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18-Tom Swift and His Thermo-Ion Jetpack By Victor Appleton II
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# 18 of this series. Tom Swift is called to put his inventive brains to work for Hollywood. A producer wants to resurrect the old movie series that featured a hero using a flying rocket pack. But,... More > when Tom convinces him that roaring flames and something looking like a pair of fire extinguishers isn't going to work, he agrees to set his serial in the near future. That leaves Tom the task of creating a wearable, flyable backpack that can run for a half hour at a time, be safe for the stunt man to fly, and look incredible. Forces are at work to steal such a technology from both Tom and another company in California that tried making something like it a year earlier. And, it turns out to be an old enemy of the Swifts behind it all. Now, with pressure put on him by the US Government and constant nagging requests to get the backpack delivered to the movie set, Tom must satisfy many people, keep the plans and actual device safe, and still get his and Bud's wife out to Hollywood to meet some stars.< Less
1—Tom Swift and His EnvirOzone Revivicator (HB) By Victor Appleton II
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In this hardbound edition of the 1st novel of the new series, Tom and his father are ordered to attend a meeting of a world organization on pollution. As they stand practically accused of being among... More > the worst, they are secretly being requested to help create a means to scrub environmental pollutants from the air over the South Pole and to rebuild the ozone layer. As they leave they are accosted by a strange African man who claims that his nation has no water and that Tom must help or all of his people will die. After investigating the situation the young inventor realizes that the man's plea is in earnest and so he now has two major projects to work on: Fix the ozone layer and bring water to a drought-ridden nation. To make things more complicated, a mysterious squadron of all-black MIG fighters keep appearing wherever Tom goes, seemingly bent on destroying everything he is working toward and may even be out to kill him! Is this going to be possible, or is this to be Tom's first major failure?< Less
Tom Swift and His Tectonic Interrupter By Victor Appleton II
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SPECIAL RETAIL VERSION: It begins with a request for a secret meeting with a man who won't reveal his identity. Normally, Tom Swift—young inventor—would just turn this over to his... More > Security people, but something sparks his interest. Once he finally forces the man to open up, it is almost ridiculously easy to fulfill his requests. Tom tries to turn to other endeavors but is drawn into a more complex adventure that, surprisingly, needs that earlier invention. A mysterious rift is tearing its way from the Atlantic ocean into the Northeast states. Tom, with the assistance of his best friend Bud Barclay, and a diminutive scientist, embark on a project to not only discover what is really happening, but must come up with a way to stop it before things become catastrophic! It is one of Tom's hardest adventures as he battles the very ground we all walk on. Is taking on Mother Nature and the planet Earth just too much?< Less
3—Tom Swift and the Transcontinental BulleTrain (HB) By Victor Appleton II
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In this hardbound edition of the third book in the series, the President, desperate to leave some sort of legacy, has promised the nation that a great freight-hauling bullet train system will cross... More > the country starting in just one year. The biggest problem? Nobody has started to design or build anything on a project that should take 10 years. When his advisors hatch a plan to split the work into dozens of manageable pieces, only a small handful of companies sign on. Tom Swift believes that he can figure a way to dig the massive tunnels under the various mountain ranges on the western half of the country, and may even be able to build the locomotive engines, but the other companies begin to abandon their work, making it necessary for Enterprises to take on more and more. A rival company owner has it in for Tom, and a mysterious source of governmental sabotage is somewhere in Washington DC. With time and so many other things against him, is it going to be a mission impossible for the young inventor?< Less
6—Tom Swift: Galactic Ambassador (HB) By Victor Appleton II
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This hardbound edition of the 6th novel in the series brings back some of Tom's old friend: his Space Friends. Since their first interaction Tom has tried to get them to provide details about... More > themselves so he can assist them in their mission to visit the Earth. Until he makes a surprise advancement in how he "reads" their symbol messages, he has had frustration after disappointment. Now that he has an understanding he is horrified to find that their "masters" have declared their mission a failure and will be recalling them, forever, in just a few short weeks. Now he races against time trying to develop both a vehicle and an environment capable of supporting them. Just when he thinks he has succeeded, disaster strikes. Not only is his new flying environment destroyed, but now the Masters insist the Space Friends won't be the ones coming for a visit, it will be them! Tom knows that can't be allowed and so he must work overtime to complete a new environment, be a diplomat and get ready for the visit.< Less
