Burroughs is the next step after Jules Verne and H. G. Wells. Look for some parallel names that have been adapted in Star Wars. Warriors are called jed; their leader jeddak (jeddi). The great beast of Barsoom is the banth (bantha) the great Barsoomian lion. You will also encounter the Sith, a huge creature part wasp, part scorpion. The hero, John Carter, dies at the onset of the first book to be mysteriously reincarnated on Mars (called Barsoom by the Martians) alternating for ten-year periods. Look for vivid descriptions of wield aliens and creatures of Mars as well a sketchy technological advancement. On land they move around on beasts (called thoats) but also have large number of airframesreferred to as ships and thus have navies, not air forces (again Star Wars)ranging from battle ships to one-person fliers (These seem to be merely open-air platforms: no cabin whatsoever). In spite of this, most fightingand there is a wealth of itis done with long-swords (the early Star Wars light sabers). The butchery seems to have no end; it is the major vocation and pastime.
So here it is. John Carter finally rescues Dejah Thoris and Thuvia from the dreaded Thurns. Not, however, wrecking havoc over most of Mars. All ends well, of course, as he saves them all and is proclaimed Jeddak or Jeddaks: Warlord of Mars.
Far to the north, in the frozen wastes of Polar Mars, lay the home of the Holy Therns, sacred and inviolate. Only John Carter dared to go there to find his lost Dejah Thoris. But between him and his goal lay the bones of all who had gone before.
John Carter, the hero of Mars from Earth, has to deal with a fanatical cult and the kidnap of his beloved. This is classic pulp fiction from Edgar Rice Burroughs, the master of the art form. If you like exciting adventure stories, give it a try. If you're offended by barbarian guys running around and their women clinging on their legs and their every word, steer clear. Sorry, folks, the past isn't going to change for our politically correct world.