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The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
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The Gods of Mars

55 ratings, 11 reviews

Before many of the current genres were cemented, Edgar Rice Burroughs began putting out a seemingly endless blur of sci-fi/fantasy/pulp fiction books, starting with A Princess of Mars. The next installment in his Martian - or Barsoom - series is The Gods of Mars (1918), featuring John Carter. He's an ex-Civil War vet, chock full of heroic, non-PC manliness. Carter returns to Mars after 10 years to find himself in a paradise, reunited with his wife Deja Thoris, but soon Barsoom becomes a war zone.

The diabolical Therns, a race of evil priests, have unleashed plant men and white apes to kill the innocent religious pilgrims. Carter hooks up again with his buddy Tars Tarkas, and hottie Thuvia, to battle the evil priests. There's action and adventure on every page, as John Carter is faced with new opponents to battle relentlessly. Burroughs uses language from a century ago, but don't let it slow you down - it's charming and fun after a chapter or two. This series is bound to captivate all audiences, as Burroughs dishes out heaps of good clean action - and it's a perfect entree into sci-fi for younger boys. They'll want to read the whole collection before the film John Carter of Mars comes out in 2012.

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Daniel Gustwiller

August 25, 2013

I grew up reading all his books and it left me with a proper moral guide to try to follow. Loyalty, honor and courage taught. Erb books should be read in school today. The selections offered here are but a small number that he wrote.


Elias Jerden

June 29, 2013

well writin literature of a book i love ow its action is constant and you never want to put it dow it is an amazing book GOOD JOB


Helen Warner

June 06, 2013

This is a sequel to "A Princess of Mars" and John Carter's adventures are even more exciting. But, as in the first book, it also leaves the reader with unresolved dilemmas at its end.


Edmundo Zerda

August 25, 2012

A great, fun read, Irreverent and breath-taking at the same time in its description of martian life and culture. Rollicking action, epic deeds and even greater heroes, with a cast of characters that will not soon be forgotten. The Gods of Mars is a worthy sequel in an otherwise superlative, and fun, entry to the genre.


Todd Dewees

August 02, 2012

I have read the first three barroom books and until the end of this book I couldn't put them down, finally not a cliff hanger ending, great books will have you uncontrolably turning pages till they are done!


Robert Gowitt

July 18, 2012

A great follow up to Princess of Mars. The story just keeps getting better and better. John Carter and mates jumping from one fire into another throughout.


Kirk Tanner

June 03, 2012

I'm a third of the way through the book and can't put it down. Love it great action.


Christopher Champion

April 10, 2012

Great book! well written and awesome contrast to religion in today's world.


Rachel Robinson

March 22, 2012

Good ending, which makes you want to read on. Female characters could be stronger


James S. Logan

February 27, 2012

Another fun book in the Mars/Barsoom series. If you like classic Science Fiction this is a must read. However, I recommend that you look them up and read them in series - more fun that way.


Michael C

July 05, 2011

Over half way through it. Not as unique as Princess of Mars, but if you liked the former, you'll enjoy this one as well.