Hardy Boys Adventures #13 Bound for Danger ~ My Review

Hardy Boys Adventures #13 Bound for Danger

To start off my review for Hardy Boys Adventures #13, Bound for Danger, I’m going to quote my favorite line from the book – a great quote by Joe and he would definitely say this ~ “Well, that wasn’t fun.” Hazing is never fun.

There are things I liked about the book and things I didn’t like…..as will be seen in my review. 😉 The cover is cool. 😎

The first chapter hadn’t excited me when I read it in the back of The Madman of Black Bear Mountain. When I started reading Bound for Danger I found where the sneak peek had left off and started from there. I hadn’t forgotten the first chapter and didn’t want to read it again.

I don’t understand the author writing the brothers as almost clueless about basketball. It was for the sake of the mystery, I know, but it was distracting and incorrect. I don’t like things contrary to established Hardy facts. I pushed past that and hoped the rest was better and made up for that error. If I’d enjoyed the book more, it definitely would have been easier to ignore.

Fact I’d like to point out: you can be creative and musical AND be athletic.

The things I liked in the book: the Hardy brothers, the teamwork, the not giving up (error in book: said gave up but didn’t in actuality). I was hoping for like what to do about hazing or giving people ideas how to fight it. It didn’t exactly do that, so I talked it over with a sib (who usually also reads Hardy Boys books with me, but decided this wasn’t one to read. Correct decision.)

I like the brothers taking care of things, stopping the hazing, capturing and stopping bad people, and I love the brothers looking out for each other as always. I’m glad the book pointed out how hazing is wrong, cowardly, and bad. Hazing is warped and stupid. I believe people who commit acts of hazing are punks and thugs.

Hazing is wrong. It’s asinine. It’s wrong to hurt people, it’s cruel and I certainly wouldn’t feel any solidarity with anyone who did that to me. I’ve been taught to stand up for myself, think for myself, don’t go along with something that is wrong, cruel, or immoral. If anyone treats you like that, they aren’t your friends, they aren’t your teammates, and can’t be trusted. I’m not referring to silly pranks, I’m referring to dangerous, everyone-knows-it’s-harmful kinds of things. Joking around, punching and wrestling is fine and much different than beating someone up. Hazing is cruel and mean-spirited and no one should participate or condone it.

Something that is sadly accurate in the book is that not all teachers, etc., are trustworthy or willing to do the right thing and stand against hazing. Everyone needs to stand up against that.

Bound for Danger overall can be summed up with a number of words. Disturbing. A bit depressing. Confusing. Odd at times. Some things didn’t make sense of why some things were in there. :/

They stopped short several times – would have pursued about the fake essay, not just taken it. That was so frustrating.

I didn’t like profanity on page 68. I can overlook cussing, please don’t use profanity.

Of the most recent Hardy Boys Adventures, I would recommend to read #11 Showdown at Widow Creek and #12 The Madman of Black Bear Mountain instead of this one. I had hoped Bound for Danger would be a lot better than it was, but also it could have been worse.

I love the confidence Joe has in his big bro’s ability. 😎

I love the poetic justice when the Hardys scared the jerks – that was cool.

Like Joe, I have no idea what song they were singing at the end of the book. I’m glad it was a short book and I have hope that the next one, #14 Attack of the Bayport Beast, will be much better. 🙂

Slight spoiler: One of the victims of the hazing chose to become one of the evil mob doing the hazing. That made him guilty, too, by partaking. Those involved by ordering it are also guilty. That’s not something they’ve overcome together, that’s a criminal cowardly act – as noted in the book – that they’ve perpetrated. I’m very thankful that the author didn’t have Frank or Joe commit any of the acts of hazing, otherwise I would have hated the book because they wouldn’t do that.

 

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Hardy Boys Adventures #12 The Madman of Black Bear Mountain ~ My Review

Volume 12 of the Hardy Boys Adventures, The Madman of Black Bear Mountain, is available now and it’s a fun, exciting summer read! 😎 There’s an intriguing mystery to be figured out, warnings to be ignored, as well as quite a few chuckles to be found as the Hardy bros go on a camping trip to Black Bear Mountain. I enjoyed the good mystery, the thrilling action, and of course, the cool Hardy brothers, Frank and Joe. 😎
Hardy Boys Adventures #12 The Madman of Black Bear Mountain
Great looking cover with excitement and danger from the rapids. 😎 Very cool. 😎 I hope that The Hardy Boys #80, The Roaring River Mystery, becomes available in ebook – I’d love to get that! 😎 Been searching for it! The thrills and chills of the Hardy brothers expertly and bravely navigating the rapids, along with rescues when necessary, can be found in a number of HB books. One of my favorites is The Hardy Boys #173 Speed Times Five. 😎

