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The Beasts of Tarzan (Adventures of Lord Greystoke) Paperback – 7 Feb 2012

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Fall River; Reissue edition (7 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435134427
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435134423
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 13.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,074,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barty Literati on 17 Mar. 2012
Format: Paperback

`The Beasts of Tarzan' (1914) is the third novel in the series of books penned by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Following hot-on-the-heels of the `The Return of Tarzan', this adventure begins with Lord Greystoke at the mercy of his previous adversary, Nikolas Rokoff, who has escaped from imprisonment. Rather than merely kill Tarzan, Rokoff devises a more tortuous revenge that involves marooning The King of The Apes on a jungle island whilst his infant son is delivered into the hands of a tribe of cannibals in mainland Africa. Throw into the mix the fact that (unbeknownst to her husband) Lady Jane Greystoke is also a victim of kidnap, and we have here a truly thrilling opening. Indeed, after a breath-taking beginning two chapters, the rest of the novel boils down to Tarzan's quest for his loved ones and his revenge upon Rokoff and his band of toughs.

The novel's name derives from the fact that, in order to accomplish his mission, Tarzan needs a team of allies. Bereft of human company, he wins the fear, trust and then loyalty of a band of apes (led by Akut) and - thanks to an act of mercy and kindness - Sheeta, a vicious panther. The recounting of Tarzan's taming of his beasts is perhaps the most engaging element of the novel. As in the original tale (`Tarzan of The Apes'), there is a veneer of credibility to this absurd premise thanks to Burrough's vivid story-telling. Once he has his team assembled, the hunt for Rokoff and his loved ones is on. Thus, for the remainder of the story, the concept of the hunter and the hunted remains, although the roles of the two sides regularly fluctuate.
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Tarzan and his mighty apes! 26 Jun. 2012
By mrliteral - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Long before J.R.R. Tolkien, Edgar Rice Burroughs seemed to have an affinity for trilogies. The first three Mars books form a sort of trilogy, as does his Caspak (Land That Time Forgot) books. To an extent, so do the first three Tarzan books.

Certainly the first two (Tarzan of the Apes and The Return of Tarzan) form two parts of a single story. The return of Nikolas Rokoff, the nefarious Russian spy, connects books two and three. As Beasts of Tarzan opens, Rokoff has escaped from prison and intends revenge against Tarzan and his family. The first step is the kidnapping of Tarzan and Jane's infant son from their London estate. The attempt to rescue his son will put Tarzan in a trap. Jane, trying to help, winds up trapped herself.

Like any good pulp villain, Rokoff doesn't want to immediately kill his adversary; instead, he strands Tarzan on a remote African island and informs the hero that his son will be raised by a cannibal tribe. Of course, Rokoff underestimates Tarzan's resourcefulness, as soon Tarzan is not only back on the mainland, but with a small army of apes and a fierce panther backing him up. Jane, meanwhile, escapes Rokoff, but is on the run in the mainland jungle.

Even though this book is nearly a century old (it was written in 1914), it is perfectly readable to a modern reader. While no one would mistake the Tarzan books for great art, they are well-written and fun reads. These are simple adventure stories, and they work excellently on that level.
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