Do NOT use this book as a survival manual!!
Right, now that we have that straightened out...what a book! I write this review with tongue in cheek, just as the author must have written this book. Why? well...
Five Union prisoners of war escape Richmond, VA in a Rebel spy balloon, and a mere five days later end up on a remote island in the Pacific. Being very resourceful (not to mention absolute geniuses) they do what anyone stranded on a deserted island would do: they forge their own iron and steel tools, make glass, an elevator, nitroglycerin, and even a telegraph using 100% natural materials (think the professor from Gilligan's Island). But in the course of their struggle against nature, strange incidents convince them that this island may not be as deserted as they thought...(insert ominous music)...
Be prepared for a kicker ending that will leave you chocking on your lithodomus!
How is it possible that I have lived 41 years without having known the pleasure of a Jules Verne novel? This is a masterfully written novel about 5 castaways that are strewn upon an uncharted island in the Pacific Ocean with nothing except the clothes on their backs. The castaways, using their intelligence, are able to use the natural amenities of the island for their survival. This book contains beautifully written descriptions of science, natural history, geology and many other sciences. The island also holds great mysteries. I immensely enjoyed this novel and can say that it places in my top 10 novels of all time. The afterword by Isaac Asimov is humorous and thought provoking.
If you have never read this novel I highly recommend that you take the time to immerse yourself in the pleasures within.
Classic JUles Verne. THis edition has an afterword by Isaac Asimov.
Although a little dated it still holds up well. Especially exciting for the younger ones.
I love this book! If you like science, adventure, and suspense this is the book to get. This is one of the most intriguing books and definitely my favorite!