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Blake & Mortimer Vol.16: The Secret of the Swordfish (Adventures of Blake & Mortimer) [Paperback]

Edgar P. Jacobs
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6 Jun 2013 Adventures of Blake & Mortimer (Book 2)
Fleeing the devastation of World War III, Blake, Mortimer and Nasir have been trying to reach a secret base with the blueprints for a new weapon, the Swordfish. But the forces of the Yellow Empire are hot on their trail, and soon Mortimer is captured. While Blake works tirelessly at coordinating the various resistance movements on the planet, the professor is forced to endure captivity, threats and torture from their eternal enemy, Olrik.

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: CINEBOOK (6 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849181616
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849181617
  • Product Dimensions: 28.6 x 21.9 x 0.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Created by Edgar Pierre Jacobs after WWII, Professor Philip Mortimer, nuclear physicist, and Captain Francis Blake, dashing head of MI5, are legendary heroes of the 9th art. The author, a close friend of Herge, took part in the visual realisation of Tintin in the Congo, Tintin in America, The Blue Lotus, King Ottokar's Sceptre, The Seven Crystal Balls, and Prisoners of the Sun.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good training for English lerners 31 Jan 2014
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My pupils like reading comics, and this album is good training. It is hard for teachers today to keep up the work at school. Comics are easy to diguest mentally and aspecially good for teenagers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good book 18 Sep 2013
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a very good book, however fairly complicated for children, the parents enjoyed it anyway! Look forward to the 3rd edition.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nope! 9 Sep 2014
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Disappointing! Not in par with other B & M.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Finally, the first Blake & Mortimer story!! 24 Sep 2013
By Michael R. Brown - Published on
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Finally, after putting out other Blake and Mortimer stories out of order, Cinebooks is doing the first Blake and Mortimer story in the usual 3-part format. Yes, this is really #2, not #16. And its the second of a 3-parter, so best to have the other 2 albums.

"Secret of the Swordfish" is set in 1946/49 (not quite clear), but one that is different from our history. If you've read the other albums, you may have seen hints of this story.

In it, just after WWII, it seems that the world is posed on the brink of another war, this from the Yellow Empire based in Tibet! Under the control of a military dictator, the Yellow Empire has been preparing for war! But some of the free nations are not sitting around ideally. In England, they are working on a secret weapon, the Swordfish. This is being lead by Professor Mortimer. Captain Blake is heading up security.

But then, a war breaks out, when the Yellow Empire sends missiles against the world capitals!! (needless to say, the follow-on albums make NO mention of this destruction). This is followed by a blitzkrieg attack by the armies of the Yellow Empire, and it seems most nations fall. (its not clear who is still free).

But Blake and Mortimer get out of England on their way to a secret English base in the Middle East to complete the secret weapon. They are pursued by Col. Olrik, an Eastern European who is the head of security for the Yellow Empire. This is the first meeting of these 3, as Olrik will be a persistent threat to B&M thru most of the series.

In this album they work to evade Olrik and get to the secret base, now accompanied by other scientists. Sadly, the plans are lost and Mortimer is captured. So Blake must both retrieve the plans and get Mortimer out before he is forced to reveal any secrets.

The story continued in the next album as they hopefully build that secret weapon and defeat the Yellow Empire.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book 29 April 2014
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We had been waiting for this book for a long time. It is one of the original books, written by Edgar P. Jacobs. The story is great, full of intrigue and anyone liking Blake and Mortimer will enjoy having these books in their collection.
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