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Tom Swift and His Big Tunnel

Victor Appleton

Book Overview: 

The Titus Brothers Contractors company have won a government contract in Peru to blast a tunnel through a mountain and connect two isolated railroad lines. The deadline is approaching, and the contractors have hit a literal wall: excessively hard rock which defies conventional blasting techniques. The company is under pressure to finish, or else the contract will default to their rivals, Blakeson & Grinder. Mr. Job Titus has heard of Tom Swift and Tom's giant cannon, which is used in protecting the Panama Canal, and wants to hire Tom to develop a special blasting powder to help them finish the excavation.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I'se gwine t' do!" and the colored man tried to struggle to his feet.

"Look out now!" cried Tom, suddenly. "If things go right there won't be a rock left for you to 'bash' anybody's head with, Rad. Look out!"

The three cowered inside the shack, which, though it was rudely made, was built of heavy logs and planks, with a fronting of sod and bags of sand.

Tom turned a switch. There was a loud report, and where the stone pile had been there was a big hole in the ground, while the air was filled with fragments of rock and dirt. These came down in a shower on the roof of the shack, and Eradicate covered his ears with his trembling hands.

"Am—am de world comin' to de end, Massa Tom?" he asked. "Am dat Gabriel's trump I done heah?"

"No, you dear old goose!" laughed the young inventor. "That was just a charge of my new explosive—a small charge, too. But it seems to have done the work."

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Community Reviews

In this installment our hero invents a new explosive to help an engineering firm create a railroad tunnel through a mountain, helps his friend Mr. Damon with a pharmaceutical company, and discovers a long lost, ancient Peruvian city.

What I find interesting is the science behind the discussion of exp

Good pulp-y adventure story. Great for getting in the mood to play pulp RPGs. Dated dialog makes it hard at time to read this series, only complaint.

I read the Tom Swift Sr. books as a child and again when I got my Kindle in 2010. They are an easy read and enjoyable. It is interesting to see how writing has changed since these books were written.

Tom Swift and his Big Tunnel! In this adventure Tom Swift gets hired on as a subcontractor to blast his way through the Andes Mountains. Read along as Tom Swift and a merry band of white men shoot wildlife, play with high explosives and are just a little (quite a bit) racist when dealing with the na

a bit old fashioned and very stereotyping

I am loving this series! Even out of order these books are still great.