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Captain Nemo by Kevin J. Anderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A delightfully engrossing novel by an extremely talented author, Kevin J. Anderson, “Captain Nemo” can be classified in several categories; fantasy, historical fantasy, science fiction, science fantasy, adventure, thriller, coming-of-age, friendship memoir, and much more. It’s simply a breathtaking fictional view of the writings of Jules Verne, as if Verne were the amanuensis who recorded the true-life adventures of his best friend, rather than only a writer of science fiction. For readers who have long loved the stories of Jules Verne, “Captain Nemo” will be quite like returning home, from a new viewpoint. For those who haven’t yet discovered Verne, they will be exposed to Verne’s mysteries and glories, and no doubt inspired to read him in the original books.
Very simply, author Anderson posits Andre Nemo-Captain Nemo as readers have known him for over a century-as an actual historic individual, the best friend (and sometimes rival) of the more reticent and fearful Jules Verne. Andre Nemo becomes a great adventurer, travelling the globe (and beyond), a man’s man whose incredible experiences are recorded by his stay-at-home friend Verne. Verne becomes a popular and bestselling author because of it; yet he still yearns deep within to have experienced these adventures himself, decrying his own ingrained armchair adventurer attitude.
“Captain Nemo: The Fantastic Adventures of a Dark Genius” is a captivating novel on many levels, sure to please uncountable readers (and inspire them to read or to re-read the original works of Monsieur Jules Verne.
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