Book First Published on 20th April 1965 - 184 pages

I believe this Biggles book was never serialised elsewhere.  If anybody knows differently then please E-MAIL ME


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


Biggles is asked by Brigadier Mander, to investigate the disappearance of his son, Adrian Mander. Adrian has set off in his aeroplane to the Sahara to find the tomb of King Ras Tenazza. He has gone with a person named Hassan Sekunder, whom the Brigadier suspects is not to be trusted. Biggles gets permission to go and find Adrian, with Ginger and Bertie, as the Brigadier will finance the expedition. Searching on the known route taken by Adrian Mander, Biggles' first difficulty arises when his camp is burnt out and half his fuel is lost. Arriving at the desert hills that were Mander's destination the team arrives to find Mander alone. Sekunder has stolen his plane and left him to die of thirst in the desert, but fortunately he found a water source in the hills by following some Onyx. Mander tells Biggles his story, about how he and Sekunder have discovered the tomb and about how Mander alone had later discovered an old Emerald mine. Sekunder returns with his own camel train expecting to find Mander dead and is astonished to discover him alive. Sekunder has duped another person into financing an expedition to open the tomb. After an initial stand-off between the two parties, the tomb is opened and found to contain nothing of any value. The ending however, is not what you would expect. The dust cover shows a sinister looking Arab and two people excavating.


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Biggles and the Plot that Failed

Publication Details - published by Brockhampton Press



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