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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Hardy Boys Adventures #4 Into Thin Air – My Review

Hardy Boys Adventures #4 Into Thin Air Franklin W. Dixon

Hardy Boys Adventure #4, Into Thin Air, is basically the second part of the mystery that began in Hardy Boys Adventures #3 The Vanishing Game. What happens at the end of the 3rd book is the synopsis for this volume. I had my reviews for both of these books pretty much finished a while ago and I’m finally getting them posted. 😳 Trying to get caught up. 🙂

First off, the cover’s cool and once again it’s done by Kevin Keele. 😎 One of the things I like best about this series so far is the great cover art. 🙂

There were some good lines in this book. 😎 Along with some errors in how the Hardys would handle certain situations. I’d hoped for improvement in this one, but instead got really disappointed because the brothers in it actually gave up for a little while after being threatened. 😯 That is NOT the Hardy way and totally wasn’t believable! One of the things I love about the Hardys is that they never give up despite threats, danger, and the odds. The real Hardys don’t give up – in fact, threats just make them more determined. 😎  

Also, Frank and Joe are cool. They, themselves, their characters/personalities, who they are – cool. In this book that wasn’t truly represented. Like at lunch – again where are their friends??!?!?!?! – it sounded like they’re considered unpopular and uncool —–what? I want to mention that actually in school there are some people who are popular and aren’t snobby jerks like in this book and some who are. That goes for those who aren’t so-called “popular” – some aren’t snobby jerks and some are. There are nice people and jerks in school – regardless of whether they’re popular or not. And since Frank and Joe solve crimes and help people, they would be liked by good people, some people would be jealous, and bad people would dislike and fear the Hardys. Just saying. Because it needed to be. 😎

Anyone who knows me is well aware that I’m really into tech stuff. So when there are errors, inconsistencies, it’s very noticeable to me. There were. But that didn’t bother me as much as the “quitting” thing did. I think I’ll say it again – the Hardy Boys never give up. 😎

There was a sneak peek of the next Hardy Boys Adventures, #5, Peril at Granite Peak, at the end of this book. Chet’s in it, so that should be good. Although I already saw one big mistake that I wasn’t  impressed with, but hopefully it’s explained later in the book. Most of the preview looked really good. 🙂

Still hoping for some better mysteries in the future for this series. 🙂 The first two volumes, #1 Secret of the Red Arrow, and #2 Mystery of the Phantom Heist, have some parts I really, really like and are overall better than #3 and #4. Hardy Boys #5 Peril at Granite Peak is available now and I hope to read/review soon. 🙂

The Vanishing Game Cover Art!

Guess what I saw when I checked the Simon and Schuster site (it’s not on the newest site yet) before coming to post on here? 😀 Ok, so if you read the title of this blog entry, you already know! 😉 It’s a great action scene!!! 😎 The cover art is by a third artist for the Hardy Boys Adventure series – Kevin Keele. 🙂 Here it is so you can see how well-done intense and all it is for yourselves:

Hardy Boys Adventures #3 The Vanishing Game by Franklin W. Dixon

As posted before, Hardy Boys Adventures #3 The Vanishing Game will be released on the 4th of June. 🙂 Wait for it! 😀 Mostly because we have to. 😛 Wow, that’s a long time for Joe to have to hang on to Frank….but he can do it. 😀 I hope. 😮

Extra info: it’s noted on there that the cover art is not final, but it looks cool to me! 🙂