'A rip-roaring adventure. and an almost Swiftian satire on human piety and vanity.' Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian
"A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder" is the most popular book by James De Mille. It was serialized posthumously (and anonymously) in Harper's Weekly and then published in book form in 1888.
This satiric and fantastic romance is set in an imaginary semi-tropical land in Antarctica inhabited by prehistoric monsters and a cult of death-worshipers called the Kosekin. Begun many years before it was published, it is reminiscent of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket" and anticipates the exotic locale and fantasy-adventure elements of works of the "Lost World" genre such as Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Lost World," Edgar Rice Burroughs' "The Land That Time Forgot," as well as innumerable prehistoric-world movies based loosely on these and other works. The title and locale were inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's "Ms. Found in a Bottle."
It was unfortunate for De Mille's reputation as a writer that this work, his best, was published after H. Rider Haggard's "She" and "King Solomon's Mines," for although Haggard's works were well known by then, the actual composition of De Mille's romance pre-dated the publication of these popular romances, and his ideas were not in the least derivative from Haggard's.
Hidden in the desert for nearly 2,000 years, a little-known scroll gives clues to the whereabouts of a hoard of fabulous, ancient treasures. But no one has been able to uncover the scroll's secrets. Until now. With the aid of Professor Peter Niven, Skye Belle and her brother Brandon set off on an adventure beginning in the deserts of Egypt. Peter believes he has the key to unlocking the riddle of the scroll - or as he calls it, the Copper Map. It is a journey that will take them through all of the beauty and dangers of the Holy Lands. But with such an awesome amount of wealth at stake, there are others who will do anything to lay hold of the treasure for themselves. Skye and Brandon are about to find out just how cunning and ruthless their enemies can be. And as they search for the hidden secrets of the Copper Map, the very trustworthiness of the bible is called into question. But Skye is determined. Not only does she want to discover the long lost treasure, she also wants to prove that the events recorded in the bible actually happened. She knows that the evidence is out there, all she and Brandon have to do is stay safe long enough to find it. *** Praise for The Lost Treasure of Persia *** "EXCELLENT" Christian Children's Book Review "Skye Bell is an adventurous and believable 3D character... It's a fast-paced ride for a young girl and her younger brother navigating an adult world and adult villains in search of lost treasure. A fantastic read!" Adam Jolliffe "Any kid into adventure books will really love this." Mick McArt "My son loved this book! This is a great read for young children. I like the subtle references to the Bible as well." W. Lam
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