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The Underground City

Auhtor: Jules Verne

Language: english
Published: 1877

Genres:

fiction,  action adventure,  science fiction
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Review by C. F. Hill, March 2007


Rating: (*****)
Copyright: Public Domain in the U.S.
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Summary of the Book 'The Underground City':

A novel about the fortunes of a mining community called Aberfoyle which is near Stirling Scotland. Miner James Starr after receiving a letter from an old friend leaves for the Aberfoyle mine. Although believed to be mined out a decade earlier James Starr finds a mine overman Simon Ford along with his family living deep inside the mine. Simon Ford has found a large vein of coal in the mine but the characters must deal with mysterious and unexplainable happenings in and around the mine.

Excerpts from the Book 'The Underground City':


... the miners waved their caps, shouting, Farewell, James Starr, our master and our friend! This farewell would leave a lasting remembrance in all ...
... situated four miles from Callander. Whilst walking, James Starr could not but be struck with the change in the country. He had not seen it since the day ...
... look, to which James Starr's eyes were not accustomed. When the engineer stood still, Harry Ford stopped also. The young miner waited in silence. He ...
... opened in Scotland. Without discussing whether or not the Greeks and Romans made use of coal, whether the Chinese worked coal mines before the Christian ...
... But tell me how, by what signs, are you sure? Listen, sir! resumed Simon. It is not a seam that I have found. What is it, then? Only positive ...
... done before. What troubled James Starr was, not lest too much gas mingled with the air, but lest there should be little or none. Could they have been ...
... instead of bees, might have lodged all the ichthyosauri, megatheriums, and pterodactyles of the geological epoch. A labyrinth of galleries, some higher ...
... cavern is so huge. You must be right, Mr. Starr, said Harry. Besides, the weather is so bad outside, resumed Starr, that the waters of the loch ...
... from that time! That explains why my chum didn't come to Irvine. And without taking time to inform the President of the Royal Institution by letter, ...
... could positively swear. It was clear that on the 6th of December, ten days ago, Simon Ford, his wife, son, and guest, had quitted the cottage. Could ...
... here, that one of the first to run at the engineer's call was Jack Ryan. The merry fellow had thought it his duty to return to his old trade. But though ...
... bird had disappeared his hand was at the very extremity of the broken rope-when, just as his convulsive grasp was failing, he was seized by the men, ...
... of torches waved by them during that dark and stormy night which attracted the MOTALA towards the rocky coast, and like the wreckers of former days, they ...
... a minute, Jack! cried Harry, detaining his companion, who was stepping onto the moving staircase. I say! you seem to mean me to take up my quarters ...
... is in the last quarter, shorn of her just proportions, and friend Jack's grand silver plate looks more like a barber's basin. Oh, Mr. Starr, what ...
... she trembled, became giddy, her strength failed her overcome by the purity of the air and the sublimity of the scene, she sank fainting ...
... sworn the ruin of New Aberfoyle, and that some interest urges him to seek in every possible way to wreak his hatred upon us. He appears to be too weak to ...
... him dead years ago. But, resumed James Starr, what does he mean by those words, 'You have robbed me of the last vein of our old mine'? Ah! there ...
... is quite impossible, said Nell. My grandfather is everywhere and nowhere. I have never seen his retreats. I have never seen him sleep. If he meant ...
... maiden's feet. Then a terrible cry echoed through the vaulted roofs. It was the last sound uttered by old Silfax. Just as Jack Ryan laid his hand on the ...