What's shaped like a sting ray and flies over Chesapeake Bay? This is the eerie riddle which confronts Rick Brant and his friend Don Scott when, seeking shelter from a storm, they anchor the houseboat Spindrift in a lonely cove along the Maryland shore and spot the flying stingaree.The "thing," they learn, is not the only one of its kind—one is actually suspected of having kidnapped a man! As the clues mount up, the trail leads to Calvert's Favor, a historic plantation house—and to the very bottom of Chesapeake Bay. How Rick and Scotty, at the risk of their lives, ground the eerie menace forever makes a tale of high-voltage suspense.
drowned," Rick ventured.
"In a creek? Not likely! Link's been crabbin' for thirty years in these waters. Water was smooth. Not a ripple, even out on the bay. Even if he fell over, he could almost walk ashore. Tide was out and he was settin' lines in about six feet, and he's better than two yards high. Shore wasn't more than twenty yards away."
"Maybe he hit his head when he fell," Scotty suggested.
"Possible, but even if he drowned we'd have found his body."
Rick shook his head. "It's hard to believe a man could be kidnaped by a flying saucer. Couldn't he have gone ashore and walked out of the area? Maybe he wanted to disappear."
"You're mighty hard to convince," the proprietor said good-humoredly. It was clear he didn't particularly care whether they were convinced or not. He was making conversation just to be sociable. "Where Link was settin' lines is just a little creek with marsh all around. No man with any sense would get out of a boat and go ashore into marsh
I read of Rick Brant's adventures, including this story, as an adventure-loving youth. Reading it now, I find it just as fun an adventure as ever - it has not lost its ability to create detailed scenes in my mind. The author's skill in weaving a tale of two friends on a summer houseboat cruise who stumble into a mysterious conspiracy of national importance has not suffered with age; though GPS and cellular phones were science fiction fantasies when this story was originally written, the lack of them doesn't keep this story from seeming as if it could have been written last week. As a current resident of the Chesapeake Bay area, where this story is set, I find it even more accurate and easy to picture than I did when I lived elsewhere and read it when it was new. The abrupt and sinister villians, the support of good friends, and the final dangerous showdown between them - a good story never goes out of style!
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