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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


Complex story, complex dialogue, memorable characters. I haven't read many illustrated books and wasn't sure I would enjoy this but I did immensely. So much that after reading it I bought two copies, one for myself and a gift. Love a book that lists their credits last. You really have to love a book to read and appreciate them and JB did a wonderful job. Very glad this was titled Volume 1, can't wait for Volume 2.

The Explorers Guild

Make sure you try it out first before buying! iPhone users beware. I have an iPhone 6s Plus, an iPad Mini and a iPad Gen 4, and although this book’s illustrations are beautiful, it is almost physically impossible to read the text on a small screen. You will have to squint to read it. Why? This book does not let you change the font size, which is normal for all the books I’ve downloaded from the store. Yes, the illustrations are gorgeous and the prose is fun to read, but not being able to get the font size bigger, and having to use constant zooms and scrolls to read a single page is a bit much. I’m on page 318 of the 700+ and am enjoying the book, but not the experience, if you get my drift. I would not have purchased the book had I known in advance that even my kids, who are voracious readers, would give up trying to read it after about 30 minutes. They did look at the fantastic illustrations on the normal sized iPad though. On my 27” and 32” monitors, I can read it just fine, but those screens are not portable. 5 stars for the book’s premise and style, but 1 star for execution on a small screen. Since actually reading a book is important, I’ll give it an overall 2. If this e-book is eventually upgraded with the ability to change the font size, it will earn a 5 from me,


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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  • $4.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: 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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