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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Age Range: 9 - 11 years
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (2 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057127238X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571272389
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 493,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tarzan: The Greystoke Legacy is in my opinion nothing short of brilliant, a genuine single-sitter book that you just will not want to put down … Right from the very first chapter the action scenes are superbly written, and the fight scenes will leave you breathless, whether they be man vs beast or man vs man … Add to all this the tight plotting, the ecological theme of the plot, and a hero that will have boys desperate to run off to the jungle, don a faded pair of shorts, and climb high up into a huge tree to emit a 'victory bellow radiating power and dominance of all living things', and I believe that this will fast become one of this summer's most talked about books. I will certainly be recommending it to anyone and everyone who will listen. --Bookzone4boys

Tarzan: The Greystoke Legacy captures brilliantly the dark, gritty spirit of the Edgar Rice Burroughs stories and is a real whirlwind of an action/adventure yarn … a thrilling and captivating book that drags the reader on a heart-pumping journey through the jungle of the Congo as Robbie and Jane investigate the myth of the white ape and try to save their friends from the various dangers that lurk in the darkness. --Bookbitz

I fell in love with Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan when I was 11 years old, and was jealous when he married that silly Jane. I would have been even more jealous of the Jane in Tarzan: The Greystoke Legacy she is not silly at all! And what a stroke of brilliance to transform Tarzan into an eco-warrior. The Lord of the Jungle is with us still. --Jane Goodall Ph.D., DBE

A classic with a 21st century twist, this riveting adventure overflows with suspense, danger, brutality and beauty. An action-packed thriller from the opening line, it leaves the reader wanting more. --Booktrust

I fell in love with Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan when I was 11 years old, and was jealous when he married that silly Jane. I would have been even more jealous of the Jane in Tarzan: The Greystoke Legacy she is not silly at all! And what a stroke of brilliance to transform Tarzan into an eco-warrior. The Lord of the Jungle is with us still. --Jane Goodall Ph.D., DBE

'The Andy Briggs reboot of Tarzan is one of the best updates I can recall seeing of any classic series ... A stunning ending which left me absolutely desperate to read book 3 ... one which young and old alike will love.' 4.5/5 stars --The Bookbag

'This is a exciting and fast-moving adventure, offering young readers plenty of thrills. Tarzan is a man of few words but much action and Jane is no wallflower, so this tale should appeal to both boys and girls.' --Booktrust

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In Tarzan: The Greystoke Legacy, by Andy Briggs, the legend of Tarzan is reborn.

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From the first page of the new Tarzan adventure Andy immerses us in the sweaty, insect ridden jungle of the Congo where danger and death lie hidden behind every tree - the perfect world for a new version of Tarzan. Andy gives us tantalising insights into characters' pasts, feeding us information at crucial points throughout the book, leaving us wanting more, forcing us to read on way past our bedtime. The action will keep you hooked and is never bogged down in too much detail, flowing fast enough to keep you turning page after page.

Forget superheroes like Batman, Spider-man, Iron Man and others, Tarzan is the epitome of the word, risking his life and body, jumping through trees to save those creatures, and people, he cares for, battling hungry lions and brutal male silver-back gorillas, all with his bare hands. This is tempered with an endearing hint of loneliness, hidden deep within this jungle brute.

Even when you finish the novel you'll be hungry for more, wishing the second novel was already available to buy... how long will we have to wait, Andy? The second novel can't come soon enough!!!
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Many years ago I remember watching a black and white cartoon, Popeye I think, which featured a song called "Leave Well Enough Alone" and I think this applies all too well here. The Tarzan novels are classics in their own right and do not need reworking, revamping or updating. You never hear of some hack artist trying to improve on the Mona Lisa by painting her with eyebrows or headphones so why should someone try to do this with the Lord of the Jungle. I really wish I had never read this as it has soured the memories of my initial readings somewhat. Perhaps it would have been better if the author had steered away from the Tarzan connection altogether and just written a novel about a wild man in the jungle without the use of the trademark characters, In saying that however the book is not that well written but I suppose it will appeal to it's target audience of younger readers brought up on novels and films featuring teenage angst.
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As a long-time admirer of ERB's works I'd felt for some time that Tarzan should be updated, whether in film or book form, and was pleased when I discovered that Andy Briggs was doing just that. Along with the upcoming John Carter film this seemed to be bringing fresh life to the old master's two iconic heroes.
There are some things to admire in Andy's reimagination: the realistic portrayal of the jungle is interesting; the updating of the Greystokes' backstory is well thought out; and the early grittiness of the action makes the reader sit up and take note.

For the experienced ERB reader however where it falls down is in the portrayal of the ape-man himself. This Tarzan is only ever seen through the eyes of other characters, most prominently Jane - and this, along with his stilted dialogue, make him more reminiscent of Johnny Weismuller rather than the educated and articulate hero depicted by ERB.

This feels more Jane's story rather than Tarzan's and is weaker because of it. There is also no sense of connection between Tarzan and Jane, no romance, no passion. Jane doesn't even seem to think about romance, let alone consider Tarzan in that way - almost unheard of in a teenage girl surely? This seems a missed chance because there are parallels with the Twilight saga, with the respective heroines drawn passionately to dangerous and unacceptable lovers, whether the savage wildman or the vampire.

My guess is that the long term ERB admirers aren't the target audience for this reboot; the money seems to be in the teen audience these days. And that's a shame, because Tarzan isn't a "teen" character. He was ready for updating certainly, and much of Andy's premise works: but it should have been an adult action novel keeping faith with the passionate and archetypal nature of the characters.
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you came to my school (paulet high school ) to speak about this book and i wanted it so much so i bought it on my kindle and you and your books have inspired me so much i've decided to write my own books so thankyou andy briggs you have helped in life :D
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I must say that I am deeply pleased that I made the brilliant decision of buying this book by Andy Briggs. His creative and picturesque writing portrays Tarzan of the apes in a most intriguing and realistic light. In this modernized story, the famous ape-man has a strong despise for hunters and loggers and will stop at nothing to prevent the senseless killing of jungle animals and deforestation of his jungle, even if it means killing them.

Jane Porter is the teenage daughter of Archie Porter, the boss of a team of loggers. One of them is her friend Robbie Canler who, apart from working with the loggers, also appears to be on the run from something.

One day, Jane goes missing and with the loggers not wanting to enter the treacherous Congo jungle, Robbie sets off on his own to find her, fighting against dangerous jungle animals and a group of ruthless rebel soldiers hiding out in the jungle.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is high in action which never leaves or dissatisfies the reader and has a believable and gripping story. Jane started off as an irritating spoiled teenage girl but became a stronger and more likable character as the story continued and I liked that. Tarzan is mysterious and amazing as always and the villains are realistic and easy to hate.

Tarzan: The Greystoke Legacy - I recommend this book with two thumbs up!
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