Diamonds In The Desert
Writing credits: Midnight Man
Written: February 5, 2007 to December 29, 2008
First released: November 23, 2007 to December 29, 2008
Title reference: The story is about diamonds, and part of it take place in a desert.
Length: 87,325 (text only), 87,900 (the entire work); preface + 36 chapters
LaWahini, being a Rescue Ranger herself now, pulls off a case on her own: She keeps Fat Cat from stealing a diamond from an exhibition by taking it herself. This leads the Metropolitan Squirrel Squad, a group of crime-fighting squirrels, to believe that the Rescue Rangers have changed sides. The team of small heroes soon find themselves not only in trouble but also in the middle of a case bigger than they expected, for there are thirteen more gems similar to the diamond, and someone is after the whole set.
The Rescue Rangers
The Plunger Crossbow
The Ranger Plane
The Ranger Wing
Versailles Palace, Las Vegas
The story was originally planned to be an Aces Go Places-style slapstick comedy named Mouse Mission. It was a viewing of the movie Mission: Impossible that had the author reconsider and go for something bigger and more serious, and Mouse Mission became the title of one of the chapters. Another working title was All That Glitter.
Chapter 34, Night Mission, was named after one of bock's car's aircraft. Another seven chapters got names inspired by movies.
Two parodies were written for Diamonds In The Desert. The first one is the theme song by the same name, and the second one is The Chipmunk Divine which is even embedded in the story itself and part of the plot.
2007 Golden Acorn Awards: Best Use of a One-Shot Series Characters (Foxglove, Sparky, and Lahwhinie)