Finished this last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. This is the fourth in a series of five that I bought in a slip case and is as entertaining as the other three that I've read - The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, The War of The Worlds.
Edward Prendick is shipwrecked, along with some others who perish, and then rescued by a strange man called Montgomery carrying some very strange cargo. Prendick however, is thrown off the ship that rescues him and, not welcome on the island at which it lands, is cast adrift. Just before he drifts out to sea and certain death Montgomery rescues him again and so the real adventure begins.
This tale had me gripped from the start and really chilled my blood, as did the previous three. Wells is a master craftsman especially at the short story (the copy I had is only 103 pages long) and shows just exactly what to do with the format.