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For six long Martian months, John Carter has haunted the terrifying Temple of the Sun. Inside the walls of this mysterious revolving tower is his beloved wife, Dejah Thoris, the beautiful princess of Barsoom. Worse yet, his wife is trapped there with the lovely but wicked Phaidor, who has sworn to make John Carter her own—even if it means murder. How can Carter gain accessFor six long Martian months, John Carter has haunted the terrifying Temple of the Sun. Inside the walls of this mysterious revolving tower is his beloved wife, Dejah Thoris, the beautiful princess of Barsoom. Worse yet, his wife is trapped there with the lovely but wicked Phaidor, who has sworn to make John Carter her own—even if it means murder. How can Carter gain access to the Temple, whose doors swing open only once a year? And when he does find his way inside, will he find Dejah Thoris's welcoming embrace—or her corpse?...

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The Warlord of Mars Reviews

  • mark monday
    2019-02-17 05:38

    More hectic adventures for John Carter on Mars Barsoom!He jumps right back into the action, immediately following the crazed cliffhanger of the preceding Gods of Mars! He's going to save his wife and mother of his son Dejah Thoris and her new bff Thuvia come hell or high water! He's no wimpy regular sorta guy, he's the greatest warrior of two worlds! He's going to hop all over Mars with his super-powered leaps, wearing nothing but his skin! Pity the fool that gets in his way! He won't take no for an answer!I should have read this third book right after the second one because they are basically one book! Maybe I would have liked it better if I had! But I'm not going to cry over lost opportunities because John Carter would no doubt smack me upside the head! He'd probably tell me to stop mooning over lost opportunities because he misses opportunities all the time and he still manages to come out on top! He just can't abide any sort of wimpy mooniness because that's so typical of the Earth Men he gladly left behind!But I sure do wish I liked this one as much as I liked the first two books! The adventures run between Mars' two poles, helter and skelter, willy and nilly, and I kinda got lost in all the breathlessness! Not lost like confused but lost like Uh Do I Even Care About This Anymore Where Is He Now Exactly Eh Whatever Just Keep On Reading! It all just felt like a whole lotta running around so I didn't ever get a sense of the places that I was visiting! I missed the exotic worldbuilding and sly social critiques and the riveting cast of supporting characters! Well at least there was John Carter's trusty 10-legged "dog" companion Woola! But then he gets sent off on his own mission halfway through the book and so that was that, goodbye! Farewell sweet Woola!I especially missed the weirdly resonant primary-colored races of Barsoomians where Burroughs is at his best! Lots of interesting social and political critique there! All of that was kinda lacking in this book! I wanted more of those Red Men and Green Men and Black Men and White Men! Instead we get these boring Yellow Men and all they are are black-bearded yell0w-skinned aristocrats, sorta like the White Men minus the religion and baldness and plus beards! There's nothing all that interesting about them except they live in hothouses on the South Pole and like every other race of men on Mars, they think wearing clothes is for losers! Well at least they built an interesting defensive weapon: a giant tower that's like a big magnet that pulls those Red Men-built airships out of the sky to fall into a junk heap where survivors get gobbled up by gross insect-eyed albino ape creatures! Ouch! And yuck!Even though I was disappointed I think I'm gonna keep on keepin' on with this series! On to the next one!

  • Matthew
    2019-01-26 05:50

    I have enjoyed this series, and I am going to tell you what I specifically like about this series as a whole. It feels like classic (kinda cheesy) serial sci-fi. I picture the main characters in outlandish costumes fighting rubbery monsters while the rocky landscape shakes when they bump it. When they are flying, I can see the strings holding up the little spacecraft model while it is manipulated in a jerky fashion for long shots. I picture scantily clad space Queens with too much makeup swooning as the battle hardened Earth warrior spouts overly poetic monologues.If that is your thing, read this series!

  • DNF with Jack Mack
    2019-02-03 05:46

    Cliff clinging adventure. As should be, the end of the trilogy is the best of three, fulfilling the rising action. The Fountainhead Prime of so much, yet ignored by so many: the incomparable John Carter of Barsoom. If only the people of earth were such as these.

  • Sandy
    2019-02-06 01:51

    "The Warlord of Mars" (1914) is the 3rd of ll John Carter novels from the pen of Edgar Rice Burroughs. It is a direct continuation of the first two in the series--"A Princess of Mars" and "The Gods of Mars"--and a reading of those earlier titles is absolutely essential before going into this one. Here, Carter tries to rescue his princess, Dejah Thoris, from the clutches of some particularly nasty villains. In his relentless pursuit, one that makes Indiana Jones look like a slacker, Carter travels from the south pole of Mars to the forbidden lands of the north. He encounters many varieties of monster, such as the apt and the sith, and gets into more fights and cliffhanging situations than a reader would believe could be packed into a mere 160 pages. The pace of the book is furious, never pausing for breath, and the final battle in the north polar city of Kadabra, in which the combined armies of Barsoomian green, red and black men attack the yellow tribes of the north, is thrilling in the extreme. What amazing films these first three John Carter novels would make, if done faithfully and with the requisite $200+ million thrown into each one!So why the 3-star rating? Well, there are numerous problems with the book that prevent me from giving it top grades, despite the fun I had reading it. For one, there are countless inconsistencies and implausibilities. For example, it is difficult for the reader to accept that Carter's enemies cannot recognize him, just because he has smeared some red tint over his skin. Difficult to believe that Carter is able to scale the side of a tower in the pitch black of night. Difficult to believe that Carter (or any man) could live in a pit for nine days without food and especially water. Verrry hard to believe that Thurid, Carter's archenemy, could carry the struggling captive princess over a foot-wide ledge without toppling into the abyss beneath. Impossible to believe that Dejah Thoris couldn't recognize Carter by his voice alone, despite his yellow-man disguise. All these are hard to swallow in the extreme. As for the inconsistencies: It is stated that Carter saved Thuvia from the Warhoons in book 2, when in actuality it was Carthoris, Carter's son. The city of Kaol is said to be rendered invisible by the forest that surrounds and tops it, but later it is stated that this forest is cut back from the city. Huh? Worst of all is the aforementioned tower-scaling scene, in which dusk becomes early afternoon in a matter of minutes. Here's something that Ed Wood would have appreciated! This day/night confusion is straight out of "Plan 9," but for me is the hallmark of incredibly sloppy writing and even poorer copyediting. Further, Burroughs' descriptions of the Valley of the Therns, and its geographic proximity to the land of the First Born, are simply impossible to visualize. Throw in a bunch of misplaced modifiers and some awkward turns of phrase and you've got a real mess of a manuscript. So why did I have a tear in my eye by the book's end, when Carter gets his rewards and the entire city of Helium turns out to greet him? I guess that the power of storytelling can outweigh petty matters of consistency and grammar. And Burroughs WAS a great teller of tales, and this book IS as thrilling as they come.

