I have been a fan of the Edgar Rice Burroughs character, Tarzan, since I was able to read. Andy Briggs has given new life into this character. We see a more feral Tarzan, one who is on the brink of discovering his human side. I regret that D'arnot is not around to guide Tarzan in this transition. Tarzan needs a "male best friend" to help him face the intricacies of civilization. In the original books, D'arnot was always there for him. Jane is now a gutsy, self-assured young lady who learns to "fly through the trees", becomes integrated with the Great Ape family, and learns to see Africa through Tarzan's eyes. Briggs' writing style equals, and in some ways surpasses ERB (never thought I'd be able to write that), because he doesn't preach about the evils of civilization. Briggs uses his characters and the plot to depict the consequences of denuding the forest for lumber of all life in the jungle. Tarzan stands for the preservation (of his environment and that of his ape family) while the loggers (including Jane's father) stand for the illegal profit they will make regardless of the harm they are doing. Jane is caught in the middle between her father (civilization) and Tarzan (preservation). I expect there will be a be a Book 2 to have Tarzan face civilization as a human, to have Tarzan to find out the power of money and how to use it to save his environment, and to conclude the blooming romance between Tarzan and Jane. There is a hint there will be a follow-up story when Jane tells her father and the others that Tarzan has a huge inheritance with a noble title to be claimed in England and her father and his associate look meaningfully at each other... More to come!
Excellent book that revives the Tarzan character in a more realistic manner without taking away from the original books.