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Masters of the Sea: The Adventures of Verne's Mathias Sandorf Paperback – June 1, 2010

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George J. Rios, M.P.A., Ph.D. has distinguished himself with nine Public Service appointments including three White House assignments spanning five presidential administrations and is a former New York City Commissioner. He renders a unique service to science-fiction aficionados with his scholarly researched and adapted translation of Jules Verne's preeminent novel.
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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450211984
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450211987
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,552,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Arthur B. Evans on July 3, 2010
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Please do *not* waste your money on this book. It is a very bad "adaptation" of Verne's _Mathias Sandorf_ that not only reduces his 500-page novel down to a little over 200 pages (of very large easy-to-read typeface) but also massacres Verne's original story. Here is a detailed description (along with its misspellings) of the book's plot, as printed on the back cover:

"_Masters of the Sea_ follows Dr. Mathias Sandorf, an Austrian patriot, who is pitted against occupying German forces. He is betrayed, condemned, and imprisoned. He escapes the dungeon of Pisino prison and the rapids of the Foiba River. Assisted by a loyal fisherman, he flees Austria, is shipwrecked and marooned for twenty years on an uncharted island in the Atlantic Ocean. A secretive band of Chiese [sic] evade discovery for ten years by living hidden within the hollowed out volcasno [sic] on the island. By chance, Dr. Sandorf comes to the rescue of one of them battling a giant boar. The Chinese in turn rescue Dr. Sandorf when a tidal wave assails the island. A friendship ensues and many secrets are revealed. These secrets include Shaolin martial arts, tactile and projected hypnosis, cellular rejuvenation, and the ability to communicate with sea creatures. When it becomes evident that the next tidal wave will destroy the island, they build a ship atop the volcano's peak and ride the wave to freedom. Together they return to Austria where Dr. Sandorf receives a hero's welcome for the revolution he led was successful. Unlike the Count of Monte Cristo's return of revenge, Dr. Sandorf never knew who betrayed him. These traitorus [sic] villans [sic] were aligned anew with Germans plotting to subjugate Austria again. In a series of chilling attempts to kill Dr. Sandorf, he evades them launching countstrikes [sic].
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George Rios is a superb biographer of Jules Verne. In "Masters of the Sea," Rios uses his prescient imagination, Verne knowledge, and great writing skill in making this book fun for readers of the master. Fans of "The Count of Monte Cristo" will enjoy this book.-- Tim Hays, author of Severed Relations
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Excellent author!
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