With the upcoming release of John Carter in cinemas, I thought I would read the original source novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs at some point before it’s released on 9th March. So I have decided to read The First Barsoom Omnibus on which the film is based.
It features A soldier from Virginia named John Carter who gets inexplicably and unexpectedly transported to the red planet, Mars, where he soon finds himself being held prisoner by the cruel Green Men of Thark. However Carter wins them over & soon earns their respect with his displays of bravery and skill with the sword, and gains a friend in Tars Tarkas of the Tharks.
Carter then learns that the land of Barsoom is in turmoil and that the princess of the great City of Helium Dejah Thoris, is being held prisoner by the forces of evil, so he sets off to rescue her, He also learns that the fate of Mars hangs in the balance. Of course, Carter and the fiery Martian princess get off on the wrong foot, since Carter knows nothing about the culture of the red humanoid race, and the two of them are soon at odds with each other.
Carter wants to win the love of Thoris. But before he does, he will have to battle his way across the red planet, earn himself a royal title, unravel the mysteries of the River Iss, the Goddess Isis, and the Black Pirates of Barsoom. He soon finds himself in the midst of an all out war between the forces of civilization on Mars and those of destruction that will determine the fate of Mars and the survival of every single person on the planet!