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    Author: Edgar Rice Burroughs

    Barsoom series: #8

    Country: United States

    Language: English

    Genre: Science Fantasy novel

    Published: 1936

    Origin: Project Gutenberg

    Carter relates an adventure commencing with a private war he and his picked followers have been waging against the resurgent Guild of Assassins, led by Ur Jan. Hoping to cut off the threat at the root, he travels undercover to the Assassins’ base, the restive city of Zodanga, still smarting from its defeat and sack by the Empire of Helium and the horde of Tharks in A Princess of Mars. There Carter passes himself off in the underworld as Vandor, a freelance bravo, cultivating small-time criminal Rapas the Ulsio and attempting to penetrate the ranks of the Guild.

    Simultaneously, Carter becomes embroiled in the affairs of two rival scientists, Fal Sivas and Gar Nal, who are competing against each other to create a viable “synthetic brain”-controlled spacecraft. Complications ensue as the two threads of the plot become entangled, and the Guild, in its own attempt at a preemptive strike against Carter, kidnaps his wife, the princess Dejah Thoris of Helium.

    For the first time the action of the series goes off-planet, as Ur Jan and Gar Nal flee with Dejah to the Martian moon Thuria (Phobos) in one of the spacecraft, pursued by Carter and his allies Jat Or and Zanda in the other. The passage shrinks the travelers down until to them the tiny moon is the size of a planet.

    There, all are captured by the sun-worshipping Tarids, white-skinned and blue-haired natives of Thuria (which they call Ladan) whose mental powers render them invisible to the spacefarers. To win freedom from their jeweled prison, the antagonists must join forces with each other, aided by another captive, the one-eyed and two-mouthed chameleon-like “cat-man” Umka.

    Amid betrayal and heroic sacrifice, the parties from Mars eventually return to their home planet with Carter and Dejah still separated and the latter believed still captive on Thuria. In a final twist, she is revealed as still in the hands of Gar Nal, whom Ur Jan, honoring his earlier pledge of fealty to Carter, redeems himself by dispatching. — wikipedia


    Chapter I. Rapas the Ulsio
    Chapter II. Fal Sivas
    Chapter III. Trapped
    Chapter IV. Death by Night
    Chapter V. The Brain
    Chapter VI. The Ship
    Chapter VII. The Face in the Doorway
    Chapter VIII. Suspicion
    Chapter IX. On the Balcony
    Chapter X. Jat Or
    Chapter XI. In the House of Gar Nal
    Chapter XII. “We Both Must Die!”
    Chapter XIII. Pursued
    Chapter XIV. On to Thuria
    Chapter XV. Thuria
    Chapter XVI. Invisible Foes
    Chapter XVII. The Cat-Man
    Chapter XVIII. Condemned to Death
    Chapter XIX. Ozara
    Chapter XX. We Attempt Escape
    Chapter XXI. In the Tower of Diamonds
    Chapter XXII. In the Dark Cell
    Chapter XXIII. The Secret Door
    Chapter XXIV. Back to Barsoom