99 Cent The Lad and the Lion (story, tale, narrative, fable, legend, fiction, narrative, narration, tale, history, legend, story) by History Burroughs
This book, is a sort of throw back to his original idea of Tarzan, instead of an Ape-Man though, the culmination is a lion man. We have no Baltimore beauty, but instead a desert princess, haughty and spoiled, but very passionate.
Michael is the grandson of a king, somewhere in Europe,and the next in line to the throne. His grandfather, assasignated, has sent his grandson away. Little could anyone predict the boat would sink and Michael would become the latest victim of one of Burroughs favorite plot devices, an amnesiac. The boy doesn't remember a thing about his previous life, speech, civilization, nothing.
He is picked up by a (the most villainous character in the book) deaf mute in a boat, who also has a lion cub kept in a cage. The two (lion and lad) a victim of this nameless man's cruelties and become 'brothers'.
Eventually, they find land and Michael has a few Tarzanish episodes.
While all of this is happening ERB returns us at regular intervals to the happenings of Michael's homeland, and things are not going well. This book, is the first I have read by him to have such totally divergent plots (and never the twain shall meet) once Michael is separated from his homeland, his effect on the country is nothing (except being mentioned wistfully, as he is thought dead and its effect on him is nothing).
The ending is rather ironic, but as it should be, I think, though I wouldn't be surprised if there were some ideas for a sequel bouncing around ERB's head as he wrote this, it leaves the option open.