Hardy Boys Adventures #14 Attack of the Bayport Beast ~ My Review

An entertaining read for this new Hardy Boys book, the 14th volume of the ongoing Hardy Boys Adventures series! 🙂 As Joe says in the book “Sounds like a mystery.” 😎 Yep! 🙂 Plenty of cool things to enjoy about this one! : the Hardy brothers – of course!, mysterious real and faux clues to discern, humor, bravery, along with a range of fun to intense sleuthing. The first chapter sets a good tone for the rest of the book by starting things off in a humorous and fun way. Already there are some great quotes as Frank, Joe, and their friend Hector are checking out the sci-fi convention in Bayport ~

I felt like I was babysitting two toddlers who were distracted by every toy they came across. ~ Frank Hardy

 😆 Haha! 😆 And then Frank talking about reality shows ~

Just because it’s called reality doesn’t mean it’s real

So very, very true, Mr. Hardy!!!! 😎

The cover art is really cool showing an excellent action scene. 😎

The brother team of Frank and Joe are ready for this challenge – an unusual mystery that needs to be investigated. It starts to become more dangerous and ominous as the book goes on. They have to be ready and observant as well as brave while they sleuth for clues. I really enjoyed catching the clues as they were woven into the mystery. 😎

Camping was cool with the descriptions of the national forest being really good – you could feel like you were there. There’re definitely some scary intense scenes. Of course camping is usually in tents, but also intense in this adventure!! 😉 Truly. Like Joe said about dealing with each serious thing “One catastrophe at a time.”

I love that the writer notes that Frank and Joe can see clues as if they were written out. An accurate description of the well-honed detective skills. I like it and really appreciate it when the writing reflects their great ability as detectives. Like it was in this book and others; that can be done without them knowing everything or knowing nothing. I always appreciate when the writer remembers, as this one did, that they are observant detectives, as opposed to some books where the characters are written like they don’t even have the basic concepts of Basic Detective Skills 101 down.

I’m glad the writer has them intrigued about the mystery of why there were claims of sightings while not believing it.

I have to say that “cool” and “zombie movie” are contrary, disconnected concepts and words. And millions of years is an archaic theory that remains unproven.

Some intriguing twists to the mystery. As I mentioned already, I enjoyed figuring out clues and potential reasons for what was going on. I was pretty sure that some things that had happened were important factors to what was going on. Good pace to the book, too.

Absolutely thought the poetic justice was very appropriate during the finale scene of the book.

The brother team, the sleuthing, the humor were great and I really enjoyed the book. 🙂 This I will want to read again – I’m glad I have this Hardys Boys Adventures in paperback. 😎

You can check out the paperback, hardcover, or ebook at bookstores, physical and online, and at your local library. 😎

 

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The Hardy Boys #5-#8 Collector Cover Art Plus Lots More Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew News!

New collector covers coming 17th Oct, 2017 –
The Hardy Boys #5 Hunting for Hidden Gold
The Hardy Boys #6 The Shore Road Mystery
The Hardy Boys #7 The Secret of the Caves
The Hardy Boys #8 The Mystery of Cabin Island

Of the current covers, my favorite is #5 Hunting for Hidden Gold, and one of my all-time faves among all Hardy Boys books. The outdoor scenes on all four are cool-looking (not just literally like the snow on #8 The Mystery of Cabin Island. 😉 ) I like the cliffs and caves on #5 Hunting for Hidden Gold, #6 The Shore Road Mystery and #7 The Secret of the Caves – they look like fun to see and explore in the book. You can almost hear the water rolling onto the shore on The Secret of the Caves. Naturally, since I love The Hardy Boys books, it’s hard waiting – while simultaneously dreading – the collector cover art reveal. 😛 I try to always be optimistic and hope for the best. Keep it tuned here to see ’em! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 Quite a few of the Hardy Boys ebooks are on sale @Amazon 4.99 (USD) reg. 7.99/8.99, including one of my favorites as mentioned earlier 😉 , #5 Hunting for Hidden Gold. 😎 Some of the Hardy Boys Undercover Brothers, including another one of my favorites, #19 Foul Play, are also on sale 4.99 (USD) reg. 5.99. 😎 Great time to get some great mysteries! Cool detective brothers, exciting action, and intriguing mysteries. 🙂

Also, the 1st chapter for Hardy Boys Adventures #14, Attack of the Bayport Beast, is available there, too! 🙂 The book will be available next week! 🙂

Tap/click for the details about ~
Update with cover art and synopsis for Hardy Boys Clue Book #6 A Skateboard Cat-Astrophe.

