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A Princess of Mars (1912)
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0345331389, Mass Market Paperback)Although Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) is justifiably famous as the creator of Tarzan of the Apes, that uprooted Englishman was not his only popular hero. Burroughs's first sale (in 1912) was A Princess of Mars, opening the floodgates to one of the must successful--and prolific--literary careers in history. This is a wonderful scientific romance that perhaps can be best described as early science fiction melded with an epic dose of romantic adventure. A Princess of Mars is the first adventure of John Carter, a Civil War veteran who unexpectedly find himself transplanted to the planet Mars. Yet this red planet is far more than a dusty, barren place; it's a fantasy world populated with giant green barbarians, beautiful maidens in distress, and weird flora and monstrous fauna the likes of which could only exist in the author's boundless imagination. Sheer escapism of the tallest order, the Martian novels are perfect entertainment for those who find Tarzan's fantastic adventures aren't, well, fantastic enough. Although this novel can stand alone, there are a total of 11 volumes in this classic series of otherworldly, swashbuckling adventure. --Stanley Wiater
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"For the Colleys of southeastern Missouri the War Between the States is a plague that threatens devastation despite the family's avowed neutrality. For eighteen-year-old Adair Colley it is a nightmare seen at its most terrible on the day the Union Militia arrives to set her house on fire, driving her brother into hiding and dragging her widowed father away, beaten and bloodied. Left to care for two young sisters, Adair sees no road but the one that leads away, and they start out on foot into the winter mountains in search of a safe haven." "Even the least of hopes is doomed, however, in a world forever changed, as the treachery of a fellow traveler brings about Adair's arrest on charges of "enemy collaboration." Torn from her terrified sisters, the girl suddenly finds herself consigned to a living hell, caged in a filthy women's prison in St. Louis.". "But young Adair is sustained by a strong heart, and love can live even in a place of horror and despair. Her interrogator, a Union major, falls in love with her and she finds herself reciprocating his feelings in spite of herself. The major vows to return for her when the fighting is over, and before he rejoins the war, he leaves her with a precious gift: freedom." "Weakened in body but not in spirit, Adair must now travel alone through dangerous unknown territory - an escaped "enemy woman" surrounded by perils and misery. She makes her harrowing way south buoyed by a promise, seeking a home and a family that may be nothing more than a memory."--BOOK JACKET.
An edition of this book was published by The Library of America.
3 editions of this book were published by Tantor Media.
Editions: 1400100186, 1400109108, 1452606781
2 editions of this book were published by Urban Romantics.
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