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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

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.

In this

I think 10 year old me would have liked this better than current me.
The super science used to make earthquake machines and containers for brain energy
were just a little too much for me.

Written in the day when space exploration was on everyone's mind, this tale written captured the minds of children everywhere, a great story from the second Tom Swift series, actually written by the daughter of the author of the original series.
Edward Stratemeyer and Howard Garis wrote most of the

This Tom Swift Junior title has plenty of thought-provoking tropes to help the reader forgive the bad writing and cardboard characters. Of course, it screams "SEQUEL," and indeed there were three.

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

This one is both a hilarious but awesome read. It is an easy read. It is full of the things that made me love science fiction as a preteen and teenager. There are still some things that are problematic because of when it was written and the differences in social mores from then and now, but they are

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.

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 to t

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