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Sappers and Miners The Flood beneath the Sea   By: (1831-1909)

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Sappers and Miners: The Flood beneath the Sea by George Manville Fenn is an enthralling novel that seamlessly blends adventure, mystery, and intriguing historical references. Set in the 19th century, the story follows the exploits of a group of sappers and miners who inadvertently stumble upon a hidden underground world during their mission to lay telegraph cables beneath the Atlantic Ocean.

Fenn’s mastery in crafting vivid descriptions immerses readers in the dangerous and captivating world that lies beneath the sea. The intricate details painted throughout the narrative create a palpable sense of awe and wonder, making it easy for readers to visualize the surreal environment the characters find themselves in.

What sets this novel apart is its meticulous attention to historical accuracy. Fenn seamlessly incorporates real-life events and settings, enhancing the narrative's believability while imparting interesting tidbits of historical knowledge. Readers will find themselves learning about telegraph cables, undersea exploration, and the challenges faced by engineers and miners during that era.

The characters in Sappers and Miners are developed with depth and complexity. Their distinct personalities, motivations, and interactions add layers of intrigue to the story. From the brave and quick-witted protagonist, Tom Longridge, to the enigmatic and cunning villain, Captain Argle, each character embodies a unique aspect of the human experience, fostering a deeper emotional connection between the reader and the story.

The pace of the novel is relentless, with each chapter offering new surprises and gripping twists. Fenn expertly juggles different plot threads and subplots, gradually weaving them together to create a cohesive and exhilarating narrative. The sense of urgency and suspense that permeates the pages keeps readers on the edge of their seats, eagerly anticipating the next turn of events.

Although the novel shines in many aspects, some readers might find the sheer amount of technical information regarding telegraph cables and mining processes overwhelming at times. While these details add authenticity to the story, they may temporarily slow down the pace and distract readers from the primary narrative. However, Fenn's ability to balance it with captivating action sequences and intricate character dynamics compensates for these occasional lulls.

Sappers and Miners: The Flood beneath the Sea is an exceptional historical adventure that transports readers to a time defined by exploration and ingenuity. Filled with danger, secrets, and unexpected twists, George Manville Fenn’s masterful storytelling unfurls an unforgettable journey beneath the depths of the ocean. Fans of thrilling historical fiction will undoubtedly be captivated by this remarkable tale.

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Sappers and Miners, by George Manville Fenn.

This must be one of Manville Fenn's very best books. The suspense is totally gripping, right to the very end. Normally Fenn places his moments of terror at the very end of a chapter, so that this book with 52 chapters must have quite a few of them.

When preparing this book for publication on the web, the editor was truly sorry when the work ended, so greatly had he enjoyed every moment of it.

The action takes place in Cornwall, in and around an old tin mine, possibly dating back to Roman and Phoenician days, for these people obtained much of the tin they needed to make bronze, from Cornwall, and many of the mines are still there, with many miles of workings, often going out far beneath the sea.

You should enjoy reading or listening to this book very much as much, I hope, as the editor of it has done.




"Have some more bass, Gwyn?"

"Please, father."

"You should not speak with your mouth full, my dear," said Mrs Pendarve, quietly.

"No, mother; but I didn't like to keep father waiting."

"And between the two stools you came to the ground, eh?" said Colonel Pendarve, smiling... Continue reading book >>

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