The Secret of the Island

The Secret of the Island

by Jules Verne
     
 

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Verne was born to bourgeois parents in the seaport of Nantes, where he was trained to follow in his father's footsteps as a lawyer but quit the profession early in life to write for magazines and the stage. His collaboration with the publisher Pierre-Jules Hetzel led to the creation of the Voyages extraordinaires, a widely popular series of scrupulously researched

Overview

Verne was born to bourgeois parents in the seaport of Nantes, where he was trained to follow in his father's footsteps as a lawyer but quit the profession early in life to write for magazines and the stage. His collaboration with the publisher Pierre-Jules Hetzel led to the creation of the Voyages extraordinaires, a widely popular series of scrupulously researched adventure novels including Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873).

LOST ON AN ISLAND

Five Union soldiers in the American Civil War escape in a balloon. Driven by tremendous find themselves castaways on a strange island somewhere deep in the Pacific Ocean.

They call it Lincoln Island -- and through luck, pluck and the help from a mysterious hidden benefactor, they not only survive but become more like colonists than castaways. With their leader -- an engineer named Cyrus Smith -- they recreate the wonders of nineteenth century civilization with what they find on the island. Along the way, the "colonists" rescue Ayrton (a character from another Jules Verne novel, In Search of the Castaways) who has been living like a wild creature. In this book, the third part of The Mysterious Island, they must deal with Ayrton's former shipmates -- bloodthirsty pirates . . . and discover The Secret of the Island. Namely, their mysterious benefactor, who turns out to be none other than one of the most famous characters of science fiction -- with his wonderful invention!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940000736760
Publisher:
B&R Samizdat Express
Publication date:
10/20/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
453 KB

Meet the Author

Jules Gabriel Verne (1828 - 1905) was a French novelist, poet, and playwright best known for his adventure novels and his profound influence on the literary genre of science fiction.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 8, 1828
Date of Death:
March 24, 1905
Place of Birth:
Nantes, France
Place of Death:
Amiens, France
Education:
Nantes lycée and law studies in Paris

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