Hardy Boys Papercutz Graphic Novels 4 in 1 Volume 2  

Nancy Drew Clue Book #8 World Record Mystery

Have a great weekend! 🙂

UPDATE: Here are the four collector covers ~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I want to get the collector cover edition of #7 The Secret of the Caves. 😎

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Dynamite Entertainment Presents The Big Lie #1

Details about the upcoming comic series ~
Title: The Big Lie #1
Release Date: March 8, 2017
Number of pages: 32
Cover A: Faye Dalton
Cover B: Emma Vieceli
Cover C Subscription: Robert Hack
Writer: Anthony Del Col
Art: Werther Dell’Edera
Rating: Teen +
Available Formats: Comic Book, Digital
Cost: 3.99 USD
Cover Art:

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Synopsis From Publisher – Warning from me for anyone, who is a fan of the Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew, who hasn’t seen the plotline yet and doesn’t know the premise of the series – you won’t like what it is, so you might not want to continue reading the post:

THE BIG LIE is a Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mystery unlike any other you’ve ever read…
 
When the teenage brothers Frank and Joe Hardy are accused of the murder of their father – a detective in the small resort town of Bayport – they must team up with the femme fatale Nancy Drew to prove their innocence (and find the real guilty party in the process) in a twisting, hard-boiled tale, complete with double-crosses, deceit and dames.

That plot isn’t entertaining sounding at all to me. I was optimistically (as well as cautiously) excited back in the summer (before I knew about the plot) when I first heard about the 2017 comics from Dynamite Entertainment that was supposed to be Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. I love the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, and I love a lot of comics, too. I don’t tend to read T (Teen) rated comics. They’re usually overdone, unrealistic, and don’t grab me. I prefer All Ages comics that my HB/ND reading sib of mine will read, too. I’d put off posting since I prefer to talk only about books I’m enthusiastic about, but I did need to say something for everyone asking me about it. I started writing this as soon as I saw about it, and got most of it done then.

The press release on 12/20/16 from Dynamite Entertainment included the book synopsis that effectively killed my excitement for their comic book series. There are some pretty obvious Hardy and Nancy errors in the short write-up. According to the press release, they want to quote “bring the iconic teen detectives into the modern age” unquote. You cannot “bring” someone into the modern age who is already here!!!! 🙄 The Hardy Boys and Nancy have been here! The press release wasn’t very long and oddly over-emphasized modern, which makes me think they don’t know that the Hardys and Nancy are still solving crimes in more modern times than say, 1927 and 1930 when the Hardys and Nancy Drew book series first began, respectively. Okay, so obviously not everyone realizes there have been many new Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books, including comic books/graphic novels during more modern times than the 1920s and 1930s. When publishers say “modern” – that is an advertising tactic, gimmick/ploy, and, I think, assumes that we are gullible. New Hardy Boys books and Nancy Drew books since the ’20s and ’30s, in the 21st century includes ones from:

  • The Hardy Boys (Mystery Stories) 1927-2005 #1-#190, the whole series of The Undercover Brothers, the currently running series Hardy Boys Adventures, with the next volume, #14, Attack of the Bayport Beast, available Feb. 21, 2017. 😎
  • Nancy Drew (Mystery Stories) 1930-2003 #1-#175, Girl Detective (whole series), Nancy Drew Diaries, the current series, has a new one, #14 Riverboat Roulette released this week (on the 3rd to be exact). 😎

Case solved. 😎

Here’s another quote from the press release:

“Writer Del Col, a big fan of the characters, conceived this unique take years ago and worked to find and secure the license with Dynamite to bring this tale to life.

“I often come up with a lot of bizarre ideas, and two years ago I had this vision of a modern-day noir story with femme fatale Nancy Drew aiding accusing criminals the Hardy Boys,” says writer Anthony Del Col. “It was an idea that, upon further thought, actually wasn’t that bizarre. And now Werther, Dynamite, and I are using it as a launching pad to examine who these characters really are, and why they’re still so beloved.”

