Captain Nemo is the fictional life story of one of Jules Verne's most memorable characters from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and The Mysterious Island. It covers his boyhood friendship with the dreamer Jules Verne, adventures aboard sailing ships, battles with pirates, and survival on a mysterious deserted island. Each time he returns home to his beloved France, Captain Nemo shares the tales of his exploits with the struggling writer Verne. We follow Nemo's exploration of hidden caverns that lead to the center of the earth, his travels across darkest Africa in a hydrogen balloon, and his imprisonment by an evil Ottoman caliph who commands the dark genius to construct a submarine boat, the Nautilus, in order to attack merchant ships that venture through the newly completed Suez Canal.
"Anderson's rollicking whopper of a novel glides along smoothly in a style deliberately modeled on Verne's own, yet unvexed by the scientific detail that often bogged down Verne's prose and muddied his narrative waters. Anderson's Nemo, whose stories alternate here with Verne's, is a sympathetically drawn Byronic hero, playing off the pedestrian Verne, a multitude of flamboyant pirates, Turkish caliphs, raging sea monsters and the incomparable Caroline, a proto-feminist shipping executive and composer. No one would miss the boat by signing on this fantastic journey." (Publishers Weekly)
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THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN IMPOSSIBILITES PROVE THEMSELVES TRUE EVERYDAY I am one of the biggest critics of Kevin J. Anderson there is, so if I say this is a good read then you can believe me. A lot of work went into this book and it shows. The character development is excellent, the prose is good, the message is spot on and they way Anderson captured Verne's writing style is spooky. I am a fan of Verne and this book is going to mean a lot more to fans of Jules Verne then to anyone else. This book made me want to read all of Verne's works and to try and find another biography of Verne.
VERNE'S IMAGINATION HAD ALWAYS BEEN GREATER THEN HIS DESIRE FOR TRUE ADVENTURE. Verne is a writer of the1800's and that must be considered when listening to this. There are some solutions to problems that come too easy and some things happen that are little unbelievable, such as Nemo riding standing up on the back of a Zebra or the many times he gets shot at, but not hit or the big target of his balloon not getting hit. Yet, for Anderson to stay true to the style of Verne, he must include some of that in the book.
Anderson provides fictional origins for Five Weeks in a Balloon, Mysterious island, Journey to The Centre of The Earth, Robur the Conqueror, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, and Around the World in Eighty Days. If you have read these books, then you will find these origins entertaining. If you have not read the books, you will desire to do so.
The development of Nemo's character is so well done, that several times I had to remind myself that this was a fictional character. I also love the message, THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN IMPOSSIBLITIES PROVE THEMSELVES TRUE EVERYDAY. Verne's character is a dreamer, who desires adventure, but every time the opportunity for adventure is offered, he finds an excuse to get out of it. Nemo dives head first into everything. Often he suffers the consequence. Anderson shows that if you want something you must take the chance and he does not sugar coat it, since he shows that you can also suffer by taking chances. The main message to me, was don't blame others and don't expect things to fall into your lap, either take the chance and be willing to suffer when it goes wrong or live a safe life, but don't have regrets.
One reviewer, claims the Anderson borrowed more from the Disney version of the books, then the actual books. He then admits he did not finish the book. I don't want to give away part of the plot, I will just say that I believe he gave up while reading The Mysterious Island origin and did not read far enough to see that this was a clever plot twist to get you to the next book origin. I have read the books and seen the movies and I believe Anderson borrowed from both and rather you like the books better or the movies better, you will not be disappointed.
I have read a lot Anderson's books. I have been a fan of The Seven Suns saga, some the dune books (not all) and his Superman book. I have been a big critic of his first Zombie book and some Dune books. I am not aware of any awards for this book, probably because of how hard it is to fit it into a genre. As a Sci-Fi fan I may have enjoyed The Seven Suns books best, but I believe this book is Anderson Masterpiece, when it comes to character development and the capture of another man's writing style.