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Talbot Mundy (1879-1940) was the pseudonym (alias might be a more apt term) of William Lancaster Gribbon, born near London, but lived the life of a worldwide nomad, some of it out of legal necessity. He spent time in Germany, India, South Africa, and ultimately the United States, was for a time with a circus, and dabbled in such intriguing activities as stock fraud, cattle rustling, ivory poaching and con artistry. He turned to writing fiction in his 40s, and his skill at energetic narrative won quick success. His later work took on trappings of Eastern mysticism, but remains readable and enjoyable as pure adventure. The most well-known of Mundy's novels include King of the Khyber Rifles, Rung Ho!, Om: the Secret of Abhor Valley, and the lengthy Jimgrim and Tros of Samothrace series.