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John Norman, born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1931, is the creator of the Gorean Saga, the longest-running series of adventure novels in science fiction history. Starting in December 1966 with Tarnsman of Gor, the series was put on hold after its twenty-fifth installment, Magicians of Gor, in 1988, when DAW refused to publish its successor, Witness of Gor. After several unsuccessful attempts to find a trade publishing outlet, the series was brought back into print in 2001. Norman has also produced a separate science fiction series, the Telnarian Histories, plus two other fiction works (Ghost Dance and Time Slave), a nonfiction paperback (Imaginative Sex), and a collection of thirty short stories, entitled Norman Invasions. The Totems of Abydos was published in spring 2012.
All of Norman’s work is available both in print and as ebooks. The Internet has proven to be a fertile ground for the imagination of Norman’s ever-growing fan base, and at Gor Chronicles (www.gorchronicles.com), a website specially created for his tremendous fan following, one may read everything there is to know about this unique fictional culture.
In this story Tarl of Port Kar escapes from the Soldiers of Ar in the Vosk Delta after being accused of being a Cosian spy. He is used as a draft animal by the soldiers. The army of Ar has been lead into the the Delta by traitors to Ar and is decimated by the Delta itself and the Rencers. They have not swamp craft and are allegedly chasing the Cosian army. It is all a lie. When columns of Ar try to leave the Delta they are attacked and killed by Cos. Tarl spent time with the rencers in the Delta many books ago before going to Port Kar and he has excellent swamp skills and manages to gather up many soldiers of Ar along with the traitoress Lady Ina and leads them to safety. There is a price on Ina's head and Tarl and Marcus of Ar's Station manage to save her. She knows things she shouldn't know about Ar's army being betrayed. She is rescued and taught her slavery by Tarl. The unflagging rhetoric about female slavery being the natural state. More action and plot development. Stronger book than book 22 before the Dancer of Gor side track. Decent read I rate it this high because I am a fan. Not the book to start on John Norman's work - they have numbers after all. If you've gotten this far you'll like it better than the last several and the Tarl character gets back his stride.. .
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John Norman was a writer of the 60's, not the best writer but what his writings have given to many people is a world that they can read and have come to life in their mind. This gift that have driven many men to be honorable, and women to be sensual to the men they love. If you can read all the books you will enjoy the understanding of a life on Gor. I enjoy reading how Tarl is patient and uses his heart and honor to act in any situation.
Many people role play from these books and enjoy making Gor come to life in Second life and many other chat rooms.
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