The Explorers Guild: Volume One: A Passage to Shambhala

The Explorers Guild: Volume One: A Passage to Shambhala


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The golden age of adventure stories returns with this splendidly designed, action-packed, globe-trotting tale that combines the bravura storytelling of Kipling with the irresistible style of The Adventures of Tintin.

Behind the staid public rooms of an old world gentlemen’s club operates a more mysterious organization: The Explorers Guild, a clandestine group of adventurers who bravely journey to those places in which light gives way to shadow and reason is usurped by myth. The secrets they seek are hidden in mountain ranges and lost in deserts, buried in the ocean floor and lodged deep in polar ice. The aim of The Explorers Guild: to discover the mysteries that lie beyond the boundaries of the known world.

Set against the backdrop of World War I, with Western Civilization on the edge of calamity, the first installment in The Explorers Guild series, A Passage to Shambhala, concerns the Guild's quest to find the golden city of Buddhist myth. The search will take them from the Polar North to the Mongolian deserts, through the underground canals of Asia to deep inside the Himalayas, before the fabled city finally divulges its secrets and the globe-spanning journey plays out to its startling conclusion.

The Explorers Guild is a rare publishing opportunity, powered by the creative passion of one of the world’s true storytelling masters, Kevin Costner.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476727400
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 10/11/2016
Pages: 784
Sales rank: 582,427
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Kevin Costner is an internationally renowned filmmaker. Considered one of the most critically acclaimed and visionary storytellers of his generation, Costner has produced, directed, and/or starred in such memorable films as Dances with Wolves, JFK, The Bodyguard, Field of Dreams, Tin Cup, Bull Durham, Open Range, Hatfields & McCoys, and Black or White, among many others. He has been honored with two Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and an Emmy Award.

Jon Baird is the author/illustrator of the novels Day Job and Songs from Nowhere Near the Heart. He is a co-developer, with Kevin Costner, of the Horizon miniseries.

Rick Ross is an artist and filmmaker whose first widely recognized work in graphic fiction was illustrating the Image Comics series Urban Monsters. He was the lead artist for the graphic novelization of Spike TV’s 1000 Ways to Die, and he has also created artwork for numerous animated motion comics, including for the Cinemax television series Femme Fatales. He publishes the online graphic fiction anthology Agitainment Comics.

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The Explorers Guild: Volume One: A Passage to Shambhala (PagePerfect NOOK Book) 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let me start by telling you what this book is not. It is not a casual read; a book that you can pick up at odd moments and continue the story without really caring about it or the characters, as so many books are, nowadays. No, this is a truly delicious book that demands your attention, that sucks you in from the first passage and doesn’t let you go until the last. The characters, the story, captivate you and make you want it all to continue. It’s not hyperbole to compare it with Kipling, Stevenson, Burroughs or London. They all have the same quality of storytelling, balancing the history and time period with making the characters real, not just caricatures. Set during WWI, it is the story of a search for the fabled city of Shambhala, but much more than that. It’s a tale of intrigue, of desertion, of exotic locales and encounters with the strange and mystifying. And to further immerse you in the time period, it is presented in the language of the time, that proper English and beautifully crafted turn of phrase that evokes Kipling and H. G. Wells. Great attention has been paid, as well, to the history of the moment they are trying to recreate, and it is very difficult to not believe that it is the real journal of an epic journey, especially with the sepia toned pages and writings in the margins. The addition of a graphic novel aspect to portions of the book is a brilliant device to allow the reader to experience a reminiscence, or some point of history integral to the plot. It adds another dimension to the depth of the story that couldn’t have been achieved otherwise. The art becomes an immersive experience, and does an amazing job of setting the atmosphere and helping to tell this tale. Though I’m not one for reading out loud, I found myself saying, “Oh, you have to hear this!” many times during the reading of it. And when the adventure was over, I did something I never do. I wanted to immediately read it over again, so loathe was I to give up these characters, this story. It feels wrong, somehow, to relegate it to the shelf, when it begs to be read again. It is an excellent, epic adventure, which I would encourage everyone to take. But be advised that it will only leave you wanting more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book you simply must have physically in your hands. This is a book lover's book. The gold edged pages matched with the 'aged' pages and the gorgeous cover design are beyond compare. This is a book I will not disagree with judging by the cover. The story it holds is one that I normally would not go for but found myself daydreaming about while at work. Please purchase a hard copy.
Michelle_Palmer More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time getting into this book. The graphic novel portion was well done and moved along at a quick pace but the actual written portion was a bit clunky and slow going. I enjoyed the characters, they were well described and their motivations (mostly) seemed logical. The settings were well described or drawn and the voyages between them were sometimes harrowing. The story definitely moved along better in the second half of the book, I just wish the first half had been edited a bit more (take out some of the exposition maybe.) The lot itself was good. I enjoyed the story and thought it somewhat original. I may read further adventures in the series depending on how long they take to be published and how I remember the story at the time f publications (fondly or not.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slow startup but once started it is hard to put down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Surprises await as the characters carry out their missions in the early 1900s.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Type too small for easy reading . Full of cartoons! A waste of money!
AnnieB345 More than 1 year ago
BUYER BEWARE! I wouldn't have purchased this book if I had been able to "look inside": (1) Although B&N lists "Kevin Costner" as the author of this book, the title page says "... by JON BAIRD with KEVIN COSTNER and STEPHEN MEYER ... Illustrated by RICK ROSS". (2) Book is hard to read: small print, artificially aged (sepia) paper stock, difficult antique writing style. (3) Pages and pages and pages of "comic strip".