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The Master of the World by Jules Verne
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Jun 26, 2012

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Part two of Robur, and I liked this one a little better. Robur builds a machine that can travel on land, air, water and underwater at speeds greater than anything else to date, up to 200 mph. People are afraid, and the American federal police (The Secret Service? US Marshals? The Boy Scouts? Verne never says) spring into action.

Their best man is on the job, linking the machine to phenomena that happened at the Great Eyrie, tracks down the machine and gets captured. On board the marvelous machine he meets the captain, an enigmatic, taciturn man, who turns out to be Robur. After escaping pursuit, and fixing his machine, Robur challenges the very elements during a fierce lighting storm and loses. The American Inspector of the federal police lives to tell the tale.

The action unfolded at brisk pace, Verne's imagination creates fanciful mechanisms, and though his characters are flat, their cutout personalities only adds to my overall impression of a charming, if flawed, Scientific Romance.

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