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Purchase one of 1st World Library's Classic Books and help support our free internet library of downloadable eBooks. Visit us online at www.1stWorldLibrary.ORG - - 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 Godfors ...more
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Published July 1st 2005 by 1st World Library (first published 1916)
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Henry Avila
Tarzan like many of us today.Needs a little cash.His businesses in England are.. .Let's say the cash flow is not in balance with the expenses.Just a minor temporary difficulty.No problem. The ape man knows where to get a ton of gold.The lost city of Opar. He has been inside the hidden citadel before.And the inhabitants don't seem to realize or care .How valuable the gold is.Not to mention the precious jewels, also.They are too busy with human sacrifices .The Gods must be satisfied.Only blood can ...more
Kurt Reichenbaugh
Jun 11, 2013 Kurt Reichenbaugh rated it liked it
Shelves: pulp
Perfect summer reading. Tarzan discovers he's broke, goes to Opar to loot it of some gold (they'll never miss it, he figures) but gets amnesia instead after a sudden earthquake. He's followed to Opar followed by murderous cad, Albert Werper, who is in cahoots with Achmet Zek, a roving Arab bandit who has his eyes on Jane. Also in the mix is La, high priestess of Opar, who has the hots for Tarzan when she's not the woman scorned. Tarzan reverts back to his savage self while Jane is in the ...more
Seth Kenlon
Oct 20, 2012 Seth Kenlon rated it it was amazing
This is it. This is where the Tarzan series really gets going, for me. I guess for some Graystoke purists, this is probably the demise of Tarzan as a "serious work" because it basically becomes nonsense dime novel fiction from this point on, but to me, that's ERB at his best.

This book has everything; Tarzan returns to the lost city of Opar, meets a beautiful, alluring, and - of course - dangerous queen who falls in love with him, he gets amnesia, and Jane is in danger all the while. Fantastic ad
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Ailish
Jun 15, 2011 Ailish rated it really liked it
There is so much wrong with these books, but I am addicted to them. Tarzan, returning to Opar for more gold, suffers a nasty bump on the head during an earthquake, gets amnesia and reverts to his jungle past. This is not good for Jane who, in the meantime has been abducted once again and is waiting to be rescued by her forest-god. Mix in more man-eating lions, rites of human sacrifice, apes running around disguised as arab traders, shadowy figures slipping into tents with daggers in the night, ...more
Quentin Wallace
May 12, 2015 Quentin Wallace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good Tarzan novel. Tarzan ran around with amnesia through much of this book, which is a plot device that I usually don't like. However, it was well done in this case and very much fit the story. You had evil bandits, an army deserter, and the usual dangerous jungle creatures.

If you enjoy jungle adventures, this would be a good one to pick up.
Benjamin Thomas
“However low a man may sink, honor and chivalry, has he ever possessed them, are never entirely eradicated from his character.”

This is the fifth novel in the Tarzan series and is usually considered one of the better ones. Tarzan once again returns to Opar, the source of the gold for lost colony of fabled Atlantis. He follows a Belgian and Arab into the jungle where they stumble upon the lost city. Unfortunately, Tarzan loses his memory after a fight and reverts to his more primitive self. I lost
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Unbridled
Putting away Naked Lunch, I couldn't help myself but take down another Burroughs, Edgar Rice, and the only Tarzan book on my shelves, Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar. Did you know Tarzan's real name was John Clayton? I mean, we all knew he was Lord Greystoke; but even a Tarzan fan such as I, who, as a kid, ran around shirtless pretending to be Tarzan, did not know John Clayton. Johnny Weismuller, sure - but John Clayton, no. I also didn't know Tarzan craved the taste of hot blood. This is what ...more
Ed
Jan 22, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure, action
#5 in the Tarzan series. This 1916 series entry had two items which struck me as interesting because of connections to 1912 (recent at the time of writing) happenings. Author Burroughs uses titanic as an adjective meaning large but having connotations of the ocean liner sunk in 2012. He also refers to the ancestors of "Piltdown Man" swinging through the trees of England. The fossil known as Piltdown Man was discovered in England in 1912 and wasn't exposed as a hoax until 1953. After financial ...more
Cheryl
Jan 21, 2015 Cheryl rated it liked it
With this book we seem to go back to the formula. It feels a bit like Burroughs was being lead by the sales of books....okay, now I have to write another one....what can I have him do this time? Annnd a bit like daytime serials, he chose the amnesia gambit. Tarzan forgets that he is an English gentleman and returns to his days as a beast.

