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The Pirates of Shan (Rick Brant Science-Adventure #14)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  44 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Rick Brant and his pal Scotty travel out to the Sulu Sea near Southeast Asia to find and rescue a couple of the scientists from the Spindrift Labs who have not returned from an expedition to that area. Great adventures with modern day pirates!
Hardcover, 181 pages
Published 1958 by Grosset and Dunlap
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This took me a while to get into, but once I got a feel for the characters I was able to sit back and enjoy this retro adventure. Rick Brant and his friends must have inspired Johnny Quest because there were quite a few similarities. Overall a very enjoyable quick read.
Mike Debaptiste
Mar 28, 2009 Mike Debaptiste rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of juvie series books and action-adventure
One of the best books in the Rick Brant series from the mid-20th century. In this one Rick and his pal Scotty head out to the Sulu Sea area south of the Philippines in an attempt to search and rescue two of the scientists from the Spindrift Laboratories who went out there on an expedition and have disappeared. Lots of action and adventure with the modern day Moro pirates who terrorize the Sulu Sea all culminating in a thrilling oh-so-dangerous rescue attempt that gets you turning pages faster th ...more
Jonathan Stevens
I read the version of this. The real name of the author is
Harold Goodwin, author of "Ride the Gray Planet", a great book for kids
and adults. This one does not rise to that level, but is still ok. There
are several Rick Brandt novels on manybooks, I may try one again.

I liked this, but it was very hard to get interested in. I guess pirates don't really keep my attention.
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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:

Harold Leland Goodwin, 75, a retired government official and a prolific author who wrote science adventure books for boys and several books for general readers about space exploration and other technical matters, died of cardiac arre
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