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The Master of the World

(Extraordinary Voyages #53)

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  2,021 ratings  ·  134 reviews
If I speak of myself in this story, it is because I have been deeply involved in its startling events, events doubtless among the most extraordinary which this twentieth century will witness. Sometimes I even ask myself if all this has really happened, if its pictures dwell in truth in my memory, and not merely in my imagination. In my position as head inspector in the fed ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 22nd 2006 by 1st World Library - Literary Society (first published 1904)
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Steve Rainwater It's been a few years since I read this book but I don't recall the geography being overly significant to plot. It's just a background for the story…moreIt's been a few years since I read this book but I don't recall the geography being overly significant to plot. It's just a background for the story like the generic desert and mountains in a western. Anyway, the changes in the area over the last hundred years probably outweigh any differences between Verne's depiction and the reality of the day. I enjoyed the book.(less)

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Henry Avila
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A machine... no a miracle is seen in various parts of America, a ship , submarine, automobile , make it an airplane too, they travel before vanishing incredible speeds, nothing can catch the phantom, the few who bravely or foolishly try, don't come close ...of succeeding; which one is it though, all of them unbelievably. The "Master of the World"as he arrogantly calls himself, the ingenious, mad inventor of this complex contraption, not encouragingly named by the creator, the "Terror,"besi ...more
Pramod Nair
The Master of the World’, originally published in French as ‘Maître du monde’, by Jules Verne is a sequel to his science fiction novel ‘Robur the Conqueror’. This is the 53rd book in the ‘Extraordinary Voyages’ series and as a reader I have mixed feelings about this book.

The story is narrated by ‘John Strock’, a head Inspector in the federal police department at Washington, who is investigating some strange occurrences and sightings – like some seismic activities and a threat of imminent volca
Sep 11, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
- Excuse me sir, you're Jules Verne, aren't you?

- And if I am?

- Well, I'd just like to say I'm a fan.

- Ah, thank you! And did you enjoy my latest book?

- Maître du monde?

- Indeed.

- Well, to be honest, I didn't think it was one of your best. No offence, sir, but I'd have done some things differently.

- And what exactly would you have done differently, young man?

- Ah, to start with I wouldn't have had just one machine that could be an airplane or a submarine or a supercar. I'd have had four or five
Debbie Zapata
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gutenberg
At first I thought this story would be solved quickly when our hero Inspector Strock arrived in North Carolina to investigate what might be an imminent volcanic eruption. But is that what happened? Or did Strock
strike out and have to return to his superiors with no solution to the mystery? And why did he ignore the not so anonymous letter he received once he arrived home? When would he satisfy his insatiable curiosity? Why am
I asking so many questions?

Because that is the way Verne wrote this st

The review from afar – No. 30

2015 forward to these overseas reviews:
Thanks to Project Gutenberg for supplying me with books for an old Kindle 3G.

The Master of The World is the follow-up novel by Jules Verne to Robur the Conqueror. The sequel was written 18 years after the original and takes up the story at the end without connecting the two very well. The tone and the style of this novel is vastly different from the other. In the first (1884) Verne presents us with an advanced heavier-than-air c
Jun 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
What could possibly account for the fire shooting out of the top of a North Carolina mountain? Is it a volcano? Does it pose an imminent threat to the public? Who better to decide that question than federal policeman John Strock? Ah, but that mystery must wait. Now the public is being menaced by a terrible speed demon. Who better to capture him than federal policeman John Strock? Oh dear, the speed demon has vanished and now a terrible sea monster menaces the seaways. Who better to clear the se ...more
Kat  Hooper
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
2.5 stars Originally posted at Fantasy Literature.

First published in French in 1904 and in English in 1911, The Master of the World is another of Jules Verne’s adventure novels with an SFF twist. It’s a sequel to Robur the Conqueror, though it’s not necessary to have read that book first (I didn’t). The story is set in 1903 and, as so many of Verne’s novels do, features fantastical machines and gadgetry. It should be of particular interest to those who lo
This children, this book is a perfect example of why you must always, always plan, proofread and edit your papers. I'm thinking either Mr. Verne wrote it with this in mind, or his son wrote it for high school English and begged dad to publish it. I wanted to be generous in it and give him at least two stars (I did love Verne's other books, seriously! Maybe it's been too long since I read them and they really are this bad)
Ok, there's adventure. Some. And the geography, well is describe
Sep 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
Not one of my favorite Verne novels. The author apparently did plenty of research about the United States (particularly the geography) before writing the book, but unfortunately he seemed to feel obligated to share everything he learned, such that the novel (which really ought to have been an average length short story) often feels more like a travelogue than a thriller. The dialogue is spectacularly stilted and, despite Verne's best effort, very definitely not American. Finally, the ending is s ...more
Steve Wiggins
Far be it from me to criticism Jules Verne (although I might be accused of doing so here: Sects and Violence in the Ancient World), but this was a strange book. My choice for Modern Mrs. Darcy's 2018 reading challenge for a classic I've been meaning to read, I really had no idea what it was about. Like most of Verne's other work, it's the tale of an incredible adventure. Verne's ideas of where the future was going—and I think it's old enough not to worry about too many spoilers, although, if you ...more
Jim Dooley
May 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book made a huge impact on me when I read it at a much younger age. I recall having seen the movie version on television, and I wanted to read the original. Imagine my surprise when I learned that the movie had switched titles with the second of the two books in this story. The first book, ROBUR THE CONQUERER, was the basis for the movie. MASTER OF THE WORLD was the sequel and very, very different from the movie.

