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Either this or Chessmen is probably my favorite non original trilogy Barsoom book In this case, Burroughs mixes up the formula a little it s first person narration but from the point of view of a native Barsoomian Tan Hadron of Hastor is, of course, tall, clean limbed and a dab hand with a sword he s also, in some aspects of interpersonal relationships, dumb as a box of hammers.The set up is pretty much what you d expect a search to far corners of Mars for a kidnapped woman, during which he has all manner of adventures, including a visit to Ghasta, one of the horrifying interludes in one of these books There s also again of a science fictional element to the story, with a genuine mad scientist on stage at various point view spoiler And if you saw the movie and wondered about the blue painted airships and the disintegration rays, here s where they first appeared hide spoiler This is the story of Tan Hadron as related by Ulysses Paxton, the hero from Mastermind of Mars , as Tan Hadron seeks to rescue the beautiful but shallow princess Sanoma Tora In the course of his quest Tan Hadron befriends Tavia the slave girl who assists him in rescuing Sanoma Tora When the princess of his desire proves herself unworthy of his love, Tan Hadron accepts Tavia s love instead, and she surprize surprize turns out to be a princess herself.These stories are not high art, or even good sci fi fantasy but they are terrific yarns with exotic Barsoomian locales, fantastic beasts, flamboyant princesses, dastardly villains, and cliff hanging adventures in which the hero gets the girl and the bad guy meets his or her just deserts.I ve read and re read these stories over the years, and even recorded them onto DVD for the local radio station for blind and reading impaired listeners. For something new and different, this time he recounts the adventures of a native born Martian Tan Hadron has no connection to John Carter than being a cousin of his son in law and being in his service in Helium.And he s in love with a rich and haughty woman, Sanoma Tora, in Helium, but his connection means she has entre to the royal palaces there in his company, and she graciously consented to let him escort her.Then she s wooed by the agents of a Jeddak, and she will take him as long as he makes her a Jeddara Except that then she is kidnapped, and he deduces that Jeddak had had her abducted Setting out in pursuit, he rashly flies over an abandoned city and becomes lost in thoughts of its old inhabitants Which lets some green Martians open fire on his flyer and do enough damage to force him to land After some escapes there are white apes about he sees the green men with a red woman prisoner, and goes to rescue her She is Tuvia, a run away slave, who can fortunately tell him about the city he seeks.The rest of the tale involves spiders, loyalty, an invisibility cloak, a fearsome weapon that can destroy air ships in flight, the Death, where you are throwing into a cave from which shrieks and moans are always rising, cannibals, treachery, and much. It starts to feel a bit of a chore to keep going with this series They re still irreverent, campy, fun But, Burroughs really seems to struggle for a new plot device Each time our hero is in love with a beautiful but unavailable woman She gets kidnapped by hitherto unknown baddie or entire hitherto unknown species of baddies and our hero has to go on a lengthy quest to save her possibly realising he s not in love with her after all Coincidence and repeated set pieces abound, but you re tempted to forgive him because it s still clearly enjoyable And you can t claim you didn t know what you were getting into, you ve read six of them now already after all. The Fighting Man referred to in the title is Hadron of Hastor, a soldier of Helium When the woman he loves is abducted, Hadron sets out in pursuit, leading to a grand adventure.Burroughs once again proves himself a master storyteller, even though some of his plot twists strain logic But if you are willing to go along for the ride, it s an exhilarating journey. A Fighting Man of Mars is book 7 of 11 John Carter novels that Edgar Rice Burroughs gave to the world It first appeared serially in The Blue Book Magazine from April September 1930, and, at almost 250 pages, is the longest of all the Carter novels As in the previous three books in the series, Carter himself only makes a few token appearances, the action mantle this time falling on a distant relation of his, Tan Hadron As Carter did for Dejah Thoris in books 1 3, and Carthoris did for Thuvia in book 4, and Gahan did for Tara in book 5, Hadron in book 7 goes on a quest to save a woman who has initially spurned him This IS a big book in the Carter series, as I have said, and Burroughs throws in everything but the proverbial kitchen sink to entertain the reader Whereas previous books generally featured two or three enemy nations and their leaders, this book has a full six the dead city of Xanator, with its fierce green warriors the city of Tjanath, with its despotic ruler Haj Osis the volcanic realm of Ghasta, with its bestial ruler Ghron the castle of Jhama, home of the mad scientist Phor Tak the province of U Gor, with its cannibal inhabitants and last but certainly not least, the nation of Jahar, led by the power crazy Tul Axtar Instead of one woman that needs saving, and one romantic