If you change their personalities, their character, you can’t examine who they really are, and if you change their personalities, doesn’t that mean you don’t like who they really are? Otherwise, you wouldn’t change them and instead you would write an exciting story with the actual Hardy Boys and Nancy solving a crime. I believe “aiding accusing” was supposed to read “accused”. And Nancy as a femme fatale is inaccurate and definitely is “that bizarre”.

“…and why they’re still so beloved.”

I can tell you why they are still so beloved – it’s why I love them. ❤ The brothers, Frank and Joe Hardy, and Nancy Drew ~ they are good, ethical, moral, fighting on the side of good, inspiring, never give up attitude, helping others, cool, exciting, thrilling mysteries, fight for righting wrong, fighting evil, their code of ethics, sense of honor, their moral code, their survival of the numerous attempts on their lives for doing the right thing and stopping bad people. One of the reasons Nancy is still loved and so successful is that she isn’t a femme fatale! You can’t calculate the variable to solve the equation if you change any of the terms of the formula; you’re not going to be able to get an accurate answer.

Another part of the press release, this quote from Dynamite Entertainment’s CEO/Publisher, Nick Barrucci “We wanted to do a take on the iconic characters the world grew up on…” Why ignore everyone not grown up yet? o_O I mean, hello, there are still many in the world still growing up and still reading the real Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew stories. 🙄

There are many, many Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew fans around the world that this will not appeal to. There are probably some non-Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew fans who will be pleased to read about the implied tragedy and the mischaracterization. Of course some HB and ND fans will read this series because they have to read just about everything with those characters’ names in them.

Some people might scoff at me for my youthful ideologies and hopefulness – so be it. 😎

The Plot ~
The premise of “the murder of their father” is horrific and terribly upsetting. Why does anyone think they have to make it look like a regular character gets killed? Most Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew readers care about the characters – and don’t want them killed. Then for the brothers to be falsely accused like that is bizarre. Regardless of what this particular series does, Fenton is alive. 😎

The Hardys have had to deal with many different crimes in The Hardy Boys Mysteries (1927-2005 #1-#190) as has Nancy with her series. They’ve solved some extremely dangerous cases that of course had danger and violence – after all, when someone is trying to kill you, that’s not a friend request, that’s very intense danger. They’re risk their lives to stop these violent wrongdoers. The Hardy Boys Mysteries (1927-2005) are definitely mysterious and dangerous with a lot of excitement and intense cases to solve. Check out what they’ve fought: Drug smuggling? Check. Murders? Check. Arson? Check. Kidnapping? Check. Hazing? Check. Theft? Check. Extortion? Check. Blackmail? Check. Greed? Check. And not just once on these things. Plus, there’re more crimes besides those that they’ve solved.

One of the many things I love about the Hardy brothers and Nancy is that so often, they prevent murders. Isn’t that the goal? Isn’t it preferable to stop a murder before it happens? Yes, it is.

The Incorrect Details/Mischaracterization (just from what I’ve seen so far) ~
Um, femme fatale Nancy Drew? Who can’t picture Nancy rolling her eyes at that? Seriously. She would laugh! If you want to write something totally different, please don’t take the names of well-known, well-loved established characters, with character, and try to tell us you’re writing the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew! Nancy is not the only one rolling her eyes! The definition of femme fatale is NOT Nancy Drew. All anyone has to do to find that fact out very easily is to look up the definition in a dictionary and read some real Nancy Drew books. In fact, I’ll post the definition so no one has to look it up. The French literal translation is fatal/disastrous woman. A femme fatale is a seductress who leads men to destruction – a Delilah.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary Definition of Femme Fatale: a seductive woman who lures men into dangerous or compromising situations.

Yeah, Nancy Drew, not a femme fatale. She’s a brave, courageous, intelligent, nice, kind, compassionate, decent, and inspiring female.

Bonus error in synopsis that isn’t as important as the others and that would have been ignored by me, but once a reader gets irritated then it’s harder to ignore stuff: Bayport is not a resort town. Now the whole town of Bayport is laughing at that one.

I have more promo pics of the comic, but one of them has morbid, crime scene photos laying on the table of the interrogation room, that is entirely inappropriate and I’m not posting it.

