Hardy Boys Adventures #17

Here’s the link to my post from a couple of days ago that I did on my 2nd blog for Frank and Joe Hardy and Nancy Drew and their crews, about Hardy Boys Adventures #17 – details incoming! 😀 Stay tuned – more to come! :Hardy Boys Adventures #17 Gray Hunter’s Revenge – Details

 

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Hardy Boys Adventures #15 A Con Artist in Paris ~ My Review

This fifteenth volume of the Hardy Boys Adventures series, A Con Artist in Paris, is a unique adventure, without a doubt. I enjoy reading and discussing books with my Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew reading buddy sibling. 😎 That’s always my favorite part, whether I love a book, like it, find it just okay, or if I don’t like a book. Warning: some spoilers ahead in this review, so if you want to wait until after you read the book, I understand. 🙂 There were some interesting aspects to the book at times. A flying car, a submersible scooter, and a drone appealed to me in the mystery since I’m a tech nerd girl. 😀 As always, I love the brother teamwork, and also the good humor. 🙂

Frank and Joe are in Paris, France, going to meet up with their dad, who’s attending the IPAD (International Professional Association of Detectives) conference being held at a hotel there. They are waiting for Fenton’s flight to arrive. One section was supposed to be from Frank about the conference. It sounded very braggy. Frank and Joe aren’t braggarts. Hopefully, but kinda doubt it, that was tongue-in-cheek, cause they don’t have any need to brag – they are too cool and too smart.

Chief Olaf was very annoying. He had no right to answer for the brothers when Inspector Devereux asked who they were. And Fenton didn’t and wouldn’t leave them in his care. He wouldn’t place his sons in such a situation because he met Chief Olaf before, knows what he’s like and would recognize him as a bit of a pompous ass and a liability. Frank and Joe Hardy are very capable and don’t need a babysitter! I’m indignant for them – I would be so very annoyed at Chief Olaf’s self-appointed, self-important bossing them around. France is out of his jurisdiction. 

“I figure it’s my job to keep an eye on you boys until he gets here,” the chief said pointedly.

Later, he claimed ~

“…and your father left you in my care, so unless you want to spend the rest of your vacation in your rooms…”

That isn’t true. He presumptuously appointed himself. He had no authority. Grrrrr. 😡 Also, there would be absolutely no need to install a GPS app as he was demanding to install on their phones, because there already would be that capability. 

“We both groaned. Then we gave him our phones.”

No way. They would have said, politely and respectfully, but firmly, no, that isn’t okay, not going to happen. 🙄

Activists can be good or bad – it totally depends on what they are about. They can also just be jerks and loud mouths who want all the money and power for themselves. They could be cowards and bullies – it depends on the person and what they want. Le Stylo, under the pretense of activism, does outlaw art which is actually promoting his artwork, resulting in personal gain in some ways, not monetary since he gives the money from the original art to charity (although the charities should be investigated), but infamy and notoriety. To pull off his outlaw art, he resorts to trespassing, vandalism, littering, and more. 

*sigh* Yeah, some of it just doesn’t sound right. Example: “talk smack” – Frank wouldn’t say that. Not sure who would, but definitely not Frank, or Joe for that matter.

The message wasn’t very clear what Le Stylo was trying to say about Big Ben in London. In the book it said he was trying to say he is for historical preservation, which is good, and speak out against too much tech. It just also could be taken that he thought he was improving it, which he definitely wasn’t. I love helpful technology and good historical things and I’m also for not being overly dependent on technology cos that’s too confining and also not smart. I think Big Ben is really cool and I would love to visit it someday. 😎 🙂

Le Stylo is antiwar and wants the good guys who are fighting (and endangering their own lives for everyone else’s safety) to protect innocent citizens from bad guys who don’t care about laws and break them all over the place, to use a feather fountain pen instead of guns. 🙄 That makes “Le Stylo” sound like he’d be well-loved by those such as the Vichy government in France and their puppetmeisters, the nazis, in World War II – they would appreciate and benefit from his stance. Joe and Frank are not wimpy. Joe and Frank would NOT be impressed and thankfully the book didn’t act like they did approve or like that.. You can like and admire someone for the good things they do, doesn’t mean you have to agree or approve of everything they do. They know that Le Stylo’s illegal actions would be taking time and effort away from the police solving real crimes and away from working to keep people from being hurt. What does Le Stylo want in a situation such as: a bank being held up and the bad guys have an explosive device holding people hostage. Does he want the police to go in there with a le plume stylo to free the hostages? 🙄 I don’t think Le Stylo is evil, he is just somewhat gullible and not too good at thinking through things. Whose side is Le Stylo on when he puts his protest art on police stations? The good police officers are working hard, risking their lives to make sure some murderer doesn’t continue to murder, trying to stop a thief who shoots at another criminal, both who don’t follow the law and trying to make sure a little child isn’t caught in the crooks crossfire. What does Le Stylo want the police to do? Ignoring it doesn’t stop it, sternly telling them to stop doesn’t work. Why doesn’t Le Stylo go to the murderers and thieves and protest them? Of course, it would be better for all bad guys to play nice and not want to do things like murder, hurt, and terrorize people….
but since they do…
…and asking politely for them to stop doesn’t have a high success rate with whackos….
….therefore, thusly, sadly, there’s a need for the good guys to have guns. It would be wonderful for that not to be the case – it’s just not realistic for our present, modern world. I would love for there not to be any evil anywhere. One day there will be no more wars, but it won’t be a result of everyone just giving in to evil people. The Creator of us all is the One to give peace in a person’s soul. Good will win.

