The Wailing Octopus is the eleventh book in the Rick Brant series by John Blaine (Harold L. Goodwin). In this book Rick, Scotty, Tony Briotti and Hobart Zircon discover evidence that there were pirates on Spindrift Island at one time. After doing some research they find out that the ship that had sunk near Clipper Cay, a small island near Saint Thomas in the Virgin Islands, and had never been recovered. The decide to go on a Spindrift Foundation expedition to try to find the pirate ship and items that were on board when it sunk. They stop in Saint Thomas before going to Clipper Cay to pick up a boat and some supplies before going to Clipper Cay. While on Saint Thomas, Rick and Scotty come across Steve Ames, a government agent who they’ve worked with on some of their previous adventures. They help Steve slip away from somebody that’s been shadowing him. A little later they discover that somebody is following them and the soon they have some adventures even before leaving Saint Thomas. After they get to Clipper Cay they discover that somebody has tampered with some of their diving equipment, but don’t know why.
It’s been six months since I last read a Rick Brant novel and decided to read this one as one of my reads for March Mystery Madness in the children’s detective category. It is a quick read and also entertaining like the others in the series. It also keeps you wondering what is going on until the very end of the novel is what I like in books. I will keep on reading books in this series from time to time until I complete the series.
This book can be downloaded in various formats from the following sites:
Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/31495
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-wailing-octopus-harold-l-goodwin/1027176562?ean=2940148856535
Tim’s Rating: ****
(Four out of five stars)
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