When a volcano suddenly seems to erupt and threaten a mountain town of North Carolina, Inspector Strock is sent to determine the danger. When an automobile race in Wisconsin is interrupted by the unexpected appearance of a vehicle traveling at many times the top speed of the entrants, Strock is again consulted. And when an odd-shaped boat is sighted moving at impossible speeds off the New England coast, Stock and his boss begin to wonder if the incidents are related. Then Strock gets a note warning him to abandon his investigation, on pain of death but he is intrigued rather than deterred.
The story is set in a period when gasoline engines were new and automobiles were rare, and so the appearance of a vehicle that can move at astounding speeds on land, on water - and as later seen, underwater and through the air - marks a technological advance far beyond the reach any nation. It is technology invented by a man who styles himself "The Master of the World" and threatens the peace of the world unless Inspector Strock can find a way to stop the mad inventor.
Public Domain (P)2013 Jimcin Recordings
I struggled to keep listening. The narrator was very dry and monotone. The book would have been better with an animated narration.
"Everything is wrong about this book"
Everything is wrong about this one:
- Too short
- Hardly any story
- Feel like a (too long) introduction
- Feels too implausable - and this IS a Jules Verne novel!
- The antagonist doesn't do ANYTHING! And still calls himself "Master of the World"...
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