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The Master Mind of Mars

The Master Mind of Mars [Kindle Edition]

Edgar Rice Burroughs
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The Master Mind of Mars is the sixth novel in Edgar Rice Burroughs' amazing Barsoom series. Ras Thavas must recover the body of his beloved Valla Dia so that her brain may be restored to its rightful body. This edition has a new introduction by World Fantasy Award winner Darrell Schweitzer. Schweitzer, the former Editor of Weird Tales and a pre-emanate scholar of fantastic fiction, places the Barsoom novels in their proper context. These novels will transport you to a lush Mars that never was. A Mars filled with strange and wonderful flora and fauna; giants and monsters; and most importantly, maidens in distress and fabulous adventures.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 442 KB
  • Print Length: 131 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1475016824
  • Publisher: Start Publishing LLC (19 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BY130YM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,809 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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For "The Master Mind of Mars," the sixth volume in his Martian series, Edgar Rice Burroughs introduces another new hero as American Ulysses Paxton crosses the void between Earth and Barsoom to become the chief assistant to the red planet's greatest scientist. Original published in the first "Amazing Stories Annual" in 1927, the story again begins with a letter, from Paxton, a Captain in the U.S. Army, to ERB in which he tells how he was fatally injured on a World War I battlefield and was transported to Barsoom, in the same way John Carter made the trip in "A Princess of Mars." Paxton has sent the author the manuscript, which allows Earthmen to "become better acquainted with the manners and customs of Barsoom." In what strikes me as an attempt to further explore the brain switching from previous novel, "The Chessmen of Mars," with the Kaldanes and Rykors, ERB's pulp fiction story has to do with human brain transfers performed by the title character, Ras Thavas.
Early in the novel Paxton witnesses the scientist transferring the brain of Xara, Jeddara of Phundahl, in the body of a young girl. Now called Vad Varo, Paxton becomes the bodyguard and assistant to Ras Thavas in the city of Toonol, and falls in love with Valla Dia, the young girl whose mind is now in the ancient body of Xara. Our hero helps Ras Thavas transfer his brain to a younger body as well, but extracts a promise from the scientist to help restore Valla's body. Of course, just to make things interesting, Valla is the daughter of Kor San, Jeddak of Duhor, so once again ERB's damsel in distress is Barsoomian royalty (that is to say, yet another princess of Mars).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Strong Story In The Series 7 July 2009
By Dave_42
"The Master Mind of Mars" by Edgar Rice Burroughs is the sixth book in the Barsoom series. Burroughs moves further away from John Carter by introducing a new hero, Ulysses Paxton, who uses his Martian name Vad Varo for most of the book. Ulysses is a much different hero than John Carter, or for that matter Cathoris or Thuvia from "Thuvia Maid of Mars" or Gahan of Gathol or Tara of Helium from "The Chessmen of Mars". Ulysses's connection with John Carter is that when on Earth he read the stories of John Carter and believed them to be real. The difference is that unlike those who came before, Ulysses/Vlad does not have the skill in hand-to-hand combat that they possessed. This was a very smart move by Burroughs, for what would be the point of making yet another great warrior to repeat the epic adventures which already exist in the series? Instead, the story has a much different feel, smaller in scope, and yet just as absorbing.

Ulysses is a soldier in World War I, and when he becomes wounded and stranded on the battlefield, he uses the force of his mind to transport himself to Mars. Not surprisingly, though severely wounded as Ulysses on Earth, Vad finds his body whole and healthy on Mars. The first person Vad meets on Mars is Ras Thavas, a.k.a "The Master Mind". When circumstances result in Vad's saving Ras, he is taken on as a trusted servant and bodyguard. Ras shows Vad medical techniques far in advanced of those which exist on Earth, and Vad learns quickly. One key difference though is that Ras has no moral conscience, though he often does very good things, he is just as willing to do horrible things, and when one of the horrible things is to give the body of Valla Dia to the evil Xaxa, Vad realizes that he needs to do something.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Master Mind of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs 23 Jun 2014
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I gave this book a 5 stat rating because I thought it typical of the type of quality writing which Edgar Rice Burroughs achieves.
If you like Victorian authors then Edgar Rice Burroughs along with Rider Haggard are two good options.
The book is part of the John Carter of Mars series and is an excellent read when you consider that some of the things the author talks about when it was just a fantasy is actually available today.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good continuation of the Mars series 28 April 2014
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This continues the series of Mars books from Edgar Rice Burroughs and if you enjoy the previous ones you will also enjoy this one .They are not long reads but good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent as always 22 April 2014
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E.R.B cant go wrong with these books as far as im concerned. Have loved them right from the start and just love the worlds he creates and the characters. Amazing stories
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4.0 out of 5 stars hugely enjoyable 15 Feb 2014
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Hugely enjoyable, an adventure on the Mars that never was, and great scientific predictions and Burroughs' antipathy to false religions, fantastic
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