A number of things were funny in the mystery, for example: Ratatouille’s (another street artist) Mona Lisa art mash-up made me laugh. 😛 Also, Joe calling Frank Snooty McArtFace when they were discussing “art”. 😛 Frank kidding Chief Olaf:

“Don’t worry, we won’t tell the rest of the department you’re taking a vacation on taxpayers money.”

I didn’t like whenever there was lying – totally unnecessary and not creative. 🙄

I really liked it when the Hardys were in the lobby of their hotel, and an expensive Rolls Royce limo pulled up then the chauffeur got out and walked in, with the snooty Inspector Devereux, who’d been an obnoxious jerk to the Hardy brothers, assumed it was for him, but it was for the Hardys to drive them to a fancy party. 😎 Poetic justice. 😎

Exploring some of a castle while the Hardy brothers were at the party there was fun and seeing the cars, gliders, and such. 😎

The flying car/dune buggy was pretty cool. And in real life you can get one for only 399,900 – such a deal! 😛 That wasn’t in the book that’s just some free info. 😀 It does take a very comedic turn by having the presence of the “big red button” and the older brother pushing said button while they’re in the borrowed car. It could have had disastrous results, that’s why Frank wouldn’t have done that. It was funny and you just have to think of them as two brothers not named Joe and Frank Hardy.

More quotes we enjoyed ~
Joe about the big red button 😛 ~

“I’m usually the one doing the boneheaded things like pressing the red button,” I yelled, frantically trying to figure out the controls as the car soared into the sky over the Seine.

Great line of Joe’s when he landed the flying car 😎 ~

“It may not have been an expert landing, but I think I did pretty well, considering I had no idea what I was doing.”

Frank’s comment about Inspector Devereux’s vehicle 😆 ~

“A funny-looking tiny European car” 

Loved this that Frank said after being woke up by fireworks: “Sumpnwerdsgonon” which is to say “Something weird’s going on.” I translated it without an app. 😀

Joe quote after people were talking about the unidentified flying object that was the flying car 😆 :

“We’ve had secret sources on cases before, but as far as I know, they’ve all been from this galaxy.”

Great advice from detective dad Fenton to detective sons, Joe and Frank 😎 :

“Never trust a suspect. Trust your instincts.”

A character in the book, the art patron, Cyril, kept being referred to as being like Bruce Wayne. Just because he’s a rich dude doesn’t make him cool like Bruce. Batman is cool because he goes after bad people. 😎  One of the detectives asks about Le Stylo: “But how did he climb the blasted thing in the first place? Is he Spider-Man?” No. Spidey actually does something for real to help people. 😎 Not go around making statements through vandalism, littering, trespassing, destruction of public property, disturbing the peace, etc.. It’s just that Le Stylo climbed up the side of a building, using suction cups.

<SPOILER WARNING>I don’t understand why they were such ninnies in the Catacombs. They go into the sewer, and they know the Catacombs are around there then they go through a tunnel and they almost comedically start freaking out. I have no interest in going in or near the Catacombs, and I don’t much like seeing skulls and skeletons. All the studying up on France and stuff that Frank did before the trip would have clued him in.

The one culprit was a thief, but Le Stylo was unethical driving up the price of his paintings. They (the brothers and Le Stylo) seemed somewhat unfair since several of the things they were going on about concerning the culprit was true about Le Stylo. 🙄 Plus, Simone didn’t have to agree to give up her commission, which at first was nothing since he wasn’t very good as well as unknown, as admitted by Le Stylo. Simone could have just said non, merci beaucoup.<END SPOILER>

After pushing aside some cardboard stuff, Frank falls down a chute and somehow the cardboard he’d pushed aside at the top of the chute jumped down the chute, got ahead of Frank and softened his landing. Neat trick.

A little confusing sometimes – in the quiet catacombs a switchblade opening was heard, but yet not the tossing of cardboard?

You could say it was a little cheesy sometimes (like the big red button), if you’ll pardon the expression – a quick Ratatouille joke there. 😆

We liked some parts in the book and to sum up parts of the book we didn’t ~ le oy vey. 🙄 😛 C’est le vie. 

In defense of Joe’s language skills that are often forgotten about – Joe does know more French than indicated in the book.

Entertaining read. Like a fun comedy movie at times. 🙂

Great chapter title (18) that I echo wholeheartedly ~ Vive Les Hardys 😎

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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