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By Frederick Burnaby,Peter Hopkirk

within the wintry weather of 1875, a tender British officer set out throughout critical Asia on an unofficial challenge to enquire the newest mystery Russian strikes within the nice video game. His objective was once the mysterious caravan urban of Khiva, closed to all eu tourists by means of the Russians following their seizure of it years prior. His target used to be to find even if, as many British strategists feared, this distant and unsafe oasis was once approximately for use as a springboard for an invasion of India.

Captain Frederick Burnaby used to be already anything of a legend. For a commence he was once reputed to be the most powerful guy within the British military, status six-foot-four and weighting over 2 hundred kilos. He additionally spoke no fewer than seven languages, together with Russian and Turkish, and possessed a such a lot energetic and colourful prose style.

Unknown to his superiors, who might have forbidden the enterprise, he rode for over 1000 miles throughout steppe and wasteland, suffering via blizzards and snowdrifts, to arrive forbidden Khiva. Burnaby was once ordered domestic by means of an alarmed executive and there he instantly sat down and wrote this best-selling account of his adventures.

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