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Bunduki was a 1975 novel by J. T. Edson, and the first work in the Bunduki series that followed. Edson explained in his introduction to the Bunduki story in J.T.'s Hundreth that he was a fan of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan series and created a new Tarzan story. The story was rejected by Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc., as it had been Burrough's wish that no one else write about his famous creation. It was not until Edson read Philip José Farmer's Tarzan Alive (see below) that he saw a way to use his story and created Tarzan's adopted son Bunduki.

James Allenvale 'Bunduki' Gunn was adopted by John Clayton, Lord Greystoke (aka Tarzan) and Jane Porter at the age of two, after his parents were murdered on their plantation by rebels during the Mau Mau Uprising. As James grew up he was trained at the jungle Ambagasali Game Preserve. He was given the nickname Bunduki, the Swhali word for gun. James' birth father was a descendant of Sir Henry Curtis who explored Africa with Allan Quatermain. His mother – Allison Dawn 'Tex' Gunn – was the granddaughter of Texan Mark Counter. James' parents served with Dawn's parents in 'Group Thirteen', a Special Missions Organization of the Secret Intelligence Service during World War II.

Dawn Drummond-Clayton is the daughter of Sir John Armond Drummond-Clayton (himself the son of Korak and Lady Meriem) and Lady Hazel Drummond-Clayton. Through Korak, Dawn is also the grandniece of Capt. Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond. Dawn is a graduate of the Roedean School, and an expert in martial arts, wilderness survival, athletics, gymnastics, swimming, and fencing. Like her husband, she is unaging and immune to tropical diseases and parasitic infections, thanks to a treatment received courtesy of her great-grandfather Tarzan. In the 1970s she was transported along with her mate to the planet Zillikian by aliens known as 'Suppliers'. She uses a Ben Pearson Marauder Take-Down hunting bow and a Randall Model 1 fighting knife.

Zillikian is a counter-Earth planet (i.e. located at the L3 Lagrange point which is opposite the Sun in the same orbit as Earth). The planet is very similar to Earth in climate and wildlife, albeit without the industrialization of Humans that Earth has. In the opening to Bundukithe main protagonists are transported from Earth to Zillikian. It is also revealed that the remainder of the Greystoke clan has gone to live in Pellucidar. Bunduki and Dawn are appointed by the God-like Suppliers to act as the judge and jury for all Zillikian without being sanctioned by the tribes on the planet. They battle warring factions of the Quagga tribe bent on conquering all of Zillikian.

Philip José Farmer In 1972, Philip José Farmer published Tarzan Alive, where he postulated that many pulp and adventure heroes like Tarzan, Doc Savage, Sherlock Holmes, The Scarlet Pimpernel and The Shadow were all part of the same family that Farmer referred to as the Wold Newton Family. This concept of a family of adventurers and an interconnected series of exploits was very influential. In 1975, J.T. Edson built on Farmer's theories for his Bunduki series and expanded his own Hardin Blaze and Fog clan and Counter families with several new series Bunduki, Ole Devil Hardin and Company Z series, increasing the interconnections between all of his series. Edson also began to reference Farmer's genealogical research in his novels. Farmer acknowledged this in one of his novels by referencing one of Edson's characters Dusty Fog and making him a distant relative of the Wold Newton Family. source

Short stories

Edson also wrote short stories featuring Bunduki and Dawn set pror to their transportation to Zillikian.
  • The Mchawi's Powers J.T.'s Hundreth, Corgi 1979
  • Death to Simba Nyeuse J.T.'s Ladies, Corgi 19809
  • Accident-or Murder? More J.T.'s Ladies, Corgi 1987
  • A Good Time Was Had By All Mark Counter's Kin, Corgi 1990
  • Unpublished

    Edson had also written a fifth book, The Amazons of Zillikian but due to ongoing issues with ERB Inc. this novel was never published. Whether it might see the light of day remains to be seen.

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    Published December 15, 2015
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        1: BUNDUKI

    A shot rang out ... the driver slumped over the wheel ... and suddenly the Land Rover began a three hundred foot dive into the Gambuti Gorge to what should have been certain death for both its passengers. But it wasn't ... Bunduki awoke in a strange country, dressed in a strangely-shaped leopard skin. He has his Bowie knife and his bow and arrows. Around him, he sees a land teeming with wildlife from every continent but there is no sign of civilization. Instinctively, he knows that Dawn is also here, some miles away. Who had saved him? And why had they bothered to transport him to this alien jungle, far away from Africa? And, more important, he had to find his cousin, Dawn.
    Dawn, has encountered a hunting party from the Mun-Gatah tribe. These scheming people are divided into two factions, one following Dryaka the High Priest, the other affiliated with his rival, Charole, Protectress of the Quagga God (the quagga is a species of zebra). Both groups realize that Dawn's bow is highly advanced and its design would increase their power. Dawn will also make a worthy sacrifice to the God.
    Bunduki encountersh members of the peace-loving Telonga tribe. He also has a run-in with a group of mangani apes. Bunduki learns that the population of this land are strictly controlled by the People-Taker, a slaver sent by the Mun-Gatahs. When he and his retinue visit, the warriors of the Telonga tribe are 'put away' by the Elders to prevent them from fighting.
    Bunduki must use all his cunning and strength to resuce Dawn from Dryaka and the Mun-Ghuta's.


