By C. Courtney Joyner
Jules Verne’s classic novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea is nearly 150 years old, which means it’s about time for a reboot.
Nemo Rising begins with the mysterious captain chained in an American dungeon and awaiting execution. A series of attacks by sea monsters in international waters, however, forces President Grant to order his release. Reunited with his steampunk submarine the Nautilus, Nemo, along with a patchwork crew, is soon off monster-hunting and trying to prevent the outbreak of a world war.
C. Courtney Joyner has a background in screenwriting and Nemo Rising was a project originally pitched as a screenplay (he even includes a scene from the screenplay in an appendix, taking us “from script to novel and back again”). So expect a lot of CGI-style action and rapid-fire scene breaks in an experience that’s a lot like reading a summer blockbuster movie.