In this classic and timeless novel, hero John Carter starts his famous adventures, full of swordplay and daring feats, in what is considered a classic example of 20th century pulp fiction. It is also a seminal instance of the planetary romance, a sub-genre of science fantasy that became highly popular in the decades following its publication. Its early chapters also contain elements of the Westerns genre. The story is set on Mars, imagined as a dying planet with a harsh desert environment. In this story, hero John Carter, a Confederate veteran of the American Civil War, goes prospecting in Arizona immediately after the war’s end. Having struck a rich vein of gold, he runs afoul of the Apaches. While attempting to evade pursuit by hiding in a sacred cave, he is mysteriously transported to Mars, called “Barsoom” by its inhabitants. John Carter finds that he has great strength and superhuman agility in this new environment as a result of its lesser gravity. During his adventure, John Carter battles menacing forces along with the lovely princess of Helium, Dejah Thoris. Between them and a safe escape lies a treacherous landscape of strange creatures and mysterious deadly dangers!
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