Tarzan and the ""Fountain of Youth"": Searching for the mission son of a friend, Tarzan encounters agents of an unscrupulous pharmaceutical company exploiting jungle resources for its own profit.
Tarzan and the Cross of Vengeance: A team of archaeologists making a groundbreaking discover; a group of well-meaning but na•ve tribes; and a ruthless band of men with a dark purpose stir up a heady mix of challenges for Tarzan, fomenting an intertribal war that only he can stop.
Tarzan the Conqueror: When the Third Reich invades Africa to exploit the land for riches and enslave the native populations in labor camps, Tarzan leads the tribes in an unprecedented tribal resistance.
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As a small boy growing up in the 50's I was captured every Saturday afternoon by a local TV station that carried me into the jungles of Africa, fighting lions, battling fierce natives and living with the apes along with Tarzan. We had adventure after adventure in this wonderland of the Ape Man and this book took me right back to those Saturday excursions with these three short stories. Tarzan Trilogy by Thomas Zachek is a romp back in time with interesting and believable characters, the feeling of a Saturday afternoon movie and of course good versus evil. The book starts off with Tarzan and the Fountain of Youth, a story that carries Lord Greystoke back to his beloved jungle. The story is well paced and fun. There are moments of introduction to new companions along with fast paced adventure where I could almost see Gordon Scott swinging and fighting in each page as Tarzan seeks to rescue the son of a friend kidnapped in a ruthless battle with an organization intent on profiting from jungle resources. The second story, Tarzan and the Cross of Vengeance, pulls Tarzan into a battle to protect his jungle and friends from being destroyed by hatred and tribal uprisings manipulated from unknown sources. The introduction of the cast is believable as well as well written to share both background and a bit of intrigue. The last story, Tarzan the Conqueror, was my favorite. As my friend Jess Terrell said when he suggested I read this book, this story could have been expanded into a full novel. Again, and maybe because I have the Nook version without the interior art by Douglas Klauba, which looks amazing, I kept seeing Gordon Scott swinging through the trees, battling German forces and fighting for the home he loves. There is adventure, excitement and all the things those Saturday afternoons gave me as a boy and let me tell you, this 65 year old man loved enjoying it. Now let me do a personal side step if I may. I was introduced to Tarzan by old movies and my very first comic book, which I still have from 1957 sans the cover, was my second introduction to his adventures. There was one Summer my mom could barely get me out of my black swim trunks, in my mind my loin cloth, or keep me from sleeping with my rubber knife tucked into it. About eight years later I got the Whitman version of the original Tarzan of the Apes. The ERB books are legendary and the Tarzan of those books is in many ways a much different character. But the movies are still a big part of the legend and a fun way of being a Tarzan fan. I highly recommend this book to any of you who want to roam the jungles of Africa, hang out with manu or the mangani, party with the Waziri or even slay Numa with only a knife. The best thing about ERB is he just told a story. Tom, you told three stories. Vando... or in English.. Good.
Lord Greystoke speaks to the House of Lords… This book falls within the Wild Adventures of Tarzan/Edgar Rice Burroughs series. The book consists of three loosely linked novellas. The links are there but very subtle. This means that they read well as a series but also as individual tales of Tarzan. That fact is IMHO brilliant! “1936: Tarzan and the Fountain of Youth” begins the book with a bang! Tarzan meets a friend for a drink at a London pub. George Fredrickson wants Tarzan to return to Africa. Fredrickson’s son Jack is out of touch, being in Africa with a Botanist named Professor Alistair Winslow. Fredrickson wants Tarzan to find Jack before it’s too late. Winslow is working for a man named Peter DeKelm, a representative for Consolidated Pharmaceutical. They are looking to find the secret of why certain African tribes seem to live longer than other people. They are determined to get what they want and no one better stand in their way… “1937: Tarzan and the Cross of Vengeance” is the story of a man named Maximilian who has a beef to pick with Tarzan. Thanks to a PI named Raymond Wilson, Maximilian now knows that Tarzan is actually John Clayton, Lord Greystoke! Add in a Missionary lady who is determined to convert the native tribes in the vicinity of Tarzan’s African home and you get a blast of action, intrigue, and mystery. Maximilian wants revenge, yet Tarzan does not have any clue as to why… “1938: Tarzan the Conqueror” brings the Nazis to Tarzan’s neighborhood. Tarzan has argued in the House of Lords that the Nazis’ presence in Africa, their enslavement of native tribes, and flat out murders should be a priority for Great Britain. The other members point out that the Government is in the midst of negotiations with Germany, and is loath to anger Hitler. It is only natives, and they should fend for themselves. Tarzan is not one to stand by and let his friends be slaughtered by the Third Reich. He will go to war with the German Occupation of Africa even if he has to do it alone! All three stories could have been written by Burroughs himself! The tone, the atmosphere, the characters and relationships with the natives ring as if Thomas Zachek were channeling Burroughs’ spirit! Bravo! Well done! Encore! I give each individual story and the volume as a whole five stars plus! Quoth the Raven…