Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Book Review # 8: The Rocket's Shadow

     The Rocket's Shadow is the first book in the Rick Brant series.  It's about Rick and his new friend Scotty trying to find who is behind the mishaps and disappearances  of items from the rocket that the Spindrift Foundation is working on for a contest.  There is a lot of adventure in this one just like the other books in the series.

     I was looking around for this book and was starting think that I would have to try to find it at the library.  I then discovered that I could download it from Amazon for 99 cents.  I still have money on my account from gift cards that I got for Christmas, so I decided to purchase it.  I'm glad I did.

Purchase Link

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Rockets-Shadow-Brant-Electronic-Adventure-ebook/dp/B01BR1645K/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1470751112&sr=1-2&keywords=rick+brant#nav-subnav

Tim's Rating:  ****
(Four out of five stars)

Book Review # 7: The Caves Of Fear

     The Caves Of Fear is the eighth book in the Rick Brant series  by John Blaine (Harold Leeland Goodwin).  After deciphering a telegram from Chahda, a boy from India that worked for the Spindrift Foundation in some of the earlier books, Rick, Scotty and Hobart Zircon, a nuclear physicist for the foundation, go on a mission to Asia for the U.S. government that was related to the telegram.  Their mission is to find the source of heavy water that has been being sold and schools all over Asia.  They have a lot of adventures in the process and travel across Asia to find the source and Rick puts his latest invention to good use throughout these adventures.  Parts of the book made me think that they could make a good story for a adventure or RPG game.


Project Gutenberg:  https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/32269
Many Books:  http://manybooks.net/titles/blainejo3226932269-8.html

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Rick-Brant-Science-Adventure-Halcyon-Classics-ebook/dp/B004ELAGZA/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1470668437&sr=1-1&keywords=Rick+Brant#nav-subnav

Barnes & Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-rick-brant-science-adventure-series-john-blaine/1028374760?ean=2940011865343

Tim's Rating:  *****
(Five out of five)

Monday, August 8, 2016

Book Review #6: Smugglers' Reef

     Smugglers' Reef  is the seventh book in the Rick Brant book, a boy's series book, written by John Blaine (pseudonym for Harold Leeland Goodwin), but the first in the Public Domain as an ebook.  Rick Blaine and his best friend Don "Scotty" Scott are junior technicians in the Spindrift Foundation which is a society of scientists that live and work on Spindrift Island. This book starts out when there friend Jerry Webster, a reporter for the local newspaper, gets a phone call from his local editor about a fishing trawler crashing on Smugglers' Reef.  Rick and Scotty ride along with Jerry  and notice that the capatin of the ship and his wife both seem to be scared.  Rick decides that he wants to solve this mystery, so along with Scotty, Jerry and Cap'n Mike, a new acquaintance, work on solving it.  There are many twists and turns in this book with a lot of adventure.

     I found out about this series from my friend Marty who knows I like to read Bo;s series books and he informed me that some of the books are now in the Public Domain as ebooks. I am introducing a new feature in this book where I will include download links that you can download or read the books online. I will also include links for purchasing the books from Amazon (Kindle) and Barnes & Noble (Nook).  Both of these sites have free apps available for your computer, tablets and smartphones where you can read these books.

    If you know of any boy's series and girl's series books from the early 1900's that you like, please let me know in the comments below.

Download Links:

Project Gutenberg:  https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/28849
Many Books:  http://manybooks.net/titles/blainejo2884928849-8.html

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Rick-Brant-Science-Adventure-Halcyon-Classics-ebook/dp/B004ELAGZA/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1470668437&sr=1-1&keywords=Rick+Brant#nav-subnav

Barnes & Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-rick-brant-science-adventure-series-john-blaine/1028374760?ean=2940011865343

Tim's Rating: ****
(Four out of five stars)