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The Golden Silence

C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson

Book Overview: 

Trying to get away from an engagement he had got himself into more or less against his will, Stephen Knight travels to Algiers to visit his old friend Nevill. On the Journey there he meets the charming and beautiful Victoria. She is on her way to Algiers to search for her sister, who had disappeared years ago after marrying an Arab nobleman. With the support of his friend, Stephen Knight decides to help the girl - but when she also disappears, the adventure begins.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ing down, and one stepped delicately in narrow aisles, to avoid islands of piled, precious objects. Everywhere the eye was drawn to glittering points, or patches of splendid colour; so that at a glance the large, dusky room was like a temple decorated with mosaics. There was nothing that did not suggest the East, city or desert, or mountain village of the Kabyles; and the air was loaded with Eastern perfumes, ambergris and musk that blended with each other, and the scent of the black incense sticks brought by caravan from Tombouctou.[Pg 105]

"Why doesn't some one come in and steal?" asked Stephen, in surprise at seeing the place deserted.

"Because there's hardly a thief in Algiers mean enough to steal from Jeanne Soubise, who gives half she has to the poor. And because, if there were one so mean, Haroun el Raschid would soon let her know what was going on," said Nevill. "His latest disguise is that of a parrot, but he may change it for something else . . . Read More

Community Reviews

I really liked this story. It started out in England with a brief description of a highly publicized dispute over a dukedom, and the subsequent surprise engagement between two members of the opposing families. Then the main story moved along two ship rides to Algeria, and on into the desert where mo

This is a delightful adventure and love story set in the colorful Middle East. It has everything a good story needs, a passionate and devious bad guy, a shining White Knight good guy, sheiks on glamorous horses, the sweetest heroine, and the most vivid secondary characters. In the elegant gardens of