The Adventurers

by Harold Robbins

Cover: The Adventurers

From the author of The New York Times #1 bestselling novel The Carpetbaggers comes a a tale of violence, sex, betrayal, revenge, intrigue, revolution, and danger in the sultry jungles of South America...

As a young boy, Diogenes Alejandro Xenos —“Dax”—witnesses the brutal rape and murder of his mother and sister by government troops—experiencing the drama of revolution, loss, and tragedy firsthand. He is sent to Europe by the victorious rebel leader to rebuild his country’s diplomatic and financial status post-revolution, and is immediately thrown into the elite environment of Europe’s jet set society of international bankers and diplomats.

Outwardly, Dax lives a life of privilege as one of the continent’s most sought-after, hedonistic playboys—wanted by men and women alike. Inside, however, he channels his fear, anger, and hatred for the new regime, which he realizes is as corrupt as the old, into a desire to disrupt the status quo. Once a favorite of the general-turned-dictator, Dax quickly becomes an outlaw in his own country, living on the fringes as a rebel hellbent on a new revolution.

This epic tale of escape from the horrors of the third world is one of Harold Robbins' most ambitious novels, combining his trademark sensuality with political intrigue, exotic locales, and themes that never seem to change—political intrigue, greed, power, violence, betrayal. It also introduces us to one of the most memorable and intriguing literary characters of all time in Dax Xenos, a flawed and complicated hero who reminds us that even monumental figures of history are, above all else, simply human. Today, The Adventurers is proof positive that Robbins’ lifelike characters and compelling prose still has the power to surprise, titillate, and move readers.

About the Author

Harold Robbins (1916-1997) is one of the best-selling American fiction writers of all time, ranking 5th on the World’s Best-Selling Fiction Author List just behind William Shakespeare and Agatha Christie. He wrote over 25 bestselling novels, sold more than 750 million copies in 42 languages, and spent over 300 weeks combined on The New York Times bestseller list. His books were adapted into 13 successful films and television series that garnered numerous Oscar® and Golden Globe® nominations starring Steve McQueen, Elvis Presley, Laurence Olivier, Bette Davis, Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, and more. Robbins’ personal life was as fascinating to the public as his novels. An enthusiastic participant in the social and sexual revolution of the 1960s, Robbins cultivated a “playboy” image and maintained friendships with stars including Frank Sinatra, Clint Eastwood, Tony Bennett, and Sammy Davis, Jr., and was one of the first novelists to be prominently featured in gossip magazines, earning him the title of “The World’s First Rock Star Author.”