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Kevin J. Anderson, internationally acclaimed for his Star Wars Jedi Academy series as well as his Dune prequel novels co-written with Brian Herbert, has temporarily departed the epic science fiction arena to try fantastical fiction. And, according to Anderson's -- and wife Rebecca Moesta's -- web site (www.wordfire.com), because this novel is so unlike any of Anderson's previous works, it was published under the pen name K. J. Anderson: "still obviously the same writer, but a signal that this book is something different."
Captain Nemo is the fictitious story of one of Jules Verne's most memorable characters, the mysterious Captain Nemo. The tale, which begins in 1840s France, revolves around the relationship of three close friends: Jules Verne, André Nemo, and Caroline Aronnax. As children, all three dream of travel and adventure, but as they grow older, family obligations keep Jules and Caroline in France. Young André, who has no family left alive, signs up as a crew member on board a trade ship sailing around the world.
Along the way, pirates attack the ship and, barely escaping with his life, Nemo is marooned on a deserted island. There, he discovers a passageway to the center of the Earth! But that's just the beginning -- add in a journey across Africa in a helium balloon, imprisonment by an evil Ottoman caliph, and a voyage to the bottom of the sea, and you've got one heck of a story!
It really doesn't matter what pseudonym Anderson publishes this book under; Captain Nemo is top-notch adventure in the spirit of Alexandre Dumas, Robert Louis Stevenson, and -- of course -- Jules Verne. It's a fast-paced, wonderfully entertaining read that I highly recommend to readers of all ages. (Paul Goat Allen)