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The Rocket's Shadow (Rick Brant Science-Adventure #1)

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Rick Brant's father is planning a rocket launch to the Moon. Saboteurs are trying to delay takeoff to claim a two million dollar prize.
Hardcover, 209 pages
Published 1947 by Grosset & Dunlap Publishers
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Bookworm
Confession Time: Hello, my name is Naomi, I'm nineteen, and I'd never read the Rick Brant books until yesterday. * hangs head in embarrassment.* To be honest, I never gave these books more than a glance through-I thought they were a more travel-to-the-moon thing, like the Tom Swift books, (which I've never read either because I'm not into space-type books), and thus missed out on getting to read this series sooner! They are really quiet good! A cross between Hardy Boys and Ken Holt mystery's, ...more
Deborah O'Carroll
Anyone who loves old adventure stories like The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Tom Swift… well, I do too, but the Rick Brant books were my favorites of the old books like that. I just LOVE them. Rick Brant and his friend Scotty (who was in the Marines and so Knows Stuff) are some of the bestest buddies ever and they have epic adventures all around the world and it’s great. I just love these. This first one’s my favorite because it’s when Rick and Scotty meet. And it’s just a cool adventure/mystery ...more
Charles
Sep 04, 2008 Charles rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This is the first book in this series and I enjoyed it, although I'm sure I would have liked it much, much more had I been 13. It's very much in the vein of Tom Corbett and the like, although I didn't think it was quite as well written. It's pretty dated, but what do you expect for a work written in 1947.
Terry Burgess
Sep 23, 2011 Terry Burgess rated it it was amazing
At long last, I found the series upon which Jonny Quest was based!
Karl Kranich
Jan 07, 2012 Karl Kranich rated it liked it
I love the old Tom Swift Jr books, and this is another similar fun series.
Roberta
Jul 30, 2016 Roberta rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, juvenile, series
This is the first book in the series and it's better to read them in order. Will anyone think it's a spoiler to tell why, as long as I don't name names? (view spoiler)

This is historic-fiction at this point since astronauts landed on the moon some time ago but, given that, it might still have some appeal because it has kids as main characters doing grown-up stuff like driving and f
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Randy
Jul 30, 2008 Randy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: young adult males
Recommended to Randy by: James Reasoner
A young adult adventure novel published in 1947. It would fit in well with The Hardy Boys and Tom Swift.
Dale
Mar 06, 2010 Dale rated it really liked it
First book of one of the best written boys' adventure series out there. Well written. A few technical errors.
Matthew Quirk
Aug 16, 2016 Matthew Quirk rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Omg! Ex-Nazi agents are trying to keep us from winning $2m by nuking the moon! If only my plucky sidekick and I could stop them!

A wonderful serial romp from the '40's.
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"John Blaine" was a pseudonym of Harold Leland Goodwin and Peter J. Harkins. Harold Goodwin died in 1990 at the age of 75. His obituary, in the Washington Post, read:

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