8—Tom Swift and the Galaxy Ghosts (HB) By Victor Appleton II
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In this hardbound edition of book 8 in the new series, Tom Swift finds himself involved in a galactic mystery. Something like a black hole has been discovered a dozen light years away, but nobody can... More > say for certain what it really is... or if it will affect the Earth. Even his quickest unmanned rockets can't carry enough fuel for such a trip. So a shortcut seems to be the best chance. His knowledge tells him that wormholes are more than a hypothesis, but how the heck can he go about locating one? Even if he finds one, how can he determine where it might exit? When an old video surfaces showing proof to a willing mind that wormholes exist and can be opened for brief periods, he also finds it takes the power of a nuclear bomb to do so. If he overcomes all issues, he and Bud may be on a one way trip. They encounter the anomaly—and it's a doozy—but they also find themselves face-to- uhhh, hands? Giant ghostly hands beckon them, but what can it all mean? With little air and no fuel, what can Tom do?< Less
7—Tom Swift and the Paradox Planet (HB) By Victor Appleton II
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In this hardbound edition of the 7th novel in the series, the planet Pluto suddenly disappears. There one minute and gone the next. Is this the start of an invasion? Tom Swift is called upon to... More > investigate. For starters he agrees to refurbish and move the long-defunct Hubble Space telescope into a position where it might scan the now empty area. Finding nothing he builds an ultra fast space probe. But when that disappears as it nears the missing planet's position, it raises even more questions. A second probe is flung far to one side. The only thing to do is to go out himself, and so Tom sets about building a new, giant and incredibly fast spaceship, The Sutter. Before he can launch it, Pluto or something slightly larger reappears and begins heading inward toward the Sun. The problem is that the Earth is in the way. If Tom can't deflect this paradox planet from its course, all mankind might perish. But what secrets can this planet hold? And, why does it suddenly slow down inside Jupiter's orbit?< Less
14—Tom Swift and the Coupe of Invisibility By Victor Appleton II
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In this 14th novel in the series, Tom Swift is approached by the Navy to do the impossible: make stealth ships quite literally disappear. Not just to RADAR, but human sight as well. He already has a... More > primitive panel that can hide a stationary person or small object, but how to deal with the moving ocean? How do you cover a large warship? Fortunately, he has several very good people and several inventions that might help show the right path. Once he manages to create an invisibility device he sets out to test it by installing it into a special bright red coupe. But, on a test drive, terrorists and other traitors manage to steal the car. Tom must find a way to defeat his own invention and regain possession of the coupe, as well as to try desperately to find some way to do this without making his invention useless. Deadly danger lurks on the streets where Tom and his best friend, Bud Barclay, hunt for the coupe, including an Iranian terrorist with a very distinctive feature who would rather see Tom dead!< Less
10-Tom Swift and His Tectonic Interrupter By Victor Appleton II
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As Tom Swift strives to assist with a rather cryptic and strange request, a threat of a natural disaster is brought jarringly to his attention. After teaming up with a seismic expert he finds that... More > the problem is both more dire, and closer, than he could have thought. It falls on him to find a solution to keep a previously unknown danger from escalating into disaster. He soon finds that both of his projects intersect and overlap. Can Tom fight the very ground on which he stands?< Less
10—Tom Swift and His Tectonic Interrupter (HB) By Victor Appleton II
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In this hardbound edition of the tenth book of the new series, young inventor Tom Swift finds himself with a mystery. Someone is insisting on a face-to-face meeting but refuses to tell Tom why or who... More > he is. When the truth becomes known it sets Tom on a path that will see him building a flying vehicle capable of locating buried bodies, being pressed into a rescue mission when a volcano erupts and threatens to destroy a major city, which then catapults him right into the toughest assignment he's ever faced. Flying through space or swimming deeper in the ocean than anyone ever has is child's play compared to what he faces. The very earth under our feet has a mysterious tear that could destroy several New England states. It might even travel across the country eventually causing a super volcanic eruption under Yosemite. Tom has never faced the very planet he lives on as an opponent in a battle like this.< Less