Review Adventure novel by Jules Verne, published in French in three volumes as L'Ile mysterieuse in 1874 and included in his popular science-fiction series Voyages extraordinaires (1863-1910). The Mysterious Island follows the adventures of a group of castaways who use their survivalist savvy to build a functional community on an uncharted island. A hot-air balloon carrying five passengers and a dog escapes from Richmond, Va., during the American Civil War. It is blown off course and deposited near an obscure island. One of the castaways nearly dies after a skirmish with pirates; he is saved by the unexplained appearance of medicine after the pirates are unexpectedly routed. The group later discovers that their secret helper is the reclusive Captain Nemo (first introduced in Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea), who dies and is buried at sea in his submarine. The castaways are eventually saved by a passing ship. --Wordsworth Editions Read more About the Author Jordan Stump is an associate professor of French at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and the translator of more than half a dozen French novels. Two of his translations have been nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the largest and most international prize of its kind.Caleb Carr is the author of The Alienist and, most recently, Killing Time . He lives in New York. Read more