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Tarzan's Quest (Tarzan #19)

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Tarzan of the Apes had heard only rumors of the Kavuru - a race of strange white savages. But when they stole the daugher of Muviro, chief of the Waziri, the Lord of the Jungle set on in search of their legend-shrouded village on a mission of rescue - or, if need be, of revenge. He could not know that his trail ran close to that of a strange group of survivors of a crashed ...more
Mass Market Paperback, Sixth US Printing, 191 pages
Published October 12th 1980 by Ballantine Books (first published October 1935)
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Ray Palmer
Oct 13, 2015 Ray Palmer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These late model Tarzan books are proving to be consistently good.

Jane makes her first appearance in 10 novels, since Tarzan and the Golden Lion. This is also the first mention of any of Tarzan’s family members in 9 novels, since Tarzan and the Ant Men. I was beginning to think that Mr. Burroughs was trying to imply that there was some kind of separation or that Tarzan had regressed so much to his pre-civilized days that he never left the jungle anymore.

The book starts with Tarzan investigating
David Ward
Oct 21, 2014 David Ward rated it liked it
Tarzan's Quest (Tarzan #19) by Edgar Rice Burroughs (Ballantine 1935) (Fiction). Tarzan's wife Jane becomes involved in a search for a bloodthirsty tribe of warriors who are reputed to have an immortality serum. Tarzan, Nkima, and the Waziri are all drawn in to rescue Jane. My rating; 7/10, finished 1973.
Glenn O'Bannon
Aug 30, 2014 Glenn O'Bannon rated it really liked it
This book is perhaps the best since the first two in the series. Burroughs departs from his usual formula of an ill-fated safari of muddle-headed white folk needing rescue. Instead Jane (finally!) returns as she accompanies a group of friends and acquaintances back to Africa in search of a rumored fountain of youth.

The plot is quite a lot tighter than many of the previous books in the series causing me to wonder if this book was written by a ghost writer (or that the few books previous were).

Jerry Kimbro
May 16, 2016 Jerry Kimbro rated it really liked it
Shelves: pulp
Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote this Tarzan novel- number 19 in the official canon of Tarzan books back in 1935. To those who are fans of the Tarzan novels(and sadly in this PC age- there seem to be less and less), it is beloved for two reasons- it is the last novel where Jane appears alongside her mate in all his adventures AND it is the book where Tazan, Jane, and Nkima become quite plausibly immortal.

ERB begins this tale with a tantalizing glimpse of Jane without Tarzan at luncheon with the upp
Aug 01, 2015 Howard rated it really liked it
I have read all 24 of the Tarzan books. Read dates are from the mid 1970s through 1982. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the Tarzan books. They made a great escape from high school and college. I still have all 24 books and they are at the top of my book shelf. I thought it was pretty neat to find the actual covers listed on Goodreads and there are no barcodes on the books, plus the cover price ranged from $1.50-1.95 for each book.
Janith Pathirage
Jan 29, 2015 Janith Pathirage rated it liked it
Not the worst Tarzan book but definitely not among the best ones either. I was exited to see Jane back in action after the horrible 'Tarzan and the Ant Men', but that joy short lived. She was too irritation and talking too much. Nkima was funny but I rally miss the times when Tarzan used to hang with his great apes. He used to tame lions and leopards to his advantage and use them against his foes. Gosh!, what happened to that Tarzan!!. And I badly miss Jad-bal-ja , La and Mugambi. That's why fir ...more
Jul 09, 2012 Neil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rather surprisingly in this late entry to the Tarzan series Jane returns to the narrative after an absence of almost 10 books in most of which she never even receives a passing mention. If you are reading the Tarzan books in order you will discover that the books in the second half of the series are nowhere near as good as the earlier works, so it's quite a shock to come to this book which is very good indeed. Not only as already stated is Jane present but she has the lead role in one of the two ...more
Jun 20, 2016 Lynda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this Tarzan story we spend a lot of time with Jane, who has joined with a few other english people in her journey from England to Africa. Things get interesting when their plane goes down in a storm. Meanwhile, Tarzan sets forth to rescue the daughter of one of his Waziri warriors. Jane and one of her companions are taken by the same tribe which has taken the Waziri girl, and this tribe is White!
Monty Ashley
Sep 22, 2013 Monty Ashley rated it liked it
Jane gets to do a lot of adventuring! In her storyline, she's crash-landed in the jungle with a handful of useless society people, so she's the old hand at jungle survival. So she runs around in trees and kills antelopes and leopards. It's a lot of fun to take Jane (the prototypical "helpless civilized person") and see her going barefoot and rolling her eyes at people who are afraid of snakes.

The villains are a tribe of savages who are kidnapping the women of the local tribes to make immortality
Jun 18, 2016 Ronald added it
read some time in 1985
Aug 08, 2011 Ailish rated it liked it
Tarzan investigates the series of disappearances of girls and young women in the jungle, and, together with the small monkey Nkima, searches for the Kavuru tribe he believes is responsible. Meanwhile, returning to Africa from Europe, Jane is involved in a jungle planecrash and must lead the survivors to civilisation. Her mission is complicated by the fact that one of the group is a murderer, and that their journey takes them through Kavuru country.
Rob Roy
Jul 16, 2011 Rob Roy rated it really liked it
Shelves: action-adventure
The hero of this novel is Nkima, the monkey. Nkima forgets, and gets distracted, and is after all only a monkey. Yet, despite himself, he manages to allow Tarzan to save the day. There is a bit of Nkima in all of us.
Jul 26, 2010 Charles rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I kind of wish ERB would have been writing new standalones or a new series instead of dragging on with Tarzan, but I know he was making money. The story isn't bad. How could it be with ERB's narrative drive.
Tom Cole
Jan 02, 2013 Tom Cole rated it really liked it
I read this at the Douglas Lodge on Lake Itasca Minnesota August 11, 2009. Jane is one of the main characters of the book, so this is different. I liked it a lot. I love Tarzan books.
Jun 14, 2013 Cecil rated it really liked it
Another great Tarzan adventure. This one finds the cast looking for the elixir of youth in Africa, of course.
Sep 13, 2012 Harold rated it really liked it
GREAT reading!
Nancy Laney
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Shelves: classic
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Edgar Rice Burroughs was an American author, best known for his creation of the jungle hero Tarzan and the heroic John Carter, although he produced works in many genres.
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