The title, The Big Lie, is fitting.

The Bottom Line ~
No matter what, whatever this series says, Frank and Joe’s dad, Fenton, is alive.

I love reading the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, that’s pretty obvious from just a quick glance at my blog here. They are great characters. I respect them and appreciate others who actually love and respect them, too. You guys, I recommend you skip this one, unless it turns into a better mystery. There is absolutely no reason to be dragged through this. It’s depressing and I really don’t appreciate having to not only be not enthusiastic about this particular series that I had been looking forward to, but also having to even give it any amount of time during fun holidays. 🙄 There were other Dynamite Entertainment comics that I saw online that I was going to try, like The Green Hornet looked cool, but now when I see the publisher’s company name, I think of this depressing, horrific comic. However, I do want to be fair, so if I find out that this is a better mystery than how it is currently appearing, then I will adjust my words to reflect this.

If you want to read the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, there are so many good ones to read. 😎 If it’s a comic/graphic novel you want to read or re-read, check out Papercutz’s Hardy Boys #5 Sea You, Sea Me, #12 Dude Ranch, #3 Mad House to name a few and Nancy Drew #20 and #21 High School Musical Mystery, Parts 1 and 2. They will be much more enjoyable. 😎

 

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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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The Hardy Boys #2 The House on the Cliff ~ My Review

If you love action and excitement, you will likely want to check out, along with the Hardy brothers, Frank and Joe, The House on the Cliff, and find out what the deal is there. 😉 Directions on how to reach it is easy, but once there it’s up to the reader and the Hardys. When reading The Hardy Boys The House on the Cliff, you’ll fight drug smugglers, search for clues, be there for exciting rescues, and solve the puzzling mysteries! 😎 Lots of cool action in this one!

I love mysterious houses and the house on the cliff definitely qualifies. Secret hiding places, etc. to search and explore. You can picture it all. Mysterious strangers, clues, suspects, sounds, are all in this mystery, waiting for you to investigate these things with the Hardys! 😎 You have to watch out for the bad guys – a deadly gang whose greed makes them ruthless and treacherous. They will attempt to outsmart you, but don’t let them trick you.

Also, a cool thing that you can find in this Hardy Boys mystery, as well as others, is the fact that Joe and Frank’s mom, Laura, keeps up with the cases and mysteries. I love that the whole family is close and there for each other. That’s the way it should be – a mother and father who care about their offspring, and the love and respect that all four Hardy family members have for one another. 😎

The search for Frank and Joe’s dad, Fenton, who’s been missing, and the action, danger, and excitement that comes with that is great! 😎 None of them ever give up and they take the dangerous risks they need to with courage and determination. That’s one of the many things I love about the Hardy Boys (and Nancy Drew, of course!) books. 😎 I learned cool things, too, when reading this book, another great thing about it. Plus, there are interesting characters, such as Pretzel Pete, to help in the search as well, with clues to assist the Hardy brothers. Biff, Tony, and Chet also help – Biff has a date, so he’s pretty anxious to get back. 😀 Their friends are there for them, though! 😎

Great intense scenes, particularly in the second half of the book, and of course there is danger and action throughout the mystery. The great brother team of Frank and Joe have to race against time as they search for their dad. They help each other and look out for each other as brothers should. 😎

The House on the Cliff has a number of favorite cool and exciting scenes that I love to read. The exciting finale has great Hardy action. An intriguing, suspenseful mystery and the Hardy brothers – you can’t miss. 😎

the-hardy-boys-collector-cover-for-2-the-house-on-the-cliff-by-franklin-w-dixonIn May of this year, the book was released with a collector cover and it is really cool! 🙂 And of course the cover art prior to that is also very cool! 😀 I love ’em both. 😀

The Hardy Boys #2 The House on the Cliff is available in hardcover as well as in ebook at your favorite booksellers and also should be at your local libraries. 🙂 Check it out for mystery, action, adventure and the Hardy brothers! 😎 This book is must-read for Hardy fans as they do the right thing and never give up! 😎

 

 

 

 

 

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Hardy Boys Papercutz Graphic Novels News!

hardy-boys-adventures-graphic-novels-1Guess what? 😀 The Hardy Boys graphic novels will be published in paperback again and such a deal! 😎 It will be 4 stories in 1. These are the same stories as the Papercutz Undercover Brothers graphic novels (and as you know, I have some faves in this series!) and they have the Hardy Boys Adventures logo on them. This is like the Nancy Drew graphic novels that had been called Girl Detective and are now Nancy Drew Diaries with two of the previously published Girl Detective mysteries per volume.

