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Now or Never   By: (1822-1897)

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Now or Never by Oliver Optic is a thrilling adventure novel that captivates readers from start to finish. Set in the late 19th century, the story follows a young protagonist named Ned, who embarks on a journey of self-discovery and bravery.

From the very first page, the descriptive language and vivid imagery transport readers to a world filled with danger and excitement. The author's attention to detail allows readers to visualize each scene and become fully immersed in the story. The narrative flows seamlessly, making it easy to get lost in the book for hours on end.

One of the strengths of this novel is its well-developed characters. Ned, the main character, undergoes significant personal growth throughout the story. As readers accompany him on his adventure, they witness his transformation from a timid and naive boy to a courageous and determined young man. The supporting characters are equally engaging, with each one bringing their unique qualities and perspectives to the plot.

The themes explored in Now or Never are both universal and relevant. Friendship, loyalty, and the pursuit of dreams are central themes that resonate with readers of all ages. Additionally, the book addresses the concept of taking risks and seizing opportunities, encouraging readers to embrace these values in their own lives.

The pacing of the novel is impeccable, with a perfect balance between action-packed sequences and moments of reflection. This keeps the readers on the edge of their seats, eager to find out what happens next. Furthermore, the author's masterful ability to create tension and suspense ensures that the story remains gripping throughout.

Overall, Now or Never is a captivating adventure novel that offers an exhilarating reading experience. Oliver Optic's exceptional storytelling, well-crafted characters, and thought-provoking themes make this book a must-read for fans of the genre. Whether you're a young adult or an adult reader, this book is sure to transport you to a world of thrilling escapades and teach valuable life lessons along the way.

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E text prepared by Al Haines


Or, The Adventures of Bobby Bright.

A Story for Young Folks



Author of The Boat Club , All Aboard , In Doors and Out , etc.

Boston: Lee and Shepard, Publishers. New York: Lee, Shepard & Dillingham, 49 Greene Street





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The story contained in this volume is a record of youthful struggles, not only in the world without, but in the world within; and the success of the little hero is not merely a gathering up of wealth and honors, but a triumph over the temptations that beget the pilgrim on the plain of life. The attainment of worldly prosperity is not the truest victory, and the author has endeavored to make the interest of his story depend more on the hero's devotion to principles than on his success in business.

Bobby Bright is a smart boy; perhaps the reader will think he is altogether too smart for one of his years. This is a progressive age, and any thing which Young America may do need not surprise any person. That little gentleman is older than his father, knows more than his mother, can talk politics, smoke cigars, and drive a 2:40 horse. He orders "one stew" with as much ease as a man of forty, and can even pronounce correctly the villanous names of sundry French and German wines and liqueurs... Continue reading book >>

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