Civil War veteran John Carter is transported to a dying planet, where he must elude capture by giant green barbarians to rescue a Martian princess from certain doom. In this landmark of science fiction, the myths and mystery of the red planet supply a vibrant backdrop for a swashbuckling epic.Published in 1911, A Princess of Mars introduced a popular series of novels recounting John Carter's Martian exploits. Author Edgar Rice Burroughs, best known as the creator of Tarzan, employed a new style of writing that combined the genres of fantasy, adventure, and science fiction. His imaginative setting-an advanced but decaying civilization, where Olympian heroics play out against malevolent forces and ever-changing fortunes-endures as a timeless world, in which love, honor, and loyalty form the basis for fast-paced romantic adventures.
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by Edgar Rice Burroughs
"A century after its serial publication in a magazine, this book has found new popularity with the film JOHN CARTER. Narrator Scott Brick brings to the production a wealth of experience with science fiction books that have long explicatory passages and many battles. As the first-person narrator to whom John Carter told his story, Brick recounts the adventures of the hero, who starts out as a prospector in Arizona. When John Carter is pursued by Apaches, he takes refuge in a cave, is overcome by a gas, and wakes up on Mars. Once there, he becomes one of the green Martian horde, falls in love with a princess, and hurls himself from one exploit to another. Brick's introspective delivery adds dimension to this popular example of interplanetary pulp fiction. J.E.M. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"