  • Richard Guion
    2019-02-06 03:34

    A rousing end to the first Martian trilogy featuring John Carter. Burroughs does a good job of opening up new Martian territory with each tale, and this one explores the uncharted North Pole. While I loved the first novel, liked the second one, this third novel is a bit of a problem in certain aspects. One is the fact that Dejah Thoris, John Carter's wife, is primary in the role of the MacGuffin for books 2 & 3. I appreciated her strong headed sensibility in the first novel. I suppose I came to this material expecting to find Dejah a bit more of a warrior woman, the way she was portrayed in the Marvel Comics adaption from the 1970s. The other problem is the way that John Carter disguises himself as a member of the Blacks or Yellow Martian races--can't see that working too well! The villainous Thurid deserves some credit in this novel, at least anytime Carter puts on makeup, he sees right through it. I was a bit disappointed that the framing device of Burroughs writing as himself to introduce his uncle was not used again. I would love to know if later in the Martian series, Burroughs ever explained how Carter learned to travel from Earth to Mars at will.

  • James
    2019-02-08 02:35

    Continuing the series with the third of Burroughs's pulp-science-fiction 'romance' novels, Warlord of Mars follows on immediately from The Gods of Mars. Having torn down the Martian's false religion, and rescuing several damsels in distress, he is rewarded by one of them dragging his beloved Dejah Thoris into a revolving dungeon (that not only happens to be open at just that time, but also doesn't open again for a whole Martian year) all because he wouldn't return her affections. Talk about being a babe-magnet, the women would happily lock herself in dungeon for a year in order to stop him being with anyone else.This story picks up almost immediately and Carter's not happy. Luckily a series of unlikely coincidences mean that he'll be able to gain access (although not in time), chase her across Mars (although never quite catching her up), rescue her (only to lose her again) and eventually meet the fabled Yellow Martians – yes, another new colour of Martians, the ones that were heavily foreshadowed in the previous book and I predicted would make an appearance here. Coincidence follows coincidence but at each turn Carter is always just a little to late and Thoris slips through his fingers.The goodies are good, the baddies are bad (although some of them are redeemable), the damsels are in distress mostly, and Martians love to fight. Luckily John Carter likes to fight too. Especially if his chosen damsel, Dejah Thoris, is singing to cheer him on. Some minor variations in this book, instead of Carter being mostly chased he's mostly doing the chasing; instead of being introduced to two new colours of Martians we're only introduced to one. Ultimately though it's the same book as the previous two – a boys-own adventure in space – but it is fun to read. This seems to tie-up the first three novels into a happy ending. Let's see what bad luck and new races can befall them in the fourth novel...

  • Jared Millet
    2019-02-05 08:30

    2012 John Carter re-read, part 3 -With Warlord of Mars the original John Carter trilogy concludes. In this volume, Burroughs discards the complexity, intrigue, and world-building that made Gods of Mars stand out in favor of a straightforward, rip-roaring action novel. From the beginning, John Carter is cut off from all of his friends and allies as he and his faithful Mars-dog Woola set out in pursuit of Dejah Thoris, now in the clutches of the few remaining villains left over from the previous book. It's a standard damsel-in-distress plot: a) Carter chases them to new exotic location, b) makes new enemies and/or allies, c) almost catches up to his quarry but they get away again, d) repeat as necessary.Along the way you get aerial dogfights, jungle battles, a lost kingdom on Mars's north pole, and a couple of dungeon crawls. Burroughs also demonstrates that more than any other pulp writer of his age, he knew how to write a satisfying action climax. As a conclusion to a mad, three-book odyssey, Warlord of Mars sticks the landing and John Carter finally gets the happy ending Burroughs denied him in the previous books. (Spoiler? Not really.) However, by the end of the story John Carter has become such an invincible character that there's not much more ERB can do with him, leading to the (very wise) choice to shift the focus of the next few books in the series to other, less superhuman protagonists.

  • Ron
    2019-02-18 00:46

    "Too close a scrutiny of my mental activities might prove anything but flattering," said John Carter. If any trait exceeds his partial prowess it must be his impulse to combat. Time and again throughout the Barsoom chronicles Carter rushes to fight--for freedom, for the love of his life, for his friends, or just for the fun of a good fight.Burroughs has, perhaps, descended to the level of Saturday afternoon matinee serials, but its good, clean fun. And, this time he manages to finish his story.A fun read.

  • Erik Graff
    2019-02-10 05:46

    Just before turning eight, I got a little brother, Fin, the only sibling I grew up with. Mom and Dad were lucky because I was generally bored and, so, actually wanted to spend time with him when he got old enough to toddle about and talk. I read to him, but mostly I told him stories, crazy stories featuring lots of naughty things that little kids delight in like poop and farting and talking animals.Since I was into the John Carter books by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the whole Mars/Barsoom thing, silly as it was, constituted part of the entertainment for both of us. One day on the beach I convinced him that he could--indeed, that he was--John Carter of Barsoom. I had him crayon a bunch of paper plates, then cut holes in them, fitting one on his head, four others on his ankles and wrists. Then, with a beach towel for a cape and a stick for a sword, I let him loose on the public beach just north of us. Amidst the family picnics and the amorous couples he pranced around, shouting "I am John Carter of Barsoom" while wielding his weapon. I was highly amused.He was much more fun then than he is now.

