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Tom Swift and his Motor Boat 5 editions

Cover of: Tom Swift and his Motor Boat | Howard Roger Garis

""WHERE are you going, Tom?" asked Mr. Barton Swift of his son as the young man was slowly pushing his motor-cycle out of the yard toward the country road."

About the Book

The book opens with Tom getting ready to attend an auction. The boat used by the criminals who stole it in Volume #1 has been damaged. The owner wants rid of it, as he has purchased a larger, more powerful craft as a replacement. Tom gets in a bidding war with one Andy Foger, a red-haired squinty-eyed bully, who likes machinery that goes fast, and edges him out by only a few dollars. A "mysterious stranger" takes an inordinate interest in the boat, and is run off after apparently trying to damage it. Later, on the trip home, Tom encounters Andy Foger, who has laid an ambush for Tom by dragging a log across the road to cause an accident. Tom is warned of the obstruction by Eradicate Sampson, an itinerant Negro handyman, and in the ensuing melee, Tom "thrashes" Andy.

Tom gets his new boat home, and begins an overhaul and modifications. The boat seems to attract trouble with repeated attempts by persons unknown to tamper with, damage and finally, to steal the craft. An electric gyroscope, developed by Tom's father Barton, is another anchor around which the rest of the story revolves. This device and some valuable tools are also stolen, causing Mr. Swift, whose health is failing due to age and overwork, much concern.

It is determined that the criminals that are causing all the mayhem are the Happy Harry Gang, a bunch of bad guys introduced in Volume #1 of the series. They seem to have several parallel agendas, which confuse things for Our Heroes. The Swifts industrial secrets are at risk, the boat-which is valued at about $900 new, and a mysterious "sparkler'" are all objects of desire and mysterious criminal intent.

Tom seems to always be in the right place at the right time to rescue people. He saves Mary Nestor (who is now considered a "friend") when her boat motor "goes back" on her out on Lake Carlopa, Mr. Damon's automobile is repaired when it malfunctions, Mr. Duncan is kept from bleeding to death after a hunting accident, and an "aeronaut," one John Sharp, is saved from a burning hot-air balloon that crashes into the lake.

The bad guys are caught and jailed, but slip away from police after a jailbreak in the "confusion of a summer storm," undoubtedly to return at a later date...

Classifications

Library of Congress PZ7.A652 Tom

5 editions First published in 1910

Edition Read Locate Buy
Cover of: Tom Swift and his Motor-Boat
May 5, 2007, BiblioBazaar
Tom Swift and his Motor-Boat
Paperback in English - Large print edition
Cover of: Tom Swift and his Motor Boat
July 2000, Quiet Vision Pub
Tom Swift and his Motor Boat
Library Binding in English - Large print edition
Cover of: Tom Swift and his Motor Boat
July 2000, Quiet Vision Pub
Tom Swift and his Motor Boat
Library binding in English
Cover of: Tom Swift and his Motor Boat
1910, Grosset & Dunlap Inc.
Tom Swift and his Motor Boat
Hardcover in English
Cover of: Tom Swift and his Motor Boat
1910, Grosset & Dunlap Inc.
Tom Swift and his Motor Boat
in English

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