Review: Tarzan and the Tarzan Twins with Jad-bal-ja the Golden Lion

Tarzan and the Tarzan Twins with Jad-bal-ja the Golden Lion

The title is almost longer than the story, and a little more interesting, to be honest. I wasn’t a big fan of The Tarzan Twins so I didn’t have big hopes for the sequel, which turned out to be just as well.

Dick and Doc are back in action. After their rescue by Tarzan in the previous book they are hanging out at his estate. Tarzan introduces them to Jad-bal-ja, the Golden Lion, and takes them out into the jungle. The boys get separated from Tarzan in the middle of a fierce storm. During their adventure they run into some rogue Oparians and a requisite damsel in distress. This time around the girl, Gretchen von Harben, is a 12-year-old girl whom the Oparians have kidnapped for the purpose of making her their priestess. The boys perform almost Tarzan-like feats and mount a rescue mission.

I’m not saying this is a bad book, it’s fine. It was written for boys in their young teens and probably appealed to them when it came out. However, it has almost no Tarzan and I never like seeing anyone else pretending to be Tarzan (except Korak, of course.) I raced through it and can remember very little about it despite finishing it only a couple of days ago. It’s not good when the best thing you can say about a Tarzan book is that it’s better than Tarzan and the Ant Men.

I gave it only three meh stars even with the Tarzan bump.

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