The Secret of the Island is the third book in the Mysterious Island trilogy after The Mysterious Island and Abandoned.
In The Secret of the Island a party of British ballooners have crashed on a remote Pacific island where they must contend with pirates and escaped convicts as they work to survive. When they come to realize that someone or something is protecting them they strive to solve the mystery.
Jules Gabriel Verne was a French novelist, poet, and playwright best known for his adventure novels and his profound influence on the literary genre of science fiction. He was trained to follow in his father's footsteps as a lawyer, but quit the profession early to write for magazines and the stage. His collaboration with the publisher Pierre-Jules Hetzel led to the creation of the Voyages Extraordinaires, a widely popular series of scrupulously researched adventure novels including A Journey to the Interior of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and Around the World in Eighty Days.