Synopses & Reviews
King Solomon, the Bibles wisest king, possessed extraordinary wealth. The grand temple he built in Jerusalem was covered in gold from the porch to the inner sanctum, where the Ark of the Covenant was kept. Long before H. Rider Haggards classic adventure novel King Solomons Mines
unleashed gold fever more than a century ago, many had sought to find the source of the great kings wealth. In this new adventurea hybrid of Indiana Jones and Herodotus” (Sunday Times
, London)Tahir Shah tries his hand at the quest.
Intrigued by a map he finds in a shop not far from the site of the temple, Shah assembles a multitude of clues to the location of Solomons mines. Some come from ancient texts, including the Septuagint, the earliest form of the Bible, and some from geological, geographical, and folkloric sources. All point across the Red Sea to Ethiopia, the land of the Queen of Sheba, Solomons lover, who bore Solomons son Menelik and founded Ethiopias imperial line. Shahs trail takes him on a wild rideby taxi, bus, camel, donkey, and Jeepthat is sure to delight all travelers.
The Indiana Jones of travel writing takes you on yet another riotous ride in his quest to find the source of King Solomon's gold in Ethiopia, the land of the Queen of Sheba.
About the Author
Tahir Shah was born into Afghan nobility in 1966 and grew up in England. He has worked for the Institute of Cultural Research and with the Institute for the Study of Human Knowledge, and has written widely on the Middle East, Central Asia, Africa, and South America. When not traveling, he lives in London with his wife and daughter.