  • Mary Catelli
    2019-01-24 02:39

    Our tale picks up months after the cliffhanger ending of The Gods of Mars, with John Carter prowling for a way to get into the Temple of the Sun.He backfills how he stopped anarchy by persuading the black men to accept Xodar as jeddak, and the city of Helium, Cathoris. But he's bent on the villains from last time. Indeed, finding his way into the cell leads only to his knowing that all three of the women were taken out by his enemies -- though for Phaidor he need not fear.The tale involves getting about the Temple by shining lights, a prison known as the Pit of Plenty, two rings that react to each other once close enough, Thuvia's father coming to his aid, the fabled yellow men of Mars, his passing himself off as an aspirant to a royal guard, the faithful Woola fighting next to him, being guided by a rope, and much more.

  • Leah
    2019-01-28 04:47

    Great fun! All the books are fundamentally the same but each one has new twists of imagination and John Carter’s feats grow more ridiculous amazing every time. Silly they may be, but they keep me turning the pages and provide much chuckling along the way. Will I read the next one? Oh, yes, I really think I must…My full, spoilerish review is over on my blog...

  • Jessica
    2019-02-06 01:29

    Very fun! By the end of this book, John Carter has pretty much explored every inch of Mars. He's a bit of a Mary Sue character: a brilliant fighter and statesmen, beloved by the ladies, etc. But he's a fun, honest character at the same time, and there is very real suspense about whether or not he will be reunited with his true love, the beauteous Dejah Thoris.

  • Jim
    2019-01-29 00:26

    This is NOT really book 3, it's the end of book 2 & a fine way to wrap it up, too. There aren't any surprises, but it is a lot of fun.

  • Kyle Wright
    2019-01-30 01:42

    John Carter returns to rescue his wife from her horrible fate. In disguise, Carter infiltrates the enemy where he witnesses some sort of injustice, to which his blood boils, his natural fighting man instincts take over, and so he employs his unique fighting style which, much to his surprise and dismay, is instantly recognized by the enemy and said enemy sees through his disguise and escapes (with Carter's wife in tow) while Carter is busy battling other evildoers (which often results in Carter being knocked unconscious or left for dead).Carter then gives chase and infiltrates the enemy where he witnesses some sort of injustice, to which his blood boils, his natural fighting man instincts take over, and so he employs his unique fighting style which, much to his surprise (again) and dismay, is instantly recognized by the enemy and said enemy sees through his disguise and escapes (with Carter's wife in tow) while Carter is busy battling other evildoers.Carter then gives chase and infiltrates the enemy where he witnesses some sort of injustice, to which his blood boils, his natural fighting man instincts take over, and so he employs his unique fighting style which, much to his surprise (yet again) and dismay, is instantly recognized by the enemy and said enemy sees through his disguise and escapes (with Carter's wife in tow) while Carter is busy battling other evildoers.Wash, rinse and repeat this cycle about eight more times and you've pretty much got the entire book. I was very disappointed that this book fell into such a repetitive rut (which really started in novel #2) and quickly grew tired of the overly predictable nature of the book. With every battle Carter is about to be overwhelmed when suddenly his friends magically appear out of nowhere and ride in to his assistance. This happens over and over and over again. I felt like Burroughs wasn't even trying anymore.While I very much enjoyed the first of the Barsoom series, the second quickly grew tiresome and then this third installment quickly wore out its welcome. I had planned on reading the entire series, but will probably just leave off with this one, as it at least had an ending with some modicum of closure.

  • Kristine
    2019-02-20 08:44

    Edgar Rice Burroughs can weave a tale of excitement for sure but his characters leave much to be desired. After three books, I was hoping for a bit of character development but none was forthcoming. There's also a noticeable plot pattern that the three books share, which I wouldn't mind so much if it weren't for:1. The Perpetual Damsels in DistressLed by the most distress-y damsel of them all, Dejah Thoris. She has honor, pride, and plenty of sass but she went from likeable in book one to thoroughly disappointing in book three. She's the princess of a war-loving nation for petesake! Can't she show more spunk? Instead of waiting for her prince to rescue her every single time, couldn't she devise some way to escape? Or to at least put up a considerable fight against her captors instead of being dragged across one extreme of Mars to the other like a rag doll. Poorly written and developed as she is, she's little more than plot device and the object of affection/desire/admiration of John Carter and the men of Barsoom. Seriously. She's like Martian man catnip.2. The Impulsive WarriorsLed by the (sometimes dumb) jock-extraordinaire, John Carter. While there's no doubt to his bravery, honor, or fighting prowess, he often displays a lack of foresight and common sense that makes me want to tear my hair out in frustration. Many of his almost-fatal misadventures occurred because he didn't stop to think. His impulsive nature not only puts his life in mortal peril, it also greatly hinders his quest to rescue Dejah Thoris. It’s a good thing he’s so darn lucky, otherwise he’s dead a hundred times over.3. The Spurned AdmirersIf I can’t have you, no one else will!4. The Idolizing MassesYou’re sooo pretty, Dejah Thoris! You alone are omniscient and all powerful, divine Issus!5. The (Cannibalistic) Racist SupremacistsMy race is better than yours! I’m higher up on the food chain!In conclusion, I enjoyed book one, liked book two, and found book three serviceable. Maybe sci-fi just isn’t my thing or maybe I just need to read more sci-fi.

  • Mike Jensen
    2019-02-06 02:44

    In some ways, this book is the mirror image of the previous book in the series, THE GODS OF MARS. That had the repetitious plot of John Carter being chased by malevolent forces chapter after chapter. While there were occasional rests between scenes of him fleeing, it became tedious. This finally stopped well into the book when Carter came to a palace and there was intrigue. This book is structured with John Carter chasing malevolent forces chapter after chapter. While there are occasional rests between scenes of him chasing, it becomes tedious. This finally stops when he comes to a palace and there is intrigue. Give me a break!In addition you have to contend with Burroughs ham-fisted prose. Never use a word when seven will do, seems to be his motto. Never put a character in a room if he can spend five pages wandering around corridors to get to that room. Well, this book was originally serialized in a pulp magazine. Perhaps Burroughs was paid by the word. There is also coincidence after coincidence after coincidence. I could list a number of similar sins against effective narrative. I also grew weary of John Carter, himself. This is prejudice, but I do not enjoy the company of stupid people. John Carter is an idiot. Again and again he has no clue as to what goes on around him, surprised that things do, or do not, break his way, even though Burroughs has telegraphed the event for a dozen paragraphs so readers are often ahead of the character. I don’t believe that Burroughs intended to make his protagonist a ninny, but wanted to build suspense. He failed. This is a better book than THE GODS OF MARS for two reasons. The chase scenes are better paced and there is a bit less purple prose. This is still a very bad book.

