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Tom Swift and The Visitor from Planet X

Victor Appleton

Book Overview: 

Tom Swift Jr. and his associates at Swift Enterprises wait breathlessly for what may well be the most important scientific event in history—the arrival of the visitor from Planet X—a visitor in the form of energy. But there are factions at work determined to snatch the energy, which Tom has named Exman, from the young scientist-inventor’s grasp. First, a series of unexplainable, devastating earthquakes threaten to destroy a good portion of the earth, and Tom suspects the Brungarian rebels who obviously would like to capture Exman and use the space visitor to further their own evil purposes. With the security of Enterprises and Exman at stake, Tom creates two of his greatest inventions—a Quakelizor to counteract the simulated earth tremors, and a container or “body” to house the energy from outer space. If the earthquakes cannot be stopped, the entire world will be threatened by destruction, and the Brungarian forces will conquer the earth. How Tom utilizes all his scientific knowledge to produce swift-action results and outwit the Brungarians makes one of the most exciting Tom Swift adventures to date.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .to pick up the action with a television camera."

34 "Good night! Another quake?" Bud gasped.

Tom had already rushed to the videophone. Flicking it on, he switched to a commercial channel. Soon a picture appeared on the screen. It was a panoramic shot of a landscape, evidently viewed from a hovering aircraft, with a large industrial plant just below.

A TV commentator's voice was reporting developments. "Few visible signs of a tremor," he said. "As you can see, the rocket-plant personnel and the people of Medfield are making desperate attempts to evacuate. Fortunately, most of them have already left the immediate area."

A few cars and trucks could still be seen speeding along the ribbonlike roads within view of the hovering television camera.

"Oh—oh!" The commentator's voice broke in again. "Notice that tall stack just over the plant—see how it's starting to tremble!... It's beginning to crumble!... This must b. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Another great Tom Swift adventure... this time we experience the likes of strange seismic activity, 'bad guys' from foreign countries and visitors from far off planets, not to mention loads of inventions and gadgets to make any danger fun, excitement and great entertainment as well...more

When I was a kid I really loved the Tom Swift, Jr. books. They are OK, but not as good as the original series. In the original series, the technology that Tom, Sr. used was in keeping with the times. In the TS, Jr. books the science fiction goes well into the realm of far-out science fiction.

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I enjoyed the original Tom Swift series more than Swift Jr.

This book was the most horrible in the best way. I am gona find and read the rest of them!

It was nice to escape into the past. I enjoyed the constant cliff-hangers. But the past was more paranoid that I expected. Overall, I would not recommend.

Took me back to those youthful days when reading was just grabbing my soul. Tom Swift, along with Hardy Boys, played a major part in that.

Tom Swift is expecting a visitor from outer space, an electronic creature in which he has to build a robot to house the alien and allow it to function.

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The Tom Swift, Jr., books were a fun, upbeat, and interesting adventure series published for kids from 1954 to 1971 that promoted science, fair-play, patriotism, and team-work; they were good, positive books. The series served as a sequel to the original Tom Swift series that appeared from 1910 t...more

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