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The Road to Samarcand

(1954)
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An archaeological expedition with a cargo of priceless jade is pursued across the Gobi Desert into the snows of Tibet.

This story begins where Patrick O'Brian's devoted fans would want it to, with a sloop in the South China Sea barely surviving a killer typhoon. But the time is the 1930s, and the protagonist a teenaged American boy whose missionary parents have just died. In the company of his rough seafaring uncle and an elderly English cousin, an eminent archaeologist, Derrick sets off in search of ancient treasures in central Asia.

Along the way they encounter a charismatic Chinese bandit and a host of bad characters, including Russian agents fomenting unrest. (Most of these meet very bad ends.) The narrative--as in all of O'Brian's novels--touches on surprising subjects: astronomy, oriental philosophy, the correct identification of ancient Han bronzes, and some very local cuisine. It ends in an ice-bound valley, with the party caught between hostile Red-Hat monks and the Great Silent Ones, which is how the Tibetans designate the yeti.


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November 2007 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Road to Samarcand
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-00-726276-0 / 978-0-00-726276-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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August 2007 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Road to Samarcand (Platinum Fiction Series)
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 1-60285-011-9 / 978-1-60285-011-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Center Point Pub
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July 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Road to Samarcand: An Adventure
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-393-06473-5 / 978-0-393-06473-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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March 1976 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Road to Samarcand
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-7274-0061-4 / 978-0-7274-0061-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: White Lion
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Paperback Editions

February 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Road to Samarcand
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-00-811293-2 / 978-0-00-811293-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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December 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Road to Samarcand: An Adventure
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-393-33316-7 / 978-0-393-33316-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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June 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Road to Samarcand
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-00-726277-9 / 978-0-00-785511-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Audio Editions

March 2013 : UK MP3 CD

Title: The Road To Samarcand
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 1-4079-3701-4 / 978-1-4079-3701-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings Audio Books
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May 2008 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Road to Samarcand
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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May 2008 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Road to Samarcand
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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May 2008 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: The Road to Samarcand
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 1-4079-0036-6 / 978-1-4079-0036-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings Audio Books
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May 2008 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Road to Samarcand
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 1-4079-0037-4 / 978-1-4079-0037-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings Audio Books
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February 2008 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Road to Samarcand
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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February 2008 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Road to Samarcand: An Adventure
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 1-4332-0652-8 / 978-1-4332-0652-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc.
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February 2008 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Road to Samarcand: An Adventure
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 1-4332-0654-4 / 978-1-4332-0654-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc.
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February 2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Road to Samarcand: An Adventure
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 1-4332-0653-6 / 978-1-4332-0653-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc.
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February 2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Road to Samarcand: An Adventure
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 1-4332-0655-2 / 978-1-4332-0655-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc.
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February 2008 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Road to Samarcand: An Adventure
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 1-4332-0656-0 / 978-1-4332-0656-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc.
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2008 : USA Audio CD

Title: Road to Samarcand, The - on Playaway
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 1-60775-413-4 / 978-1-60775-413-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Playaway
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Kindle Editions

May 2012 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Road to Samarcand
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
Publisher: HarperCollins
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December 2008 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Road to Samarcand: An Adventure
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Availability: Amazon