    Published January 15, 2016
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    While plots and counter-plots develop among the Mun-Gatahs, Bunduki and Dawn make their way to a Telonga village. The relationship between the adoptive cousins is gradually changing: a romance is blossoming.
    At the village of Jey-Mat, Bunduki proves his value to the inhabitants by diverting a herd of elephants away from the village crops; befriending Tantor just as Tarzan did when he was a youngster. Bunduki is troubled by the docility of the Telonga tribe; they don't even put up a struggle when the People-Taker steals their women and children. They quite simply don't know how to defend themselves. He vows to train them in the art of war.
    Meanwhile Dryaka visits Charole to put their rivalry aside. They agree that the only way to win back their power is to capture Bunduki and Dawn and take possession of their superior weapons. They wonder whether the mysterious tribe known as 'The Apes' might, in fact, be Zillikian's 'Suppliers'.
    Bunduki is called to a neighbouring village to deal with a marauding tiger. He slays it in true Tarzan style and takes the skin back to Jey-Mat, presenting it to Dawn as an engagement present. With the village celebrating, the hunters drink their wine, unaware that it has been drugged by the Elders. Later, they awaken to find themselves in a cave, its entrance sealed by bars. They have been 'put away'. Bunduki hears elephants nearby and calls to Tantor in the language of the mangani. They tear down the bars, freeing their friends.
    Back in the village, the People-Taker has taken everyone apart from babies and the elderly. Hunters from neighbouring villages arrive, eager to join with Bunduki in seeking revenge. They set off on the trail of the slavers. The battle is savage but, with more than a little help from Bunduki, they win; slaughtering the People-Taker's retinue and freeing the captured villagers ... But Dawn isn't among them. She has been sent ahead to Bon-Gatah. Bunduki has a better chance than most of finding her.


    Published February 15, 2016
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    When Dawn Drummond-Clayton is carried off by the servants of the Mun-Gatah's High Priest and promised as a sacrifice to the Quagga God, Bunduki is hot on her trail. His hunt is interrupted, though, when a massive snake drops out of a tree and traps him in its thick coils. The constricting pressure is too much for him and he loses consciousness. Bunduki is rescued by a band of Amazons led by Beryl Snowhill, an Earth girl of his acquaintance who, previously unknown to him, was also transported to Zillikian.
    The Amazons and Bunduki join forces and the chase after Dawn's abductors continues. Meanwhile, the political in-fighting increases. Dryaka and Charole have the upper hand and Dawn is soon their prisoner once again.
    Bunduki's party allies itself with the Elders and heads towards Bon-Gatah, the main Mun-Gatah city. Bunduki and the Amazons fight their way into the city while the Mun-Gatahs descend into civil warfare. They arrive at the arena just in time. Dawn is desperately trying to fend off the Quagga God, a massive and extremely wild zebra. She will need all her survival skills to survive. As does Bunduki to prevent the curse of the 'Thunder Powder' from descending upon the planet of Zillikian.
    Betrayals, plots and counter-plots are exposed, 'terrifiers' explode and the supporters of the Elders do battle with the rebels.


    Published March 15, 2016
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    FEARLESS MASTER OF THE JUNGLE marks the return of Charole, last seen plunging from a balcony at the end of Sacrifice For The Quagga God. Now she's determined to regroup before once more making a bid for power. Secretly leaving the Mun-Gatah capital she heads owards a quiet village but, on the way, is captured by a band of sea-faring Orientals, the Cara-Bunte. After demonstrating one of her 'terrifier' grenades and giving a display of fighting prowess, she quickly persuades her captors that she'll make a more valuable ally than prisoner.
    Meanwhile, the newly married Bunduki and Dawn are enjoying the wild freedom offered by Earth's counterpart. The couple move into their tree-house, capture and train a couple of magnificent zebras and deepen their friendship with the Telonga tribe. But the honeymoon period isn't going to last much longer ...
    The Cara-Bunte want their own 'terrifiers'. But Charole doesn't know how to make the 'thunder-powder' that fills them. At the end of the first book in the series, she had witnessed Bunduki's recognition when he saw some of the gunpowder. She's certain that 'The Earths' know how to manufacture it. So she tells the Cara-Bunte that they must hunt and capture Bunduki and Dawn.

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