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The Explorers Guild: Volume One: A Passage to Shambhala Hardcover – October 20, 2015

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“A paean to old-fashioned tales of dashing, daredevilish derring-do.”
(Entertainment Weekly)

"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)

"The Explorers Guild is a rare publishing opportunity, powered by the creative passion of one of the world’s true storytelling masters, Kevin Costner."
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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 WolvesJFKThe BodyguardField of Dreams, Tin Cup, Bull DurhamOpen RangeHatfields & 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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; 1St Edition edition (October 20, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476727392
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476727394
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a very important book. As the other reviews here abundantly state, the artwork is beautiful -- especially for a book that costs less than twenty bucks -- but that's just decoration, and many will be lured in by it who are not equipped to appreciate this great work of fiction. It is the language and writing style that are important and special about this book. Having read other books by Jon Baird ("Day Job" and "Songs from Nowhere Near the Heart"), and having watched and listened to numerous interviews with the writing team, I can assure you that the writing style in this book is Baird's.

I know of no other living writer who can match Baird's artful command of the English language. His style in this book is about as dense as writing gets, and yet somehow remains essentially uncomplicated, fluid, and almost conversational. If you take the time to read the book carefully, look up the words and references, and actually understand what is written, you will bear witness to a thing of curious and enduring beauty. In reading it, I've been reminded of Dickens, Twain, Hemingway, and even David Foster Wallace. Which author comes to mind tends to depend on which of Baird's characters is being described. The prose, permeated throughout by Baird's muted wit, is fancy but also deft, elegant, and artfully cadenced. Every paragraph glints cryptically with splendid archaic terms and rich, rewarding veins of historical and literary reference. These veins, if followed, add great depth to the work. The tremendous vocabular breadth of the work feels endlessly inventive and keeps each page fresh.

This book, which is more mature than Baird's prior work, is definitely not for everyone.
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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.
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I just finished what I would say is most fun book I've read in a while. Oddly, one of the reasons I enjoyed it so much was the same reason that some of the 1 star reviewers gave for not liking it.
Yes, it was a different approach with the graphic book aspect, but to me it's always been about the story. And what a great story!!!
I'm not really good with words, and other reviewers have said it best, the prose, the old time feel etc.
I was hoping that I would see some recommendations of similar fare in these reviews, but alas not yet.

One more thing.....I hope the "Volume One" part of the title wasn't just wishful thinking on the authors' part
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Absolute classic and will be 100 yrs from now. Beautiful, time appropriate language written to be savored not rushed to get to the next event...although you'll want to. Passages to be reread, savored, appreciated, and discussed. What an important book should consist of and definitely to be read aloud to 12yr olds and younger. Hurrah to Kevin Costner and Jon Baird and kudos to illustrator Rick Ross for the intelligence, creativity, and perseverance to create this work of art for the ages.
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Outstanding story telling! Downloaded to my Kindle at midnight and couldn't put it down! If you are a Brad Meltzer fan, you will love this! He is by far my favorite author...... Little bit of history, little bit of fiction, little bit graphic novel. Perfect! Very pleased with my purchase!
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I saw Kevin Costner and Jon Baird on Greta Van Sustern's show. After hearing their discussion of the book, I knew I had to own a copy. I immediately ordered it from Amazon. What a bargain for a book like this. I have not yet finished the book, but I couldn't wait any longer to share my opinion. The story draws you in immediately, so well written, who doesn't want to find Shambhala? And it is a work of art!! I have not seen a book like this in a long time. I find my self picking it up and handling it often. I can't wait to share it with my grandsons'. They will learn to love books as I do because of a book like this. I hope there will be more to follow...
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