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Facing the Flag

(Extraordinary Voyages #42)

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Jules Gabriel Verne (1828-1905) was a French author who pioneered the science-fiction genre. He is best known for novels such as Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1864), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873). Verne wrote about space, air and underwater travel before air travel and practical submarines were invented, and ...more
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Published August 17th 2007 by Dodo Press (first published 1896)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Face Au Drapeau = Facing the Flag = For the Flag (Extraordinary Voyages, #42), Jules Verne
Facing the Flag is an 1896 patriotic novel by Jules Verne. The book is part of the Extraordinary Voyages series. Thomas Roch, a brilliant French inventor, has designed the Fulgurator, a weapon so powerful that "the state which acquired it would become absolute master of earth and ocean." However, unable to sell his unproven idea to France or any other government, Roch begins to lose his sanity, becoming
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Natalie
Mar 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Here is a secret about me: Facing the flag is the book that persuaded me as a teen that Jules Verne was indeed a time traveler.

When i first read it (in the cold war, before Perestroika) I was like: Duhh... a book about today... And only when my grandfather smiled at me
(he sometimes had the kind of: I know something You don't, but soon will find out for yourself smile )and asked me, if I knew when it had been written, I realized, and was gobsmacked.

It had been written in 1896!!! No one knew
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Agustina
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Increíble. Cada libro de Julio Verne es una caricia a mis ojos y mi cerebro, la capacidad de narrar de este hombre, de describir, de inventar objetos y contar una historia... me emociona.
Al principio la lectura parece un poco lenta, pero la verdad es que es un libro lleno de sorpresas.
¿El final? Lo mejor de todo el libro. Impresionante. Me dieron ganas de gritar de la emoción cuando lo leí.
Marts  (Thinker)
Mar 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Though a Jules Verne fan I must say that this definitely isn't one of the more popular tales, it also contained many elements of '20000 leagues' and a bit of 'Mysterious Island' its almost as though he just took portions of both tales conjoured up a slightly different story line, and added a name based on what he considered the most important element... patriotism...
However, in classic Verne style, that element of adventure I always relish was there, of course, and I would still recommend this
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Daniela Iñigo
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Se lleva a cabo el secuestro del tan famoso inventor Thomas Roch junto con su guardián el Ing. Simón Hart, una noche cualquiera durante una de las múltiples crisis que el inventor francés sufría por mantener el secreto de un arma capaz de acabar con el mundo entero. Su afición por vengar a todas aquellas naciones que lo despreciaron por no “llegarle al precio”, hizo que se volviera una persona llena de resentimiento y avaricia incontrolables.

Aunque el inventor parecía haber perdido
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Markus
Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Põnev ja huvitav seiklusjutt. Jules Verne'i leivanumber. Yarr harr ja pudel rummi jäi küll puudu, aga muidu mõnus ajaviide.
Saumya Biswas
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the books that rocked me to the core. I read a Bengali translation of it (title - A scientist kidnapped) and I am never going to forget the climax of the book. You have to wait till the last scene to find out why the title is "facing the flag".The last scene made a huge impression on me. If the original version is half as good as the one I read, this one's is a must-read for everyone.
Filip
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Jules Verne's books are simply not for me. Even though I can appreciate how adventurous, forward-thinking and just brilliant some of them are, Verne's way of storytelling simply doesn't entertain me. Which is a shame, really, but what can I do...
Julieta Steyr
Este es uno de los libros que tenía para leer cada tanto. Si bien no es de lo mejor que ha creado Verne, lo divertido fue encontrar un rapto en el principio de la trama que me hizo quedarme hasta el final... eso y el Fulgurador del que no da demasiados detalles: (view spoiler).
Amplias descripciones de barcos, de submarinos, una leyenda típica casi
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Mauro
Sep 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aparentemente Verne se baso en una historia real, un cientifico que habia descubierto un potente explosivo y el gobierno frances no se lo compro. Hasta parece que este personaje le incio un jucio por sentirse aludido. Y es razonable, porque la verdad es que el hombre de ciencia de esta novela no queda para nada bien parado.
En algun sentido es una novela antimilitarista, donde Verne ya muestra un tema que va a ser mas comun en la ciencia ficción venidera, y es el problema de la potencia
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tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE
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by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - March 25, 2013

Continuing my spree of reading more obscure Jules Verne novels: this is the 4th - I've reviewed the others here: The Begum's Fortune ( http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17... ), The Demon of Cawnpore ( http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17... ), & Carpathian Castle ( http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17... ).

Perhaps what's most remarkable about this bk is this: "Verne had been greatly impressed by, and may
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Sharon
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 1800s-or-before, 2019
I have been reading through many of Jules Verne's books over the last year or two. This lesser known short book, Facing the Flag, was first published in 1896. It has patriotism, a mad scientist, a weapon of mass destruction, super villains in a volcano like lair, submarines at war and Nations trying to control said weapon of mass destruction. Sounds familiar.....
Although not one of my favorite Verne books, I enjoyed it.
Mary
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Jules Verne is amazing once again in this story of the distant future. (He wrote his books in the 1800's) This book is about the technological advancement of war (weapons of mass destruction), a mystery and full of adventure. His prophesies are once again on mark. It does have shadows of a couple of his more famous books...20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Mysterious Island but who cares. I also got flashes of the James Bond stories with the haven in the volcano. Great read, easy read.
Alán González
Un libro bastante agradable ,sencillo y con mucha imaginación. Ideal, por su temática sencilla, para iniciarse en el mundo de la literatura.
La historia narra las crónicas de un ingeniero francés, que trabaja encubierto como médico de un Inventor supuestamente loco.
Ellos son raptados por un grupo de piratas que quieren hacerse de un arma de destrucción masiva diseñada por el Inventor Thomas Roch.
Ekrem
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Though it was somewhat predictable, I'd say it still beats many of 21st century plots. Also, I believe it would make a spectacular movie adaptation. I would recommend this book to those who want a suspenseful story with intriguing characters
Cmita Molina
Muy Verne, pero no mi favorito.
Turgut Yildirim
Sep 07, 2018 rated it liked it
The book may not be too absorbing but it never bores though.Espionage,patriotism story at its medium pace.
Sophie
May 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Toto dielo som si vypočula ako rozhlasovú hru. Príbeh ma veľmi nezaujal, áno, bolo tam plno akcii, ktoré stáli za to, no nejako to vo mne nezanechalo nič hlbšie. Škoda.
Rafael Ontivero
De nuevo la edición leída es la de Sáenz de Jubera en el tomo 10, de la que la que aparece aquí es la más cercana a la que yo tengo.

