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Radio Boys Under the Sea

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Title:Radio Boys Under the Sea
Duffield, J. W. (John William)   
(7 of 8 for author by title)
Through the Air to Alaska, or Ted Scott’s Search in Nugget Valley (Ted Scott Flying Stories #12)
Lost at the South Pole, or, Ted Scott in Blizzard Land (Ted Scott Flying Stories #11)
Published:   1923
Publisher:M. A. Donohue & Company
Tags:adventure, fiction, technology

Book for boys. Simple adventure, little social interaction. Very dated. Despite the series title, 'radio' plays very little part. They order supplies over radio, but we do not see that happen. They use the batteries from the radio to detonate dynamite. {Spoiler} At the end they radio for help. Meanwhile they save a man overboard, are followed by an evil man, have a very unlikely sailboat journey, hit a storm, get shipwrecked, run into sharks and an octopus, tangled airhose, more storms, attacked by pirates, regular potboiler plot. Note: the language around 'Bimbo', the black man they save, was not meant to be offensive but today it is. Otherwise reasonably smoothly written for its genre. One oddity: Bimbo cooks for them but we never read what they are eating, something boys would generally want to know. [Suggest a different description.]

Pages:107 Info

Author Bio for Duffield, J. W. (John William)

(1859-1946) US bookseller, publisher, and writer, in the latter capacity working mostly for the Stratemeyer Syndicate, for which he published at least 115 stories, usually book-length, under various names. As Franklin W Dixon, he wrote the nonfantastic Ted Scott Flying Series, based closely on the life of Charles A Lindbergh (1902-1974) (see Airplane Boys) and as by Richard H Stone the similar Slim Tyler Air Stories. As Allen Chapman, he wrote the first 12 (or 14) volumes of The Radio Boys series (1922-1929), the most substantial of the spate of similarly titled series published in response to the successful launching of broadcast radio in 1922 (see Radio Boys); the final volume was written by Howard R Garis. Each volume in the series was introduced by Jack Binns. As Victor Appleton he wrote the Don Sturdy sequence; the final volume was again written by Garis. As Roy Rockwood, he wrote the Bomba the Jungle Boy sequence (see Bomba Films). His daughter, Elizabeth M Duffield Ward (1895-1983), also worked for the Stratemeyer Syndicate, and was responsible for a number of the Bobbsey Twins tales.

—The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

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