It's written by Kevin Costner and Jon Baird while illustrated by Rick Ross. I'm reading it a second time.
Basically it's the three men's tribute to the Victorian adventure novels of old like Kipling, Haggard, Stevenson, and Buchan. The synopsis entails the quest in search for the mythical Buddhist utopia called Shambhala (called Shangri-La in the West) and it's set during World War 1. A motley crew of soldiers, explorers, and mercenaries are in a race against a mysterious stranger and a shadowy group of monks for the lost city. Between those plot details are besieged fortresses, desert battles, zeppelin dogfights, underground river pirates, mad scientists, and more. It's a great read. Enough material for a trilogy of adventure films; it's 750 pages. It's part novel, part comic book, with beautiful illustrations every few pages to highlight the setting and action.
Never, but it sounds great. Right up my alley—thanks for the recommendation!
Yeah, there's two additional characters to make the Indiana Jones connection. One's a little boy with ties to Shambhala and the other's the POV protagonist's love interest, an actress turned adventurer who's kind of Willie Scott if she became Elsa Schneider (or her better half).
That sounds amazing. How have I never heard of this? I'm going to have to order this on Amazon or something.
Yeah I'm surprised how little fanfare it received upon publication. I'll admit it took me like the first 50, 100 pages to comprehend what type of storytelling they're going for and they really commit to using more old-fashioned antiquated dialogue and narration.