Tom Swift and His Big Tunnel

Victor APPLETON ( - )

The Titus Brothers Contractors company have won a government contract in Peru to blast a tunnel through a mountain and connect two isolated railroad lines. The deadline is approaching, and the contractors have hit a literal wall: excessively hard rock which defies conventional blasting techniques. The company is under pressure to finish, or else the contract will default to their rivals, Blakeson & Grinder. Mr. Job Titus has heard of Tom Swift and Tom's giant cannon, which is used in protecting the Panama Canal, and wants to hire Tom to develop a special blasting powder to help them finish the excavation.

Mr. Damon, Tom's very good friend, arrives in the middle of this conversation, and is unaware of the situation. By coincidence, Mr. Damon is invested in a business which procures cinchona bark from Peru, but production has all but ceased, prompting Mr. Damon to invite Tom to accompany him to Peru and discover the source of the problem.

Tom, Mr. Damon and Mr. Titus (along with Koku, Tom's giant) embark for Peru. On the way, they encounter Professor Swyington Bumper, who is on a life-long quest to locate the lost city of Pelone. Professor Bumper returns to Peru each season, and has thus far been unsuccessful. When Professor Bumper discovers that Tom is headed to the same general area, Rimac, Professor Bumper decides to join the company. (Introduction by Wikipedia)

Genre(s): Action & Adventure Fiction, General Fiction

Language: English

Group: Tom Swift - an adventure series for young adults

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Play 01 01 - Chapter 1 Tom Weiss
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Play 02 02 - Chapter 2 Tom Weiss
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Play 03 03 - Chapter 3 Tom Weiss
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Play 04 04 - Chapter 4 Tom Weiss
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Play 05 05 - Chapter 5 Tom Weiss
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Play 06 06 - Chapter 6 Tom Weiss
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Play 07 07 - Chapter 7 Tom Weiss
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Play 08 08 - Chapter 8 Tom Weiss
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Play 09 09 - Chapter 9 Tom Weiss
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Play 10 10 - Chapter 10 Tom Weiss
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Play 11 11 - Chapter 11 Tom Weiss
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Play 12 12 - Chapter 12 Tom Weiss
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Play 17 17 - Chapter 17 Tom Weiss
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Play 18 18 - Chapter 18 Tom Weiss
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Play 19 19 - Chapter 19 Tom Weiss
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Play 20 20 - Chapter 20 Tom Weiss
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Play 22 22 - Chapter 22 Tom Weiss
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Play 25 25 - Chapter 25 Tom Weiss
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