But first a rant from me to potential readers. If you have wasted your time reading the low rating reviews, please ignore them. Those people take themselves too seriously. The author had no intention of writing a historically accurate fiction story..This book is a fine example of creative writing. Without this type of writing, would Jules Verne be a household name today?
The positive reviewers have explained the storyline very well. For me, I enjoined the cast of characters immensely. The improbable juxtaposition of real events and people makes for an enjoyable bit of entertainment. That is what this book is - a few hours of unabashed fun reading. Take this book for what it is meant to be and you will be pleased.