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Chessmen of Mars (version 2)

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Tara of Helium, John Carter's second child, is nearly as beautiful as her mother, Deja Thoris, and as independent-minded as her father. These qualities cause her much grief during a long series of imprisonments by hostile aliens. She is aided by a rejected suitor whom she fails to recognize but gradually learns first to trust and then to love, despite what she imagines to be a hopeless chasm between their social classes. A highly evolved race of intelligent beings is discovered in this novel, one of whom forms with Tara a complicated relationship that opens his eyes to the value of certain aspects of life which he and his kind have shed. We also learn of an ancient Martian culture differing markedly from the technologically advanced civilizations of other city-states; one of its pastimes is a bloody variation of Martian chess, played with human beings as the game pieces. For variety of character and incident, this novel is unsurpassed by its four predecessors in the series.

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by Edgar Rice Burroughs


PRELUDE John Carter Comes to Earth I Tara in a Tantrum II At the Gale's Mercy III The Headless Humans IV Captured V The Perfect Brain VI In the Toils of Horror VII A Repellent Sight VIII Close Work IX Adrift Over Strange Regions X Entrapped XI The Choice of Tara XII Ghek Plays Pranks XIII A Desperate Deed XIV At Ghek's Command XV The Old Man of the Pits XVI Another Change of Name XVII A Play to the Death XVIII A Task for Loyalty XIX The Menace of the Dead XX The Charge of Cowardice XXI A Risk for Love XXII At the Moment of Marriage




Shea had just beaten me at chess, as usual, and, also as usual, I had gleaned what questionable satisfaction I might by twitting him with this indication of failing mentality by calling his attention to the n th time to that theory, propounded by certain scientists, which is based upon the assertion that phenomenal chess players are always found to be from the ranks of children under twelve, adults over seventy two or the mentally defective a theory that is lightly ignored upon those rare occasions that I win... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - December 10, 2015
Subject: Review chessmen of mars
I enjoyed this book much more then the 2 before it. Sure it's science fiction but it's still fun. The narration was excellent! Standing ovation
Reviewer: - September 17, 2014
Subject: Too much mars?
Maybe I've od'd on the mars chronicles, but, I made it to the second chapter and decided I couldn't handle any more. John and Deja's daughter seems to be extremely spoiled and maybe she overcomes this problem during her adventures. Might come back and listen later, but for now... No need to listen to the repeats of Prelude and chapter one just skip one and go on...once is enough.

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