  • Noel Coughlan
    2019-02-17 02:35

    Okay. This one is a bit spoilery. So be warned.The villains, Matai Shang and Thurid, in this book have to be the stupidest so far. Have they learned nothing from the destruction their peoples suffered in the last book? Just give Dejah Thoris back to John Carter and he’d stop his hunt for you from pole to pole and go back to Helium and leave you alone. But no, that would be too easy.Dejah Thoris again suffers from literary laryngitis for pretty much the entire story.At this stage, the pattern is pretty set. John Carter arrives in some land nobody sensible ever goes to, makes friends with a local and sweeps away any evil tyrant who might be troubling his new acquaintance. At this stage John Carter has an ego the size of Green Martian’s egg and revels in every fight. I found it a bit wearing to listen to him.The climax of the story is pretty good. However, to me, it seems a bit of an odd choice to install someone who delights in fighting as Warlord of Mars ‘to keep the peace.’

  • wally
    2019-01-31 01:31

    i just now finished barsoom, #2...and that is a cliff-hanger...or a dungeon-spinner...or something...ole john carter is thwarted at every turn in that his quest to be reunited with his princess of mars...dejah...burroughs...this will be the...16th or so e.r.b. tale for me...begins:on the river issin the shadows of the forest that flanks the crimson plain by the side of the lost sea of korus in the valley dor, beneath the hurtling moons of mars, speeding their meteoric way close above the bosom of the dying planet, i crept stealthily along the trail of a shadowy form that hugged the darker places with a persistency that proclaimed the sinister nature of its errand.for six long months i had haunted the vicinity of the hateful temple of the sun...john carter...having to wait a see his princess?...onward and upward.carter follows thurid, from #2, the gods of mars...whom he hog-tied in a challenge in the courtyard of the temple of issus...thurid is a black dator of the first born martians...and he is now in cahoots w/matai shang, father of the therns...a white race, whose daughter, phaidor, along with thuvia, are imprisoned beneath the hateful temple of the sun...inside a cell that the spinning temple provides access to only once every martian year...687 martian days must come and go before the cell door is again accessible......but thurid, the black dator, bent on revenge against john carter...has found the temple building plans and now knows of another access...he tells matai about it...and together, these two usually opposing forces, unite to revenge themselves on dejah, princess of mars and john carter's woman.time placemars...the crimson plain by the side of the lost sea of korusin the valley of dor...the hateful temple of the sunthe river iss, the river of mysterythe golden cliffsthuria, the nearer moon of marsthe chamber of mystery in the golden cliffsvalley of lost souls,that pitiful purgatory people by the poor unfortunates who dare not continue their abandoned pilgrimage to dor, or return to the various lands of the outer world from whence they cameotz mountainsthe secret hiding place of matai shang, father of therns on the barren sides of the south of the hateful temple of the sun...or wait lies to the northeast...?...near the equator...lies along the equator almost halfway round the planet to the east of helium....and when carter meets torkar bar, on the kaolian road...torkar says he saw the party come from from the north...go figure!the carrion caves (out-standing good as or better than anything stephen king has delivered)hastor...southern city...carter tells kulan tith that he is from this city.marentina...a city of the yellow menkadabra, the capital city of okar...yellow menillall, yellow man city that carter tells the yellow men he and thuvan are fromthe pit of plenty...outstanding descriptive dungeon!charactersjohn carterdejah thoris, princess of mars, princess of heliumphaidor, daughter of matai shangmatai shang, father of therns...whose race/religion is no more (see #2)issus, the false deity of mars...torn to pieces by the race of blacksthuvia, the red girl of ptarth...imprisoned w/dejah and phaidor in the dungeon cell in the hateful temple of the sun...she also has the ability to issue a purring sound soothes and tames the fierce banththurid, dator of issus, one of the black warriors of martians, the first born...and bested by john carter in a challenge in book #2tars tarkas, jeddak of thark, fierce green martian warrior, allied with john cartertardos mors, grandfather of dejah thoris, jeddak of heliummors kajak, son of tardos, jed of heliumxodar...became jeddak of the first martian...allied with john carter...issus condemned him in #2 because carter bested him.carthoris, carter's red martian son...hailed as jeddak of heliumhors vastus...allied with j.c.kantos kan...w/hors, a noble lieutenant of j.c.'swoola...john carter's martian large as a shetland pony, with hideous head and frightful fangs...ten short muscular legssator throg, the holy thern whom thuvia of ptarth has of two therns left to guard the backtrail of thurid, the black dator and the therns whom john carter follows to discover the other entrance to dejah's prisonvenomous snakes & loathsome reptilesfearsome white apeshideous plant mengrim & terrible banths, a kind of martian liontorkar bar, dwar of the kaolian road...a red martiana huge monster, a bald-faced hornet the size of a hereford bull, winged..and known as a sith...if i understand the text correctlyother horrid beasts afraid to step onto the purple grassa thoat is a kind of martian horse...that looks nothing like a horsekulan tith, jeddak of kaoldotar sojat...a name carter uses..again, when asked by kulan tith...the name given by the tharks many years before, from the surnames of the 1st two of their warriors he had killed...which is custom among them.zitidars...1st seen in #1, the princess of mars...not seen in #2, the gods of mars, huge mastodonian animals used like horsesthuvan dihn, jeddak of ptarth....and new allies w/j.c. in the city of kaol...and...father of thuvia...w/whom kulan tith of kaol, is enamored.thuvan dihn...visiting dignity to the city of kaol, father of thuvia, held prisoner w/dejah, princess of marsthe apt...a huge, white-furred creature w/6 limbs, 4 of which, short and heavy...has hands...head/mouth like a hippopotamusthe yellow men of barsoom!the orluk...has black and yellow striped hidetalu, prince of marentina...a kind of hwy-patrolman...his uncle, salensus oll, jeddak of jeddaks, ruler of okar, land of the yellow men of barsoomsorav...some sort of yellow man master of the palace guardsolan...yellow man....pasty-faced old fellow...some sort of maintenance man who controls various functions in the cityokay yeah so like there's this big mystery involved...john carter tracking thurid and matai shang through the hateful temple of the sun...big woola by his side, providing a kind of sixth sense that carter lacks...ooga booga!a notekoar! the true martian greetingthe chase continues...carter solving one mystery after another in true holmesian-fashion...faithful woola guiding him...until he is tricked...oh! dastardly deeds!...and matai shang tells him dejah, princess of helium...will be matai's wife for a martian year...after which...she will become the plaything of his lieutenants...perhaps of carter's most hated enemy, thurid, the black dator.too...carter has at least one woman fawning over him...phaidor, daughter of the holy hekkador, matai shang...tries and tries to win his love...there follows the three stooges...therns...who try to keep carter from his princess.a notea calot is a term of abuse...also a plant, a carnivorous plant...and...carter also describes woola, his hound, as a calota quoteif there be a fate that is sometimes cruel to me, there is surely a kind and merciful providence which watches over issue w/a previous reviewyeah so like another reviewer took issue with the red disguise of carter in the land of kaol...his willing of suspension of disbelief...not really there to begin with...took a kick in the pants. and yet...and yet...the disguise fooled them not...thurid dispatching a priest of the holy cult to test it...carter was found out! dastardly deeds! done dirt cheap! the arch-blasphemer is exposed!the 7th inning stretchyeah so like here i am during the stretch & i've read some really great descriptions of...things...imaginative! big big! e.r.b.'s use of dungeon, more so than in #2...although there in #2 there is a neato description of a dungeon. there's an even more imaginative one here...and what? this is before television? how much or what kind of movies e.r.b. watched?...dunno...but many of his descriptions of things martian and otherwise are fantastic!this would rate a 5-star simply for the imagery invoked!update, finished, 9:43 a.m. e.s.t.good story! the end is an end...unlike #2, that ends w/unresolved issues...although i believe there are other john carter, warlord of mars, stories that follow this one. i enjoyed this one more so than #1 or #2...ooga booga.

