Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Rick Brant #18 Flying Stingaree and #19 Ruby Ray Mystery
In a bit of cross promotion, Rick asks Ken Holt for help in identifying the man in a photograph. Likewise, Ken Holt asks Rick Brant for assistance in one of the Ken Holt books.
As with a number of the Rick Brant books, I found this book slow to get started. The overall pace of the book is slow. I found the climax of the book to drag a bit too much for my taste. The events seemed to go on and on. I enjoyed this book, but not as much as many of the others in the series.
On page 5, we learn that the word laser is "made up of the first letters of the phrase 'light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation.' " Nowadays we are so familiar with lasers that the word doesn't need to be defined.
On page 15, the boys use "knapsacks of the kind used by European schoolboys for carrying lunches and books. The boys had purchased the knapsacks for their own use at home because they were practical and easier to carry than a bag or briefcase." I do believe that we are talking about backpacks, which must not have been yet in vogue in 1964.
Rick and Scotty come across as full adults in this book, even though they are still described as boys. The plot of this book is quite sophisticated and also a bit convoluted. However, the complicated plot does not detract from the story. This is a thoroughly engaging book. It is interesting to see how the boys track Keller across Europe.