In Doyle's short novel featuring Professor Challenger, the earth moves through a poisonous belt of the "ether" - the stuff supposedly filling space - and the protagonists observe what seems to be the end of all life. The novel, though a classic of science fiction, is painfully dated in its science and in its casual racism, which only surfaces occasionally but is off-putting. But Glen McCready's genial narration helps. He supplies appropriate voices for the major characters, including the rumbling, bull-like Professor Challenger, his dainty wife, and the drawling Lord Roxton. Overall, McCready delivers the somewhat talky text with careful expressiveness, helping to bring it to life.
The sequel to The Lost World, Arthur Conan Doyle's Poison Belt reunites the ever-popular Professor Challenger, intrepid journalist Edward Malone, dashing Lord John Roxton, and the querulous Professor Summerlee for yet another adventure.
When a sinister poison envelops the earth, the entire human race teeters on the brink of destruction, forcing the comrades to implement a desperate plan for survival.
A cryptic telegram, a mysterious airborne poison, and an eerie journey around post-apocalyptic London - this is vintage Conan Doyle. Glen McCready?s exhilarating reading brings all the tension and excitement of this classic tale vividly to life.
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I chose this as a sequel to the brilliant Conan Doyle novel The Lost World as it follows the same characters through later adventures. But for anyone hoping for the comforting strength and moral certainty of that previous story, this one comes as a bit of a surprise. There is very little actual action and the plot is rather disturbingly creepy and I wondered if there was an allegorical meaning buried inside it as environmental annihilation threatens mankind! Too early for climate change but rather like Noah's flood? The Victorian adventurers still brave the most terrible perils but it's not a patch on The Lost World in my opinion
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