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Ghost in the Machinery

(Nancy Drew: Girl Detective Graphic Novels #9)

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Has Nancy Drew solved the world's energy crisis? On a mission, sponsored by young, rich, and handsome Ralph Credo, Nancy teams up with eccentric scientist Roy Hinkley, to find an amazing high efficiency engine able to operate at an amazing 200 miles per gallon! The experimental engine, mounted on a tank, was part of an experiment during the final days of World War II. Ther ...more
Paperback, 89 pages
Published May 15th 2007 by Papercutz
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Daisy May Johnson
An odd thing this, but sort of madly appealing in a problematic sort of way; Ghost In The Machinery is an adventure "so big that it takes three graphic novels to tell the whole story". Ghost In The Machinery is the first in the series and complete, after a fashion, though with several big over-arching gapes of plot that I presume lead into the next one.

It begins with Nanc, Bess and George camping out in the woods coincidentally on purpose to investigate strange lights in the woods. They investig
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Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the first in a three-manga storyline dealing with a tank that gets 200 mpg. The tank is in a building that is due to be blown up the next day when Nancy and the girls go looking for it. They fall into a hole and are rescued by a guy, but soon Nancy is almost squashed by a huge tire rolling down a set of stairs at her.


Nancy has to deal with whoever is going after her in the building, and in taking a very crash course in how to drive a tank out of an exploding building. The tank uses some
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Raja99
Jul 31, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I had some misgivings about reading this; the back cover proclaims that it's the start of a mystery so "BIG ... that it takes 3 graphic novels to tell the whole story!" Fortunately there was a reasonable sense of closure, though there are some awfully big unresolved issues at the end.

This was quite enjoyable, though there were a couple things I found a touch off-putting. First, there was an offhand mention of "the Mustang, the fastest fighter in the sky, and a vital tool for the Allies beating t
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Amanda
I enjoyed the mystery in this book. Within a building scheduled for demolition is an experimental engine that was built in WWII. Eccentric scientist Roy Hinkley believes this engine is the key to solving some of our energy problems we currently face. He was given the go ahead to look inside the building and take whatever "urban legends" he may or may not find inside the walls before demolition takes place. Since no one believes him or the existence of the engine he is moving about relatively und ...more
Shonda
Feb 27, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nancy invites friends Bess and George to go camping in the woods. Little do they know, Nancy has motive for the camping trip. Strange lights have been seen in the woods and Nancy wants to get to the bottom of it. When the girls see the lights, they run towards them and discover an old government factory no longer in use. Or so they thought. They enter the rundown building and meet Roy Hinkley, an engineer. He explains he’s there to find the hidden magnetic tank engine that can operate on 200 mil ...more
Jason
Petrucha wastes no time getting right to the action and doesn't clutter the episode with needless exposition. I really enjoy Nancy's internal dialogue; it adds another dimension to the story and insight into Nancy's strong and capable personality. There are times when things seem a little rushed, but it doesn't really hurt the story, since Petrucha writes for the format and isn't trying to replicate the style of the prose version of the character. This was better than I thought it was going to b ...more
Simon
Nov 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a great surprise to learn about and see that Nancy Drew was carrying on as a graphic novel now. While I wasn't too keen on the art style, I still sucked it up and enjoyed it. The story was good, but Nancy was a bonehead! She was so absent minded and forgetful, this was nothing like the real Nancy Drew in the main series. I was disappointed about that, but it was still a fun read.
One other thing I am wondering about is where the heck is Helen Corning? Nancy seems to only be hanging
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Doreen
Mar 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Nicely self-contained though part of a greater story arc. Some of the artistic choices are odd in that they don't jive with the narrative, and there's a lot of padding in the book once the story itself is done, but still a fun, fast read. The flavor is distinctly more Scooby Gang than I recall Nancy Drews' traditionally being, but that didn't detract much from my enjoyment of the book.

ETA that I did like the addition of Bess' mechanical talents. I always figured her to have a quirky savant skill
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Jo Ryan
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
It was good I'm always up for a good mystery but this one was a heck of a ride including a ill man from the war it is worth looking at as well as reading so if you see it buy it because you will enjoy it no matter how old or young you are or if your a boy or girl you will thank me ...more
Khat
Oct 05, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
as per Sherlock Holmes, "Elementary", but quite fun to read. ...more
Book Thrift
Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Hadn't read this for a while :) ...more
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Stefan Petrucha (born January 27, 1959) is an American writer for adults and young adults. He has written graphic novels in the The X-Files and Nancy Drew series, as well as science fiction and horror.
Born in the Bronx, he has spent time in the big city and the suburbs, and now lives in western Massachusetts with his wife, fellow writer Sarah Kinney, and their daughters. At times he has been a tec
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