A movie production has come to Tarzan’s jungle to film The Lion Man. Traveling in a convoy of ten ton trucks they enter the land of the Bansuto. The Bansuto are not very friendly to intruders and continually ambush the convoy as it travels through its lands. During one such attack the star Stanley Obrowski is taken prisoner.
Now Stanley is an exact double for Tarzan in looks if not courage. Lucky for him Tarzan decides to rescue him and takes him to a friendly missionary to recover. Approaching the production he is mistaken for Stanley and Tarzan decides to play along because it amuses him.
Later he must rescue a stuntwoman that was kidnapped by talking gorillas. It leads him to a city of talking gorillas named London and ruled by Henry the VIII. The place was created by a mad scientist who calls himself God and he has plans to eat Tarzan’s brain is his quest for immortality.
The seventeenth book in the series is a real treat. It satirizes the movie industry which Burroughs was unhappy with its interpretation of Tarzan. It also satirizes his own writing. The final chapter Hello, Hollywood! has Tarzan visit Tinseltown. As John Clayton he gets a screen test for the part of Tarzan. He is later deemed unsuitable for the part and gets cast in a minor role.
Tarzan is his travels comes upon another lost civilization the land of Onthat. It’s another civilization of white people of unknown origin. It is like most of these civilizations divided into two warring cities. Athne is the city of ivory and uses trained elephants. Cathne is the city of gold and uses trained lions.
Tarzan is captured by Cathne and brought before the queen Nemone. She is a very beautiful but cruel monarch. She develops an obsession with Tarzan and wants to make him her king. Tarzan has no interest in Nemone which enrages her. So begins Tarzans adventures in the city of gold. Gladiator fights, assassination attempts and the Byzantine conspiracies that abound in the city. It all comes to a conclusion that liberates the city for Nemone’s tyranny.
The sixteenth book in the series is another classic. Nemone is an excellent opponent for Tarzan. The story is interesting and fast paced. The civilization provides a fascinating background full of action and intrigue.
This is another great book in the series.
The book starts with several different characters starting out at different points and coming together. First is Lady Barbara Collins who is a sort of Amelia Earhart. She is flying to Cape Town when her plane develops engine trouble. She parachutes out and lands in Midian. It is populated by descendants from ancient Rome who were fleeing persecution for their Christian beliefs. They have a very fundamentalist old testament view. They also have through centuries of inbreeding become epileptic and deformed. Barbara finds a friend in Jezebel who is a beautiful girl and hated by her fellow Midians.
The second is Danny ‘Gunner’ Patrick. He is a mobster from Chicago who had to flee for crossing the wrong people. He meets a fellow traveler and strikes up a friendship with Lafayette Smith. Smith is a geologist going to Africa and Gunner decides to tag along figuring there aren’t any cops in Africa.
The third is Leon Stabutch a Soviet agent. Send by Stalin to avenge the death of their agent Zveri from the last book. He gets captured by a band of brigands run by Dominic Caprietro. Caprietro is a staunch Communist who was forced to desert the Italian army for fomenting mutiny.
Into this comes Tarzan on the trail of Carietro’s brigands who he has heard have been causing trouble. Through a series of adventures the various characters come together, find love and escape from the land of Midian. Tarzan defeats Stabutch and Africa is once again safe from Communism.
The fifteenth is any exciting book in the series. I love how Burroughs can bring together various plot threads. There is actually an appearance by Uncle Joe Stalin himself as a character. This is the only time that Burroughs ever used a real life character is his books.
Anyway this was another enjoyable book in the Tarzan series.
A strange group of men invade Tarzan’s domain. Lead by Peter Zveri is consists of a ragtag mixture of whites, blacks, a Hindu, a Mexican and a Filipino. Zveri is a Soviet agent and his plan is twofold.
First his men will disguise themselves as French colonial troops and invade Italian Somaliland. They hope to provoke a war between Italy and France. Communist agents will agitate revolts in India and North Africa.
The second plan is to loot the treasure vaults of Opar. A solid plan but for two issues. Zveri has the unmarxist desire to use the treasure to set himself up as emperor of Africa. The second of course is Tarzan.
La high priestess of Opar has once again been overthrown by her people. Tarzan must now stop Zveri and restore La back to her rightful status in Opar. Once again Tarzan must battle evil outsiders invading his land along with Arab slavers, savage beasts and even more savage beastmen of Opar.
The fourteenth book finds Tarzan back in his beloved Africa. I like the international intrigue with the Communists. It adds a new dimension to his story. Of course La and Opar always make for a fun story. This will be the last that either makes an appearance in the Tarzan series.
Jason Gridley has mounted an expedition to rescue David Innes from the Korsar dungeon. While in Africa to obtain a light metal for the dirigible that he will use he encounters Tarzan. He convinces him the join the expedition with his Waziri warriors.
The dirigible named the O-220 takes off from Germany and enters Pellucidar through the North Pole opening. Here Tarzan decides to do some exploring but gets lost in the unfamiliar environment. Jason leads an expedition to find him and is attacked by a pride of Saber-tooth tigers. Jason gets lost from the rest of the expedition and finds Jana fleeing capture from a hostile tribe.
What follows is the adventures of Tarzan intercut with that of Jason and Jana. Eventually they reunite and are able to free David.
