Dr. Quest's new Underwater Prober, an amphibious craft with mechanical arms, enters its final series of tests before turnover to the Navy. Hadji and the doctor take leave to attend a mainland meeting with scientists from Calcutta while the others stay behind, adjusting the Prober's ejection system. Foreign agents, who've been patiently eyeing the project, mobilize to take it. As they force Race to drive the Prober to their secret underwater base, Jonny talks to Hadji through their portable communicators that the agents failed to notice. At the base, Race, Jonny and Bandit attempt an escape on hovercraft but fail, and when Dr. Quest and Hadji zero in for a rescue, they, too, are taken captive. With no other options handy, Hadji engineers an escape by hypnotizing their guard with his ruby. Now the Quests flee for their lives in the Prober, pursued by agents in minisubs with orders to kill. Written by
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When Dr. Quest and Hadji leave for the mainland, there is no portable communicator dangling from Jonny's belt; yet, in a moment, Hadji calls him and suddenly Jonny is wearing it. When grabbed by Svedri, the communication is once again gone, yet when Jonny's tied to a ladder, it hangs from his belt again. See more
What'll we do, Dad?
Dr. Benton C. Quest
I wish I knew, Son. We're in a tight spot.
[removing the ruby from his turban and speaking to the guard
If we're in THAT bad a spot, I will not need this fabulous, priceless jewel any longer. Would you like it? It is literally priceless. Observe the red highlights, the way it flashes. That is the way you can tell how expensive it really is, by the flashes. See? You have to look close.
[the guard becomes hypnotized
If your gun is too heavy, you may drop it.