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    Author: Edgar Rice Burroughs

    Barsoom series: #2

    Country: United States

    Language: English

    Genre: Science Fantasy novel / Planetary romance

    Published: December 1913

    Origin: Project Gutenberg

    The novel begins as John Carter returns to Barsoom after his involuntary absence of ten years and finds himself in the Valley Dor, or the Barsoomian afterlife from which no one is permitted to leave. However, the Valley Dor is anything but a spiritual haven and instead Carter discovers that it is a ruse, forged by the Therns, a race of self-proclaimed gods. For eons they have deceived Barsoomians into believing that the pilgrimage to the Valley Dor is a journey to paradise, although in reality most visitors are either killed or enslaved by the Therns. Accompanied by friend Tars Tarkas, the pair tries to escape from the place, and are aided by the confusion caused by an attack by the Black Pirates of Barsoom upon the Therns. Taking advantage of the present mayhem, Carter and his accomplices are able to hijack a Black Pirate flier, killing most of the Pirates in the process and saving a Thern captive. Carter learns that the Black Pirates or the “First Born”, also see themselves as gods therefore clarifying their hatred for the Therns. The Red Planet finds itself in a time of crisis, immersed in religious and schismatic conflict, and it is up to Carter to not only participate but maneuver a planetary scale revolution.

    Burroughs continues his fast moving plot full of action and twists, as the endearing hero must prevail through many obstacles and bring order between the inhabitants, while ultimately reuniting himself with his family. The Gods of Mars is an exciting installment in the Barsoom series which continues to pave the way for science fiction as its protagonist faces his greatest challenges and deadliest dangers to date.

    Chapter I. The Plant Men
    Chapter II. A Forest Battle
    Chapter III. The Chamber of Mystery
    Chapter IV. Thuvia
    Chapter V. Corridors of Peril
    Chapter VI. The Black Pirates of Barsoom
    Chapter VII. A Fair Goddess
    Chapter VIII. The Depths of Omean
    Chapter IX. Issus, Goddess of Life Eternal
    Chapter X. The Prison Isle of Shador
    Chapter XI. When Hell Broke Loose
    Chapter XII. Doomed to Die
    Chapter XIII. A Break for Liberty
    Chapter XIV. The Eyes in the Dark
    Chapter XV. Flight and Pursuit
    Chapter XVI. Under Arrest
    Chapter XVII. The Death Sentence
    Chapter XVIII. Sola’s Story
    Chapter XIX. Black Despair
    Chapter XX. The Air Battle
    Chapter XXI. Through Flood and Flame
    Chapter XXII. Victory and Defeat