The Gods of Mars (Barsoom #2)

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

Rating: 3 stars

The second of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ ‘Mars’ books is a good old-fashioned adventure. The hero, John Carter, is rarely not stabbing or slicing someone most of the way through. Removed from Earth by the same mysterious process that took him before, he is deposited in Mars’ equivalent of Eden. But it is an Eden that is far from peaceful. Soon reunited with old friend and comrade in arms Tars Tarkas, John Carter must fight his way out back to his beloved princess Dejah Thoris.

I think what I noticed most about this book was how easy it was for John Carter. His superior Earth-muscles and training make him an invincible warrior and he seems to have an aura that persuades other people to just fall in line with him and throw their swords at his feet, not to mention having very good luck. So even if captured or facing innumerable odds, you never really feel that our hero is in any danger.

A fun book that’s easy to pick up and put down at frequent intervals as it doesn’t require a huge amount of mental effort (making it good lunch time reading).

Book details

ISBN: 9780345324399
Publisher: Random House Ballantine Del Rey
Year of publication: 1913

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