The Road to Samarcand, Paperback Book
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A classic Patrick O'Brian novel, back in print after many years.When Derrick's missionary parents are tragically murdered he is entrusted to his gruff uncle Sullivan, Captain of The Wanderer.

After surviving a killer typhoon on the South China Sea, and accompanied by their eccentric elderly cousin, they set off across land to discover the treasures of Central Asia.Derrick befriends a fierce Mongol warrior and must help him battle a ruthless Chinese warlord.

Given a gift of priceless jade, the group is pursued into the inhospitable mountains of Tibet where they are caught between fierce mountain monks and a terrifying unnamed creature that stalks them through the snow.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Category: Thriller / suspense
  • ISBN: 9780007262779

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The Road to Samarcand - Patrick O'Brian *Have only read one O’Brian novel before, [Master and Commander]. Fairly enjoyed that so starting reading the road to Samarcand after seeing it on sale in a bookshop.I have to be honest and say that I could not finish the book, it was awful. Usually no matter how bad a book is I struggle through to the end, but after 5 nights and only 69 pages I eventually put it to one side.The story is so full of annoying characters that I just couldn’t go on any longer. There is a scholarly absentminded professor, a hired help who says the work Ay every few words and Chinese cook who has a broad knowledge of the English language. He is the worst, with every sentence he speaks in a disjointed mixture of forced grammar.I hated it…. Can’t say more than that. Think this will be my last book by the author.As far as I could tell, the plot is set in around 1950’s china (although you wouldn’t think it with all the horseback fighting etc). Derrick visits his elderly cousin who is a professor of archaeology via his uncles sailing ship. The Chinese cook makes many references to ‘learned scholar’. They go to look at some remains of a building against the advice of locals etc, and get kidnapped…. Then I threw it away.

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