Hawk Hills — The one of the best of Howard’s works.
An American from the southwest joins with Afghan tribesmen to avenge his friends’ deaths in a blood feud. He can use any weapon, has superhuman stamina, and can move swiftly and silently.
El Borak leads the Afridi tribe in a war against the Orakzai and their chief Afdal Khan in early twentieth century Afghanistan. The war brings in British agents from across the border and has Russian influence in the region behind it.
El Borak, otherwise known as Francis Xavier Gordon, a fictional character created by Robert Ervin Howard. Gordon was a Texan gunfighter from El Paso who had travelled the world and settled in Afghanistan. He known in Asia for his exploits in that continent.
The character was originally created when Howard was only ten years old. He did not see print until in the December 1934. Howard best known for his fantasy fiction. The El Borak stories are straight adventure fiction. Only “Three-Bladed Doom” contains a fantasy element.
The background of the El Borak stories is similar to that of the Conan the Barbarian story “The People of the Black Circle”. Conan is a chieftain of a hill tribe in what corresponds to Afghanistan.