Review: Nemo Rising by C. Courtney Joyner

January 19, 2018 Review 0

Review: Nemo Rising by C. Courtney JoynerNemo Rising by C. Courtney Joyner
Narrator: Derek Perkins
Published by Tor Books on December 26, 2017
Genres: Adult, Historical, Science Fiction, Steampunk
Format: Audiobook
Pages: 304
Source: NetGalley
Sexual Content: N/A
Reviewed by: James
3 Stars

An exciting sequel to the Captain Nemo adventures enjoyed by millions in Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Sea monsters are sinking ships up and down the Atlantic Coast. Enraged that his navy is helpless against this onslaught and facing a possible World War as a result, President Ulysses S. Grant is forced to ask for assistance from the notorious Captain Nemo, in Federal prison for war crimes and scheduled for execution.

Grant returns Nemo’s submarine, the infamous Victorian Steampunk marvel Nautilus, and promises a full Presidential pardon if Nemo hunts down and destroys the source of the attacks. Accompanied by the beautiful niece of Grant’s chief advisor, Nemo sets off under the sea in search of answers. Unfortunately, the enemy may be closer than they realize...

I’ve got a lot of mixed feelings about NEMO RISING. I enjoyed the whole story, but when I sat down to write this review and really started thinking about it, I realized that I gave the book too much slack because of my love of 20,000 LEAGUES. If NEMO RISING wasn’t about Captain Nemo and the Nautilus, but about some other random submarine post Civil War I would not have liked it anywhere near as much.

I enjoyed the nostalgia of NEMO RISING. I’ve always been a big fan of 20,000 LEAGUES. I grew up watching the old Disney movie, and have read the book a couple of times. Joyner does a good job of capturing Nemo’s spirit, but there was often too much tell instead of show. If you aren’t familiar with Nemo and the Nautilus then some of the story might be confusing, because Joyner writes NEMO RISING assuming your familiar with 20,000 LEAGUES. 

Joyner also really kicks up the violence way beyond what Verne would ever have done. But the discovery and exploration that was key to 20,000 LEAGUES is still present in NEMO RISING. My favorite part of NEMO RISING is the lack of over explaining for having Sarah be an important part of the story. So many historical fiction novels spend forever coming up with reasons to have a female character. Sarah was never treated any differently, she was just naturally part of the story, and it was a nice change of pace.

If you are a fan of 20,000 LEAGUES than I’d recommend giving NEMO RISING a try. If you've never read 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA then I highly recommend you give that one a try, Jules Verne was a genius who predicted many technological advances.

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