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A PRINCESS OF MARS

Burroughs, Edgar Rice

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ISBN 10: 1576464997 / ISBN 13: 9781576464991
Published by Quiet Vision, 2001
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: A PRINCESS OF MARS

Publisher: Quiet Vision

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Ed Thus.

Book Type: Book

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John Carter, a Confederate veteran of the Civil War, searches for gold and finds something he never imagined. When he strikes a rich vein of gold, the local Apaches turn against him. In his attempt to evade pursuit, Carter hides in a sacred cave and is transported to Mars. On this new world, Carter has great strength and nearly superhuman agility. More than that, he joins the Tharks, a nomadic tribe of Green Martians. Thanks to his strength and combat abilities, Carter becomes a valued member of the tribe. The Tharks capture Dejah Thoris, the Princess of Helium, and a member of the humanoid red Martians. The red Martians control a loose network of city-states as well as the planet’s canals and agriculture. After Carter rescues Dejah Thoris, he becomes determined to return her to her people. In time, it becomes clear that Carter must lead a horde of Tharks. This victory or defeat will determine the fate of Dejah Thoris as well as the whole of Mars itself.

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Although Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) is justifiably famous as the creator of Tarzan of the Apes, that uprooted Englishman was not his only popular hero. Burroughs's first sale (in 1912) was A Princess of Mars, opening the floodgates to one of the must successful--and prolific--literary careers in history. This is a wonderful scientific romance that perhaps can be best described as early science fiction melded with an epic dose of romantic adventure. A Princess of Mars is the first adventure of John Carter, a Civil War veteran who unexpectedly find himself transplanted to the planet Mars. Yet this red planet is far more than a dusty, barren place; it's a fantasy world populated with giant green barbarians, beautiful maidens in distress, and weird flora and monstrous fauna the likes of which could only exist in the author's boundless imagination. Sheer escapism of the tallest order, the Martian novels are perfect entertainment for those who find Tarzan's fantastic adventures aren't, well, fantastic enough. Although this novel can stand alone, there are a total of 11 volumes in this classic series of otherworldly, swashbuckling adventure. --Stanley Wiater

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