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Tarzan and the Lost Empire [Kindle Edition]

Edgar Rice Burroughs
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Book 12 in the 25 book series of Tarzan stories.

NKIMA danced excitedly upon the naked, brown shoulder of his master. He chattered and scolded, now looking up inquiringly into Tarzan's face and then off into the jungle.
"Something is coming, Bwana," said Muviro, sub-chief of the Waziri. "Nkima has heard it."
"And Tarzan," said the ape-man.
"The big Bwana's ears are as keen as the ears of Bara the antelope," said Muviro.
"Had they not been, Tarzan would not be here today," replied the ape-man, with a smile. "He would not have grown to manhood had not Kala, his mother, taught him to use all of the senses that Mulungu gave him."
"What comes?" asked Muviro.
"A party of men," replied Tarzan.
"Perhaps they are not friendly," suggested the African. "Shall I warn the warriors?"
Tarzan glanced about the little camp where a score of his fighting men were busy preparing their evening meal and saw that, as was the custom of the Waziri, their weapons were in order and at hand.
"No," he said. "It will, I believe, be unnecessary, as these people who are approaching do not come stealthily as enemies would, nor are their numbers so great as to cause us any apprehension."
But Nkima, a born pessimist, expected only the worst, and as the approaching party came nearer his excitement increased. He leaped from Tarzan's shoulder to the ground, jumped up and down several times and then, springing back to Tarzan's side, seized his arm and attempted to drag him to his feet.
"Run, run!" he cried, in the language of the apes. "Strange Gomangani are coming. They will kill little Nkima."
"Do not be afraid, Nkima," said the ape-man. "Tarzan and Muviro will not let the strangers hurt you."

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This time Tarzan finds a couple of lost Roman cities February 28, 2003
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"Tarzan and the Lost Empire" is a typical Edgar Rice Burroughs story about the Lord of the Jungle where somebody disappears and Tarzan goes off into some uncharted part of Africa to rescue them from a lost city. This basic plot describes most Tarzan novels starting with the lost Atlantis colony of Opar in "The Return of Tarzan." What makes "Tarzan and the Lost Empire" rather different from the rest is that the lost city this time around happens to be a couple of outposts from the Roman Empire, still up and running almost two thousand years later.
The person who needs to be rescued in this 12th Tarzan novel is Erich von Harben, the son of a German medical missionary who is one of the Ape Man's old friends. Tarzan tracks Erich to a lost valley where he discovers the Roman outposts. Castra Sanguinarius is ruled by Sublatus, the cruel Emperor of the West, while Castrum Mare is ruled by the tyrant Validus Augustus, the Emperor of the East. Of course Tarzan ends up in the arena of Castra Sanguinarius fighting for his life, while young Erich faces a similar fate in the arena of Castrum Mare. the ape-man was seeking to rescue him. This is standard ERB fare but the idea that all Roman outposts set up despotic emperors is laying it on a bit thick. Still, there are a few noble Romans running around for Tarzan to bond with during this adventure.
Burroughs did write a few historical adventures along with those set on exotic worlds or lost lands, so it would have been interesting to see him do a tale set in Ancient Rome, but this was as close as he got. As always with these pot-boilers, the principle is that the less of them you have read the more likely you are to be impressed by this one (and visa versa).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Super Reader August 3, 2007
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This adventure into a small lost civilisation of the past is a lot more fun than Lord of the Jungle. Tarzan is much more the focal character in this book, rather than a sideline character, so that helps.

Running around with his simian sidekick provides some comic relief, as he comes up against a couple of tinpot Caesars, manhandles one, overcomes in the arena, survives a siege, and topples some government.

Definitely entertaining.

"He rose from the throne and raised his hand for silence. The hum of voices ceased. "Caesar is dead, but upon someone of you must fall the
mantle of Caesar."

"Long live Tarzan! Long live the new Caesar!" cried one of the gladiators, and instantly every Sanguinarian in the room took up the cry."

Tarzan doesn't really fancy the job, so makes a suggestion that one of his martial Roman friends would fill the void nicely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Roman soldiers vs Tarzan April 6, 2010
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In this story from Burroughs, while searching for a missing anthropologist that was attempting to locate a lost tribe, Tarzan stumbles on a ancient Roman lost city buried in the deepest jungles of Africa. Even more startling is that there is a group of Roman soldiers, that is alive. Another wild adventure tale from the master. In addition, this book has a very collectible cover art from Frank Frazetta, as well as his art on the title page.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Concept Falls a Little Flat in Execution July 23, 2011
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This volume in the Tarzan series appealed to me because I've got a soft spot for lost civilization tales.

The jungle lord is approached by one of his civilized (European) friends, and asked to search a vast canyon where the guy's son, Erich Von Harben, is believed to have disappeared in search of a "lost tribe of Israel." What Von Harben found instead were two rival Roman city-states, perfectly preserved since the canyon was colonized in the 1st Century. Not a bad find, actually, and Von Harben also discovers love at first sight with a noble Roman girl, as can only happen in a classic pulp. But alas, not everything is sunshine and puppies in this anachronistic canyon, and Von Harben finds himself in prison due to corrupt politicians and their paranoia.

Tarzan, who entered the other end of the canyon, has also suffered a mishap that landed him in prison in the rival city-state (one is Castra Sanguinarious and one is Castrum Mare). Both Tarzan and Von Harben find allies among the political prisoners in their respective cities, but time is running out for the Ape Man to rescue Von Harben before the tyrannical Caesar has the suspicious outsider killed for sport in the arena.

Burroughs was fairly enlightened for the time in which he wrote (the first edition of Lost Empire was printed in the 1920s), but I still cringed a bit at the underlying attitude toward black Africans. You've got to take those factors into account when you read something this old. Something else I struggled with were the names. So many characters had authentic-sounding Roman names my head was swimming trying to keep track of them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More formula but still fun August 7, 2013
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One of Burroughs favorite formula plots for Tarzan was to have him find a lost civilization with two warring cities. As the series got into its middle stages he also started to drop in a second hero to carry the love interest in the story (since Tarzan was married to Jane and couldn't get involved). Oddly, by this time Jane's appearances had faded from the series. In many books she wasn't even mentioned. Tarzan's Waziri warriors were mentioned frequently, but Jane and Korak were no longer in ERB's plotting plans.

In "Tarzan and the Lost Empire" the Lord of the Jungle sets off in search of a friend's son. Both Tarzan and the friend's son wind up in a mysterious "haunted valley", which in fact is home to ... you guessed it ... rival Roman cities.

As usual, Burroughs did a great job of world building, selling the Roman/native African hybrid culture and introducing his usual cast of local villains, noble friends, fish out of water heroes, and of course, Tarzan there to save the day.

If you read this back to back with "Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle" (which has Tarzan and the secondary hero discovering rival cities of lost English Crusaders), you might find the story a bit stale, since there isn't a lot of difference. The fourth book after this, "Tarzan and the City of Gold" is more of the same.

Despite that, Burroughs always comes through with lively stories and a great feel for dynamic characterization, and this book is no exception.

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