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The Master of the World

Jules Verne

Book Overview: 

Chief Inspector Strock gets the tough cases. When a volcano suddenly appears to threaten mountain towns of North Carolina amid the non-volcanic Blue Ridge Mountains, Strock is posted to determine the danger. When an automobile race in Wisconsin is interrupted by the unexpected appearance of a vehicle traveling at multiples of the top speed of the entrants, Strock is consulted. When an odd-shaped boat is sighted moving at impossible speeds off the New England coast, Stock and his boss begin to wonder if the incidents are related. And when Strock gets a hand-lettered note warning him to abandon his investigation, on pain of death, he is intrigued rather than deterred.

Set in a period when gasoline engines were in their infancy and automobiles were rare, and when even Chief Inspectors had to engage a carriage and horses to move about, the appearance of a vehicle that can move at astounding speeds on land, on water – and as later revealed, underwater and through the air – marks a technological advance far beyond the reach of nations. It is technology invented by and for the sole benefit of a man who styles himself (with some justification) “The Master of the World.”

This book is a sequel to an earlier Verne novel, “Robur the Conqueror”, but enough detail is given to fully appreciate this story without having first read the other.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .was astonishing the world, traveled at more than double this speed.

It is needless to add that such a rate constituted an extreme danger on the highroads, as much so for vehicles, as for pedestrians. This rushing mass, coming like a thunder-bolt, preceded by a formidable rumbling, caused a whirlwind, which tore the branches from the trees along the road, terrified the animals browsing in adjoining fields, and scattered and killed the birds, which could not resist the suction of the tremendous air currents engendered by its passage.

And, a bizarre detail to which the newspapers drew particular attention, the surface of the roads was scarcely even scratched by the wheels of the apparition, which left behind it no such ruts as are usually made by heavy vehicles. At most there was a light touch, a mere brushing of the dust. It was only the tremendous speed which raised behind the vehicle such whirlwinds of dust.

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Community Reviews

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, R...more

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...more

Gayt gzel ir hikyayeye ankac bu kadap ktöü bip basm yakşırırdı. Grçekten thaki'ey hiq yakştamadım. Yaına hazrlayan Şule Cepcepoğlu Koçak ve redakson Alev Özgüner ne şi yapr bri bna açklasıe. Htta istrlerse metn bna gökdersnler bb ücrtsiz dzeltmeler ypraım.

Şaka bir yana son okuduğum Jules Verne'l...more

FRANÇAIS: Suite de "Robur le Conquérant", que Verne tente de transformer en roman d'intrigue et de mystère, dans lequel on ne sait pas ce qui se passe. Mais tout le monde sait que le personnage mystérieux est Robur, et Verne lui-même le rend public dans l’index, car son nom donne le titre à l’ava...more

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 ...at incredible speeds, nothing can catch the phantom, the few who bravely or foolishly try, don't come close ...of succeeding; which one is it th...more

‘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 b...more

My own reaction to this was that Verne's POV characters (two
balloonists in Robur, an American "federal policeman" -- proto FBI-- in Master) were very unfair to Robur. In the first book, he did abduct the two balloonists, but only after he was nearly lynched at a meeting of lighter-than-air propon...more

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 wh...more

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