The Hardy Boys Adventures #1 will be available November 8th, 2016, in paperback and ebook. It contains 384 pages (since it’s four graphic novels in one volume) and is 5 inches wide and 7.5 inches in height.

hardy-boys-adventures-graphic-novels-2The release date for The Hardy Boys Adventures #2 is April 25, 2017, also with 384 pages and four stories in the volume.

For each volume the paperback price is 15.99 (USD) and 9.99 for ebook.

So for all of us who don’t have each volume that we would like to have in paperback or for the ones we haven’t gotten to read yet, it’ll be easier to find, plus be a deal. 🙂 Check back here for an update when I reveal what four books are in each of the first two volumes. 🙂

 

 

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The Hardy Boys Papercutz Graphic Novel #5 Sea You, Sea Me ~ My Review

The fifth volume of the Hardy Boys Papercutz series, Sea You, Sea Me, is the very first Hardy Boys graphic novel that I read. It had already been out a while then when I saw a preview on Amazon of the opening action with the fencing scenes, and I was like, okay, that’s cool! 😀 Great artwork, witty banter, and the awesome brother team of Frank and Joe stopping anyone who needs to be stopped. It’s definitely one of my favorites. 😎

This is one of Frank and Joe’s many thrilling adventures where they must face serious obstacles. I enjoy cheering them on as they do a great job fighting evil. 😎

As I already mentioned, the action scenes right off the bat with Frank and Joe taking on bad guys in a fencing showdown is so cool! 🙂 I enjoy the comments and love the cool artwork. It’s also fun when the brothers get their next assignment. They’re anxious to see what it is as are you and me as the readers. In this case, they have to head up to Maine from Bayport, New York. 😎

Before they even reach the location of their assignment, which is to find out what the deal is on a fishing vessel, the brothers are propelled into action when they see danger they can do something about.That’s one of the reasons I love ’em. They see what needs to be done and they do that without hesitation. 😎

Hardy Boys Graphic Novel #5 Sea You Sea Me from PapercutzThere’s plenty of danger and excitement once on the ship, with suspects to question and an intense storm on the sea to survive. Plus, fighting a fire after an explosion and needing to circumvent attempts on their lives during all of the dangerous situations. The brothers are there for each other and know that they’re the only ones, humanly speaking, aboard the ship who they can definitely rely on and trust.:cool:

It’s really hard not to share all of my favorite scenes, but for anyone who hasn’t read the book yet, I know you’d want to read it yourself and see what happens. I love it that the brother teamwork is strong and I really enjoy seeing them stop bad people.They help people and are very brave. 😎

Joe’s ongoing fish puns are fun and Frank’s banter back about them. 😎

Frank’s swim meet at the end of the book with Joe encouraging his brother and joking around’s cool and fun. 😎 Yet another fave scene from the book! 🙂 😎

Hardy Boys Graphic Novel #5 Sea You, Sea Me is available in paperback and hardback at libraries, used booksellers, and also the volume is in the digital format of the ebook device of your choice. 🙂 A great read and re-read. 😀 Check it out for exciting adventure and action with the Hardy brothers! 😎

 

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The Hardy Boys are The Clues Brothers #13 Pirates Ahoy! ~ My Review

Nine year old Frank and eight year old Joe Hardy are the Clues Brothers – and treasure hunters! 😎 Pirates Ahoy! is a fun adventure mystery with some good-natured humor included! Who can resist a treasure map? Not the Hardys and Chet – and not me or my sib! 😀 I’m glad we went on the treasure hunt with the Hardys brothers and Chet. 🙂

On the cover you see Joe, Chet, and Frank intently studying a treasure map. The parrot on Joe’s shoulder is quite a character. It’s not Playback, but this parrot is also a smart-aleck one named Horatio Crackerblower. 😛 Horatio is the pet of Captain Sid, also quite a character. Captain Sid owns Captain Sid’s Treasure Cove, a sailing souvenir shop located near the Bayport Marina that the boys go to. 😎

