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Black Amazon of Mars (Version 3)

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Black Amazon of Mars is a thrilling and action-packed science fiction novel that follows the story of Eric John Stark, a powerful and skilled warrior who finds himself on a dangerous mission on the red planet of Mars. The author, Leigh Douglass Brackett, creates a vivid and vividly detailed world filled with dangerous creatures, ancient ruins, and complex political machinations.

One of the standout features of this book is Brackett's vivid and evocative prose, which brings the harsh and desolate landscape of Mars to life in vivid detail. The author's skillful use of language and imagery truly immerses the reader in the world of the story, making it easy to imagine the dusty red plains, towering alien cities, and treacherous caverns that Stark must navigate.

The character of Eric John Stark is also a highlight of the novel. He is a complex and multi-dimensional protagonist, with a dark and mysterious past that haunts him throughout the story. Despite his tough exterior, Stark is a deeply empathetic and humane character, willing to risk everything to protect his friends and loved ones.

Overall, Black Amazon of Mars is a fast-paced and exciting read that will appeal to fans of classic science fiction and adventure stories. Brackett's skillful world-building, compelling characters, and gripping plot make this a must-read for anyone looking for a thrilling and immersive escape into an alien world.

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In his final adventure on Mars, Eric John Stark acquires a relic of an ancient Martian hero, a gem or lens which is believed to be the key to the strength of Kushat, the city that guards the Gates of Death in the frozen north. A brief inspection of the artifact plunges Stark into the mind of its creator, where he sees, through those long-dead eyes, the unutterably ancient, beautiful, and evil Martian race who are imprisoned in the ice beyond the Gates of Death, alive and plotting to reclaim Mars for themselves and to extend the ice, their world, around the whole planet. Falling into the hands of roving outlaws, Stark survives torture and overcomes his cruel torturer, thereby winning the respect of the leader, who wears black clothing and a fearful mask. After a daring escape, Stark makes his way to Kushat, with the double intent of restoring the artifact and warning the city that the outlaw band intends to attack it. He finds both tasks difficult but at length succeeds in persuading the city officials of the danger. The battle which ensues costs both sides dearly, and it also precipitates the main action of the novel, for a citizen flees the falling city intent upon opening the Gates of Death in the hope that whatever lies beyond will overwhelm the invaders. Stark pursues him, still carrying the ancient amulet, and is himself pursued by the now unmasked, black-clad leader of the outlaw band. Finally three antagonists find themselves bound together in a struggle with the ancients for possession of the planet Mars. (This story was later expanded in book form under the title People of the Talisman 1964.)

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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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