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The Desert Patrol (Radio-Phone Boys #3)

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Title:The Desert Patrol (Radio-Phone Boys #3)
Snell, Roy J.  Writing under the pseudonym: Craig, James   
(4 of 10 for author by title)
Green Eyes
Caught by the Camera (Jimmie Drury Mystery #3)
Published:   1923
Publisher:The Reilly & Lee Co.
Tags:fiction, juvenile

This is the 3rd in the Radio-Phone Boys after Curlie Listens In and the Yukon Patrol). The same characters tend to be in each one so there is some continuity.

This one has renegade Mexicans and Indians, a lawless leader of a horse theft ring, the 'Whisperer' who turns out to be a young girl, a brave stallion who saves the day, flash floods in the mountains, sandstorms and almost certain death escapes, other rescues, and only the bad guys die. Just a small bit of wireless. Easy read, and each chapter seems to complete an episode. So it would make for a good weekly 'serial program' on the radio, which was in vogue at the time. Tune in next week to find out if Curlie escapes from being killed in the flash flood. Will he ever find out who the "Whisperer" is, the one who has given him clues to the outlaws whereabouts?

—Robert Voss, Amazon review [Suggest a different description.]

Pages:153 Info

Author Bio for Snell, Roy J.

(1878-1959) US author of at least eighty-five Young Adult novels under his own name and as by David O'Hara, James Craig and Joseph Marino, most of them specifically directed to boys, though he wrote at least one associational series of mysteries for girls; his tales for younger children, beginning with Little White Fox and his Arctic Friends (1916), verge routinely on Animal Fantasy, though Hi! Ho! Pinocchio: The American Boy (1940) as by Joseph Marino is an interesting example of the Pinocchio-in-America book. Of more specific sf interest is his contribution to the Radio Boys vogue of the early 1920s, with his Radio-Phone Boys series, beginning with Curlie Carson Listens In (1922) and closing with Invisible Wall (1928); within the sequence, two novels—The Seagoing Tank (1924) and The Flying Sub: A Mystery Story (1925) are full sf tales, but every title, typical of the category this series contributes to—flirts with Inventions just beyond the actually developed. Further Inventions tales include two titles in the loose Mystery Story for Boys series, Lost in the Air (1920) and its sequel, Panther Eye (1921), both starring Johnny Thompson, an adventurer and entrepreneur searching for gold in post-1917 Siberia; in the second volume, a Yellow Peril is encountered, and an ambiguous Utopia is sighted from a Balloon in Mongolia. Two further titles in the Mystery Story for Boys grouping – Red Lure (1925) and Forbidden Cargoes (1927)—feature Lost Races in Central America. Snell also published two World War Two tales, Secrets of Radar (1944) and Jet Plane Mystery (1944), the latter featuring a mysterious wailing jet hidden on a Pacific island; his Big Little Books set in that conflict are associational. [JC]

—The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

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