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Tom Swift in the Land of Wonders

Victor Appleton

Book Overview: 

Tom Swift is the young protagonist in a series of juvenile adventure novels which began in the early twentieth century and continue to the present. Tom Swift is a genius inventor whose breakthroughs in technology (especially transport technology) drive the plots of the novels, placing them in a genre sometimes called “invention fiction” or “Edisonade”. This book is the 20th in the original series, written by a ghost writer using the name of Victor Appleton. This adventure takes Tom and his cohorts to Honduras in search of a Mayan idol of gold.

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Ned did some more thinking. Then he clapped his hands together, and a smile spread over his face.

"I believe I have it!" he cried. "The little green god as compared to the idol of gold! That's it. I'm going to make a call on my way home."

This he did, stopping at the home of Mary Nestor, a pretty girl, who, rumor had it, was tacitly engaged to Tom. Mary was not at home, but Mr. Nestor was, and for Ned's purpose this answered.

"Well, well, glad to see you!" exclaimed Mary's father. "Isn't Tom with you?" he asked a moment later, seeing that Ned was alone.

"No, Tom isn't with me this evening," Ned answered. "The fact is, he's getting ready to go off on another expedition, and I'm going with him."

"You young men are always going somewhere," remarked Mrs. Nestor. "Where is it to this time?"

"Some place in Central America," Ned answered, not wishing to be too particular. He was w. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This was a great classic adventure to start 2014. Once I started I couldn't put it down, just had to know what came next... Here's a brief...

Professor Bumper learns of a lost underground city in which there can be found a gold idol, and Tom Swift decides to join him in the search for it... The ex...more

In this installment our hero tom joins up with Professor Bumper to search for a giant gold idol in Honduras. We met Prof. Bumper in a previous story where Tom discovered a lost city for the good professor while blasting out a railroad tunnel.

Tom's assistance is further driven by his desire to ge...more

One of the great things about not being an English lit professor at a major university is that you can take time to read things like Tom Swift and the Land of Wonders. No redeeming value. Enjoyed it.

My favorite Tom Swift books so far. It is really an early Indiana Jones story. A lot of fun.

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 THE LAND OF WONDERS!!! Join our hero on an adventure he told his friends he did not want to go on... that is untill he found out a rival treasure hunter was hitting on his girl friend!! Will Mary fall for Tom's rival's charm?!?!? Will Tom beat him to plunder the native haritage of H...more

I saw this book in an antique store at a reasonable price. I bought it because it reminded me of the Tom Swift books my dad had when he was a boy. It was fun to read about Tom's adventures.
I see all the other reviews are for the reprint published in 2006. I purchased and read an original 1917 boo...more

Really good old classic young readers book about a young inventor that invents this awesome inventions and then goes on these wild and crazy adventures, sometimes getting into trouble in the process.

Rather abrupt ending, otherwise a good read down memory lane. Learned that there was a lot of ejaculating going on back in the day.

Tom Swift appears in over 100 novels, which were published beginning in 1910. Tom, a teenager, designs amazing inventions along with his father. In this story his new technology is needed to retrieve a valuable golden idol from a lost underground city. Many dangers and adventures await him and hi...more

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