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The Radio Boys on Secret Service Duty

Gerald Breckenridge

"It was growing late, and they were nearing Oakland. The transcontinental railroad lines end at that city on San Francisco Bay, and the trip to the metropolis is completed by ferry--a short run of twenty minutes. "I can sniff the salt water," said Jack. "Smell it. We must be getting close to the Bay." All three chums grew exhilarated at the prospect of soon reaching the world-famous city, which is the gateway to the Pacific and is unlike any other city in America."

The Radio Boys on Secret Service Duty is the second volume in the Radio Boys series written by Gerald Breckenridge and published by the A.L. Burt Company in 1922. The series revolves around the adventures of three teenagers, Frank Merrick, Bob Temple, and Jack Hampton. With well-to-do parents they travel to worldwide destinations and find adventure and mystery, and radio always serves an important role. In this story, the Radio Boys have wrapped up their case in Mexico and are traveling by train to San Francisco. On the way they hear about a plot that will involve them with the Secret Service and human smuggling.

In radio’s early, experimental days of the 1920s there were two major series of juvenile fiction identically titled The Radio Boys; this series by A.L. Burt and a more commercial series by Grosset & Dunlap written under the name Allen Chapman. Of the two series, these Breckenridge stories were written in a somewhat more adult style and involve more exotic locations. (There was a third series published by Cupples & Leon Company for girls, titled appropriately The Radio Girls.)

Book publisher: A.L. Burt Company, New York
Book copyright:
Book edition: First edition, likely first printing
Pages: 235 (262 bound pages)
Size: 5″ x 7-5/8″
Dust jacket: Yes, color
Illustrations: Semi-glossy frontispiece
Back matter: 14 pages of series listings from A.L. Burt Company
Digital edition © 2005 Curtis Philips. All Rights Reserved.

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