Hardy Boys Adventure #12 has a good pace and the action is fun and enjoyable. When the group of campers were going to take off in the small plane, I was there with them. It was scary, but hilarious! 😆 I loved reading about the character of Commander ‘Doc’ Gonzo – very entertaining right from his first appearance! 😀 To me he seemed somewhat like pilots ‘Howling Mad’ Murdock from the tv show A-Team, Jack Dalton from MacGyver and Orville and Wilbur, albatross from Rescuers and Rescuers Down Under (we have those on DVD and love ’em!). 😀 😆 Like I said, very enjoyable! 😀

There are some really exciting scenes in the adventure, particularly dealing with a rope bridge and the rapids below it. Gotta have danger and action for a good Hardy Boys, or Nancy Drew, mystery. 😎 I love the great brother team and reading of them working together and helping each other. It’s always cool to read how they outsmart criminals, help others, and never give up no matter what. 😎

As with all spooky myths, the one in the book is over-the-top and it was fun seeing it debunked. That’s not a spoiler, with the Hardys and Nancy that’s thankfully what they do – they refute rumors, myths and ghost stories, etc.. 🙂 Regarding the truth behind the myth, I liked the mystery of it and the way things worked out about the alleged madman. Can’t tell you more, you’ll have to read the book to find out. 😉

As much as I enjoyed this book, I didn’t enjoy the excerpt in the back for #13 Bound for Danger. 😦 The all caps shouting was overdone and distracting, but the main thing is wondering at the depiction of the principal. I’m going to assume, though, that it was not due to the hearing impairment that he got from fighting to protect peoples’ rights, but perhaps the position of principal in that, individually, some of them don’t always make sense, don’t always listen to students, and sometimes act in high-handed ways. So, I have hope for the rest of the book and hope to check it out when it’s available and see if it improves past the excerpt. 🙂

Hardy Boys Adventures #12, The Madman of Black Bear Mountain, is available in hardcover, paperback, and ebook from booksellers and libraries. 🙂 The paperback of this title looks very nice! That’s what I have. 🙂 Will I want to read it again? Well, of course! 😀

 

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Covers and Details #14 Hardy Boys Adventures and Nancy Drew Diaries plus Clue Books

You can check out the recently released cover art, synopsis and more for the Hardy Boys Adventures #14 Attack of the Bayport Beast, Nancy Drew Diaries #14 Riverboat Roulette, Hardy Boys Clue Book #5 Scavenger Hunt Heist, Nancy Drew Clue Book #7 Candy Kingdom Chaos @ The Hardy Boys Books and Nancy Drew Books! 😀 😎 🙂 Let me know what you guys think! 🙂 Tap/click on the links from the titles or on the covers to go to the individual posts to see the cover art larger and discover the clues you want to know! 🙂 😎

 

Hardy Boys Adventures #14 Attack of the Bayport Beast

Nancy Drew Diaries 14 Riverboat Roulette

HB Clue Book Scavenger Hunt HeistNancy Drew Clue Book 7 Candy Kingdom Chaos

 

 

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Hardy Boys Adventures #11 Showdown at Widow Creek ~ My Review

Showdown at Widow Creek is a super fun Hardy Boys Adventure! It’s volume 11 in the series. I really enjoyed reading it! It has suspense, humor, and good brotherly love. I read it as soon as I got it which was the day it came out. I’m already ready to read it again. Look at that previous sentence and find 3 “reads”. 😀

This mystery adventure has a great flow to it and I could really picture the fun and exciting scenes. One of the things I loved and really enjoyed was Joe and the western movie themes playing in his head. 😀 A great mix of action and fun.

Hardy Boys Adventures 11 Showdown at Widow Creek CoverThe whole feels-real-thing dialogue is very good. I think Showdown at Widow Creek is the best one so far in the Hardy Boys Adventures series, although there are parts I love in #1 Secret of the Red Arrow and #2 Mystery of the Phantom Heist.

The danger was palpable. That’s a fun word to work into a sentence. 😛 The book even has some twists so that it isn’t totally obvious about what’s going on. Good detective work by the brothers, which I always appreciate reading. It was pretty intense at times and the writer captured the enjoyment of the adventure as well as the edge-of-your-seat aspect of the drama.