Perhaps the oddest thing about this book is the Keystone Cops feel of it. Every opportunity for Tarzan to miss running into Jane and having that reunion trigge
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Kailey
Tarzan and Jane have lost their vast fortune, so Tarzan journeys to Opar to plunder the treasure troves of that lost civilization. But his journey is perilous, and a treacherous friend brings ruin and betrayal that will bring down even strong Tarzan. Jane is left to defend herself against the marauding Arabs, and Tarzan will have to call once again on his animal friends of the jungle to save the day.

I always like the pace of a Burroughs novel. No frills or tangents, just straightforward action a
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Tommy Darby
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wally
#19 from burroughs-edgar-rice for me...tarzan! time for some tarzan! ooga booga! and the jewels of opar! tarzan #5 kindle. 24 chapters story begins:

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belgian and arab

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 frig
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Joe Santoro
I've been on a Tarzan comic kick lately (I just love that Jungle art) and I figured it was time to read some of the originals... I've read some other ERB stuff (John Carter, and most recently the Mucker, which was great), so I pretty prepared for the style and language, but some of his writing ticks got to me here.... using 'the former' and 'the latter' after a sentence mentioning 2 characters was pretty annoying, for instance.

The story was about what one would expect, a bunch of fun jungle adve
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dragonhelmuk
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Phil
Sep 14, 2016 Phil rated it liked it
Shelves: lit-general
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
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Last Ranger
Feb 10, 2016 Last Ranger rated it it was amazing
Pretty Pebbles:

While this may not be the best Tarzan novel it's certainly the most typical! A lost city ruled over by a stunningly beautiful high-priestess, La, who see in Tarzan her only hope for love and happiness. Add an evil villain who will stop at nothing to acquire, not only Opar's gold but the priceless jewels that lay forgotten in a hidden anti chamber of The lost city. Enter Tarzan, who returns to Opar in search of the gold that La and her priests are also unaware of. Instead of a fort
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Matti Karjalainen
Tarzan saa iskun päähänsä ja menettää muistinsa ollessaan noutamassa kultaharkkoja Oparin kaupungista. Se osoittautuu kohtalokkaaksi, sillä samaan aikaan petollisen belgialaisen sotilaskarkurin Albert Werperin ja kieron arabialaisen rosvopäällikön Ahmet Zekin johtamat joukot saapuvat Greystoken maatilalle pahat mielessään...

"Tarzan ja Oparin aarteet" (Karisto, 1945) on perusvarma viidakkoseikkailu, jossa ovat mukana kaikki sarjan peruselementit niin hyvässä kuin pahassakin. Lopussa paha saa palk
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Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com
Sep 19, 2013 Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar by Edgar Rice Burroughs is the fifth book the author written about Tarzan. As many other Tarzan stories it first appeared in a magazine and only later published as a book.

In The Son of Tarzan, the King of the Jungle discovered Opar, a legendary lost city which is the source of gold. Needing finances, Tarzan returns to enrich himself from their stockpiles. But Tarzan isn’t the only greedy human in the jungle, Albert Werper, a Belgian army officer is also there, secre
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Janet
Sep 19, 2016 Janet rated it liked it
Love triangle! Passionate priestess! Gold! Jewels! Human sacrifice! Amnesia! Jane gets kidnapped (again)! Ravenous lions! People chasing after each other all over Africa!

It's a Tarzan book. Good stuff.
Thom Swennes
The fortunes of Lord Graystoke, alias Tarzan of the Apes, have succumbed to circumstances in England and he is forced to return to an ancient treasure to make up his financial losses. Tarzan’s archenemy is in the form of Lieutenant Albert Werper, a Belgian army officer that has fled into the jungles of Central Africa after murdering a fellow officer. The vast treasure of Atlantis is compromised and through a freak accident Tarzan receives a blow to the head causing complete amnesia. Luckily the ...more
Pedro
Sep 15, 2016 Pedro added it
What if, in the prime of your life, suddenly your memory was taken from you? In "Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar" Edgar Rice Burroughs expertly combines an action filled story with the ever undying romance that keeps Jane and John together. Even though this book is a sequel from the original Tarzan, Mr. Burroughs still connects the characters with the reader in an emotional level, that gives the reader joy or sorrow as the book progresses towards the end. Burroughs demonstrates his skill as a ...more
Gretchen
Jul 13, 2016 Gretchen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s, adventure
I am fairly impressed at Burroughs' ability to continually create new adventures. While there are certainly echoes of familiarity in the actions and wordings, the stories are never dull.

