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Children's LiteratureGreat adventure! Exciting plot! Fun to read! Ah, Tom Swift sure brought back memories of all the super heroes I read as a child. Tome, Bud, and Yo are on a research vessel to observe a new invention created by Mr. Swift. There is great anticipation and excitement as they are about to test a submersible called Verne-I whose purpose is to lay an entire network of seismometers on the floor of the sea. Once in place, the plan is that the network will be able to detect and warn of upcoming earthquakes and volcanic explosions. The day was great…what possibly could go wrong? Everyone is on the ship Nestor going to the location where the dive would take place. Tom's father boards the Verne 1 and the dive begins—only an undersea quake happens, breaks up the Nester, and all contact with Tom's father is lost. " ‘Dad! Dad! Do you read me?" There was a crackling of static. "‘Tom…can't…maneuver…avalan-.' The transmission was cut off abruptly." The excitement begins! Thank goodness Tom has Q. U. I. P.—Quantum Utilizing Interactive Processor, a computerized artificial intelligence—inside his watch. This is a great book for both boys and girls who like adventures. It keeps the readers' interest, moves along smoothly, and has well developed and likable characters. This book would also work well as a read-aloud book. The back cover reminds readers not to miss Tom's next adventure. I will be looking forward to it. 2006, Aladdin Paperbacks, Ages 8 to 12.
—Kathie M. Josephs