift Reviewer on Amazon.com, November 13, 2015

"EXCELLENT classic adventure! I've gotten into Emilio Salgari's books in the last year, and they are immensely fun. Mystery of the Black Jungle is no exception and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a classic adventure story. The settings are vivid and the sense of mystery and adventure into the unknown keeps you turning the pages. They are a bit dated by how some animals are portrayed as these deadly and aggressive creatures (or maybe I just don't know how animals actually act), and the heroes feel like they get severe tunnel vision every now and then and make foolish choices, but that doesn't hurt Salgari's stories' entertainment level one bit. It's a shame that Salgari isn't more well-known in the USA. He belongs with the ranks of Kipling, Stevenson, and Verne." ~Jon Stropes, Reviewer on Amazon.com, February 27, 2018

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The Mystery of the Black Jungle
Imprint ROH Press Classics
Published 09/30/2007
ISBN 978-0978270728
Length 272 pages
The Sandokan Series
The Tigers of Mompracem
The Mystery of the Black Jungle
The Pirates of Malaysia
The Two Tigers
The King of the Sea
Quest for a Throne
The Reckoning (forthcoming)
The Mountain of Light(forthcoming)
Troubles in Assam(forthcoming)

The Black Corsair Series
The Black Corsair
The Queen of the Caribbean
The Black Corsair's Daughter (forthcoming)

Captain Tempesta: Lady Knight


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