  • An Odd1
    2019-02-12 00:38

    Justice unites all skin colors. Honor triumphs over evil. Strongest end up rulers, mated to most beautiful. Princesses and rulers get kidnapped. Girls scream and struggle, leave one clue. After following wrong way "nutshell proved a false prophet .. Had I been a woman I should have wept" p 19. The Warlord of Mars is narrator John Carter, Civil War soldier from Virginia, (view spoiler)[the final title bestowed upon(hide spoiler)] the dator, "prince of Helium .. mightiest warrior of Barsoom" p 6 Mars, (view spoiler)[ after he rescues the ruler "missing Jeddak, of Helium, Tardos Mors, grandfather of Dejah Thoris" and "his son, Mors Kajak, Jed of Helium, her father. Over a year had elapsed since they set out to explore the northern hemisphere" p 8(hide spoiler)] . Moola, his loyal hound, is "As large as a Shetland pony, with hideous head and frightful fangs .. awsome spectacle .. ten short, muscular legs" p 9. He wants to release Dejah, his wife of ~20 years, imprisoned with handmaiden redskin Thuvia of Ptarth, and whiteskin Phaidor, daughter of enemy Matai Shang, last seen screaming, leaping with dagger on Dejah. (view spoiler)[Cathoris, son of John and Dejah, rules in their stead. Moola brings Cathoris leading redskin warriors of Helium to north pole in time. John turns off magnetic pole(hide spoiler)] "Guardian" pulls exploring flying ships in to crash. Survivors are enslaved. (view spoiler)[ Of course ancestors and navy that flew in are handily all in weapons room.(hide spoiler)] Unfortunately all prisoners are "shackled to floor" p 124. Meanwhile enemy batters at door. Hard to keep names, and "fathers of" straight, but we can be sure with happy ending that all are saved. John follows suspicious acting blackskin Thurid, past Chamber of Reptiles. Black Thurid claims to white Matai Sheng that he can open his daughter's prison. Every male enemy wants to marry Dejah, "a world's most beautiful woman" p 158, even black-bearded yellowskin of north pole. When a black face is glimpsed behind a curtain, we can be sure Dejah disappears from dais, especially if John does "not turn to look at her" p 138. Dangers are imaginative, copious. "Pit of Plenty" p 113 tempts with goodies (view spoiler)[ behind glass(hide spoiler)]. Night-long roaring of "man-eating denizens of the Kaolian jungle" wander off, then in flies "bald-faced hornet .. size of Hereford bull .. frightful jaws in front and mighty, poisoned sting behind" p 53. Useful "zitidars in the service of red men. These brutes are huge mastodian animals" p 64. Fights are fast. Solan, greedy "wiry old fellow" protects control room magnet, displays "wondrous swordsmanship" and "uncanny agility" in "ancient bag of bones" p 132. Those on the side of right have might. T"hirteen strong" against "hundreds of guardsmen" are "unequal odds". "To upper chambers!" regroups. "In the mouth of the narrow spiral but a single .. could attack .. at a tiime" p 128. Helium women are known to draw swords to defend men, but not trained. I wish John could rely more on Dejah. She drops "tiny, jeweled ornament which lay a few steps within the corridor beyond" p 142 to indicate direction. Yet her captor Thurid "In his haste he had dropped several garments .. telltale fur", wedges "orluk-skin clothing" p 143 in the cloakroom door, protection for John from the cold outside. I'd rather girl is smarter than villain to leave clues. John has more good luck than bad, twice overhears Thurid, specific directions. Dejah fails to see under his black beard though Thurid does. John gets helper he needs, Thuvan Dihn, "Jeddak of Ptarth" father of Thuvia. Only "once a month is it possible to find all the apts of the Carrion Caves in one chamber" p 86 of "twenty-seven connecting". Apts are "huge, white-furred creature with six limbs, four" p 79 like legs, two have "white hairless hands .. holds its prey .. hugest .. fully eight feet at shoulder" p 80, horns below big eyes for underground. Held sacred by Salensus Oll, yellow ruler of north. Toys are spiffy. Ring "curiously wrought .. dead-black, lustreless stone" p 92 from "Prince Talu of Marentina", fights Uncle Oll. In presence of another ring gives finger "rapid pricking sensation" p 111. Undercover rebel reveals secret helper among enemy. Talu advises John and Thuvan how to infiltrate as royal guard aspirants, disguises in yellow skins, big black beards.(view spoiler)[ Thurid pushes Matai over ship rail down abyss. Phaidor saves John, stabs Thurid dead, sacrifices herself, jumps overboard. Her "love is different .. Dejah .. taught me what true love may be". "I have many sins to expiate, and though I be deathless, life is all too short for the atonement" p 148. Thuvia and Thuvian are found with other prisoners. They had tried to rescue John from Pit. Good wins. John appoints Talu new ruler of north. What he says goes, always. Thuvan invites Carters to visit. Carthoris would stay "forever" p 155 with Thuvia rather than just a month.(hide spoiler)]Shocker ending sortof. More happy than not. Quandary how to resolve opposites, bad woman. (view spoiler)[ Phaidor suicides.(hide spoiler)]TyposI like English spelling before, used to be more flexiblep 9 awsome is awesome nowadaysp 80 hugest isn't used nowp 100 aid is aide nowp 101 "try their metal" means mettle now, does that show origin? "pedal to metal"p 111, etc nonplused is nonplussed nowp 124 horrow is horror