I definitely recommend this one to all Hardy Boys fans to enjoy the mystery and the good brother team working to help people. I’d hoped it was going to be good and it turned out to be even better than I expected it to be! I’m not into rodeos, so this is a good example that it can be a great read as long as the writing is good. And it is in HBA #11. I truly hope there are more adventures such as this one! 😎

Showdown at Widow Creek is available in paper, hardcover, and ebook. There are plenty of places to buy it or if your library has it, you can check it out. 🙂 Also, if you like this one, you’ll also like the Hardy Boys graphic novel #12 Dude Ranch O’Death! from Papercutz – one of my favorites. 😎 I love great adventure, fun, humor, and the Hardy bros! 🙂Hardy Boys Adventures #12 The Madman of Black Bear Mountain Anyone who wants to read either of those at the same time – let me know, I’d love to! 🙂 😎

Hardy Boys Adventure #12 will be available soon and I hope it’s as great as this one! 🙂 It should be exciting if the cover is any indication! We’ll find out! Queston: do you tend to buy or borrow these books? Do you pre-order? 

 

 

 

 

 

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Updates: Cover Art, Synopsis, HB Clue Book #4, Nancy Drew Diaries #13

New posts on The Hardy Boys Books and Nancy Drew Books:
Hardy Boys Clue Book #4 Talent Show Tricks – details, cover art, synopsis
Nancy Drew Diaries #13 The Ghost of Grey Fox Inn – details, cover art, synopsis
Updates:
Hardy Boys Adventures #13 Bound for Danger – cover art and synopsis
Hardy Boys Clue Book #3 Water-Ski Wipeout – synopsis
Hardy Boys Adventures #12 The Madman of Black Bear Mountain – synopsis

 

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Hardy Boys Adventures #13 Bound for Danger

Here are some of the details on volume 13 in the Hardy Boys Adventures series  ~

Title: Hardy Boys Adventures #13 Bound for Danger
Release Date: Oct. 11, 2016
Number of pages: 160
Available Formats: Paperback, Hardcover and eBook
Update ~ Cover: Hardy Boys Adventures #13 Bound for Danger

Sounds like from the title that the Hardy brothers are traveling somewhere – wonder where? 😎 Where do you hope they’re headed for? They can find adventure anywhere in the world. 🙂

Update Synopsis from Simon and Schuster:

Brother detectives Frank and Joe find themselves on the basketball court and in the midst of a dangerous team initiation scheme in this thrilling Hardy Boys adventure.

Joe and Frank are taken aback when Principal Gerther announces that they need more extracurriculars on their school transcript, and he’s signed them up for the basketball team. They think it’s odd because they both stink at basketball!

But the Hardys soon find out that their principal isn’t acting out of concern for their college applications; he wants them to solve a dangerous mystery on the team. It turns out that a band of masked players are kidnapping new team members and then beating them up, blackmailing them, and threatening them—all in an effort to boost performance.

Can the boys step up to the line and stop the shadiness?

 

Hardy fact: Frank and Joe don’t stink at basketball!

Thoughts on cover (nice action and cool background!) and synopsis (needs work), guys? 🙂

 

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Hardy Boys Adventures Collection Set

Details for the Hardy Boys Adventures Ultimate Thrills Collection @ The Hardy Boys Books and Nancy Drew Books! Check it out! 🙂

 

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Hardy Boys Adventures #11 Showdown at Widow Creek

A few details to share about #11 of the Hardy Boys Adventures:
Title: Showdown at Widow Creek
Release Date: Feb. 2, 2016
Number of pages: 160
Available formats: paperback, hardcover and ebook
Cover: (Also, check out the cover for Hardy Boys Adventure #10
Tunnel of Secrets)

Hardy Boys Adventures 11 Showdown at Widow Creek Cover
Synopsis:

The Wild West hits the East Coast when Rutherford’s Annual Rodeo and Wild West Show arrives in Bayport. Frank and Joe are enjoying the show’s historic reenactments, rodeo events, and even an exhibition of the Rutherford family’s prize-winning horse, Hondo.

When the brothers catch several ranch hands trying to steal Hondo, they manage to stop it. Though very grateful for their intervention, the Rutherford family is now shorthanded for the cattle drive back to their dude ranch! So Chief Olaf “volunteers” the Hardys to help out.

The brothers’ long-dormant horse-riding skills slowly come back to them as they make their way down the quiet rural roads toward the ranch. But as they’re finally getting the hang of it, a group of dirt bike–riding cattle rustlers surround the herd—and take Hondo!

