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JAY F REGAN
5.0 out of 5 starsCliffhangers at every turn!
Reviewed in the United States on March 6, 2020
Reading these Tarzan books is such a wonderful escape in our crazy society of today; The civility and chivalry of old abound! This book in the series seems to have the most action and is very difficult to put down. The cliffhanger at the end is astonishing, and I can hardly wait to read the next book in the series!
Having to overlook the inherent political incorrectness of the time, the story clearly has aspects of A Princess of Mars. The inclusion of the maniac city and the beasts that serve men reminds me of a plot similar to many of Burroughs stories. His love lost, befriended by a creature non human, Tarzan persevered to save another woman only to find his love is alive and in danger. It is a easy and entertaining read for those who may wish to escape to a simpler albeit more dangerous time. Tarzan could easily be John Carter racing to save Deja Thor across the red sands of Mars. A delight of escapism.
I do not know how Burroughs` does it, but he does! What a marvelously well written book! I have been reading Edgar R.Burroughs novels now for the past couple months. Starting from the barsoom books (which happens to be my favorite work of his) and now to the Tarzan books (which are equally well written). I just can not put his books down!
In this adventure the story starts off with something happening to Jane. Believing that she is dead, Tarzan goes on a one man wreaking machine of vengeance. He then decides to live out the rest of his life alone back in his father's cabin. He then sets off to his father's cabin, when the journey/adventure really takes off... is Jane dead? Does Tarzan make it to his father's cabin?
So many questions, you just have to read the book to figures out the rest. It is well worth it. Oh, did I mention that he takes on an entire legion of German soldiers? And that's just the beginning of the book!
5.0 out of 5 starsFantastic story. German soldiers invade West Africa and burn ...
Reviewed in the United States on April 2, 2015
Fantastic story. German soldiers invade West Africa and burn Tarzan's homestead while he is away, killing several Waziri guards and, Tarzan assumes, killing Jane. He buries the charred body that wears Jane's rings, then heads for the war in East Africa to exact revenge.
The most memorable scene takes place on the East Africa front of World War I. Tarzan uses up a German machine gun and starving lion to clear out German trenches in World War I. When the British troops, from across No Man's Land, see the enemy scrambling out of the trench and Tarzan standing above them with the gun, they let out a yell and attack. It's a scene ready-made for movies, though I can't remember ever seeing it in a movie. Tarzan thinks he's getting soft, like a woman, when he renders assistance to a woman he considers a German spy. In the end, he learns the truth about the woman.
The end leaves the reader hanging. The story continues in "Tarzan the Triumphant".
4.0 out of 5 starsEasy to read and interesting adventure story
Reviewed in the United States on January 19, 2014
This is one of the series of the Tarzan books written by this prolific author. The book is written in an easily readable style, and makes enjoyable pleasant, light reading. The author is writing at the beginning of the 20th century, when much of the African continent was unknown. It is interesting to follow the workings of his mind, as he creates a series of interesting and unique civilizations for Tarzan and the reader to explore. As part of the format, one knows that our hero will find himself in mortal peril, but will predictably always escape, allowing us to look forward to the next book in the series.
5.0 out of 5 starsI had to edit as I read...read on, you'll see why
Reviewed in the United States on October 2, 2011
There is no doubt that Edgar Rice Burroughs was a wonderful storyteller. However he was also a writer who reflected his times. There are many references in this book to the then popular belief that if you had African blood you were somehow inferior to the Anglo Saxon race. I read this book out loud to someone and as I was reading it I kept the good, adventurous parts as the author had written them, but because my audience was African American I had to edit out the profoundly ignorant instances in which Africans were referred to as practically as stupid and simple as lower forms of animals. Germans were also reviled, but in the context of the story which is about Germans invading certain parts of Africa I can see why. That Tarzan should hate certain Gomangani (as he refers to black people) I can also understand since it was a black warrior who slew his ape foster mother. But the frequent references to the intelligence and morality of ALL Africans is a bit much to take. Still, if you can overlook all of these and edit them out as you read, this is still a fantastic adventure and Tarzan himself is still one of the most iconic characters ever created.
5.0 out of 5 starsA n entreguaging fast paced Tarzan adventure
Reviewed in the United States on August 23, 2017
The beginning abruptly pulls in the reader with a shocking premise that gives cause for Tarzan's choice to return to his wild beginnings and abandonment of all the trappings of civilization. True to Burroughs's style, the background is as much a character as the humans in the story and the action is fast paced as the reader is pulled into unknown territories full of danger and personal self exploration. It's a great for diehard Tarzan fans.