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Philip Jose Farmer

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26 May 1977
A fascinating collection of British foreign policy documents covering reactions in Whitehall to political change and revolution in the Mediterranean basin from 1973 to 1976. This volume contains many previously unpublished documents, including Joint Intelligence Committee papers, which cast new light on key events, such as the international crisis triggered by the coup against Archbishop Makarios in Cyprus, Turkey's military intervention in the island, the overthrow of the Caetano regime in Portugal, and the death of Franco in Spain. During 1973-76, years generally associated with East/West detente in Europe, NATO's southern flank was plunged into crisis by a revolution in Portugal and a coup d'etat in Cyprus. Political turmoil in Portugal, Turkey's military intervention in Cyprus, the collapse of the military government in Greece, and the threat of a Greco-Turkish War, all emphasized the vulnerability of the alliance to regime change in the Mediterranean. The Western allies had also to prepare for the death of two ageing dictators in Spain and Yugoslavia, and the possible entry of Communists into government in France and Italy. This volume draws upon the records of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Defence, to document the reactions of Harold Wilson's Labour government to these developments. This book will be of great interest to all students of contemporary British history, international history, European history, international relations, politics and diplomacy.

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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Littlehampton Book Services Ltd; paperback / softback edition (26 May 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0417018002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0417018003
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.9 x 1.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,607,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Reflecting on his years as Foreign Secretary, James Callaghan noted that foreign policy was 'a mixture of the old and the new. We may initiate but we also inherit'. This fascinating new compilation of recently declassified documents, edited by Keith Hamilton and Patrick Salmon, reveals the truth of Callaghan's words.' Alexander Wieland, Office of the Historian, US Department of State

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Philip José Farmer was a multiple award-winning science fiction writer of 75 novels. He is best known for his Wold Newton and Riverworld series. In 2001 he was awarded the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Grand Master Prize and a World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award. He passed away in 2009. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  9 reviews
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic adventure 2 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is one of Farmer's best efforts at the heroic epic. Set in 10,000 BC when Tarzan's Opar was part of a thriving civilization, the novel traces the adventures of Hadon while his society is transforming from matriarchy to patriarchy. If you notice anything familiar about the character Sahhindar, it's no coincidence. The sequel, FLIGHT TO OPAR, isn't quite as good, but is still worth reading. It's too bad these are out of print.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! 18 Mar 2013
By Bill Wormstedt - Published on Amazon.com
"Hadon of Ancient Opar" is an excellent example of Philip Jose Farmer's ability to take material from diverse sources and weave it into a great story. Obviously it's related to Edgar Rice's Burroughs lost city of Opar (from several Tarzan novels), but Farmer also ties it into his own "Time's Last Gift" (another Wold Newton story), and H. Rider Haggard's Allan Quartermain stories.

The first part of a trilogy, and set about 12,000 years ago, the story relates the adventures of Hadon, who leaves his native city of Opar to go to the capital of the empire of Khokarsa to compete in the Great Games. Things don't go smoothly however, and Hadon is caught up in the revolt against the current king. He has to escape the capital city, and later explores more of ancient Africa. Farmer gives the reader lots of adventure and new cultures to explore.

The book includes the maps and chronology that were in the original publication by DAW Books back in 1974. It also has new articles from Christopher Paul Carey (the co-author, with Farmer, of the third and last book in the trilogy "The Song of Kwaisin"), "The Literary Archaeology of Khokarsa", a guide to Khorkarsa and a Khorkarsan glossary.

This book is well worth the buy and read. Hopefully, Titan Books will decide to release "Flight to Opar" and "The Song of Kwaisin", the sequels to this novel.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sword and Sorcery tale set in an age that rivals Middle-earth and Hyboria 18 Jan 2013
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Hadon of Ancient Opar is a sword and sorcery/adventure tale set in the year 10,000 B.C. when Africa had two inland seas (joined by a strait). This is a classic quest story, but it also includes a lot of easter eggs to past works of fiction. Fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs and H. Rider Haggard especially will have fun picking out the hidden clues Farmer included.

Fans who enjoyed "Times Last Gift" and wonder what became of the main character should also check this out. He is mentioned in this first novel and even makes brief appearances in the second and third novels.

However, the character that really steals the show is the giant wrecking machine, Kwasin. If you like Conan, you'll love Kwasin.

