Fifth book in the series of eleven, Chessmen of Mars paints three main charaters: Tara (daughter of John Carter of Mars), Gahan (Jed of Gathol, disguised as Turan the panthan), and Ghek the Kaldane (a man-like creature). It was written in 1922, but in 1996 a Kaldane action figure along with other Mars, Pellucidor and Tarzan action figures came on the market assocated with Tarzan, the Epic Adventures, etc. I enjoyed the character of Ghek the Kaldane so much during my college years that I have used it as my nickname and handle in the modem world since 1981. Storyline: Carried away in a great storm, Tara is lost on mars with but a slim dagger to guard herself...only to fall into the hands of the strange Kaldanes who happen to consider human flesh a delicacy (when nicely fattened up, of course). Also visited is Manator, where the dead are preserved as lifelike statues and where Jetan (martian chess - rules for play are included in the book) is played with living warriors contesting for possion of a square when a move is made. George Lucas admits that 1/3 of the inspiration for Star Wars came from the Books of ERB, especially the Mars series and in Robert A. Heinleins's "The Glory Road", Oscar, the main character wished several times for the hurtling moons of (ERB's) mars...read for yourself the books that inspired them. Love, romance, adventure, action and strange cultures are all waiting for you.