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The Adventures of the 19XX—Shining Skull 1936

The third book in the Adventures of the 19XX finds the intrepid members of the 19XX organization on their way to Tibet to stop the dastardly Shining Skull and the Order of the Black Faun. The Shining Skull is hell-bent on finding Shangri La and is happy to turn the entire country to civil war to do so. With the members of the 19XX split into two groups, thanks to a plane crash, it’s going to take all their ingenuity to stop the Shining Skull. Having two converging plotlines helps to ratchet up the tension, particularly in the exhilarating final chapter. Handily mixing elements of Buddhism, Christianity, science fiction, fantasy, and actual characters from history, Martinez has crafted a story both informative and highly entertaining from an oft-neglected decade. The lush illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. Enough background is provided that this can be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone book, but readers will surely want to go back and read the previous two installments anyway.

Reviewed by Allyce Amidon

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