This new edition includes a fact filled introduction from Christopher Paul Carey (co-author of The Song of Kwasin, the final portion of the Khokarasa Trilogy,as well as Exiles of Kho, a prequel to the Khokarsa series) which highlights the literary crossover connections present in the series. Not only that, but a new Afterword by Cary has been added (in addition to the fantastic addendums which were already present). The Afterword contains an index/glossary for characters, races and geography. Farmer was a first class world builder, so this section will come in very handy for reference.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of the Khokarsa saga begins here! And it is more than you can imagine.... 6 Oct 2013
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HADON OF ANCIENT OPAR is perhaps one of Philip Jose Farmer's best sword and sorcery books, in my opinion. And what makes it great is the vast world building and, in a sense, world(s) bringing nature of the book itself. And that is one of the reasons why it has taken so long for me to read and finally review this book. Farmer postulates that once upon a time there was an inland island empire inside the heart of Africa just before the great cataclysm that reshaped the continent. He takes elements from Edgar Rice Burroughs and H. Rider Haggard's stories about the ancient African civilizations and he is able to create a possible, and might I add, logical imperial civilization that spawned later civilizations. HADON OF ANCIENT OPAR is a journeyman's tale that on the surface doesn't appear to be much. However, when you dig deep and become acquainted with the characters and the civilizations of this period in time you find many primers, and many clues that Farmer leaves on purpose. I loved all of the characters in this book, even the title character, Hadon, who in my estimation is Farmer's Campbellian hero of myth. However, the one character that I gravitated to the most was the elusive Grey-eyed Archer God of Khokarsan lore, Sahhindar. He is the one to watch literally. Because it is through his character that the full scope of the Khokarsan civilization rests and will eventually make its way into the present time. He has gone by many names, but he is both ancient and young at the same time. He is pretty much who Jared Leto, of 30 Seconds To Mars, describes in the band's single, FROM YESTERDAY. Now why is this important? Because from HADON OF ANCIENT OPAR we see the pre-existing conditions of the Wold Newton universe thanks to this elusive and mighty demigod. Because he's not from around that neck of the woods. To explain it, it would be best to read Farmer's other groundbreaking novel, TIME'S LAST GIFT, also published by Titan Books. And after you are finished reading that wonderful novel, then read HADON OF ANCIENT OPAR, and you will see a direct link between the books. Farmer was great at connections, and HADON OF ANCIENT OPAR is filled with them. A bunch. Furthermore, Christoper Paul Carey, the man responsible for completing the Khokarsa trilogy with Farmer in the long awaited novel, THE SONG OF KWASIN, did a fantastic job with his Afterword, delving into the history and culture of Khokarsa, and revealed the true origin of Sahhindar and his link to a certain noted Jungle Lord. Long story short: Get the book! And get the rest of the Wold Newton novels published by Titan Books. You won't be disappointed. There is more to it than you could possibly imagine.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First of Farmer's trilogy set in ancient Opar 28 Sep 2013
By Michael R. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Hadon of Ancient Opar is the first of the Khokarsa trilogy written by Farmer and set in the world of ancient Opar during the height of its civilization. Its 10,000 BC, toward the end of the last Ice Age. There are two inland seas in Africa, in the Chad and Congo Basins. Opar is located along the eastern coast of the Congo sea. Toward the north of the other (they are connected by a strait) is the island of Khokarsa, the center of this civilization, which is a Bronze Age civilization in a time of stone age savages. The population of the Khokarsan empire consist of different groups and races, include caucasian and a yellow-skinned race. There are also human-neanderthal hybrids, neanderthals, and along the boards are negroes. The Sahara is an area of savannahs.

We met the main character, Hadon. A young man from Opar, he is traveling to Khokarsa to compete in the Great Games. The winner & survivor will marry the priestess-queen and become the new king. But the current king isn't so willing to give up the throne, and on his moment of triumph, sends Hadon on a quest to the north: the bring back a trio of people under the protection of Sahhinder. On this quest that lasts over a year, he is also joined by his herculean cousin Kwasin. But what will happen when they return to Khokarsa with their charges?

This series is part of the Wold Newton Universe. Farmer also ties in some of his other works and the works of others, in particular H. Rider Haggard. The trio being found first appeared in "Allan and the Ice-Gods". Sahhinder is an immortal, first met in Farmer's "Time's Last Gift". It is he who taught them the skills that brought them into the Bronze Age.

As noted, this is the first of a trilogy. The next work is "Flight to Opar", which Titan has NOT announced they are reprinting. And the final was finished by Christopher Paul Carey and so far has only appeared in a limited edition hardcover from Subterranean Press. Hopefully, Titan can be convinced to bring this into print, along with related works like "Exiles of Kho". So please write Titan and tell them so.

In addition to "Hadon", this volume has additional materials. We get some maps of the world of 10,000 BC. We get appendixes that give information on this world, like a time-line, and information on the people, places, and things of this world.

This is a great adventure, and let's get the next one!!
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