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The Explorers Guild

Volume One: A Passage to Shambhala

This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.


Return to the golden age of adventure with this gorgeously wrought, action-packed, globetrotting tale that combines the bravura storytelling of Kipling with the irresistible, illustrative style of Hergé’s 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.

This beautifully produced combination graphic novel and adventure tale, set against the backdrop of World War I, 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.

“With its colorful cast, exotic locales, and intertwined fates, the book slowly addicts. A rousing throwback whose spinning plates never stop, even at the end,” (Kirkus Reviews), The Explorers Guild is perfect for fans of the adventures of J.J. Abrams and C.S. Lewis.


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Customer Reviews

The Explorers Guild

I bought this book when it came out. I contacted Apple and later the publisher because the type is SO SMALL and UNADJUSTABLE that I have never fully read the book. Illustrations, yes. Book, not much. I keep hoping that an UPDATE WILL FIX THIS ( make type readable) , but I'm not holding out hope. So, after quite a while, I am -- for the type -- giving this one star. It was a lot to pay for a book too small to read! Shame on the authors!

The Explorers Guild

It has been many years since I last arrived at the last page of a book still so involved in the story that I was surprised--and a bit disappointed--that it had ended.


When you see a book has been written by Kevin Costner in collaboration with Rick Ross, you get to thinking it may not be the most intellectual piece out there. This assumption couldn't be more false; The Explorer's Guild is, in actuality, a complex, engaging read that will appeal to history majors and casual explorers alike. The authors have done society a service by injecting into it the spirit of exploration and adventure not seen since the days of Crusoe and Moby Dick.

The Explorers Guild
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  • $13.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Published: Oct 20, 2015
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Print Length: 784 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 3 or later and iOS 4.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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