subplot, this book offers up a full three The book also lays claim to being the most sci fi oriented of the lot so far, what with the use of metal , wood and flesh disintegrating weapons, invisibility paint, guided ground to air torpedoes and so on Throw in a scene with a crazed white ape on top of a tower, a humongous killer albino lizard, poison spiders, mucho swordplay, and the mother of all air battles at the book s end and you ve got quite a hefty load of fantastic entertainment in your hands Burroughs certainly gives the reader value for money in this one, no doubt The novel moves breathlessly along from one set piece to the next, never pausing for breath There are even nice touches of humor to be had for example, the fact that the scientist, Jason Gridley, at the novel s opening, is from TARZANa, California, of all places Much as I enjoyed the book, however, I did have some problems with it numerous problems, actually.By now, any reader of this series will be resigned to the unwelcome intrusion of what I like to call II inconsistencies and implausibilities Like what inconsistencies In one scene, Burroughs tells us that the distance from Jhama to Jahar is 4,000 haads a little later on, this distance is said to be 2,500 haads Things like this can drive an alert reader to distraction In another scene, it is said that Phor Tak had invented the paint that renders the metal disintegrating ray useless but previously in the book, it was stated that that paint was a product of one of his assistants, AFTER Phor Tak had gone into exile Hadron and his buddy, Nur An, are forced to swim through some underground rapids in one scene, and yet in previous books it had been established that Barsoomians don t, as a rule, know how to swim, due to the dearth of water on their planet In another scene, Hadron is led to the green warriors encampment by the loud sounds of their squealing thoats beasts of burden so why is he so worried when they start squealing as he makes off with one of them As far as implausibilities Hadron and Nur An s balloon escape from Ghasta is extremely hard to swallow Even harder to buy is the fact that this balloon drifts across the planet and coincidentally lands them right on the roof of the person that they are looking for As in book 3, it is extremely hard for me to believe that a man can climb up or down the side of a tower at night by grasping onto slight protuberances It is never explained to the reader how Hadron s invisible ship floated away in Tjanath, and that ship s miraculous reappearance in U Gor is just totally unlikely in the extreme Also never explained is how Tul Axtar manages to track down Phor Tak at the book s conclusion this one really had me scratching my head The surprise regarding Tavia at the book s end is so very obvious that only the most obtuse of readers will not see it coming it is so obvious that I wonder if Burroughs really meant it to be a surprise at all.Despite all this grousing, I do NOT want to give the impression that I didn t enjoy this book It fully deserves the four stars that I give it, if only for its great show of imagination and superb pace Oh yesthere is one other thing that I loved In one portion of the book, it is said that it is the boast of John Carter leader of Mars most powerful army that he will never fire the first time in a war, even though as in this book he is faced with a power mad thug who has accumulated weapons of mass destruction I have to wonder what Dubya would ve made of this Another very good Barsoom novel Great action, good romance Edgar Rice Burrougs did it again This is the seventh Barsoom book, and still this book is a pleasure to read Once Burroughs created situations, persons and communities on Barsoom that are novel and intersting enough to give you a pleasant time while reading about them It is difficult to realise that this book was written about 100 years ago It is still fresh as were it written nowadays In this book the I is a native Martian although his way of thinking is very earthly and this, but only this, could be a minor point of criticism and once John Carter plays only a very small role.If you like this kind of books, read it If you don t you won t even see this review So I guess you do like this kind of pulp fiction Whatever It is pure reading pleasure This is in fact one of the best Barsoom books However, there are four to come, so I can t be certain how the rest is What I am certain of, is that I will read them all Tan Hadron From The Realm Of Gathol Encounters A Wide Range Of Enemies In This Science Fiction Thriller Of The S He Fends Off Green Men, Mad Scientists, Cannibals, Spiders And White Apes The Main Character, Tan Hadron, Finds Himself An Unlikely Hero In This Pulp Fiction Classic A Fighting Man Of Mars, Is The Seventh Book In The Edgar Rice Burroughs Martian Series Great story The hero in this story is Tan Hadron who is a minor noble who falls passionately in love with a noblewoman who rejects him She is later kidnapped and used as a pawn in a war Tan is called upon to rescue her and would be considered worthy of her Later he meets up with a strong willed but very passionate and devoted slave girl named Tavia In the end I loved what happened Especially the great battle Tan proves to be just as noble a hero John Carter and Ulysses Paxton are The only problem of the story is that it does drag at a few points But it picks up eventually B