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21-Tom Swift and the Solar Chaser By Victor Appleton II
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In this twenty-first novel of the new series, Tom Swift has just defeated the Electricity Vampires (book #20) and is looking for something to challenge him, but in a less diabolical way, when the... More > X-Prize Committee announces a new challenge. Fly non-stop, around the globe, using only solar power… and do it in under 36 hours! It is a huge task to make enough power to fly at the needed speed by day and still be able to store enough to continue at that pace in the dark of night. But, Tom feels up to it. He and Bud meet a mysterious woman, also a contestant, who seems to have a lot of anger issues, and they run afoul of an enemy in the skies as they try to fly around the world. Also gumming up things is a potentially deadly helicopter Enterprises agrees to test for a company in Canada, whose owner vanishes one night and is now run by a man who should not actually exist. Tom is up against several challenges this time and finds that technology might not support him in his efforts!< Less
20-Tom Swift and the Electricity Vampires By Victor Appleton II
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In book 20 of this new series, Tom Swift finds himself being attacked from the sky as he sails a customer's brand new yacht near Nantucket. Some sort of bolt drops from the nearly clear sky, hits the... More > boat and drains all power from it, including emergency lights. As he tries to come to terms with what happened, a second attack, this time to a coal-fired power station along the East Coast, occurs ripping the facility apart and sucking power not just from the generating station but from the surrounding area as if a giant straw had been used. Bud nicknames the enemy the Electricity Vampires. Invisible and on an erratic course, Tom must try to find a way to figure where they will strike next and then make the invisible enemy visible. It might even help to know who they are and what they are trying to do. Attempt after attempt gets him no closer until a chance meeting with another Tom Swift gets them both heading in the right direction.< Less
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 wives out to Hollywood to meet some stars.< Less
19-Tom Swift and the Atlantean HydroWay By Victor Appleton II
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In the 19th adventure, Tom is asked for a double-header. Canada wants a version of his bullet train and Europe wants a high-speed cargo transportation system. The new bullet train should be easy and... More > require little of his time while the European project will occupy him with many new things to invent. Tom likes that sort of project. As he discovers, in very short order both point to similar solutions and each one brings him a new enemy, one political and one deadly dangerous. Canada was supposed to be easy, but government interference makes it nearly impossible, and just how the heck do you get a thousand tons of cargo across the ocean without using ships? When the mysterious Pangean Society rears its head, and appears determined to kill Tom to stop the Atlantic project, he can little realize just how close his enemy has come to him on more than one occasion! All this and more await you in this novel.< Less