Hardy Boys Clues Brothers 13 Pirates Ahoy by Franklin W Dixon

As mentioned already, there’s some fun humor mixed in with the intriguing mystery. I like looking around the shop, although the dust threatened to make me sneeze a lot. Searching around is fun. Frank, Joe, and Chet are determined to find out if pirates ever stopped in Bayport, plus follow a map to treasure. 😎

So, do they find treasure? Gelt? Do they find proof that pirates were ever in Bayport? Does Chet keep his cookies when they try to go sailing? Well, mateys, you’ll have to read and discover for yerselves! (I couldn’t go through the whole review without a bit of pirate talk! 😆 ) You can search and find a used paperback copy of the Clues Brothers #13 Pirates Ahoy! for a good price or buy it in digital form in the ebook of your choice. Definitely a fun summer read! 🙂 😎

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Coming in 2017 ~ All-New Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Graphic Novels, Comics, and Manga!

Guess what, guess what?!?!? 😀 Ok, so, if you’ve read the title of this post you’ve already picked up some clues to the news! 😉 Are you ready for more Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew comics/graphic novels? 😀 I know I’m ready, and as long as the writers stay true to the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew characters, I will love them! 😎 ❤ At this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego, CA, in July, it was announced by New Jersey’s Dynamite Entertainment that they will be publishing all-new, original Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew graphic novels, manga, and periodical comic books for all ages. 😎

These all-new original series comes from an exclusive arrangement Dynamite Entertainment has secured with Simon and Schuster, who owns the rights to the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books. The books will begin to be available in 2017. More details coming – keep checking back! 🙂

I hope that the graphic novels, manga, and periodical comic books all will be written and treated with the respect Frank, Joe, and Nancy deserve. 😎 How the characters are written and portrayed is a major factor of whether I like a book or not.

Are you excited? 😀 Vote on the “2017 Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Comics, Graphic Novels, and Manga Poll“! 🙂

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Straight from the Books – Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Facts 4 – What Digest Already?

   As Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew fans, we love mysteries! 😎 Sometimes there seems to be a mystery concerning book facts where there’s not an enigma really, just misinformation. The main Hardy Boys series, #1-#190, and the main Nancy Drew series #1-#175,  are the series to refer to about details and facts, in regards to other series or even within the main series, for established character personalities. That real information can be found in the individual volumes consistently reflecting the character’s real characteristics. A small number of books I’ve read in those two series so far have fallen victim to ghostwriters’ discrepancies and errors at times.

   It’s not an unusual occurence to come across something online that is incorrect. One of those inaccurate things would be referring to any of The Hardy Boys books or Nancy Drew books as “Digests”. There’s no such thing as a “Digest” series for the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew. It’s a totally made-up fallacy. No mystery about the facts because it is easily confirmed. There isn’t actually a separate series called “Digests” for the Hardys or Nancy. Calling any of the books Digests isn’t accurate – neither the books nor the publishers refer to them as such. The main/real deal/essential series is The Hardy Boys, as referred to in the books and by the publishers, and also as The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories or Hardy Boys Mysteries. Both the Hardy Boys series, started in 1927, and the Nancy Drew series, started in 1930, came from the creative genius of Edward Stratemeyer, whose characters, Frank, Joe, and Nancy, have been solving mysteries ever since then. 😎

   The Hardy Boys main series went into the 21st century, with new mysteries being written and published into 2005. The volumes of this series, not surprisingly, go from #1 through #190 and there’s also The Hardy Boys Detective Handbook. 😎

   The Nancy Drew Mysteries also went into the 21st century, having started in 1930, with newly written and published stories to November 2003. There are 175 volumes in the Nancy Drew series, numbered clearly and for a reason, beginning with #1 naturally, plus the Nancy Drew Sleuth Book. 😎

   The consecutive numbering provide huge clues that those books are the same series. So there’s really no mystery about that for the Hardys or Nancy.

