The Outlaws of Marsby Otis Adelbert Kline
From Pulpville Press: When Captain Jerry Morgan, expert swordsman, left the American Army, his scientist uncle, Dr. Richard Morgan, had no difficulty in persuading the adventurous young man to take a trip to Mars in a space ship, directed by mental telepathy. Jerry arrived in Raliad, largest city on Mars and is arrested as a spy. But Princess Junia intercedes on… See more details below
From Pulpville Press: When Captain Jerry Morgan, expert swordsman, left the American Army, his scientist uncle, Dr. Richard Morgan, had no difficulty in persuading the adventurous young man to take a trip to Mars in a space ship, directed by mental telepathy. Jerry arrived in Raliad, largest city on Mars and is arrested as a spy. But Princess Junia intercedes on his behalf, only to be accused of the killing of Junia's brother. This is the first publication of the complete text in book form.
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recommended for the adventurer in unusual unknown imaginary planets, great fantasy work, Kline wrote 5 interconnected novels, this is second of the Mars duo and there are 3 in the Venus group. Action and daring-do for all adventurers.
Although written 30 years before "Swordsman of Mars", in chronology this books follows "Swordsman" (which really should be read first). There is no exact continuity of characters, but enough. Jerry Morgan, forced to resign his command due to betrayal by his best friend and his finance, goes to his uncle Dr Richard Morgan in an attempt to pick up the pieces of his life. Dr Morgan is a shadowy figure to Jerry living in a mountainous retreat that Jerry had never before been allowed to visit. Jerry is very surprised to discover that his uncle, in conjunction with Val Lak, a Martian scientist and psychologist, has developed a machine to exchange thoughts with others...even millions of years in the past and on other planets. In "Swordsman of Mars" personalities were exchanged from a person on Earth with one on Mars. Now however Dr Morgan has developed a craft capable of exceeding the bonds of time and space and proposes to send his nephew Jerry to the ancient planet of Mars to be Dr Morgan's second representative on that planet. By physically sending Jerry there in his own body, Jerry's body retains it's inherent strength and agility (much like John Carter of Mars). Landing on the planet he immediately gets himself in trouble by slaying the princesses' pet and is sentenced to death! Lal Vak arrives in time to save Jerry and the adventures continue. The country Jerry has arrived in is wound up in a political intrigue involving the people of several races and Jerry's amazing entry has placed him in the very center of it. Sentenced first to death, then to life-time imprisonment in the mines, Jerry is involved in fights, sword fights, escapes, rescues and even more intrigues involving beautiful, but powerful, women. The science is campy and requires a suspension of disbelief, but the story telling is excellent and compelling. Kline is not Edgar Rice Burroughs or Robert E Howard, but he is very good and well worth the time to read.