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King of the Khyber Rifles

King of the Khyber Rifles is a novel by British writer Talbot Mundy. Captain Athelstan King is a secret agent for the British Raj at the beginning of the First World War. Heavily influenced both by Mundy's own unsuccessful career in India and by his interest in theosophy, it describes his adventures among the (mostly Muslim) tribes of the north with the mystical woman adventuress Yasmini and the Turkish mullah Muhammed Anim.

The first film adaptation was The Black Watch (UK title King of the Khyber Rifles), released in 1929 and starring Victor McLaglen and Myrna Loy. A second version, King of the Khyber Rifles, featured Tyrone Power and Terry Moore and came out in 1953.


King - of the Khyber Rifles


Talbot Mundy

A romance of adventure

Book 4 in the Yasmini series

With a frontispiece by Joseph Clement Coll

Serialized in Everybody's Magazine, May 1916 ff. (9 parts)
First book edition published by Bobbs-Merrill, Indianapolis, 1916

Annotated by Roy Glashan

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