"You have written a masterpiece! This is the book that will top all other equestrian travel books."
Jeremy James, Founding Member of the Long Riders’ Guild, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and author of Saddletramp.
"As its remarkable author frankly tells us, Khyber Knights is fictional in its framework but based upon hard fact and actual events. And what a tale it is. We can learn from this book, one of the greatest I have ever read. It is a book that one would not want to live without."
John Rodenbeck, Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature, American University, Cairo.
"Khyber Knights is an epic account of one of the most extraordinary adventures ever taken on horseback."
Nick Smith, Explorers’ Club Editor and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
"Political analysts will immensely benefit from the author’s first hand experience and incisive study of a complex period in our nation’s history."
Dr. Maleelia Lodhi, Ambassador of Pakistan.
"I spent the last two days reading Khyber Knights. I couldn’t put the book down and now that I have read the last sentences I feel orphaned."
Arita Baaijens, Dutch explorer, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and author of Desert Songs.
"You emerge from the book shaken, albeit the wiser in many aspects of the hardiness of equestrian long distance riding and of human folly in general. Of course Jack London could do it in his time, but CuChullaine O'Reilly has shown us it can still be done in our day."
Bjarke Rink, author of The Centaur Legacy.
"Kipling would have loved Khyber Knights."
Derek O’Connor, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and author of The King’s Stranger.
"Khyber Knights is a real life thriller. Once you start the adventure you won’t be able to get off."
Dr. Amjad Hussain, author of The Taliban and Beyond.
"An important and courageous work of a time and place that has since melted into the past."
Alistair Carr, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and author of The Singing Bowl, Journeys through Inner Asia.
About the Author
Explorers’ Web described CuChullaine O'Reilly as “a living legend” and praised his adventure travel book, Khyber Knight, as “magical.”After extensive travels in Afghanistan, CuChullaine converted to Islam, journeyed to the Muslim holy city of Mecca, then made a daring solo equestrian journey across Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province.The book describes how Boston University then engaged the author to teach journalism to mujahadeen opposing the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. It also reveals the oppressive regime of General Zia-ul-Haq, who had usurped power from Pakistan’s elected government.The newly released hardback second-edition concludes with an extensive examination of how events witnessed by the author led to the emergence of the Taliban, the ill-advised invasion of Afghanistan and the rise of religious extremism in Pakistan. Amply illustrated, the text is accompanied by maps, documentation, and an extensive glossary.After completing the longest recorded horseback ride in Pakistan's history, as described in the book, CuChullaine specialized in equestrian exploration and historical research. He has documented how meat-eating horses were used in Shackleton’s second attempt to reach the South Pole, how a religious edict issued by the Pope against the Vikings established America’s modern taboo against eating horses and how the political victory of the suffragettes brought about the demise of the sidesaddle.A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers’ Club, he has published more than 300 travel books in eight languages and advised more than a hundred equestrian expeditions on every continent except Antarctica.He is now completing work on the Encyclopaedia of Equestrian Exploration, the most extensive study of mounted travel ever produced.