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Like Vernes’ The Begum’s Millions, this has the theme of France and the entire world threatened by a super-weapon (what would now be called a weapon of mass destruction) with the threat finally overcome through the force of French patriotism. It can be considered one of the first books dealing with problems which was to become paramount half a century after its publication: brilliant scientists discovering new weapons of great destructive power, whose full utilisation might literally destroy the world; the competition between various powers to obtain control of such weapons; and also the efforts of ruthless non-state groups to have it. (source: Wikipedia)
234 pages, with a reading time of ~3.75 hours (58,500 words), and first published in 1897. This DRM-Free edition published by epubBooks, 2009.
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The carte de visite received that day, June 15, 189–, by the director of the establishment of Healthful House was a very neat one, and simply bore, without escutcheon or coronet, the name:
Below this name, in a corner of the card, the following address was written in lead pencil:
“On board the schooner Ebba, anchored off New–Berne, Pamlico Sound.”