Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Review: The Rocket's Shadow by John Blaine (Rick Brant Electronic Adventure, Book 1)

Synopsis: Rick Brant's father is the leader of a team of brilliant scientist. Together, they are working to send a rocket to the moon. At stake? A two million dollar prize for the first person to do so. If they lose, not only to they lose the funding for science, but the Brant family will lose the island that has become their home. Triumph is on the horizon, but someone is out to stop them! But who? Who would do such a dastardly thing? It's up to Rick and his new friend Scotty stop the fiends before it's too late!

Review: This is a such a kitchy, cheesy, wonderful book. The science, while dated, is sound, but it's the "swell" Rick Brant and his "best family a boy could have" that really make it. Getting to take a peak at what was considered "ideal" in the years following the war is both amusing and interesting. In particular, I like the addition of Scotty - an ex-marine who fought in the Pacific Theatre. The mystery is straight-forward and the plot moves along briskly. There is action, adventure, science and romance! I highly recommend for anyone who just wants a "blast from the past" or just an easy enjoyable read where the Americans save the day, science prevails and evil is punished!

Bookmarks: 7 of 10

Awards: None

Date Published: 1947
Date Finished: 5-23-2014
Pages: 209

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