Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar

Paperback, 188 pages

English language

Published March 8, 2007 by BiblioBazaar.

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From the book:Lieutenant Albert Werper had only the prestige of the name he had dishonored to thank for his narrow escape from being cashiered. At first he had been humbly thankful, too, that they had sent him to this Godforsaken Congo post instead of court-martialing him, as he had so justly deserved; but now six months of the monotony, the frightful isolation and the loneliness had wrought a change. The young man brooded continually over his fate. His days were filled with morbid self-pity, which eventually engendered in his weak and vacillating mind a hatred for those who had sent him here - for the very men he had at first inwardly thanked for saving him from the ignominy of degradation. He regretted the gay life of Brussels as he never had regretted the sins which had snatched him from that gayest of capitals, and as the days passed he …

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3 stars

This is the fifth volume in the Tarzan series and about equivalent in quality with the fourth. Tarzan himself continues to entertain, but much of the story's focus dwells on other characters, to the books detriment.

The story involves a Belgian soldier named Werper, on the run after killing his superior officer. He takes refuge at Tarzan's Waziri estate, where he happens to learn of the secret source of Tarzan's African wealth, the gold and jewels hidden in the lost city of Opar. After Tarzan is knocked senseless in an earthquake, Werper steals a pouch of gems from Tarzan, and spends the rest of the book alternately traveling with the amnesiac Tarzan or fleeing from him.

While the Jewels of Opar figure heavily in the story, I was disappointed at the minimal role Opar itself played. Introduced in a previous book, Opar is a classic lost city, ruled by a …

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