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The Flaming Mountain   By: (1914-1990)

The Flaming Mountain by Harold L. Goodwin

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THE FLAMING MOUNTAIN

A RICK BRANT SCIENCE ADVENTURE STORY

BY JOHN BLAINE

GROSSET & DUNLAP PUBLISHERS NEW YORK, N. Y. 1962

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Printed in the United States of America

[Illustration: Rick swung the Sky Wagon onto a northward course that would take them past the volcano ]

THE FLAMING MOUNTAIN

Rock, melting like butter on a hot stove! It is hard to believe, but that is what happens on San Luz, a small island off the coast of South America. When Rick Brant and his pal Dan Scott fly to the famous resort island to join Rick's father, head of the Spindrift Scientific Foundation, a seemingly inactive volcano is about to explode in an eruption which could easily blow San Luz off the map.

The immediate threat is to a small town at the foot of the volcano, where the air reeks with the fumes of hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide, and it is here that Rick and Scotty help Dr. Brant and his scientist associates set up headquarters, in the hope of finding a way of controlling an eruption that is growing into a certainty with fantastic speed.

But their efforts to save the island town are hindered by the superior forces of nature, the superstitious fatalism of the people and sabotage!

With the earth opening up all around them, Rick, Scotty, and the scientists have little hope of preventing a catastrophe, until a decision is made to unleash the awesome power of atomic energy in a desperate last attempt to fight the volcanic eruption.

Jam packed with excitement and swift, tense action, The Flaming Mountain has all the elements that have made the Rick Brant Science Adventure series a favorite with boys all over the world.

Contents

I VULCAN'S HAMMER

II SAN LUZ

III FIRING PARTIES

IV SEISMIC TRACINGS

V DYNAMITE MISSING

VI DANGEROUS TRAIL

VII CASA GUEVARA

VIII THE GOVERNOR VANISHES

IX THE YELLOW GROUND

X THE VOLCANIC PIPE

XI EARTHQUAKE!

XII THE RISING MAGMA

XIII ARMED REVOLT

XIV NIGHT PATROL

XV STALEMATE

XVI THE BRANT APPROACH

XVII SOLUTION: NUCLEAR

XVIII THE SEABEES

XIX THE OLD ONE YIELDS

XX A FEW SOUVENIRS

List of Illustrations

Rick and Scotty's scale model of San Luz Island

Spindrift Island

Rick swung the Sky Wagon onto a northward course that would take them past the volcano

Connel was alone in the jeep

The three invaders waited while the long minutes ticked away

"They're shooting at us!" Rick exclaimed, and gave the plane the gun

THE FLAMING MOUNTAIN

CHAPTER I

Vulcan's Hammer

The entire staff of the world famed Spindrift Scientific Foundation gathered in the conference room of the big gray laboratory building on the southeast corner of Spindrift Island. It was unusual for the whole staff to be called to a meeting. Even more unusual not a single member knew what the meeting was about.

Rick Brant, son of the Spindrift Foundation's director, Dr. Hartson Brant, was perhaps even more mystified than the professional scientists. His father had phoned from Florida with brief instructions. "Rick, I want you and Scotty to make a scale model of San Luz Island. It's off the coast of Venezuela. You'll find it on the sailing chart of the area, and there are references in the library. Be as complete and detailed as possible, and have the model ready by Saturday. Pick me up at Newark Airport Saturday noon. I'll have a guest. Ask Hobart Zircon to call a full staff meeting for two o'clock Saturday."

Rick and his pal Don Scott had completed the model, which was now resting on a table at the front of the lab conference room. One hour ago he had flown with Scotty in his plane, the Sky Wagon, to Newark Airport where he had picked up his father and a short, white haired elderly man by the name of Dr... Continue reading book >>




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