Trouble in the Pipeline (The Hardy Boys Casefiles, Book 26)

By Franklin W. Dixon

Kickbacks continuously fall into the inaccurate hands.

Frank and Joe fly to Alaska to track Scott Sanders, who's speculated to be engaged on a top-secret venture for a mining enterprise. whilst corporation officers declare they've by no means heard of Scott, the Hardys develop suspicious. They locate that a few corporation managers were promoting jobs at the oil pipeline. yet sooner than the brother detectives can dig deeper, they're abducted and compelled to bail out over the arctic desert. Stranded, Frank and Joe face their hardest try -- combating starvation, grizzly bears, and bullets to outlive -- whereas at trail's finish a gaggle referred to as the Assassins waits to offer them their ultimate examination.

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Frank, Cindy, and Hammond accumulated rocks to pile over the useless Assassin's physique. while the transitority grave was once accomplished, Cindy took a second to mutter a number of phrases in prayer. unexpectedly the chopper engine roared to lifestyles. Virgil waved from the pilot's seat. They ran over and climbed aboard, thankful for Virgil's services. They rose instantly up from the mountaintop, then swooped to the south. They won velocity and rose up back to recover from the Brooks variety. within the early-morning gentle, the desolate sector less than appeared completely untouched via people. yet after a short flight, they have been flying over what appeared to be a miles-long brown snake, coiling over the rolling terrain. It used to be a carrier highway minimize into the virgin panorama. And subsequent to it used to be the sparkling pipe, stretching so far as the attention may possibly see. Hammond mentioned the 1st inspection hatch. Virgil placed the chopper down at the provider highway. dirt billowed round them as they jumped from the chopper and approached the pipe. Hammond reached out and touched the hatch. "You desire a detailed device to liberate those babies," he stated. "I did not take into consideration that. " "Wait a minute," Joe stated. "I observed whatever at the back of the copter. " He trotted over and reached in the back of the passenger seat of the Assassin's copter. status up, he held up an unusual-looking wrench. "Is this what you are speaking approximately? " "Bingo," Hammond cried, and he started to free up the hatch. After a number of mins, he unscrewed the ultimate bolt. however the hatch did not budge. "Stuck," Hammond growled. He attacked it back and, with an incredible burst of power, threw the hatch open. Then he caught his head contained in the gap. "Don't see a thing," he acknowledged, his voice echoing contained in the pipe. "Looks tremendous to me. " "Let me see," Frank stated. He joined Hammond on the fringe of the outlet. Peering into the darkness, Frank may see not anything. The fierce odor of oil made his head swim, and all he heard used to be the velvety gurgle of the darkish move dashing contained in the pipe. unexpectedly a noisy click on sounded at midnight. It looked as if it would come from the interior wall. Frank glanced to his correct and observed whatever huge and heavy splash into the river of oil. He grabbed for it, yet he could not achieve it. "Something simply fell off the wall of the pipe," he yelled, bringing his head out of the hatch. "It clicked and fell into the oil. " "Grab it," Joe stated. Frank held up a grimy hand. "I attempted, yet it really is long gone. " "There is just not something putting contained in the pipe," Hammond stated. "And there is not anything to hold it on. " "A magnet might carry directly to the pipe," Joe acknowledged. Frank nodded. "Probably an electromagnet that may be grew to become off by way of a radio transmitter. i will guess they nonetheless use them within the army. " His face darkened. "Scott back! they have most likely acquired a type of mines at each hatch. " "And they have simply set all of them loose now," Joe stated. "They're floating within the oil. after they get to the precise spots, they're going to most likely burst off. " "When they get to the pumping stations! " Hammond acknowledged. "We're not only conversing approximately a few holes and enormous oil spills.

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