Young Adult Fiction

The Firebird Rocket (The Hardy Boys, No. 57)

By Franklin W. Dixon

The launching of the Firebird Rocket is endangered whilst a recognized rocket scientist disappears with out a hint on his solution to the Woomera tracking Station in Australia. Assigned to the case, Fenton Hardy tells his sons he wishes their support. And Frank and Joe needs to flip down a request that they locate the lacking son of a well-known senator. With braveness, wit, and shrewdpermanent detective paintings, the younger detectives start to shut in at the enemy, simply to find that the tables were became. Captured via their crafty adversaries, the Hardys face sure demise! Will they get away? Will the Firebird Rocket ever be introduced?

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The motive force pleaded. He was once Smoky Rinaldo! Frank dropped Smoky’s arm. “You approximately triggered a crack-up! ” he acknowledged angrily. “Is this one other considered one of your functional jokes? ” Joe nearly shouted. “Of path not,” Smoky stated. “But I needed to trap you, and also you neglected the horn whilst i attempted to flag you down. You wouldn’t cease, so I needed to make you! ” “We idea you have been the man who us all over the place Princeton,” Joe acknowledged, his anger cooling. “I assumed you’d realize me. ” “With that goofy cap pulled down over your face? ” “Anyway, I didn’t suggest to reason an accident,” Smoky went on. “I proposal i'll detour you into the remaining quarter by way of slicing you off. ” “What did you must cease us for? ” requested Chet, who had joined the men. Smoky held up his hand and printed a steel flask with Dr. Jenson’s identify on it. “Here, examine this! ” “What approximately it? ” Frank requested. “It’s radioactive! ” Smoky asserted. Chet retreated hurriedly. “It may possibly explode! ” “Radioactive fabric doesn’t simply explode,” Frank calmed him. “It takes a triggering equipment to begin a series response. ” Smoky swung his flask through its heavy best. “No worry of that. It’s no longer even radioactive sufficient to kill a cockroach. ” Frank was once getting annoyed. “Did you chase us all of the approach from Princeton to inform us that? ” “No. i wished you to understand that i feel Dr. Jenson was once as much as anything. ” “Why? ” “Because i discovered this flask in a single of the dossier cupboards. i used to be digging in a few documents and ran around the flask at the back of the ground drawer. It’s opposed to rules for someone to take whatever radioactive out of the lab. ” Smoky defined that the metal flasks have been used to carry nuclear fabrics in the course of experiments. whilst the test ended, the scientist engaging in it used to be imagined to ship his flasks to a storeroom covered with lead, the place they'd be decontaminated. “Dr. Jenson took this one and concealed it within the file,” Smoky concluded. “He shouldn’t have performed that. ” “Did he ever holiday the foundations prior to? ” Joe requested. “I do not know. ” “Did you inform Professor younger approximately it? ” “Sure. immediately. ” “What did he say? ” “He came upon it very extraordinary and known as you on the Nassau membership. He was once expert that you simply had simply left. considering he didn’t understand what preparations you had made and no matter if you'll cross domestic sooner than you left for Australia, he requested me to aim to meet up with you. He additionally gave me a photograph of Jenson for you. So I drove towards Bayport. I figured I’d move down the road for some time, and certain adequate, I observed your vehicle. ” Frank used to be considerate. “This is peculiar. I’m joyful you stuck us, Smoky. ” “One factor bothers me,” Joe stated. “We searched all of the documents in his place of work and the flask used to be now not there then. ” “It wasn’t in his place of work. It was once within the checklist room. ” Smoky acknowledged. “In one of many common records variety of humans use. however it used to be Jenson’s flask, very well, not one of the others have any party to deal with radioactive fabrics. ” He checked out the 3 boys. “Now you’re no longer mad from now on that I minimize you off? ” “Of direction now not. You had no choice,” Frank advised him. “Okay.

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