The Mad King

The Mad King

by Edgar Rice Burroughs


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All Ludstadt was in an uproar. The mad king had escaped. For ten years no man of them all had set eyes upon the face of the boy-king who had been hastened to the grim castle of Blentz upon the death of the old king, his father. Into this troubled country came Barney Custer of Beatrice, Nebraska, a virtual twin of the mad king.
Upon Custer's second visit to Lutha, he squares a few accounts he was forced to overlook in his hasty retreat from the tiny kingdom after he had incurred the jealous hatred of the mad king.

Contains "The Mad King" and "Barney Custer of Beatrice".

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781987068962
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 05/08/2019
Pages: 310
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

An adventurer in life before he opened up an exciting new world of adventure with his books. A cavalryman in Arizona, a policeman in Salt Lake City, a cowboy in Idaho, and a gold miner in Oregon. He did not start to write until he was thirty-five. Then he found himself famous as the author of “Tarzan of the Apes”. Today he ranks as one of the most widely read authors.

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Mad King 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
DWWilkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Being familiar with the story of the Prisoner of Zenda, when I picked this tale up in my teens, I thought it was a copy of that work. Little did I know that Hope's Zenda was copied in many places. Jack Lemmon and Flashie both live Ruritanian Romances and so wanting to research for a project I recently returned to this tale. Now available through the courtesy of Project Gutenberg for free.We have our hero, visiting the land of his ancestors and finding that there are a great many evil machinations going on. But he is instantly caught up with a princess and falls for her so quick that this becomes the theme of the story. Even when we have the Austrians and Serbians poised against each other a in the entire last half of the book, the romance of our hero and the princess seems to me to eclipse the rest. But no moment passes without action, including his escape from a firing squad. That the king he needs to impersonate in not only a coward but vindictive as well shows that our hero is the best of all choices for anything and that there is little need for him to even think of a role as Sydney Carton. I think that there should be a renaissance of Ruritanian Romances now. The Mad King is a great place to start after you have done the Prisoner of Zenda. Well worth a read and then a reread some few years later.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago