A Princess of Mars
Ex-Confederate Army captain John Carter finds himself suddenly and unwittingly transported to Mars while fleeing Apache Indians. This new world is populated by a race of monstrous Martians whose culture is based on the ability to fight for their race. Captured by the savage green men of Thark, John discovers that the gravitational difference between Mars and Earth has endowed him with the strength that he will need for survival on this hostile planet. He battles ferocious Martian creatures and gains the respect and friendship of the Barsoomians. Along the way he encounters the beautiful Dejah Thoris Princess of Helium, and earns her everlasting devotion.
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Burroughs employs a literary device for A Princess of Mars to which he returned to in several sequels—introducing the novel as though it were a factual account passed on to him personally. Characterized by copious violent action, the novel is essentially a travelogue, telling a tale of a journey and various encounters on that journey, that doesn’t always have an explicitly defined plot.
As is the case with the majority of the Barsoom novels to follow, A Princess of Mars portrays a hero facing impossible odds and forced to fight a range of lurid creatures in order to win the love of the heroine.
"A Princess of Mars" was difficult to stop reading. Kept me awake most of one night.