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Warlord of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs was first published in 1913. It was the third book in an eleven part series known as the Barsoom Chronicles which relate to a sequence of exciting adventure tales set on the fictional planet of Barsoom. In the Barsoom series, Mars, assumed to be older than Earth, is a dying planet. “Barsoom” is the native word for Mars in the Martian language. The stories first appeared in serialized form in various magazines like All-Story, Argosy, Amazing Stories and The Blue Book. They were later compiled into book form and were hugely popular in their day. Edgar Rice Burroughs, known more famously as the creator of the Lord of the Jungle, Tarzan, was an extremely prolific American writer who churned out potboilers by the hundreds. His work covered several genres including science fiction, adventure tales, historical sagas and Westerns. Though literary critics carped at what they called “pulp fiction” Burroughs' influence on generations of young people in search of excitement and adventure is undeniable. He influenced “more serious” writers to explore the world of Sci-Fi writing. Burroughs was also extremely media savvy and far ahead of his time about marketing his work. Tarzan was converted into a bestselling comic strip, film rights were sold, Tarzan theme parks and merchandise were planned. The Barsoom series is based on the expedition of Earthmen to Mars by a mysterious method of transportation that involves astral projection. John Carter an American Civil War veteran travels to Mars, engages in fierce battles for supremacy with various denizens of the Red Planet and falls in love with and marries one of its lovely inhabitants. In Warlord of Mars, the hero, John Carter's mission is to rescue his wife Princess Dejah Thoris who has been imprisoned by the evil Goddess Issus. Carter explores deeper and further into the planet's far flung regions and discovers all manner of fantastic creatures who he has to vanquish to gain the title of Warlord of Mars. In the Barsoom series, Burroughs has created an entire fictional universe, complete with history, geography, politics, religion and people with their own set of values. He based much of his work on the scientific information available at the time and used it to create these fantasy worlds. For Sci-Fi fans, Warlord of Mars is indeed a gripping and entertaining read.
My goodness, the chapter 16 reader is horrid! I love the books, but she was hard to listen too...
Another great SiFi book by ERB. Long John Carter of Barsoom and Princess Dejah Thoris. I read this series many many years ago and just happened upon them a few months ago. Thanks Loyal Books for hosting them and many other audio books.
I don't binge read these, but I love listening to them as I go to sleep. I am so glad I found this website, I don't have to pirate audio books anymore!
This series has been one of my favourites for many years. Well worth the time to listen to!
I was sad when the last chapter was read by someone else after listening to him for 3 full books. This book is good and continues in the same fighting sense as the others. Good ending. Now onto book 4.
I had to continue in the series to find out what happens. I can't say I was disappointed and glad to finally get to the ending that didn't leave me dying to know what came next. If you loved the first two books in the series this one is a must. You won't be sorry.
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