The Mysterious Island
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In Jules Verne's 1874 novel The Mysterious Island, the Civil War is raging in the United States. Five Northern men have been taken prisoner by the Confederate army in Richmond, Virginia. The city is engulfed in a bloody battle, and the prisoners decide that their only hope for freedom is to escape while their captors are defending the Confederate capital. They steal a hot-air balloon, and, to their amazement, manage to escape Richmond, the United States, and all that they have ever known before. The balloon lands on a strange and uncharted island. None of the men know where they are or what to expect, not to mention how they will ever return home. Adventure and danger await them—from bizarre phenomena to frighteningly close calls with the island's menacing creatures to a mysterious message in a bottle. As the bewildering events unfold and as the five men begin to understand just what they are dealing with, they make a shocking discovery about the true nature of their strange island and the man behind the mystery. Don't rule anything (or anyone) out until the final pages of The Mysterious Island!
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"Are we rising again?" "No. On the contrary." "Are we descending?" "Worse than that, captain! we are falling!" "For Heaven's sake heave out the ballast!" "There! the last sack is empty!" "Does the balloon rise?" "No!" "I hear a noise like the dashing of waves. The sea is below the car! It cannot be ...Back to top
Reviewed by giveGodtheglory on Aug 18, 2012
Old Scifi/Fantasy always seems to have such disappointing endings.
Reviewed by Khylea on Jan 18, 2009
Guess there is a reason I'd never heard of it
Though it was rather interesting to read about how the castaways made the island a home, the completely implausible ending, the identity of their mysterious benefactor, was so far beyond laughable I was just shaking my head. I have loved other of Verne's works, but this one was a waste of my time. It was free....and I felt I had overpaid. Stupid stupid book.
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