Item description for The Mystery of the Sea by Bram Stoker & Carol A. Senf...
Can you crack the code and solve the Mystery of the Sea?
Archie Hunter travels to Cruden Bay, Aberdeenshire, to enjoy a little rest and relaxation in the small seaside village. But his holiday takes an unexpected turn when he begins to see spirits of the dead and an old woman named Gormala tells him he possesses the "Second Sight." According to Gormala, both he and she are Seers, and she proposes an alliance to solve the centuries-old "Mystery of the Sea."
But the sea holds more mysteries than one. Archie discovers a chest full of old documents he believes contain a coded message revealing the location of a lost treasure of the Spanish Armada. And then there is Marjory, the beautiful American girl Archie saves from drowning. Who is she, and why is she being pursued by a vicious gang of criminals and the American Secret Service?
Featuring a dizzying plot packed with adventure, romance, and the supernatural, The Mystery of the Sea (1902) is one of Bram Stoker's finest novels. This edition, the first published in the United States in more than a century, features the unabridged text of the first edition as well as an introduction and notes by Carol A. Senf, one of the world's foremost Stoker scholars.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Aug 20, 2007
Publisher Valancourt Books
ISBN 1934555215 ISBN13 9781934555217
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More About Bram Stoker & Carol A. Senf
Abraham 'Bram' Stoker (1847 - 1912) was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and joined the Irish Civil Service before his love of theatre led him to become the unpaid drama critic for the Dublin Mail. He went on to act as as manager and secretary for the actor Sir Henry Irving. He wrote seventeen books, the most famous of which is Dracula.
Bram Stoker was born in 1847 and died in 1912.
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Bram Stoker and Adventure Tales in Scotland: Reads Like a Gothic Version of John Buchan Story Mar 26, 2007
Written and published in 1902, five years after "Dracula," Bram Stoker's "The Mystery of the Sea" would intrigue most academics studying his works, but I don't think readers in general would be attracted to this obscure book's adventures as they are to the dark castle of the Count.
The basic plot looks like a John Buchan tale. "The Mystery" centers around one Archibald Hunter, who saves the life of one American girl Marjory. They are destined for some perilous adventures before falling love with each other. Despite the insipid personality of the hero/narrator Archibald, there are some interesting traits about the bicycle-riding American heroine, who is obviously treated favorably by the author. She is fiercely independent and patriotic, but this is nothing surprising if you remember one character in "Dracula" and the biographical fact that Stoker admired Walt Whitman.
Though the book contains many episodes describing their adventures (in dark caverns or in the stormy sea, for example) and some of them have interesting ideas (like codes and ciphers), Stoker fails to paint an exciting pictures of them, not knowing how to arrange them in the right order. Almost all the detective/spy story elements in "The Mystery of the Sea" is no mystery, too abstract and generic.
The book also has supernatural aspects, something like "second sight," fleeting visions that predict the future, which the hero sees. The device does not work as it should, however, because of Stoker's whimsical use of this device (reminding us of Mina's telepathy in "Dracula," which is more effective). Actually the book has much less supernatural factors than in his "The Jewel of Seven Stars" which is I think a better work.
The book opens with some intriguing concepts, and then the story flounders, not knowing where to go in the middle part. The book finally gets thrilling in the concluding chapters, but as a whole "The Mystery of the Sea" is a reminder that Stoker is, and will be remembered as the writer of one book named "Dracula."
Stoker creates a thrilling mystery of political intrigue. Jun 29, 1999
For fans of Bram Stoker this is an excellent mystery. The reader is transported back to Aberdeen, Scotland after the destruction of the American battle ship the "Maine." Here the reader is witness to a consuming mystery involving the supernatural and a world in political upheavel. As usual Stoker's character's shine, particularly the heroine Marjorey. This tell of supernaturarl intrigue will keep you entralled and eager to read more of this wonderful and underappreciated author's work.