   I don’t understand why anyone would make up some name like Digests that is incorrect and very easily shown not to be accurate. It’s also misleading, I think, and kinda divisive. I’m really not into any of that. I wouldn’t even refer to it on here, but that was one of the things I wanted to address on my blog since you can come across that misinformation online. Finding it on a wiki page or any site simply means someone entered that incorrect info, maybe without knowing it’s inaccurate. I’m sure everyone knows that there are correct things and false things found online, so coming across it on the internet doesn’t make something true.

   Proof of evidence is in the books themselves. If you get any of the Hardy Boys books, whether it’s #100 or #190, check inside the book. Yeah, don’t be surprised when you don’t find the books being called “Digests” anywhere in there.

   Also, I think it’s cool to note that only one series is called “The Hardy Boys” and one series called “Nancy Drew”. The alternate universe series have different series titles. 😎

   Now you know. The Hardy Boys series – Hardy Boys Mystery Stories – #1-#190 1927-2005 – one series. Nancy Drew Series – Nancy Drew Mystery Stories – #1-#175 1930-2003 – also all one series. One of several ways you can tell is from the sequential numbering of the books, as in there’s only one #1 in The Hardy Boys series and the Nancy Drew series. 😎

 

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Have an Opinion? Take a Poll!

I’ll be adding more polls to The Hardy Boys Books and Nancy Drew Books blog, including for The Hardy Boys vs the 4 collector covers, plus one of just the collector covers. 🙂 The first one, I’m so proud of this title that I worked so hard on ( 😉 ) The Hardy Boys Collector Cover Poll #1, is up now! 🙂 Plenty more polls coming! 😀

Have fun and share your opinion! 🙂

Plus, here’s the link to the page, The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Polls, on here that will have links to all of the polls – which, once posted, are always available. 😀

 

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The Hardy Boys #161 Training for Trouble ~ My Review

You know there’s going to be a lot of great action when a new combat sports training facility opens in Bayport, New York! It has archery (cool!), judo (cool!), and fencing (cool!)! It also has danger – lots of it – as Iola and Frank find out firsthand in the beginning of the book and then later Joe! 😮 And they’re not the only ones. So they need to find out what’s going on with the sabotage hitting the facility, investigate the motives of the suspects and stop the potentially deadly situations fast.

   “When they say this is the Combat Sports Training Facility, they really mean it, don’t they?” Joe asked his brother.
“Yeah,” Frank agreed. “Tonight somebody took the name a little too seriously.”

A lot happens in the book without it being too much, which is cool and a good balance. The writing style is enjoyable and believable. That is very much appreciated and makes a great Hardy Boys mystery.

It’s great that Joe and Frank’s girlfriends, Iola and Callie, are in the book. They’re cool characters. 😎 Also cool are the Hardys brothers’ parents. The Hardy brothers dad, Fenton, is away taking care of hackers in California and their mom, Laura, is very strong holding things down in Bayport. I like how good and strong both Fenton and Laura are. 😎


Con Riley, as the book notes, is a friend of theirs from the Bayport Police Department, also makes an appearance during the action of the case. Con’s a good guy and has helped the brothers on many cases. 😎


So many great scenes that I’d love to tell you about. I love Joe’s brave rescue that saved a visitor’s life. I like that Frank’s proud of Joe. 😎 Quote from Training for Trouble: ‘”No way this will work,’ someone said.” And that’s why it’s good that not just those with that attitude were there. That someone was wrong. One of the reasons I love the Hardy Boys books (and Nancy Drew books) that I’ve enjoyed reading, is the never give up attitude. No matter what, if something is good and right, such as saving a life, you never give in to doubters and negativity regardless of the threat.


I did say there’s plenty of action and danger throughout the book and you won’t want to put it down. You just can’t! Like when Joe gets injured at one point – scary! And calm Frank helping him. Good brothers. Then there’s some much needed humor a short time later, which, like in real life, is so essential to survival! 😎


So you’ve got clues for the dangerous mystery, suspects, motives, danger, courage, excitement, mystery, brotherly love, humor – all in there! 😎 Do they stop the sabotage and culprit(s) in time? What, you think I’m going to spill that? Gotta read and find out! 😉

The Hardy Boys #161 Training for Trouble is a great HB mystery and I’ve read it more than once so far – and I plan to read it again. It’s an exciting read every time. Check your booksellers and libraries for this book (in paper or ebook) to see what all danger can be found when training for trouble! 😎

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