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The Beasts of Tarzan

Edgar Rice Burroughs

Book Overview: 

This is the third of Burrough’s Tarzan novels. In the previous novel Tarzan reclaimed his name and title as John Clayton, Lord Greystoke. In this novel he finds that proper society is just as vicious as the jungle when greedy men threaten him and his new family. Jane and her infant son Jack are kidnapped by Tarzan’s enemies, Nikolas Rokoff and Alexis Paulvitch, who then trap Tarzan himself and attempt to exile him forever on a primitive island, bereft of all those dear to him. There, however, Tarzan gains new allies in the panther Sheeta and the ape Akut, together with Akut’s band. With their aid he tracks down his wife and son. . .and his arch enemies Rokoff and Paulvitch.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Almost immediately there was a crashing of the underbrush close at hand, and the long, lithe body of his strange companion broke into view.

At sight of the body of Bara and the smell of blood the panther gave forth a shrill scream, and a moment later two beasts were feeding side by side upon the tender meat of the deer.

For several days this strangely assorted pair roamed the jungle together.

When one made a kill he called the other, and thus they fed well and often.

On one occasion as they were dining upon the carcass of a boar that Sheeta had dispatched, Numa, the lion, grim and terrible, broke through the tangled grasses close beside them.

With an angry, warning roar he sprang forward to chase them from their kill. Sheeta bounded into a near-by thicket, while Tarzan took to the low branches of an overhanging tree.

Here the ape-man unloosed his grass rope from about his neck, and as Numa st. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I bought this huge collection of 25 Tarzan novels, I think for only $0.99 a few years ago. I am slowly going through it. Just now finishing off Tarzan #3: The Beasts of Tarzan. I read the first 7 books way back about 30+ years ago, but now with this collection I aim to continue on and read them a...more

- So, your third Tarzan in a row, huh?

- Yes.

- How was it?

- Same old, same old.

- What do you mean?

- Well, Tarzan got in trouble, rushes through the jungle, kills, hunts, eats raw meat etc. Almost gets killed a couple times. Things like that.

- There must be more to it than only that?

- Oh, yeah. This time he hunts the bad guy together with a...more

To celebrate "Tarzan of the Apes"'s centennial this month--Edgar Rice Burroughs' first Tarzan novel was released in the October 1912 issue of "All-Story Magazine"--I have been compulsively reading the first novels in what eventually became a series of some two dozen books. Book #2, "The Return of...more

“The Beasts of Tarzan”, the third book by Edgar Rice Burroughs to feature his famous leopard-print-loinclothed hero, sees our hero, Lord Greystoke, on a chase to save his newborn infant son from the vile hands of Russian ne-’er-do-well Nikolas Rokoff and his partner-in-crime, Alexis Paulvitch, wh...more

This third book picks up some time after the events of the first two (the first two essentially being one complete tale). Seems as if Tarzan has already established his African estate, and he and Jane divide their time between Africa and London. The book opens with Tarzan receiving the news that...more

Even though the Tarzan stories are over 60 years old they remain timeless. These books are fantastic reading. These books make all the movies and cartoons seem meaningless. Highly recommended

Yeah, more Burroughs - read it on my smartphone. This was arguably, a bit sexist, and/or racist, again, arguably, although not for the times, considering it is early 20th century fiction.

The main thing is, Tarzan has A PET LEOPARD, and loyal band of giant apes in this one, who chew up his enemie...more

I hadn't read a Tarzan book in a while and was eager to return to his jungle world. My copy is illustrated and I loved the drawings.

Once again, I decided to listen to an audio book on a long ride, and this was the one I stumbled across. I had recently mentioned online that Tarzan of the books was articulate and intelligent, in contrast to his film version, but I knew this by reputation only, as I had never read a Tarzan book....more

Another action packed Tarzan novel. This one was a bit of a contradiction. On one hand this may have been my favorite of the Tarzan books so far, but on the other hand it was a little more far-fetched then even the previous novels. (If it gets more far-fetched than a human raised by apes, that is...more

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