  • Ruth
    2019-01-28 05:35

    Edgar Rice Burroughs concluded John Carter's first cycle of adventures on Mars -- sometimes referred to as the Martian Trilogy -- with the serialized publication of The Warlord of Mars in 1913-1914. At the conclusion of the previous installment, The Gods of Mars, the future of John Carter's beloved princess Dejah Thoris was in grave doubt. Having proven that the centuries-old Martian worship of Issus was falsehood perpetuated by power-hungry members of the Holy Therns and the First Born races, Carter set about destroying the religious infrastructure in order to free Barsoom from the false promises of the Issus-worshippers, where devotion is repaid with slavery and violent death. But Carter's quest to spread the truth is not without a price, as in repayment for his actions Carter's enemies lock the one he holds most dear in the vault at the center of the Temple of the Sun -- a room that can only be accessed once per Martian year. Seconds before the door closed, Carter saw Dejah Thoris nearly stabbed by Phaidor, the daughter of the head of the Therns and his avowed enemy since he spurned her romantic overtures. Living with the torment of not knowing whether his beloved wife is alive or dead, Carter has worked furiously to discover a way to free Dejah from her prison -- but his enemies will do anything to get to her first and claim her as their own. Fighting men who have nothing to lose, Carter chases news of Dejah across Barsoom, confronting countless new enemies, challenges, and even climates in his single-minded quest to save his imprisoned wife. The Warlord of Mars is the slimmest of the first three volumes in Burroughs's John Carter of Mars series, but it is every bit as action-packed as its predecessors. Unlike the first two Carter novels, there is no prologue from Edgar Rice Burroughs, no preface to the following action from Carter to his "nephew" and guardian. The action opens a few months after Carter deposed the fake goddess Issus , with our hero deep in the throes of his search for a way to rescue the imprisoned Dejah and Thuvia, the latter a former Thern slave instrumental in aiding Carter when he returned to Mars in hostile territory at the beginning of the second novel. Whereas the previous novel saw Carter dealing essentially a death blow to the age-old Martian religion, exposing it as a cult, this follow-up adventure is largely concerned with the fall-out of that successful assault and sets up endless possibilities for future battle with the false religion's deposed leaders. Is there ever any question of Carter's ultimate success? No -- but that is part of the fun and magic of these books. Burroughs was a master craftig non-stop action sequences and building tension and suspense in his novels. Just when you think that surely Burroughs's imagination must be tapped out, he introduces new people, places, and customs to challenge Carter's seeming invincibility. Predictable? Sure, such is perhaps the nature of pulp fiction. But in the hands of a master like Burroughs, he proves that the journey is always a worthwhile and entertaining ride.John Carter's third Martian adventure is just as fast-paced a rollicking adventure ride as its predecessors, and serves as a fitting capstone to the first "trilogy" within the overall series. When he was first introduced in A Princess of Mars, Carter was a man without a country or purpose, forced to make his way in a wholly alien world. In The Gods of Mars, Carter returns to Barsoom after an absence of ten years, and has to fight to reclaim the life he built with Dejah Thoris's people. The Warlord of Mars brings Carter full circle, forcing him to fight for the life he wants on his new home, culminating in a rather touching recognition of Carter's place and the esteem in which he's held by his adopted countrymen and friends. Having never explored pulp fiction of this ilk until recently, I remain thorougly impressed by Burroughs's work and in no little awe of his standing as a trailblazer in the science-fiction world. Barsoom is peopled with colorful peoples of wildly varied cultures, fascinating landscapes, and never-ending posibilities for adventure and death-defying escapades. These novels are sheer fun from start to finish. I adore John Carter's completely over-the-top, unbelievable invincibility and his old-fashioned heroic charm. I love how much he adores Dejah Thoris -- it could be argued that he's the anti-James Bond, since Carter is just as ridiculously perfect and appealing to women, but he's very much a one-woman man, and his love story appeals to the old-fashioned romantic in me. :) Snappily plotted, well-written, imaginative, and endlessly adventurous, The Warlord of Mars confirms me as an avid John Carter fan, and happily there is no end in sight when it comes to exploring Burroughs's backlist. Barsoom and its people are a world I love getting lost in -- escapist entertainment of the highest order.

