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The nine unknown men are entrusted with guarding nine books of secret knowledge. In their fight to keep the books secret they face nine Kali worshipers, who sow confusion and masquerade as the true s A secret society founded by the Mauryan Emperor Asoka around BC is entrusted with preserving knowledge that would be dangerous to humanity if it fell into the wrong hands. In their fight to keep the books secret they face nine Kali worshipers, who sow confusion and masquerade as the true sages.
A priest, Father Cyprian, who is in possession of the books wants to destroy them out of Christian piety but a number of other characters are interested in learning their content. Get A Copy. Paperback , Facsimile Edition , pages. Published September 18th by Wildside Press first published More Details Original Title.
Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Nine Unknown , please sign up. See 1 question about The Nine Unknown…. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Nine Unknown. Nov 21, Tim Parise added it. Unfortunately, this may be the poorest installment in Mundy's Jimgrim series.
It suggests a couple of potentially thrilling ideas, namely the use of wealth to destroy capitalism and the potential use of gold as a source of atomic energy, that foreshadow the depth and ingenuity that would later make Om, the Secret of Ahbor Valley one of Mundy's most intriguing works.
But these ideas are badly presented and never really integral to the plot. Most of the book is nothing but one brawl in the dark st Unfortunately, this may be the poorest installment in Mundy's Jimgrim series. Most of the book is nothing but one brawl in the dark streets of Delhi after another. It's more or less a s equivalent of the film version of The Bourne Supremacy , an endless series of fight scenes in which battle becomes its own justification.
There is good reason to suppose that Ali ben Ali and his seven sons were only introduced so that five of the sons could be killed off, thereby preventing the body count from becoming too one-sided without necessitating the loss of a major character whom Mundy could reuse in a future work.
Mention of the layers of competing secret societies who are behind all this hacking and stabbing does not relieve the boredom and compromises the story's plausibility in the process. The plot fails to accelerate until the last few chapters, and by that time it's being driven by yet another member of a secret society, who serves as a deus ex machina. This is extremely atypical for the series, as usually Grim's patience and cleverness are enough to keep events moving towards a favorable outcome.
Not in this case. A surprisingly disappointing effort, or lack thereof. Apr 01, D rated it liked it. Great concept partially based on true ancient history. There is plenty to think about the world's most secret wise society and their nine sacred books--a black project started by Emperor Ashoka around BC to collate and guard advanced knowledge gathered from around the world over the years.
THis Talbot story however focuses only on book- 4- that supposingly dealt with metallurgy and the secret process of producing go Great concept partially based on true ancient history. THis Talbot story however focuses only on book- 4- that supposingly dealt with metallurgy and the secret process of producing gold and silver in colossal amounts, to be used as an economic weapon during ancient times to destroy economic infra of the enemy. It is thought that the society exists even to this day like the Illuminati or Freemason for that matter.
Sadly however the plot, writing and presentation is rather timid and juvenile. A bunch of loosely contrived characters in a very poor plot, on a quest to get hold of the gold making formula. The author knew what to write, but just didn't know how to write!
Or was his era not on his side?? An enjoyable, if slow moving, romp through an early secret society myth that grew into the 9 Unknown Men myth of India that was little more than the creative mind of Talbot Mundy having its way.
For those who enjoy adventure and late imperial fiction, this will be an enjoyable read. Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars. This novel, however, has an elaborate plot with a mystery cult whose origins stretch far back beyond any recorded human history.
Needless to say, with references to Atlantis and speculation on magic sources of energy and superhuman intellects, this is also Mundy's most serious foray into fantasy, rather than just adventure, in the Jimgrim series. Only Ommony is missing. And where was he? For this Jimgrim novel has also moved its setting to India, away from the Middle East. And India is also the setting of Ommony's stories. I'm willing to bet that Cotswold Ommony has just the place for those hidden books of secret knowledge belonging to the Unknown Nine.
As with all Mundy's books set in India, his sense of atmosphere is superb. You are there. More than Palestine and Egypt, Mundy is at home in India. He's more familiar with its details, its very essence, than any other place he writes about. Mundy is a fine literary stylist when he wants to be. And, here, he wants to be. His work can be elevated in tone as well as content, too, as it is in The Nine. Finally, although unnecessary, it is so much more rewarding to read these stories and novels in their published sequence.
You can see Mundy grow along with the new ideas he is importing into his fiction. Mar 02, Signor Mambrino rated it it was ok. I felt obliged to read this one. There's a bunch of ridiculous conspiracy theories that have their roots in this second rate adventure story. It was a fairly dense read, and I found it only mildly entertaining. I wrote a more in-depth article on this book and the theories it inspired on my blog if you're interested.
May 10, Hibburt Glenn rated it it was ok. It is a thin volume, but it was a hard going read. It was not as riveting as I had hoped. Hugh Ruppersburg rated it liked it May 08, Fadesingh rated it really liked it Mar 15, Nick Larter rated it liked it Jan 28, Peter rated it liked it Jan 13, Mali Lalande rated it really liked it Mar 04, Dhanesh rated it it was ok Mar 28, Gaurav Khattar rated it liked it Oct 16, Harsha Kanipakam rated it really liked it Apr 18, Ajay Jangir rated it it was ok Oct 16, Sami rated it really liked it Jun 02, Ronda rated it really liked it May 03, Jason rated it it was amazing Jul 08, Amir Hossain rated it really liked it Apr 09, William rated it it was amazing Nov 24,
The Nine Unknown
The Nine Unknown is a novel by Talbot Mundy. Originally serialised in Adventure magazine,  it concerns the Nine Unknown Men, a secret society founded by the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka around BC to preserve and develop knowledge that would be dangerous to humanity if it fell into the wrong hands. The nine unknown men were entrusted with guarding nine books of secret knowledge. In the novel the nine men are the embodiment of good and face up against nine Kali worshippers, who sow confusion and masquerade as the true sages. The story surrounds a priest called Father Cyprian who is in possession of the books but who wants to destroy them out of Christian piety, and a number of other characters who are interested in learning their contents.