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The Young Engineers in Arizona Laying Tracks on the Man-killer Quicksand   By: (1868-1922)

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The Young Engineers in Arizona Laying Tracks on the Man-killer Quicksand by H. Irving Hancock is an engaging and thrilling novel that takes readers on an adrenaline-fueled adventure through the American Southwest.

Set in the late 19th century, the book follows a group of young engineers as they embark on a dangerous mission to build a railroad across Arizona's treacherous terrain. Led by the resourceful protagonist, Larry Dexter, the team faces numerous challenges, including the perils of the notorious Man-killer Quicksand.

H. Irving Hancock skillfully crafts a plot that keeps readers on the edge of their seats from start to finish. The vivid descriptions of the Arizona landscape and the painstakingly detailed technical aspects of railway engineering transport readers into the heart of the story. The author's extensive knowledge and meticulous research shine through, adding depth and authenticity to the narrative.

The characters in the book are well-developed and relatable, instantly capturing the readers' interest. Larry Dexter, in particular, stands out as a brave and intelligent young engineer, constantly demonstrating resourcefulness and quick thinking in the face of danger. The camaraderie shared among the engineers adds an endearing touch to the story, emphasizing the importance of teamwork and friendship.

One of the major strengths of this book is its fast-paced and action-packed nature. Hancock expertly creates a sense of urgency, propelling the story forward with constant obstacles and challenges. From navigating the quicksand to enduring encounters with hostile Native American tribes, the young engineers' journey is fraught with life-threatening situations. Readers will find themselves eagerly turning the pages, eager to discover how Larry and his team overcome each hurdle.

Furthermore, the book delves into important themes such as perseverance, bravery, and the triumph of human ingenuity over adversity. While the story primarily revolves around railway engineering, it also touches upon aspects of American history and the complexities of relationships between settlers and Native Americans.

However, some readers may find the narrative occasionally veering into predictable territory. The characters can sometimes fall into archetypal roles, and certain plot developments may feel somewhat formulaic. Nevertheless, the overall excitement and high-stakes nature of the story help to overcome these minor drawbacks.

In conclusion, The Young Engineers in Arizona Laying Tracks on the Man-killer Quicksand by H. Irving Hancock is a thrilling and immersive read for fans of adventure novels. With its dynamic characters, intense action sequences, and meticulous attention to detail, this book is sure to captivate readers of all ages.

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By H. Irving Handcock


"I'll wager you ten dollars that my fly gets off the mirror before yours does."

"I'll take that bet, friend."

The dozen or so of waiting customers lounging in Abe Morris's barber shop looked up with signs of renewed life.

"I'll make it twenty," continued the first speaker.

"I follow you," assented the second speaker.

Truly, if men must do so trivial a thing as squander their money on idle bets, here was a novel enough contest.

Each of the bettors sat in a chair, tucked up in white to the chin. Each was having his hair cut.

At the same moment a fly had lighted on each of the mirrors before the two customers.

The man who had offered the bet was a well known local character Jim Duff by name, by occupation one of the meanest and most dishonorable gamblers who had ever disgraced Arizona by his presence.

There is an old tradition about "honest gamblers" and "players of square games." The man who has been much about the world soon learns to understand that the really honest and "square" gambler is a creature of the imagination. The gambler makes his living by his wits, and he who lives by anything so intangible speedily finds the road to cheating and trickery... Continue reading book >>

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