Captain Nemo’s son continues his own tales of adventure in The Lone Captain, a sequel to 2018’s The Nautilus Legacy and the second volume of The Nemo Chronicles. Inspired by the work of Jules Verne and written as a memoir, it will delight readers of the first volume as well as those new to the series.
Against a backdrop of Victorian-era political tensions and advances in science and technology, the Nautilus’ crew venture across the world’s oceans to further their twin missions of science and liberty by exploring shipwrecks, aiding the oppressed, and supporting freedom fighters. But everything changes for Nemo when a shocking naval crisis leads to confrontation with his most dangerous foe yet, a zealot whose actions could alter the international balance of power.
Targeted Age Group:: 16+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
"The Lone Captain" is a sequel to "The Nautilus Legacy," which tells the story of how Captain Nemo's son discovered his father's identity and decided to follow in his nautical footsteps. When I saw the movie "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" as a kid, I fell in love with the design of the Nautilus. I wanted its adventures to continue, and years later after reading the novel and its sequel "Mysterious Island" I decided to find a way to continue what Jules Verne had started.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Two of them deserve special mention. My Nemo is a blend of Verne's original character and my own personality, or at least what I think I would've been like had I lived in that era. Eileen in "The Lone Captain" is visually based on singer Kate Bush. The character's personality was inspired by the Big Country song "The Seer," for which Bush provided guest vocals.
I spent the evening alone in the library, cut off
from everything except Papa’s books and my own
thoughts. The more I considered the newspaper article,
the deeper my depression became. I thought of how
silly—no, how stupid the whole thing seemed. What kind
of absurd, self-important dreamer was I to run around the
world in a submarine playing do-gooder to the oppressed?
What in the name of heaven made me think anything
substantial could come from such an approach? Who was
I to tell kingdoms and empires what to do? “You,” I
reminded myself in the words of St. James, “a vapor that
appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away,” what
right have you to impose your convictions on the nations,
however much in the wrong they may be?
The accuser in me laid out strong charges, and I
could only reply in agreement. I was foolish, full of ideals
and Papa’s mystique. I lived out a fantasy of a life and
had, like a false messiah, somehow deluded two dozen
men to follow me on my quixotic voyages. I was a naïve
crusader, insulated from reality and daring to think I could,
should, and would correct the world’s mistakes.
Who did I think I was? Papa, that’s who! I had fit
myself to the mold of his life, past denials notwithstanding.
Maybe I needed to give up this nonsense. Nemo and the
Nautilus were anachronisms, emptied of any power or
symbolism they may have once held. One man might be
able to change the world, but not this man, and not this
way. At least, not anymore.
It occurred to me that the day for
decommissioning the Nautilus was at hand. The simplest
way was to divide up any remaining treasure among the
men, take the submarine out to sea with a skeleton crew,
and sink her for all time.
Links to Purchase Print Books
Buy The Lone Captain Print Edition at Amazon
Links to Purchase eBooks – Click links for book samples and reviews
Buy The Lone Captain On Amazon
All information was provided by the author and not edited by us. This is so you get to know the author better.