Don't get me wrong, I am a big fan of ERB. This book though, tested my resolve. It seems to me that the story was meant originally in serial form and so it comes and goes in spurts. We are led through a series of coincidences so far fetched that makes the John Carter books seem non-fictional. Some of the olde English colonial language is a bit putting off also. However, if you ever wanted to know ERB's opinion regarding imperialistic Germany, this is your book.