- Mass Market Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books Inc.; New edition edition (27 Aug. 1981)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345278364
- ISBN-13: 978-0345278364
- Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.4 x 1.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,171,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Warlord of Mars Mass Market Paperback – 27 Aug 1981
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Edgar Rice Burroughs (September 1, 1875 – March 19, 1950) was an American author, best known for his creation of the jungle hero Tarzan and the heroic Mars adventurer John Carter, although he produced works in many genres. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The focus of “The Warlord of Mars” is on Carter’s relentless pursuit of the villainous Thurid who have taken his beloved princess from the south pole of Barsoom across rivers, desert, jungles, and ice to the forbidden lands of the north in the city of Kadabra where the combined armies of the green, red and black races attack the yellow tribes of the north, thereby justifying the book’s title. It is interesting to note that Carter’s heroics in this novel have the same sort of over the top implausibility we find in contemporary Hollywood blockbusters as ERB pours on the action sequences one on top of another. Whether he is scaling towers in the dark of night or surviving in a pit for over a week without food and water, John Carter is a manly hero in the great pulp fiction tradition of which ERB was an admitted master.Read more ›
He has taken to standing watch in the shadows around the temple, and that is how he spots Thurid leaving the temple under cover of darkness. Intrigued and concerned, he follows Thurid only to find him meeting up with Matai Shang. Both are mortal enemies of John Carter and all that he loves. An overheard conversation about a secret way into the prison holding Dejah Thoris and the others sparks John on a quest that will take him all over Mars in an attempt to be reunited with his beloved wife. Will he overcome incredible odds to do so?
When I hit the cliffhanger of the second book in the series, I really did intend to get to this book sooner and find out what happens next, yet it still took me this long. Fortunately, there is a good summary of what has happened to remind us and bring new comers up to speed.
The plot is a little repetitive with John Carter facing overwhelming odds and always just missing his happy ending. Likewise, the characters are fairly flat, even John, who narrates the story first person.
And yet I enjoyed it. The action is fairly steady across the entire book and I was into the story to want to see justice done. It’s worth a quick read if the story interests you. It’s like an early action story that and if you go in expecting a written action movie on a different planet, you’ll be just fine.
Despite the flaws, this book is fun. It’s nothing I would rush out to reread, but I am glad I finally got to see this part of John Carter’s story.
Unlike the first two books of the series, this one does not open with a forward in which the author presents the fantastic tale as true, but that undoubtedly is due to the fact that the story was left with a rather abrupt ending in the previous book. As with the previous installments of the series, there is plenty of action, and more than a few amazing coincidences, where John Carter just happens to be in the right spot at the right time to overhear a key piece of information, but in many ways that is what adds to the fun.
Burroughs continues to take the reader on a trek around the Red Planet. After covering the dead seas and meeting the Red and Green Martians in the first book, and then heading to the south pole in the second book to meet the White and Black Martians, it is not too big of surprise that in this book he heads to the polar north, and there we find yet another race, the Yellow Martians, and along with them a host of new enemies, and some new allies as well. There are also some new monsters to be faced in the north.
The story is basically one big chase seen, starting with John Carter following a Thurid, a black dator.Read more ›
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The first three books in this series have inspired many other writers to, either simulate to a degree, or produce their own great works is review enough. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ian Adams
just cant seem to get my head into this book at all. I have tried now 3 times and still cant manage itPublished on 25 July 2013 by dragonwitch
I liked the book because I was interested in the historic science fiction as written by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The language though is archaic and might not suit everyone.Published on 25 April 2013 by Mike S
You need to switch off your 21st century sensibilities to read John Carter, very dated now in attitudes, sexist and racist (Martian tribes are characterised are distinguished by... Read morePublished on 22 April 2013 by A. E. Williams
As with my other reveiws of this author it is a good old fashioned read very "boys own" stuff.Written at the turn of the last century it is old fashioned ,but I enjoyd itPublished on 18 April 2013 by Gransmithies
Outdated by today standards. Each book in the series is very similars with the end result like a corny romance novel. Read morePublished on 17 April 2013 by Anexus6
These books are all about adventure and in this context are timeless. The world Edgar Rice Burroughs creates in the depth of his own mind is one the reader can enter knowing that... Read morePublished on 5 Mar. 2013 by Jimbo