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The Master of the World

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Author: Jules Verne
Published: 1904
Language: English
Wordcount: 43,322 / 130 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 57.7
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 6,217 7166

A sequel to Robur the Conqueror.

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of the facts I can bring no other testimony than my own. If you do not wish to believe me, so be it. I can scarce believe it all myself.

The strange occurrences began in the western part of our great American State of North Carolina. There, deep amid the Blueridge Mountains rises the crest called the Great Eyrie. Its huge rounded form is distinctly seen from the little town of Morganton on the Catawba River, and still more clearly as one approaches the mountains by way of the village of Pleasant Garden.

Why the name of Great Eyrie was originally given this mountain by the people of the surrounding region, I am not quite Sure It rises rocky and grim and inaccessible, and under certain atmospheric conditions has a peculiarly blue and distant effect. But the idea one would naturally get from the name is of a refuge for birds of prey, eagles condors, vultures; the home of vast numbers of the feathered tribes, wheeling and screaming above peaks beyond the reach of man. Now, the Great Eyrie did not se

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3.8 from 5 reviews: ****
JoJo Biggins

For the most part, a rather boring story - you could skip the first 3/4 of it and not miss a thing. It is a lot like the plot of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, but updated with a vessel that tackles land, sea, and air. Yawn.

Henry L. Ratliff

(1904) Sci-fi (Invention) / Adventure (Pursuit) / Mystery (Master criminal)

Sequel to 'Robur the Conqueror'.

R: * * * * *

Plot bullets

  • There are strange sounds and lights emitting from the 'Great Eyrie', mountain in N.C. in the US.

  • A government official is sent to investigate what might become a hazard to the inhabitants of the area, but gets nothing for his troubles, but a warning and death threat.

  • At the same time in many parts of the country:

    o A strange aircraft is spotted.

    o An automobile race is interrupted by an auto going in access of 130 mph.

    o There are sitings of a boat with incredible speed, loose on the water-ways of America.

    o Then comes the rumors of a submarine in a western lake.

  • Could all of these incredible inventions be the work of one evil genius?

  • Is it even possible that all of these mechanical wonders are one in the same vehicle?

  • This inventor has defied the goverment and the government agent must find the answer. He must know if this is a new master criminal on the scene, or has the world seen this nemesis before.

  • Will this dangerous man indeed become, 'The Master of the World'?


Excellent book! One of Verne's best!


the resolve of a man at its best


Nowhere near as good as Verne's other novels.



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