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The Outlaws of Mars
     

The Outlaws of Mars

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by Otis Adelbert Kline
 

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As the powerful car plunged up the mountain road, Jerry Morgan wondered
what sort of reception awaited him at the end of this drive. Would the
mysterious, eccentric man who was his uncle, and who lived in this
mountain retreat which his nephew had never been permitted to visit,
turn him away now?

It was not until he had reached the highest

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As the powerful car plunged up the mountain road, Jerry Morgan wondered
what sort of reception awaited him at the end of this drive. Would the
mysterious, eccentric man who was his uncle, and who lived in this
mountain retreat which his nephew had never been permitted to visit,
turn him away now?

It was not until he had reached the highest limit of timber growth that
he came upon a log habitation built against the mountainside which rose
steeply behind it, rugged and bare of vegetation. He stopped the car in
front of the log porch, off the road enough to avoid blocking it. No one
was around; no one appeared as he slammed the car door shut, climbed the
steps and crossed the veranda. No one answered his knock; the door swung
open at the impact and Jerry entered.

He found himself in a large living room, finished and furnished in
pioneer style, the walls decorated with trophies. Despite the chill at
this altitude, there was only cold, gray ashes mingled with bits of
charcoal in the fireplace. Jerry had the feeling that the place had not
been lived in for some time.

Exploration confirmed his initial impression. Shelves in the kitchen
were empty save for a few dishes and utensils. There was no sign of
food, and a thin film of dust had settled over everything, even the
sink.

Puzzled, he returned to the living room and seated himself on a birch
settee before the cold fireplace. Obviously, though this was the nominal
residence of his uncle, Doctor Richard Morgan did not really live here.
Where, then, did he live? As far as Jerry had been able to see in every
direction there had been no sign of a building of any kind, save this
one.

As he sat there, reflecting on these mysteries, he suddenly heard the
door open, and turning, saw his uncle.

Like his nephew, Richard Morgan was tall and powerfully built. The
remaining black among the silver hair and beard was as jet as Jerry's,
and though he did not look like a military man, his presence radiated
authority. His forehead was high and bulged outward over shaggy eyebrows
that met above his aquiline nose; and he wore a pointed, closely cropped
Vandyke.

"Glad to see you, Jerry," boomed the doctor in his resonant bass voice.
"I've been expecting you."

Jerry Morgan stared in amazement as he took his uncle's proffered hand.
"Expecting me? Why, I told no one--intended to surprise you. It sounds
almost like thought-transference."

"Perhaps you are nearer the truth than you imagine," replied the doctor,
seating himself.

Jerry brushed this aside, mentally, as he groped for the proper words
with which to frame his next speech. "I'm afraid you're not going to
like what I have to tell you, Uncle Richard," he began. "The fact is,
I've disgraced . . .

"I, know all about it, Jerry," said the doctor gently, and then
proceeded to give a detailed account of the episode the young man had
been about to tell. He ended with: "You knew the colonel would never
believe a story about your being framed in a manner reminiscent of
nineteenth-century melodrama, so you had no choice but to resign. What
you didn't know was that it was not Lieutenant Tracy, your rival, who
arranged the affair but Elaine herself."

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013704145
Publisher:
WDS Publishing
Publication date:
01/19/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
859,196
File size:
131 KB

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The Outlaws of Mars 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
EntertainingCM More than 1 year ago
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.
Bill_Newman More than 1 year ago
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.