THERE WAS JUST ABOUT one chance in a million that young Dick Simmons could win a place in the Spacemaster Project, but it was the chance he wanted to take more than he had ever wanted anything in his life. It changed his whole life, made a new person of him.
How he studied, trained, and dedicated himself to the greatest of the American projects for adventuring into space is the story of SPACEMASTER I. It shows how one boy overcame odds a million to one against him.
All of the details of testing and training programs in this story are based on real-life situations. This is the second boys' book by the former Director of Public Relations of the Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences; his first was OPERATION SPRINGBOARD.
A fierce Arctic blizzard, an emergency landing in the Alaskan wilds, a party of inexperienced newsmen - and only a 16-year-old boy, using his Air Force Survival School training, between them and certain death.
Young Andy Driscoll is perfectly able to handle the job of keeping himself and his tenderfoot friend John alive and healthy until help comes, but aiding the adult members of the party is a more difficult task, for the men, led by a loudmouthed bully, are reluctant to accept the leadership of a young boy. The story of Andy's desperate struggle against overwhelming odds to save the lives of ten helpless men makes a tense, exciting, and extremely informative reading adventure.
Here is a book that will appeal to all - for the vivid description of Alaskan country; for the accurate representation of approved military survival-school techniques; for the fascinating information on a little-known segment of our defense system; and, above all, for the sheer excitement of a first-rate adventure story.
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