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Tarzan and the Forbidden City

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1938
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32 chapters
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1951
Copyright ©, by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., 1941
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The rainy season was over; and forest and jungle were a riot of lush green starred with myriad tropical blooms, alive with the gorgeous coloring and raucous voices of countless birds, scolding, loving, hunting, escaping; alive with chattering monkeys and buzzing insects which all seemed to be busily engaged in doing things in circles and getting nowhere, much after the fashion of their unhappy cousins who dwell in unlovely jungles of brick and marble and cement.
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"Men are strange beasts," said Tarzan.
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Originally published in Argosy magazine as "The Red Star of Tarzan" copyright © by the Frank A. Munsey Company.  It was published in an abridged book form as "Tarzan and the Forbidden City" copyright © 1938 by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.
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AS NIGHT FELL, Helen, lying bound in a filthy hut, heard the booming of drums in the village street outside. Eerie and menacing they sounded, mysterious, threatening. She felt that they were beating for her—a savage, insistent dirge, foretelling death. She wondered what form it would take, when it would come to her. She felt that she might almost welcome it as an escape from the terror that engulfed her. Presently, warriors came and jerked her roughly to her feet after removing the bonds that confined her ankles; then they dragged her out into the village street before the hut of Mpingu, the chief, and tied her to a stake, while around her milled screaming women and shouting warriors. In the glare of the cooking fires the whole scene seemed to the doomed girl the horrible phantasmagoria of some hideous nightmare from which she must awaken. It was all too fantastic to be real, but when a spear point pierced her flesh and warm blood flowed she knew she did not dream.

A well equipped safari lay in an ordered camp. Porters and askaris squatted around tiny cook fires; and before the central beast fire, two men who were not natives talked with Mbuli, the headman, while faintly from afar came the sullen sound of native drums.

"They are at it," said Atan Thome. "Mbuli tells me this is cannibal country and that we had better get out quickly. Tomorrow we'll make a long trek toward Ashair. The girl is lost. The drums may be for her."

"Her blood is on your head, master," said Lal Taask.

"Shut up," snapped Thome. "She is a fool. She might have lived happily and enjoyed the fruits of The Father of Diamonds."

Lal Taask shook his head. "The ways of women are beyond the comprehension of even thou, master. She was very young and very beautiful; she loved life; and you took it from her. I warned you, but you would not heed. Her blood is on your head."

Atan Thome turned irritably away, but the drums followed him to his tent and would give him no rest.

"The drums!" said d'Arnot. "I do not like them; so often they spell death for some poor devil. The first time I heard them, I was tied to a stake; and a lot of painted devils were dancing around me pricking me with spears. They don't quite kill you at first, they just torture you and let you live as long as possible so that you may suffer more, for your suffering is their pleasure."

"But how did you escape?" asked Lavac.

"Tarzan came," said d'Arnot.

"He has not returned," said Magra. "I am afraid for him. Perhaps the drums are for him."

"Do you suppose they could have gotten him?" asked Gregory.

 

Added: 19-May-2017
Last Updated: 17-Nov-2023

Publications

 01-Mar-1964
Ballantine Books
Mass Market Paperback
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Date Issued:
Cir 01-Mar-1964
Format:
Mass Market Paperback
Cover Price:
$0.50
Pages*:
191
Catalog ID:
U2020
Internal ID:
33352
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ISBN:
Unknown
Printing:
1
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Credits:
Richard Powers  - Cover Artist
BALLANTINE BOOKS made publishing history with the simultaneous publication of the first ten volumes in the series of twenty-two adult Tarzan books by EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS.  These were followed in sequence by numbers eleven and twelve.  NOW, with the simultaneous release of the last ten volumes, the entire Tarzan series is available in BALLANTINE BOOKS editions - all complete and unabridged, all authorized:

1 TARZAN OF THE APES
2 THE RETURN OF TARZAN
3 THE BEASTS OF TARZAN
4 THE SON OF TARZAN
5 TARZAN & THE JEWELS OF OPAR
6 JUNGLE TALES OF TARZAN
7 TARZAN THE UNTAMED
8 TARZAN THE TERRIBLE
9 TARZAN & THE GOLDEN LION
10 TARZAN & THE ANT MEN
11 TARZAN, LORD OF THE JUNGLE
12 TARZAN & THE LOST EMPIRE
13 TARZAN AT THE EARTH'S CORE
14 TARZAN THE INVINCIBLE
15 TARZAN TRIUMPHANT
16 TARZAN & THE CITY OF GOLD
17 TARZAN & THE LION MAN
18 TARZAN & THE LEOPARD MEN
19 TARZAN'S QUEST
20 TARZAN & THE FORBIDDEN CITY
21 TARZAN THE MAGNIFICENT
22 TARZAN & "THE FOREIGN LEGION"

TARZAN 20  TARZAN & THE FORBIDDEN CITY

Tarzan almost loses his life in the strangest temple he has ever visited - an underwater building, deep in a crater lake - where priests protect the fabulous diamond that has caused war between Thobos and Ashair.
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First Printing: March 1964
 01-Jan-2014
ePub Books
e-Book
In my libraryHas a cover imageBook Edition Cover
Date Issued:
Cir 01-Jan-2014
Format:
e-Book
Pages*:
262
Internal ID:
2512
Publisher:
ISBN:
Unknown
Country:
United States
Language:
English
From epubbooks.com:

Tarzan cared little for the fate of adventurer Brian Gregory, drawn to the legendary city of Ashair by the rumor of the Father of Diamonds, the world’s hugest gem. But to the ape-man the tie of friendship was unbreakable, and Paul d’Arnot’s pleas moved him to agree to guide the expedition Gregory’s father and sister organized for his rescue. The enigmatic Atan Thome was also obsessed with the Father of Diamonds, and planted agents in the Gregory safari to spy out its route and sabotage its efforts. Both parties reached their goal, remote Ashair . . . as prisoners of its priests, doomed to die in loathsome rites.
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Author(s)

 Edgar Rice Burroughs
Birth: 01 Sep 1875 Chicago, Illinois, USA
Death: 19 Mar 1950 Encino, California, USA

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