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The Explorers Guild: Volume One: A Passage to Shambhala Hardcover – October 20, 2015
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"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."
About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Had very high hopes for this tome. It started to wander early and, as a result, I never finished the book. Man, I had high hopes! Read morePublished 8 days ago by Marcel the Cat
Great adventure book in the light of Indiana Jones type adventures. Lots of depth in early 20th century history and beyond. Beautiful illustrations.Published 1 month ago by JimBaum
After listening to Kevin Costner discussing this book in an interview on Tim Ferriss' podcast, I purchased it as a gift for my daughter, who is an avid reader. Read morePublished 2 months ago by StrengthCoach
"A Passage to Shambhala" is a wondrous creative fusion; a journey in style, form and content unique in my extensive experience. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dave Bowen