I recently began working with an editor on my Kayce Quantum novel, which is an adventure filled story. At our first meeting my editor asked me if I had ever read 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, one of the premier classic adventure stories in literature. Reluctantly I admitted that it had been on my to-read list for awhile but I had yet to pick it up. He grabbed his copy from the shelf and thrust it into my hands and demanded I read it. If I was going to write adventurous fiction I should be familiar with the genre's roots. Couldn't argue with that, right? I took the book home and dug into it. What a story! Great characters, thrilling action scenes, fun exploratory science...Verne really throws the reader right in. You feel like you're aboard the Nautilus with the crew, experiencing all the danger and wonder. When I was finished I immediately added Jules Verne's other books to my to-read list.