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Posted August 6, 2001
Stellar - or shall I say Lunar?
Upon their return from Arabia, Tintin and Captain Haddock find that Calculus has left for Syldavia, without leaving any explanation until he wires them to join him in Syldavia. Once there, Tintin and the captain are driven to an atomic research centre in the Zmylpathian mountains, where they meet engineer Frank Wolff and Mr Baxter, director, and of course find Calculus as well. The Thompsons turn up in ridiculous Greek costumes one day, and in trying to discover the whereabouts of the traitor who is handing secrets over to outside spies, arrest a skeleton from the doctor's room at the Centre and are electrocuted. Meanwhile a fall knocks Calculus silly and he loses his memory; Calculus' ear-trumpet and the Captain's pipe get switched with very smokey results. Tintin is shot while chasing the spies, and the trial rocket has to be blown up in flight when it begins to be controlled by a radio stronger than theirs. Who is the villain who is trying to steal the plans and take over the rocket? There must be someone IN the Centre who has betrayed the secrets - but everyone seems above suspicion. The book ends with Mr Baxter and the man in the control room trying to make radio contact with the passengers of the rocket taking them to the Moon. Wonderful story. Plenty of humourous moments, primarily due to the Thompsons and the Captain, who continually makes a mess of everything.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 13, 2009
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