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Facing the Flag

Jules Verne

Book Overview: 

Like The Begum's Millions, it has the theme of France and the entire world threatened by a super-weapon (what would now be called a weapon of mass destruction) with the threat finally overcome through the force of French patriotism.

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“With a thousand pardons for the liberty taken, and best wishes for a good voyage and speedy return,” chuckled Engineer Serko, following the phrase with a loud and prolonged laugh.

When the news was received at New-Berne, the authorities at first were puzzled to know whether the missing inventor and his keeper had fled or been carried off. As, however, Roch’s flight could not have taken place without the connivance of Gaydon, this supposition was speedily abandoned. In the opinion of the director and management of Healthful House the warder was absolutely above suspicion. They must both, then, have been kidnapped.

It can easily be imagined what a sensation the news caused in the town. What! the French inventor who had been so closely guarded had disappeared, and with him the secret of the wonderful fulgurator that nobody had been able to worm out of him? Might not the most serious consequences follow? Might not the discovery of the . . . Read More

Community Reviews

A travel/adventure novel by a master writer who is Jules Verne. Once again, the author tells about the fate of the characters in the form of a diary kept by one of them.
The genius French inventor, Thomas Roch, has developed a deadly weapon that every country wants to have in its arsenal. For his in

Her zaman demişimdir Jules Verne hayrani olduğumu..

Bu kitap oldukça güçlü bir patlayıcı bulan bir mucitin öyküsünü onun (mucitin) bakımından sorumlu ve Gaydon ismi altında gizlenmiş Simon Hart'ın dilinden (notlarından) anlatıyor. Mucit Thomas Roch ve bekçisi Gaydon bir korsan tarafından kaçırılır ve

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 aqu

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

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