IN THE TENNESSEE WOODS,
A MOVIE ABOUT A DARING THIEF
LANDS THE HARDYS IN DANGER!
Years ago Jake "Jumper" Herman bailed out of a plane in the Great Smoky Mountains and disappeared -- with a fortune in treasure. Now Frank and Joe are helping out on a movie about the escape, working with the animal wranglers, who handle trained mountain lions and bears for the film.
But the set seems jinxed. A pretty young star's stunt leads to a hair-raising accident, a Bigfoot menaces the crew and cast, and the ghost of Jumper Herman seems to haunt the woods. From a strange abandoned shack to a wild mountain lion, the boys are busy trying to bail out of big trouble!
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August 28, 2001
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Excerpt from Ghost of a Chance by Franklin W. Dixon
A Scream on the Mountain
A mist clung to the dense forest like blue-gray ghosts in the trees. The Monday morning sun hadn't quite cleared the Great Smoky Mountains. It was light, but still night-cool in the valley clearing high in an isolated area of eastern Tennessee.
Frank Hardy's brown eyes focused intently. About fifty yards ahead, a large black bear stood up on its hind legs. Its head rolled back and forth, and a rumbling roar filled the air.
As Frank watched, the bear stepped from side to side, and then dropped back down to all four paws. The animal started to run slowly toward Frank, then abruptly broke into a terrifying gallop.
The bear's furry legs revolved almost like wheels. The ground vibrated, and the pounding of the paws reminded Frank of a drumroll. The animal barreled toward Frank, but Frank didn't flinch. He stood his ground.
"Easy, Gus." Gene Posten's voice spoke up from behind Frank, who turned his head toward the man. "Slow down, boy." Gene dropped his arm and pointed to the ground. The bear slowed and finally skidded to a stop.
"Whew," Frank said, releasing his breath in one whoosh. His heart skipped with exhilaration.
"Good job, Gus," Gene said. Gus dropped back to a sitting position. "You, too, Frank," Gene added.