I read this book about 5-Jun-2012. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 1954. This note was last modified Monday, 19-May-2014 16:31:06 PDT.
This is book 10 of the "Rick Brant" series.
This note contains spoilers for the book.
A Rick Brant science adventure! Though there's little science in this, unless you count the tomb-robbing variety of archaeology. They do use a high-tech search tool to find the golden skull.
The Spindrift boys are off to Puerto Rico to help an archaeological team (based out of Spindrift) find some old religious relics.
There is considerable excitement, with various native populations nearly rising up and killing everybody. But eventually, with the aid of a very early metal detector, they find the artifacts, and they arrange to have them handled respectfully and housed near where they were found, to avoid damaging the local culture. They've been lost for a long time, so it should be a good thing for the local culture to have them back.
Many of the natives are intelligent and decently educated, but it still feels terribly colonial.
There's a certain amount of rifle-play, but few get hurt.