- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Outskirts Press (October 7, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1478700009
- ISBN-13: 978-1478700005
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,873,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Vulcanium: (The Secret of Captain Nemo and the Nautilus) Hardcover – October 7, 2013
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About the Author
Native Californian PAT REGAN was born in 1949 and discovered Jules Verne in 1954. His interest in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is lifelong and has engendered more functional art projects than can be listed here. For that, there's a website. At the time of this writing, Regan is retired from a career in public safety; designing, building, and diving unique underwater technologies in Hawaii. http://www.vulcaniasubmarine.com
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In this "prequel" to "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea", Regan breaks with the informal tradition of anonymity surrounding the crew of the fictional submarine Nautilus. Escapees from a gulag-like slave labor work camp, they range from a notorious jewel thief turned expert builder of advanced diving gear to a tattooed, fiercely protective Maori warrior who learns to walk the ocean floor wearing it. Each man is an individual with his own backstory and motivation. At the center of it all is genius in the person of an inventor, naval architect, and physicist whose life has already been decimated by those who would steal his discoveries -- and who will become a legend under a name that means "nobody": Captain Nemo.
Their enemy is no one nation, but a faceless and powerful order made up of those who, able to create nothing on their own, seek to loot the work of great minds in order to conquer and enslave. In "Vulcanium" the captain and crew of the Nautilus must learn to walk a razor's edge between trying to bring a liberating new technology to the world and doing what's necessary to keep it out of the hands of those who would turn it into an engine of destruction.
Be warned or appreciate (in my case) that the book contained a great deal of technical information building a Nautilus. I thinks this actually pairs with Jules Vern's book. Much of the 20,000 leagues dealt with oceanography and navigation but was light on the mechanics of the Nautilus. Pat Regan information fills in most of the other aspects of the Nautilus. He has an interesting technical background and insight to submarine mechanics. He has engineered, designed and built in his garage a man caring working Nautilus based upon the Disney Harper Goff model. He also builds diving gear.
I did not particularly like the print font and found the literary style not bad but was not great either.
I totally recommend this book to anyone who loves science fiction and especially Nautilus fans, but then again I have scratch built 11 shelf sitting Nautilus submarines in the past 2 years.
He could have really used an editor for this project. The plot is good but the writing is turgid.