Books: Tom Swift in Siberia

COMRADE VENKA (246 pp.)—Pavel Nil in—Simon & Schusfer ($3.75).

If the authors of the Tom Swift series ever get around to doing Tom Swift in Siberia, the hero may very well be a fellow like Venka Malishev. Like Tom, Venka is unfailingly brave and resourceful —but he is also a dedicated Communist. In Siberia during the 1920s, young Venka is an agent of the secret police (then known as OGPU). His main job is to hunt down the "bandits," who are fiercely anti-Soviet, have a large part of the population on their side, and live off the country. On skis and on...

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