Obra menor de Verne, algunos quieren hacer ver que en ella se anticipa la bomba atómica, cosa que por muy superficialmente que leas la novela, te das cuenta que no es cierto ni de lejos.

El Fulgurador Roch no es más que la combinación de un detonante y un detonador, al más puro estilo de los explosivos plásticos modernos, cosa que creo ya existía en la época, como la
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Gordon
Jun 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Take Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Remove all the fish classification. Add pirates and weapons of mass destruction. Divide Captain Nemo among approximately five different characters of slightly lesser caliber. The result is this story. It is one of Jules Verne's lesser known works, but is still a very good book. It is interesting to note that after predicting submarines in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Verne takes it one step further in this novel, predicting submarine warfare. ...more
Clara
Jun 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
I think it's an interesting fact that Jules Verne describes the invention of a new very destructable weapon of a scientist who became fool. But in my opinion, te ending is really to nationalistic. If I had known the english or the french title of the book earlier I might have not bought it, but the german title is "Die Erfindung des Verderbens" (like The invention of the bane ?!) which makes nobody think of a patriotic novel. Or at least not on the first look. Perhaps I'm not very fair towards ...more
John
Nov 12, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Victorian sf or adventure fans
Reading this, I found certain themes similar to those in The Begum's Fortune and 20,000 Leagues under the Sea. The opening is very different, and much more effective -- a mad French inventor who has developed a nineteenth century guided missle and a powerful explosive (the Fulgurator) is kidnapped together with his keeper (who is actually a patriotic Frenchman who hopes to learn the inventor's secret for France). They are taken by a Malay pirate
with a submarine (a more vicious Captain Nemo) to
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Norman Cook
Jan 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book
One of Verne's lesser known works, this tale of pirates in a submarine lacks the intensity and detail of his more famous books. The first few chapters are written in third-person, and then inexplicably changes to first-person, only to conclude in third-person again. Although it is a fairly short book, there is quite a bit of padding, and nothing much really happens for long stretches of the book. The pace of the writing is leisurely to be sure. The book does a good job of predicting how ...more
dragonhelmuk
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Kindled for free. Jules Verne gets kidnapped whilst attempting to steal secrets from a mad weapons-maker. Not Verne's best work. Admittedly there were moments when I was really impressed like his prophesying submarines and guided missiles in the nineteenth century. But there were also more frequent less impressive moments. The book was intensely patriotic, and that was actually a bit distasteful in a world which is becoming post-national and international cooperation is the future. Even though ...more
Kristen
Sep 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
This is one of Verne's "lost works" in that no one has ever heard about it. It is a bit less exciting than his other tales, which is probably why. It follows the tale of a young engineer who is masquerading as a hospital attendant of an inventor. This inventor supposedly has invented a terrible weapon of war but won't tell anyone the secret, to keep it safe the government has locked him away in a mental hospital. Unfortunately the most vicious and notorious of pirates kidnaps both the attendant ...more
Luis
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Libro cautivante de principio a fin, una trama perfectamente hilada, con giros inesperados y sorprendentes, quizás este sea el libro mas visionario de Verne ya que nombra las características exactas de dos inventos contemporáneos.
Este libro me ha fascinado, y ya figura entre mis favoritos.

You rule Jules
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Juan Carlos Santillán
Opaco émulo de "Veinte mil leguas de viaje submarino" (1870) y "La isla misteriosa"(1875), este libro (1896) es un amague,una intención, una finta. Es la posibilidad no concretada de un gran libro de aventuras, con todos los elementos del caso. Pero la historia nunca despega, se queda en la pura promesa. Ker Karraje no llega a ser ni la sombra del Capitán Nemo.
unknown
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Na této knize je skvěle vidět Vernovo vizionářství, ať už ve formě ponorek, či velké a ničivé bomby (což je právě ten vynález zkázy), něco jako dnešní atomová bomba. Během čtení jsem byl svědkem takové divné, ponuré atmosféry, plné záškodnictví a oblbnutí nebohého profesora, který žádnou zradu netušil. Napětí ve vzduchu by se zkrátka dalo krájet, a všechno vybuchlo (doslova) na konci.
John Peel
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Jules Verne here revisits some of his earlier concepts from "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea", but there's plenty of original ideas, too. Mystery, adventure, pirates, kidnappings - lots of fun for everyone.
Dani Blackbutterfly
Que desilusión de libro, no hay desarrollo de los personajes, no se sabía con exactitud el objetivo de cada uno. Opinión completamente personal, pero no vale la pena leer este libro.
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Jules Gabriel Verne was a French author who pioneered the genre of science-fiction. He is best known for his novels Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873).

Verne wrote about space, air, and underwater travel before navigable aircraft and practical submarines were invented, and before any means of
...more

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