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Black Amazon of Mars

Black Amazon of Mars by Leigh Brackett
By: (1915-1978)

Carrying out the last wishes of a comrade, mercenary Eric John Stark takes on the task of returning a stolen talisman to a walled city near the Martian pole; a city that guards the mysterious Gates of Death. Now all he has to do is get past the brutal clans of Mekh and the shadowy Lord Ciaran to get to Kushat where they’ll probably attempt to kill him. All while he tries to hold on to a talisman that imprints ancient memories of the Gates in his mind. That’s not easy for a human raised by Mercurian aborigines. - Black Amazon of Mars is the third story to feature Brackett’s hero Eric John Stark, and was later expanded into the novel People of the Talisman. It was first published in Planet Stories magazine in March of 1951.

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Black Amazon of Mars


[Transcriber Note: This etext was produced from Planet Stories March 1951. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.]

[Sidenote: Grimly Eric John Stark slogged toward that ancient Martian city with every step he cursed the talisman of Ban Cruach that flamed in his blood stained belt. Behind him screamed the hordes of Ciaran, hungering for that magic jewel ahead lay the dread abode of the Ice Creatures at his side stalked the whispering spectre of Ban Cruach, urging him on to a battle Stark knew he must lose! ]


Through all the long cold hours of the Norland night the Martian had not moved nor spoken. At dusk of the day before Eric John Stark had brought him into the ruined tower and laid him down, wrapped in blankets, on the snow. He had built a fire of dead brush, and since then the two men had waited, alone in the vast wasteland that girdles the polar cap of Mars... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - March 21, 2014
Subject: Black Amazon
Its like Conan the Barbarian on Mars, not great but OK, Gregg does a good job of reading it.

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