  • Dave
    2019-01-24 08:38

    “The Warlord of Mars” by Edgar Rice Burroughs picks up where “The Gods of Mars” left off. This novel was published from December of 1913 to March of 1914 in “All-Story” as a serial, and then published as a novel in September of 1919. Unlike “A Princess of Mars”, neither “The Gods of Mars” nor “The Warlord of Mars” can easily stand alone. The former volume ends in a cliff-hanger, and this novel relies on the reader knowing what is going on. Also, it is to the benefit of the reader to start with the first in the series to have a complete background for the entire story, though one could probably get by without it.Unlike the first two books of the series, this one does not open with a forward in which the author presents the fantastic tale as true, but that undoubtedly is due to the fact that the story was left with a rather abrupt ending in the previous book. As with the previous installments of the series, there is plenty of action, and more than a few amazing coincidences, where John Carter just happens to be in the right spot at the right time to overhear a key piece of information, but in many ways that is what adds to the fun.Burroughs continues to take the reader on a trek around the Red Planet. After covering the dead seas and meeting the Red and Green Martians in the first book, and then heading to the south pole in the second book to meet the White and Black Martians, it is not too big of surprise that in this book he heads to the polar north, and there we find yet another race, the Yellow Martians, and along with them a host of new enemies, and some new allies as well. There are also some new monsters to be faced in the north.The story is basically one big chase seen, starting with John Carter following a Thurid, a black dator. Thurid had sworn fealty to Xodar, but John Carter knew that Thurid had a great deal of hatred for him and so was suspicious. His suspicions, prove to be well founded, as he learns that Thurid is conspiring with Matai Shang, the Father of the Therns, another enemy. From spying on them, he learns that there is a way to rescue his beloved Dejah Thoris who was imprisoned at the end of “The Gods of Mars.” And so it goes, with John Carter always seemingly one step away from recovering his beloved, as he follows them from the south pole, to Kaol, to the frozen north, where the lands of the hidden Yellow Martians lie. It is there, where John Carter finally is able to face his foes, both in personal combat, as well as a battle of armies between his allies and those of his enemies.As with the previous books in the series, there are times when the reader is far ahead of John Carter as to what is going on, but as with the amazing coincidences it is part of the fun of reading these stories. These books make for great light escapist reading, and are far better at what they do then so much of what has been written by others since. Burroughs simply has a knack for telling an entertaining tale, and it is oh so easy for the reader to simply sit back and enjoy the ride. This installment meets the expectations set in the first two books of the series.

  • sabisteb
    2019-01-28 08:38

    6 Marsmonate sind seit den Ereignissen des zweiten Bandes “The Gods of Mars” vergangen. Dejah Thoris ist immer noch zusammen mit Phaidor der biestigen Tochter des heiligen Thern und Thuvia of Ptarth in einem Gefängnis unter dem Tempel der Sonne eingeschlossen. John Carter durchstreift währenddessen die Wälder und schlägt die Zeit tot, bis sich die Gefängniszelle endlich wieder öffnet, als er „zufällig“ Xodar sieht und ihm zu einem Treffen mit dem im Untergrund lebenden heiligen Hekkador Matai Shang verfolgt. Die beiden kennen „zufällig“ einen Geheimgang in dieses Gefängnis und wollen die Frauen herausholen. Warum sie 6 Monate dafür gewartet haben, keine Ahnung. Jedenfalls verfolgen John Carter und sein Marshund die Fieslinge aus Band 2, die die Frauen befreien und entwischen. John Carter und sein Hund verfolgen sie in die nächste Stadt, und erneut entwischen die beiden, um dann in eine dritte und vierte Stadt immer weiter Richtung Norden zu verschwinden, immer mit Carter und dem Marshund auf den Fersen. In Jeder Stadt macht sich Carter neue Freunde und findet Verbündete und verfährt mit dem Nordpol in Teil 3 so wie mit dem Südpol in Teil 2. Letztendlich passiert in diesem Buch… nichts. Xodar, Mathai Shang, Paidor, Thuvia und Dejah flüchten vor John Carter (OK, Thuvia und Dejah werden eher gezwungen mitzukommen), der sie andauernd knapp verpasst oder es kommt halt was dazwischen. Alle stehen auf Dejah und gleich drei Kerle (ja da kommt noch einer dazu), wollen sie unbedingt heiraten und klauen sie sich unter der Nase weg, während sie nur ihren John hinterherheult. Dazu noch ein paar Logikfehler, wie Städte, die von der Luft aus nicht zu sehen sind, aber doch Landeplattformen haben die über den Wald hinausragen, Magnete die Aluminium anziehen, und zuletzt die Frage, warum Paidor Thuvia und Dejah in den 6 Monaten nicht umgebracht hat oder umgekehrt, warum die beiden sie nicht getötet haben. 6 Monate Zickenkrieg in einem kleinen Raum? Das kann doch nicht spurlos an den Mädels vorbeigegangen sein, zumal es auch nicht wirklich viel zu essen gab. Warum rettet Matai Shang seine Tochter erst nach 6 Monaten? Warum redet John Carter von sich in der dritten Person?Überhaupt, John Carter vereint den Mars mit Feuer und Schwert und setzt die Herrscher nach seinem Gutdünken ein, weil es seine Freunde sind, das scheint eine gute, alte amerikanische Tradition zu sein. Ich weiß nicht, ob ich einen vereinten Mars unter der Herrschaft eines einzelnen Warlords wirklich eine so prickelnde Idee finde, vor allem, da dieser zugibt nicht der Hellste zu sein und eher aus dem Bauch heraus zu handeln. Fazit: Handlungsarm, milde ausgedrückt. Eher eine Reise über den Mars und eine kleine Expedition zu den verschiedenen Völkern. Nach den Grünen und Rothäutigen Marsianern in Band 1 und den weißen und schwarzen Marsianern in Band 3 nun, sehr vorhersehbar, die mysteriösen gelben Marsianer, die abgeschottet hinter einer großen Mauer dafür sorgen, dass keiner mehr ihr Land verlässt (kommt irgendwie bekannt vor).

