Book First Published on 6th July 1961 - 160 pages

This story was first published, in ten parts, as BIGGLES FORMS A SYNDICATE in Express Weekly  issues 274 to 283, dated 30th January 1960 to 2nd April 1960


First edition dust jacket showing the original price of 8 shillings and 6 pence


Biggles is visited by an old friend, Squadron Leader 'Dizzy' Digswell, who has an interesting tale to tell. After being forced to parachute out of his plane flying over the Aden Protectorate in Arabia, he thinks he has come across the ancient ruins of the city of Ophir. He found a cave, which he believes to be filled with ancient coins of gold and silver. Biggles and the team decide to form a syndicate to go and recover the coins. Bertie and Ginger go with Dizzy, while Biggles and Algy remain at home. Biggles is later shocked to read that their Dakota plane has been found deserted and the three of them have disappeared off the face of the earth. Travelling to Arabia, Biggles and Algy find Bertie and Dizzy have been trapped inside the cave for many days by a rock fall. They are lucky to be alive. Ginger's disappearance is a surprise to Bertie and Dizzy who are unable to give an explanation for it. Attacked by hostile Arabs and an Ethiopian named Majoli, who has found out about the coins and arrives by boat (as depicted on the dust cover of the book), Biggles and the rest suddenly find themselves facing a crowd of approaching Arabs on horseback, one of whom is .......... Ginger! Ginger had been taken by a group of Arabs to help heal the son of a Sheikh, who was very ill after being bitten by a camel. The Sheikh's men see off the hostile enemy and work to open the cave for Biggles' party. The coins are taken and given to the British Museum, for a substantial reward. The Museum will send an expedition to the site to investigate it for its historic interest, employing Dizzy as their guide.


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Biggles Forms a Syndicate

Subtitle - An off-duty adventure of Biggles and his comrades of the Air Police at the hottest spot on Earth, sometimes known to members of the fighting services as Hell's Gates

Publication Details - published by Hodder and Stoughton



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