Michael Strogoff - Large Print Author:Jules Verne Through Russia -- In Danger! Far from the Czar's palace, all Siberia was about to be betrayed by the turncoat colonel Ivan Ogareff. The telegraph had been cut. A courier was needed to warn the Grand Duke in Irkutsk -- someone to go incognito through vast provinces swarm with Tartar Hordes. Only one man was brave enough for the mission: his n... more »ame -- Michael Strogoff. . .
Jules Verne's Michael Strogoff (1876) is one of the most exciting spy adventure stories ever written. It is packed with its hero's harrowing escapes on steppes, tundra and Russia's mighty rivers, with blood-thirsty cruelties and at least one torture scene that can never be fortgotten. There is a tender love story in it, and humor in the persons of rival European reporters competing for scoops in a raging war. And it throbs with the hoofbeats of primitive tribesmen, with barbarous splendor of its times.
Oddly, Verne never saw Russia he wrote so thrillingly about, but drew its color from his reading and that fertile imagination which elsewhere produced his great science fiction fantasies. Michael Strogoff is not the least among his popular works; indeed it has often been called his masterpiece.« less