The Chessmen of Mars
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The Chessmen of Mars

By Edgar Rice Burroughs
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Presently Ghek pushed aside a door that opened from the stairway, and before them Tara saw the moonlight flooding the walled court where the headless rykors lay beside their feeding-troughs. She saw the perfect bodies, muscled as the best of her father's fighting men, and the females whose figures would have been the envy of many of Helium's most beautiful women. Ah, if she could but endow them with the power to act! ~~~ Edgar Rice Burroughs created one of the most iconic figures in American pop culture, Tarzan of the Apes, and it is impossible to overstate his influence on entire genres of popular literature in the decades after his enormously winning pulp novels stormed the public's imagination. The Chessmen of Mars, first published in 1922, is the fifth book in Burroughs' Mars series, about the adventures of Earthman John Carter on the Red Planet. Here, Carter's daughter, Tara of Helium (aka Kansas), is caught up in a deadly game played by the bizarre creatures of the alien world... while also finding herself under the sway of the nameless warrior sent to rescue her. American novelist EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS (1875-1950) wrote dozens of adventure, crime, and science fiction novels that are still beloved today, including Tarzan of the Apes (1912), At the Earth's Core (1914), A Princess of Mars (1917), The Land That Time Forgot (1924), and Pirates of Venus (1934). He is reputed to have been reading a comic book when he died.

Table of Contents
  • THE CHESSMEN OF MARS
  • CONTENTS
  • THE CHESSMEN OF MARS
    • PRELUDE
    • JOHN CARTER COMES TO EARTH
    • CHAPTER I
    • TARA IN A TANTRUM
    • CHAPTER II
    • AT THE GALE'S MERCY
    • CHAPTER III
    • THE HEADLESS HUMANS
    • CHAPTER IV
    • CAPTURED
    • CHAPTER V
    • THE PERFECT BRAIN
    • CHAPTER VI
    • IN THE TOILS OF HORROR
    • CHAPTER VII
    • A REPELLENT SIGHT
    • CHAPTER VIII
    • CLOSE WORK
    • CHAPTER IX
    • ADRIFT OVER STRANGE REGIONS
    • CHAPTER X
    • ENTRAPPED
    • CHAPTER XI
    • THE CHOICE OF TARA
    • CHAPTER XII
    • GHEK PLAYS PRANKS
    • CHAPTER XIII
    • A DESPERATE DEED
    • CHAPTER XIV
    • AT GHEK'S COMMAND
    • CHAPTER XV
    • THE OLD MAN OF THE PITS
    • CHAPTER XVI
    • ANOTHER CHANGE OF NAME
    • CHAPTER XVII
    • A PLAY TO THE DEATH
    • CHAPTER XVIII
    • A TASK FOR LOYALTY
    • CHAPTER XIX
    • THE MENACE OF THE DEAD
    • CHAPTER XX
    • THE CHARGE OF COWARDICE
    • CHAPTER XXI
    • A RISK FOR LOVE
    • CHAPTER XXII
    • AT THE MOMENT OF MARRIAGE
    • JETAN, OR MARTIAN CHESS
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