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    Victor Appleton(Author)

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  • PDF | 230 pages
  • Victor Appleton(Author)
  • Nabu Press (February 22, 2010)
  • English
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  • Literature & Fiction

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  • By David Swan on January 9, 2017

    In the previous book Tom Swift managed to acquire a ten foot tall giant which he renamed Koku and apparently the author now intends to keep him as part of the team. His incredible strength comes in useful several times but it's still an odd addition to the group. In this book Tom Swift is hired to develop a new kind of movie camera and then travel the world filming dramatic events (avalanches, volcanic eruptions, brush fires etc). This being the early 1900's, most people would have never seen these occurrences and would pay good money to see a film. Tom and his group that now includes Koku and Mary Nester's father set off in Tom Swift's hybrid balloon/plane.I've read every Tom Swift book up to this point and they almost all follow a few set templates. In this case it's the classic Tom Swift inventing some new device/vehicle and a rival group attempting to steal it. The Swift compound has been broken in to so many times one wonders why Tom is the least bit surprised any more. They make several trips to Europe and two to Africa while avoiding their rivals. It's a decent book and I'm always glad when Andy Foger keeps his ugly mug out of the story but it's all just so darn forgettable. It's an ok book, nothing special.

  • By wiigamer on August 6, 2013

    I have been reading the Tom Swift series from the beginning. This book is the 14th in the series, published in 1912. I believe it is the worst of the series so far. Series like this have a usual format, and this book strays from the Tom Swift format. There is no antagonist. Many things are standard for Tom Swift, however. Each book is about an adventure surrounding a new technology. Here it is the motion picture. Cinemas were pretty new and quite successful in 1912. Here is the challenge from the money man James Period: "I want you to invent a new kind of moving picture camera. A small light one--waorked by electricity--a regular wizard camera. I want you to take it up in an airship with you, and then go to all sorts of wild and strange countries, Africa, India--the jungles--get pictures of wild animals at peace and fighting--herds of elephants--get scenes of native wars--earthquakes--eruptions of volcanoes--all the newest and most wonderful pictures you can." A new character, introduced in the previous volume, is Koku, a giant from the jungles of South America. Koku is to replace Eradicate, who is too old to go on adventures now. They go out and take movies of the various things on the list, having to overcome mostly nature. Without an antagonist, the story lacks suspense and excitement. But Stratemeyer continues in this vein, releasing three series of books based on this concept, it would seem: Motion Picture Chums (1913), Moving Picture Boys (1913), and Moving Picture Girls (1914).

  • By R. MORRIS on December 28, 2012

    First read the Tom Swift books that had belonged to my Dad a lo-o-o-ng time ago. Amazing how many of his inventions have actually come to pass. Tom Swift and his Electric Rifle (Thomas A. Swift Electric Rifle = TASER)

  • By Duncang on March 12, 2012

    Bear in mind, this series is nearly 100 years old and is still fascinating. This particular tale takes Tom and his chums all over the world, another interesting read of the social life at the time.

  • By Felicity Barrington on September 6, 2009

    Many of our parents or grandparents grew up on this series - the original one - while back then it was called science fiction or adventure, it was still very plausible and very realistic. For those kids Tom Swift was better than Saturday morning cartoons - or YouTube. It created a 'I can do it' or 'it can be done' attitude among its readers. In fact so much of what was 'invented' by Tom Swift has long come about - the Taser, camcorder, video-phone, electric car, pulse guns, etc. These books inspired kids, and continue to!In Tom Swift and His Wizard Camera, Tom comes a new super-sized plane that is part dirigible, just to use the fantastic new camera of his and he must outwit agents trying to steal plans for the ship - lots of action, and exotic adventure as Tom and his team go around the world using the wizard camera! Amazing stuff for something written in the 1900's! Fun, hearty and a great read!Gripping cliffhanger endings to each chapter, the book is a great read for young or old - and the science is explained and believable - no 'alien gismos' or 'lithium crystals' all basic stuff that you could actually imagine working if you wanted to try it.A great book to inspire your kids or grand kids - or yourself!

  • By Always with an open mind on January 24, 2010

    If there ever was a time for a hero who is all about being independent, hard working, loyal yet willing to go his own way, smart, brave, polite, and adventurous it was during the poor economic times in America's history. This books were written and read during the depression, and were not just an escape from the reality of the day, they were so popular because they demonstrated that self reliance and not government was the key to success. Tom Swift, the hero, is often asked to 'sell out', give up his rights, inventions, patents, etc, but he does not. While he is very often looking for wealth, its BIG wealth, not nickels and dimes. Tom shows the way to success in a BIG way, and not to settle for crumbs.His books inspired entrepreneurs of the day, and some later, such as Steve Wozniak co-founder of Apple. Isaac Asimov was inspired by the Swift novels, and he himself was also hard working and very prolific, like Tom. Hard work is one of the secrets of success.If you want to feed your brain some great inspirational stories, and you like either adventure, inventions and tinkering, or you are seeking to be free of a boss, and want to work for yourself, I can't think of a better set of books to read.These are just as good for teens as adults. I'm in my 50's and value this sort of inspiration, and while it's not going to win a price for prose, the stories inspire me to work harder for myself, and my family, and not for a B.O.S.S.


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