This book has a lot of sentimental value for me. I was thirteen and had just moved to Elko Nevada. I had no friends and this was before the internet and video games. My mom took me down to the library that summer to find a book. I decided on this one. It had a cool name with a cover of a mammoth fighting off saber-tooth tigers. I had loved to old movies and comics of Tarzan so I thought I would give it a try.
That day I fell in love with reading. The adventure of an exotic world filled with cavemen, dinosaurs, saber-tooth tigers, pirates and snakemen captivated me that day. I spend the rest of the summer reading every book from ERB from the library. I eventually branched out to other authors. I guess fate choose that time and place with this one book. It inspired me to want to be a writer. Something that I am seriously finally pursuing in life.
Tarzan is asked by an old friend to find his son Erich Von Harben. Tarzan’s trail lead him to discover another lost civilization. This one was formed by a lost expedition of Romans and they have formed a civilization based on the old Roman Empire. Tarzan gets captured by one city while Von Harben the rival city. Both have adventures in the gladiator arenas but eventually overthrow the corrupt caesars for both cities.
The twelfth book in the series and there does seem to be a pattern to the stories. Tarzan can’t throw a stick without hitting a lost civilization. The civilizations are always some old transplanted ancient European type people divided into two warring factions. It doesn’t take into the fact that Europeans couldn’t enter Africa without dying of malaria until the vaccine was invented in the 1880’s. He would use this for another four or five books.
Still it seemed to be a formula that works. Suspending disbelief the stories are full of fast paced action that moves along at a brisk pace. I suppose that Africa in the 1920-30’s was a large mysterious place. I personally enjoy the image of an Africa filled with such lost civilizations. Makes for a good story.
The eleventh book in the series follows Tarzan’s adventures in the Valley of the Sepulcher. A lost group of English crusaders have founded a civilization that is still based on medieval chivalry. A parallel plot has a safari lead by an American James Blake also discovering this land. There are two factions that are constantly at war with one another. Arab slavers come to the valley looking for gold.
A series of adventures defeat the Arab invaders. Blake finds true love with a crusader princess and Tarzan continues on for more adventures.
Another great book in the series. This one has Tarzan jousting with medieval knights. I thought that the crusader civilization was an interesting idea. The book has Burroughs characteristic fast paced adventure and romance. Another solid read for that lazy weekend.
Tarzan has just learned how to fly and takes off on his first solo flight. He decides to explore behind the great thorn forest and conveniently for the story his plane engine stalls. He is taken prisoner by the Alali, warrior women that enslave men.
After a brief adventure he escapes and discovers the ant men, eighteen inch tall people with a thriving civilization. Tarzan befriends a prince and is an honored guest at their city. He later takes part in repulsing an attack by a rival city. In the fighting the rival army by sheer numbers overpower the giant Tarzan and with their science shrink him to their size. What follows is his adventures in escaping from the ant men’s city and finding his way back home.
The tenth book in the series is another solid read. The ant men are a unique idea and the intricate civilization that was created for them makes for an interesting story. A theme that pops up in many of Burroughs books is that war is the natural state of man. Looking at history that is a hard observation to disprove. Another theme that was explored is that the dictator of the city where Tarzan is held prisoner has introduced prohibition of alcohol and an income tax. These were both new in the 1920’s and Burroughs clearly didn’t think highly of either.
In conclusion this was another excellent book in the Tarzan series.
The book opens with Tarzan, Jane and Korak returning from the land of Pal-ul-don from the last book. They come upon an orphaned lion and Tarzan decides to adopt him. They name him Jad-bal-ja which in the language of Pal-ul-don means golden lion.
Years later the lion cub grows into a strong lion. Tarzan meanwhile comes upon a safari in this lands. This safari lead by Flora who was in the employ of Tarzan and learned of the lost city of Opar. She has put together a safari to rob its gold. They drug Tarzan’s coffee and leave him to be captured by the Oparians.
While captured Tarzan finds out the La the high priestess has been deposed and schedules to die on the sacrificial alter with Tarzan. Tarzan and La escape to the land beyond Opar. This land is ruled by intelligent gorillas that rule over servile men. Tarzan is joined by his lion Jad-bal-ja and together they lead a revolt of the men against their gorilla overlords. Then they restore La to her priestess position in Opar and defeat Flora’s safari.
The ninth book in the series is another strong entry in the series. This marks where Tarzan starts to become a sort of aimless wanderer around Africa having adventures among lost civilizations.
The eight book in the series picks up as Tarzan searches for Jane. He tracks the German officer that took her to the land of Pal-ul-don. This land is a lost land inhabited by men with tails. Tarzan befriends a Waz-don and Ho-don, the black and white inhabitants of this valley. The Waz-don live in caves while the Ho-don are city dwellers and ride Gryfs or Triceratops.
Tarzan finds his wife captive in the Ho-don city and being used as a pawn in a power struggle between the king and high priest. The Ho-don religion believes that their god is tailless. The king wants to use Jane and Tarzan as emissaries of their god to increase his power. The high priest denounces them as false gods.
Eventually the timely intervention of their son Korak who has also tracked Jane saves the day. An ally of the ape-man is placed on the throne the Tarzan and his family are allowed go back home.
This was an excellent book. I loved the strange races and creatures that inhabit this mythical land. Burroughs created an intricate and believable society. He was at his best in imagining strange civilizations and firmly established the success of this series.