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Black Amazon of Mars (Version 2)

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This gore drenched story finds Eric Stark, the barely civilized warrior raised on Mercury struggling to bring a dying Martian friend back to his home city in the North of Mars before he passes away. Unfortunately his friend does die on the way and lays a most unwanted last request on Stark before the end; to bring a precious stolen talisman back to the city. The journey there introduces the intimidating Black Amazon of Mars. "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! (from the story blurb and the reader )

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Black Amazon of Mars

A Novel by LEIGH BRACKETT

[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! ]

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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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