When we last left Robur and his magnificent flying ship, the Albatross, they w
This was a surprisingly good page-turner. A science fiction novel written in 1904, it was one of Jules Verne's last works. It shows its age, of course, but considering it is about a combination automobile/surface ship/submarine/VTOL airplane back when the latter two were very much confined to the realm of science fiction, Verne's descriptions are almost believable. The plot is a bit weak -- so, the "Master of the World" has this wonderful transforming vehicle that can achieve the awesome speed o ...more
Aug 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: librivox
A disappointing lack of protagonism lets this one down.

The main character and narrator is a police inspector who's trying to find and foil the supervillain after whom the book is named. He tries several things and fails conspicuously. Nothing wrong with a try-fail cycle, but he then acts as what I call a "camera character," a mobile point-of-view that observes events without really affecting them. He's finally saved by one of several deus ex machina moments, brought on by the villain's pride in
Marts  (Thinker)
Aug 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: For Jules Verne fans
Narrated by John Strock, the head inspector in the federal police department in Washington, DC, 'The Master of the World" tells the tales surrounding Robur the Conqueror an inventor who creates this large ten-meter long vehicle called the Terror that could be a speedboat, submarine, automobile, or aircraft. Well a whole lot of strange happenings occur in the eastern US and Mr Strock goes to investigate getting himself all caught up in these occurances and Robur, the Master of the World.

John Peel
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
This has long been one of my favorite Verne novels - a tale of mysterious devices piloted by an unhinged mad scientist - so it was a pleasure to read it again. Mind you, this time around I felt that the ending was very rushed, as if Verne had not really worked out what he was going to do with his story. Still, it's a book with lots of fun to recommend it, and quite a few memorable sequences.
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I like Jules Verne, his books last and give a glimpse into Victorian times. This book is about modern inventions like cars, airplanes, ships, and submarines. It is a fun read. The only issue for me is that the inventors die at the end because they do not fit properly into society and their inventions are too scary. They are not the anti-heroes that came to be in the 1960s.
Juho Pohjalainen
Poor Verne. His extraordinary voyages began exciting and thrilling and ultimately positive, and yet it comes to this, where in the end nothing matters and everyone dies. There wasn't a whole lot of the adventure in between either. Alas.
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: classics, on-my-shelf
3.5 rounded down. I did really enjoy this book and my rating would probably be higher if the cover and synopsis didn't spoil some of the twists 😛
Bob Costello
Apr 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
Could be the worst book I ever finished. It was so short - 104 pages - easy to finish. Jules wrote some great books but this is not one of them.
Steve R
Aug 11, 2017 rated it liked it
One of Verne's last novels, a sequel to his previous work Robur the Conqueror. It chronicles the efforts of John Strock, an inspector with the federal government to investigate and curtail the series of unexplained events occurring across the eastern United States, resulting from objects traveling almost too fast to be visible. Not remembered at all.
Jul 15, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: dummies/ people who like bad books
So, this summer I was all like "oh, it's summertime; I should read a book for fun" and then decided to start off slow because I haven't read a non-comic book in a long time, so I bought this short book by jules verne from the thrift store. Mostly I judged it by the fact it was written by someone famous, it had a cool title, and it had a cool cover. [] Turns out, though, that the book sucked really badly, and has been forgotten for good reason. Jules held y ...more
Fantasy Literature
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
First published in French in 1904 and in English in 1911, The Master of the World is another of Jules Verne’s adventure novels with an SFF twist. It’s a sequel to Robur the Conqueror, though it’s not necessary to have read that book first (I didn’t). The story is set in 1903 and, as so many of Verne’s novels do, features fantastical machines and gadgetry. It should be of particular interest to those who love steampunk and to Verne’s fans who want to read one of the author’s last novels.

Verne’s h
Steve Joyce
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
By way of comparison to gaslight stories in the same vein, is far superior to George Griffith's The Outlaws of the Air which I happened to read recently. It's been a while since I read other similar novels like Hartmann the Anarchist and Wells' War in the Air but I'd opine that TMotW is in roughly the same league.

Full of your basic adventure and suspense although it might not be Verne's best s.f. and, in ways, I can see why those who aren't Verne enthusiasts might not appreciate it.

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Arf Ortiyef
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
this is such a perfect example of the problem with Jules Verne. fantastic, amazing idea for a story... and then the whole thing is "what if i speculate about what this could be" and not getting to the point and then the ending was so bad... come on man. this book has basically a character like doctor doom in it and you can't piece together anything other than a hundred pages of "i think it's probably an amazing machine nobody has ever thought of before"? come on. not to mention that the American ...more
Norman Cook
Feb 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book
This is not one of Verne's best works, but still an enjoyable adventure story. Verne tries too hard to conceal the identity of the villain, resulting in a very stilted narrative. The amazing supercar that can also fly and sail underwater is a fantastic invention that I would have liked Verne to describe in more detail, especially its source of power.
This is a difficult book to give an "honest" a book of "today" it gets a 3-Star. The Story is OK, albeit being a bit too innocent in presentation for today's generation. However, if one takes into consideration that this book was written in 1904, before most of these technologies existed, you have to give it a 5-Star...
Jun 14, 2007 rated it did not like it
Hate to rip a literary great, but this book was awful. Verne was years beyond his time, and that's the case in this one also, but as far as plot and prose style (which may have been the fault of the translator also) go, this book was really lacking. The ending was as if Verne said to himself one day, "I'm growing tired of writing this book. I will end it... now." And then it was finished.

Evil master criminal Robur(latin for oak) sets out for world domination.A novel from the French pioneer of Science Fiction. One of his last novels and perhaps not one of his best,but then when you think that it was written in 1904 it does give it a different perspective.
Chris Meger
Jun 10, 2008 rated it liked it
A story about the coolest car ever, and one man's intention to take over the world with it.
Robert Davis
Interesting Sci-Fi story about a flying fortress. Think of 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, but in the air.
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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 spa

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