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This book is a large print version using a minimum of 16 point type in a 6 by 9 inch size and perfect bound - a paperback. As with all Quiet Vision print books, it use a high grade, acid free paper for long life. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Forgotten Books (August 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440046042
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440046049
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,052,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 9, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book was originally released in about 1910. The Airship is a kind of dirigible. Remember, this is before the Wright Brothers' flight. Old as these books are, they are full of thrilling adventures and most engaging characters. Huge numbers of these books were sold, partly because they are gripping and well done. In this book, Tom's souped up zepplin helps him and his friends to escape trumped up, false charges for a bank robbery-- actually committed by others. Tom also meets a sweetie girl-friend when his dirigible temporarily goes out of control and crashes into the roof of her school! The characters are a real treat! Fun, odd, colorful, and wonderfully drawn. Great gift for a young person. I believe this is a handsome facsimile of the 1910 edition.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
I just finished this book this morning. I think the wonderful thing about this book is getting a perspective on people's views of technology in another time. One of my favorite glimpses was when Mr Sharp told Tom that someday these blimp-like airships would be everywhere. I think we have yet to see a mass market on blimps. Also, when the sherrif gets to ride in the Red Cloud, he wonders at the fact that he hadn't even ridden in a car before, and now he was riding in an airship. Imagine a sherrif who spent his life never driving or even riding a car. The other fun thing about this sort of book is the dialogue. I can't remember some of the better lines, but I smiled several times pondering the meaning of some old cliches, or tough fighting one-liners that no longer sound tough. Read it. You'll see.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Henry Cate III on April 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
As a child one of the first set of stories I read were The Black Stallion books. Fairly quickly I started working my way through Hardy Boy stories, and then started reading Science Fiction with the Tom Swift Jr. series. Tom Swift Jr. was a young scientist who had great adventures, like the Hardy Boys, but he had cool gadgets. In the first book Tom Swift Jr. builds a flying plane which had three levels, and carried a smaller plane and helicopter which could be launched out of the back of the big plane, while in flight.

It was a decade or two later that I learned the reason he was called Tom Swift Jr. was because there were a set of stories about his father, Tom Swift Sr. The original Tom Swift books were written in the early 1900s. The first one was published in 1910 - Tom Swift and His Motor Cycle.

A couple weeks ago I was at a friend's house and noticed that he had Tom Swift and His

Airship. I borrowed the book. Here Tom builds a cross between a balloon and an airplane. His Airship is made of aluminum and floats because of a special, secret gas. It has a race with an airplane and wins. I rolled my eyes a couple times while reading the book, but remembered this was written almost a hundred years ago.

This book is more focused on adventure than the science. Like the Hardy Boys, Tom Swift solves a mystery. He is suspected of a bank robbery, but of course he is able to find the true criminals. Tom also fights the local town bully.

While the Hardy Boys are timeless and read very well almost a hundred years later, this is clearly dated. The science is weak. The book has people still using horses and wagons. And one of the characters is treated in a way that we would not tolerate today.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
In this sequel to Tom Swift and His Motor-Boat, Tom Swift and his new friend John Sharp build Sharp's dream aircraft, a hybrid dirigible/airplane. However, Happy Harry's gang is still around, and is up to no good. Why are they hanging around the bank? As usual, Tom combines his love of all things mechanical with his boyish energy and big heart to help his friends and bring the villains to justice.

I do love how these books present a window into the United States of 1910. Especially, I find the limitations on police work astounding, in light of the modern use of radio, etc. As always, Tom is presented as a good role model, which is very nice. Overall I did enjoy this book, and do recommend it to you.
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Tom Swift and his Airship is the third book in the Tom Swift series and the first one with a vehicle that’s somewhat out of the ordinary. So far Tom has had a motorcycle and a motorboat. Not exactly thrilling stuff for a modern reader but then again we don’t live in 1910. To my disappointment the villains of this story are the same villains in the previous two books. But wait you say, didn’t Tom have the crooks arrested and sent to jail. Yup, but they immediately escaped and inexplicably went back to Shopton to rob the towns bank. This is a gang that seems incredibly flexible in their crimes. In the first book they were patent thieves, in the second book they are diamond thieves and now bank robbers. Thanks to Tom’s idiotic red headed nemesis, Andy Folger, Tom is accused of the crime and a $5000 reward is offered for information leading to his arrest. However, Tom, Wakefield Damon and John Swift (an aeronaut introduced in the previous book) have already left for an extended test of their new airship.

It takes a while for the story to get going but I would say this is the most exciting of the first three books. Once the trio get going in the ‘Red Cloud’ the story takes on a very Jules Verne type feel. This book was written when flight was just in its infancy so I have to give the writer credit for creating a rather inventive vehicle. The ‘Red Cloud’ is a plane/balloon hybrid capable of taking off like a conventional airplane or moving straight up and hovering like a balloon. The balloon also gave them the ability to stay aloft for days on end and switch of the engine if need be. Just as in a Verne novel they experienced several atmospheric difficulties and at one point are fired on by a town eager to claim the $5000 reward.
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