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Tom Swift and His Wireless Message

Victor Appleton

Book Overview: 

Tom Swift & friends decide to trial an experimental airship near the New Jersey coast, and are unexpectedly swept out to sea by hurricane winds. Unable to steer or navigate without tearing the airship apart, the hapless crew must simply let the storm take them wherever it will. Unfortunately, the storm proves too much for the craft and Tom makes a crash landing on the uninhabited and crumbling Earthquake Island. (Summary by Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I will not take much space to describe Tom's. Sufficient to say it was modeled after the one in which Bleriot made his first flight across the English channel.

The body was not unlike that of a butterfly or dragon fly, long and slender, consisting of a rectangular frame with canvas stretched over it, and a seat for two just aft of the engine and controlling levers. Back of the seat stretched out a long framework, and at the end was a curved plane, set at right angles to it. The ends of the plane terminated in flexible wings, to permit of their being bent up or down, so as to preserve the horizontal equilibrium of the craft.

At the extreme end was the vertical rudder, which sent the monoplane to left or right.

Forward, almost exactly like the front set of wings of the dragon fly, was the large, main plane, with the concave turn toward the ground. There was the usual propeller in front, operated by a four cylinder motor, the cylinders being air cooled,. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I had friends who were into Tom Swift, but somehow I never read a single Tom Swift book. I figured I shouldn't go to my grave before I had read at least one. It turns out, not surprisingly in retrospect, that the Tom Swift series is another creation by Edward Stratemeyer, the same guy who came up wi

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.

In the earlier Tom Swift books in the series, the invention featured in the book was generally created either by Tom Swift with the assistance of his father and others or by his father with the assistance of Tom and others. In this book, the invention, an airship, is invented by a Mr. Fenwick of Phi

After spending lots of time reading boy books written in the mid to late 1800s, I've finally continued my time travel experience to the early 1900s. The Tom Swift series is one of the earliest books in the Stratemeyer Syndicate (think The Bobbsey Twins Series, Hardy Boys Complete Series Set Books 1-

TOOOOOOOMMMMM SWIFFFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE!! Join our hero on this epic adventure of friendship, adventure, and two really annoying old guys!
Tom Swift gets a message from a guy he doesn't know to come fix his airship. Tom does! After rebuilding like his whole machine Tom finds himself flying th

Interesting primarily for what it can teach us about American culture in the early 1900s.

What a fun book! My favorite character is Damon - he is so funny! He blesses everything

6 out of 10

Another fairly good Tom Swift novel, this time with the young inventor in a jam when the airship he's helping test crashes on a very unstable island.

The tale is well written, though with the morals and attitudes of the early 20th century (or Andy Foger would get his propet just desserts for messing

Now why did I become a Ham? Oh yea, Tom Swift books.

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