Will the Hardy Boys lasso the horse thieves—or will this be their final showdown?

:/ “long-dormant horse-riding skills” doesn’t make sense/apply to the Hardys. 🙄 Hopefully, though, that aside, there will be some good action scenes. 😎

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Hardy Boys Adventures #10 Tunnel of Secrets

Some details so far for #10 of the Hardy Boys Adventures:
Title: Tunnel of Secrets
Release Date: 20th of Oct.
Number of pages: 160
Available Formats: paperback, hardcover and ebook
Cover:

Hardy Boys Adventure #10 Tunnel of Secrets by Franklin W Dixon

Now you know. 🙂 Check back here to see when the synopsis is released. 🙂 I usually add the cover and synopsis to the original blog entry for each book title. 🙂

UPDATE: Synopsis from publisher Simon and Schuster ~

When Frank and Joe set out to explore caves and tunnels, they dig themselves into some dark and dangerous trouble in this Hardy Boys adventure.

When a sinkhole opens up and swallows one of Bayport’s historic statues, Frank and Joe suspect something—or someone—shady at play. They jump at the chance to investigate; Joe as a member of an urban exploration club, and Frank as photographer for the school paper.

But in the thick of their search, the boys stumble upon an entire underground city that’s been abandoned for years. Now the city is home to a cultish band of criminals who plan to take over Bayport. Frank and Joe are determined to shut down the crooks, but after being barreled down by a boulder and nearly squashed by a runaway train, they have to wonder: are they in over their heads?

 

 

 

Hardy Boys Adventures #9 Curse of the Ancient Emerald

The 9th title in the Hardy Boys Adventures series is Curse of the Ancient Emerald and will be available in paperback, hardcover, and ebook the 9th of June 2015! Interested in more details like the cover and the synopsis? Then you want to check back here as they became available! 😉

Synopsis Update:

Okay, here’s the plot description of #9 Curse of the Ancient Emerald. The riddles sound like fun and could be cool. Hopefully it will be a good mystery and adventure. 🙂 Check out the synopsis below and while you read, you can spot titles or part titles from the first four volumes of the Hardy Boys Adventures . 😉

Frank and Joe must take the shine off a jewel thief who sends ominous riddles in this Hardy Boys adventure.

First a priceless painting disappears from the museum; then two ancient samurai swords vanish from a private collection. A string of robberies has hit Bayport, and all signs point to “the Phantom,” a recently released ex-con who last struck more than twenty years ago. There’s only one problem: the Phantom has vanished into thin air, and not even Frank and Joe Hardy can track him down.

Then the boys begin receiving threatening notes in the mail, each one containing a strange riddle. And it looks like the Phantom’s next target could be the valuable Emerald of Astara, the 2,500-year-old crown jewel of the Bayport Historical Museum. Can the Hardys crack the Phantom’s code before he strikes again?

I’m sure the real Frank and Joe Hardy can track the Phantom down – hopefully they’ll be in this book. 😎

Cover Update:

And here’s the cool-looking cover! 😎

Hardy Boys Adventures  #9 Curse of the Ancient Emerald by Franklin W Dixon

 

 

 

Hardy Boys Adventures #8 Deception on the Set – Release Date

#8 in the Hardy Boys Adventures series title is Deception on the Set and the 160 page book will be available Feb. 3rd, 2015. ISBN: 9781481414067

Which one of the upcoming titles catches your attention the most?

#6 Battle of Bayport

#7 Shadows at Predator Reef

#8 Deception on the Set

Newest news on the Hardy Boys Adventures right here! Check back for more info! 🙂 (This is another of my scheduled posts – originally typed the previous week. 😀 )

Update #1 ~ HBA #8 Deception on the Set cover ~

Hardy Boys Adventures 8 Deception on the Set by Franklin W Dixon

Update #2 ~ The price for Deception on the Set, and I’m guessing the ones after that as well, has increased a whole dollar from $5.99 US dollars to $6.99 USD. You can find them for less either on sale new at various booksellers or used.

Hardy Boys Adventures #7 Shadows at Predator Reef Cover Art

Check out the extremely dangerous scene on the cover art for #7, Shadows at Predator Reef, in the Hardy Boys Adventures! Looks pretty cool! 😀 Love the lighting and wow, do the sharks look real or what?!?!?! Please swim faster, Hardy brothers! Some dolphins to arrive real soon would be great! 😎 Awesome cover!

Hardy Boys Adventures Shadows at Predator Reef by Franklin W. Dixon cover