Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Paperback)
An expedition sets sail from Brooklyn to capture a mysterios sea monster. After much fruitless searching, the monster is found, and the ship attacks it. During the fight, the three protagonists are thrown overboard. They are quickly captured and brought aboard the submarine, the Nautilus, where they meet its enigmatic creator and commander, Captain Nemo. Captain Nemo's motivation is implied to be both a scientific thirst for knowledge and a desire for revenge on civilization.
Jules Verne, a French author who pioneered the science fiction genre. Verne wrote about space, air, and underwater travel before air travel and practical submarines were invented, and before practical means of space travel had been devised. He is one of the most translated authors in the world.