  • Perry Whitford
    2019-02-02 03:35

    As jarring as it was to discover that Barsoom had not one but two immense communities of peoples existing at the south polar region that nobody else knew about, in this third book in the series, as John Carter continues the hunt for his princess, Deja Thoris, we find out that the north pole contains another such civilization, the yellow men of Okar.At least the white Therns and black First Born of the south pole had a religious racket going to protect them from scrutiny. Those in the north pole have protection too, but it's pretty lame. The people of Barsoom have advanced airship and can travel pole to pole in hours, but they knew nothing of their own planet before John Carter arrived. The third book in the Barsoon series, I only decided to read it because I knew it was the last in the (initial) trilogy, but I quickly regretted it. Any possible pay-off from the suspense of the cliff-hanger ending to the previous episode was swiftly botched through Burrough's customary narrative ineptitude, then what followed was merely a tired retread.Ok, it's a children's adventure story, but that's no excuse to plot like one. John Carter may well be a badass, but the author's idea of creating tension only succeeds in making his hero look like an idiot. Time and again he fails to go grasp the painfully obvious and makes bone-headed decisions just so the chase can continue a bit longer.The story is also packed full of sword fights, yet Burroughs seemingly knows nothing about swordplay, so all he can do is keep assuring you that it was a great fight without actually describing anything. At least Woola, his faithful but fearsome ten-legged Barsoomian bloodhound returned, after being discarded in the second book. Kid's these days are better served by comics.

  • Josh
    2019-02-04 03:48

    The John Carter series by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Overall I give the series four out of five stars but felt the third book was a three.At this point I can only adequately review the first three books in this series. The Princess of Mars, the Gods of Mars, and the Warlord of Mars.To start off, I can tell you that John Carter is one lucky guy. Everything seems to fall in place for him no matter what the dire circumstance may be. I am anxious to read all of the books in the series not only to find out what happens to Mr. Burroughs characters, but also to find out if this actually takes place inside John Carter's head. Which would explain his uncommon lucky streak. Considering that these were written almost 100 years ago I felt that the writing style and story lines of the books were still in keeping with the times. The fast pace of the adventure is mastered by Mr. Burroughs unique ability to keep it moving page after page. Although, I did think he could have developed the Barsoom world and its inhabitants further past it's surface. The science part of the book didn't seem too add up and many times left me feeling flabbergasted without a reasonable explanation.However, silly me should keep in mind that this is a science fiction book and world that was created out of thin air for our pure enjoyment.

  • Thom Swennes
    2019-01-28 02:51

    Again the mysterious and feared River if Iss plunges the reader into a tale of love, war, hate and revenge. Dejah Thoris and her former slave Thuvia are kidnapped and John Carter, Prince of Helium, has to come to their rescue. The Warlords of Mars is the third book of the Barsoom series and lives up to its predecessors in sending the reader on a violently magical tour of the Red Planet. Armies collide, princes and warlords wage an seemingly endless battle for supremacy and the prize of prizes, Dejah Thoris, wife of John Carter and mother of Carthoris. That this royal princess can be married into slavery while still legally married is conveniently forgotten but this is often the case with the works of Burroughs. With the surplus of action comes the deficiency of logic, making the reading undemanding yet entertaining. If someone attempted dissecting these takes of fantasy they would indeed have a hard task in finding the logic in them. So in the words of Lord Tennyson “Their but to do and die: In to the Valley of Death rode the Six Hundred.” In other words don’t think but just read and enjoy!

  • Anthony
    2019-02-14 05:36

    The third book, thankfully, picks up just a few months later. John Carter's enemies from "Gods" are seemingly defeated, but a few manage to put aside their own differences to work against him and to keep him from rescuing Dejah Thoris and Thuvia. This time, the chase really is across the planet, from one civilization hidden in the southern polar ice-cap to another hidden in the northern polar ice-cap. We're introduced to the last remaining humanoid race on the planet, the Yellow Martians. There are tons of close-calls, and more than once it seems like Burroughs is vamping, just sort of throwing everything he can at the good guys in order to ramp up the tension. And, as far-fetched and insane as the endless fight scenes are ... he succeeds in ramping up the tension and bringing everything to a satisfying conclusion.Remember, these are pulp adventures, with larger than life figures. There's not a lot of fine characterization, but the heroes are likeable and even some of the villains are redeemable. These are fun books to while away some time with!

  • John Tanzer
    2019-01-23 07:23

    I wrote a sparklingly clever review but then lost it due to a stupid mistake... So here's the short version:Of the trilogy that is Princess, Gods, and Warlord, this is the least. The plot doesn't add enough new to the formula. The central conflict is silly (a weirdly farcical chase to keep some bad guys from committing marital rape upon Dejah Thoris). The lack of Tars Tarkis is disappointing. The Yellow Men pale as villains compared to the ancient conspiracies of the White and Black men. The very end is silly. The plot relies overmuch on coincidences and John Carter being an idiot.What I'm saying is, if you haven't read the first two, this is not the best place to start.If you have read the first two, this has all the wild adventure you could hope for—let it never be said that Burroughs can't weave entertaining action sequences—they just lack the spark of the first two books.

  • Mark Baker
    2019-02-09 07:21

    When John Carter follows his mortal enemies Thurid and Matai Shang, he learns of a plan to free his beloved wife, Dejah Thoris, from her prison six months early. But his race to beat them to the rescue turns in to a race across Mars. Will John Carter ever defeat his enemies and be reunited with his wife?Even written 100 years ago, this feels like a modern action movie with a science fiction setting. You’ve got a character overcoming overwhelming odds with a bit of ease and characters that are just developed enough to make us care. And just like an action film, it’s plenty of fun if you approach it with the right attitude. I certainly enjoyed finding out what happened next to these characters despite the flaws I mentioned.Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  • Christopher
    2019-02-07 08:49

    The third John Carter of Mars book picks up where the cliffhanger in the second book left off. This lightweight story amounts to one long chase scene, with added perils at every turn. Not that that is a bad thing, necessarily. It was quite fun, and Burrough's imaginative world is interesting. Naturally, the stiff dialogue and poor characterization that plague the previous books continues with this one as well, and John Carter seems a bit dimmer in this episode. However, if Andrew Stanton does indeed film a trilogy of John Carter films, as is rumored, this could be an exciting cinematic conclusion.

  • Joseph
    2019-02-11 03:36

    nice conclusion to the John Carter saga. action packed as the two previous novels, as Carter races across Barsoom to rescue his lovely Princess of Helium. Although the number of coincidences does not subside from the previous books, for me they came to be part of the ERB writing style. I didn't get hung up on that at all. Recommended if you like pulpy sci fi/fantasy fiction.