This tale includes two of my plot element pet peeves--splitting up the group and amnesia. However, they were used in such a way that added to the development. Tarzan suffers an injury while trying to replenish his gold cache, which leaves Jane in the hands of various enemies. When a pouch of jewels is added to th
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Tony
Dec 01, 2009 Tony rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Burroughs, Edgar Rice. TARZAN AND THE JEWELS OF OPAR. (n.d., this edition 1963). **. They don’t get any better, but I persevere. In this adventure, Tarzan travels to the lost city of Opar (he never explains why it was lost, even though it was full of creatures), a fabulour city ruled by its all-powerful High Priestess and run by a savage race that is half man, half beast. Tarzan must travel to Opar to recoup his lost fortunes. Here disaster strikes the mighty Lord of the Jungle. This is episode ...more
Tyler Hill
Feb 26, 2016 Tyler Hill rated it really liked it
This book seemed much more action packed than the last, although not very consistent in its story. I did notice what I've seen in other reviews, Burroughs used lions a little too much in this story. I can see why these books are regarded as "pulp fiction", There really isn't any groundbreaking or masterful writing being done. It's mostly just action, cliffhanger, kidnapping, escape, repeated until the bad guy dies. Still, the cliffhangers are at least done well enough that you are left in ...more
East Bay J
Feb 18, 2010 East Bay J rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Burroughs was a pretty imaginative fellow, at least inasmuch as he was able to come up with yet another reason for Tarzan to light out for the jungle. That amnesia keeps him there and sets up the story at hand is a classic of cliches. Someone reviewing this volume on Goodreads said something about how the Tarzan books never get any better. Maybe so, but I like 'em. And they don't seem to be getting any worse, either. Burroughs never fails to twist and turn a plot line, nor does he fail to leave ...more
Jack Bell
Feb 26, 2008 Jack Bell rated it really liked it
I have very old editions of Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar and Tarzan and the Ant-Men. The Ant-Men I simply devoured in one go, years ago, and it was a thrill. For Opar, I could never get beyond the second page. It just didn't seem of the same calibre (and I guess the 30s depiction of La didn't help either). But I finally decided to get on with it, and boy was it an adventure. Evil Belgians, devious Arabs, inhuman Oparians and a savage Tarzan, to boot!

Note that this is the original Tarzan, not th
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Margot
Oct 02, 2011 Margot rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Same old, same old.

The only somewhat new and interesting element to this fifth installment in the Tarzan series was the return of La, the high priestess of Opar, who will do nearly anything to force Tarzan to become her mate. Beyond that, Tarzan loses his memory and is reduced to the original state of his bestial upbringing. Jane gets kidnapped and escapes about fifty times (surprise!) and, as usual, her incredible beauty makes the kidnappers decide they would like to take her for their own.
Erik Graff
Jun 20, 2010 Erik Graff rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tarzan fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: literature
Although I got hooked on Burroughs' Pellucidar and Barsoom series, I eventually tried his most famous novel, Tarzan. I hadn't expected much, the several Tarzan movies I'd seen having made me think the story would be boring. As it happened, however, Tarzan was better than I'd expected, with a lot more plot and background than any of the filmed versions. So, not finding my favorite series available on one trip to town from grandmother's cottage, I picked up this Tarzan book. It was disappointing. ...more
Ronald
Sep 06, 2016 Ronald rated it really liked it
read some time in 1976
Greg
Sep 13, 2008 Greg rated it it was ok
This was the book that turned me off to the rest of the Tarzan novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs. In my mind, Opar marked the beginning of ERB's efforts to milk the Tarzan legend. It is poorly written and poorly conceived and its only reason for being appears to have been to make money. Unlike his other extended series (the Martian series), the Tarzan novels that followed his first three seemd to me to have been written with little effort to entertain. I started a few of them, but they all seemed m ...more
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