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The Secret of the Caves (Hardy Boys, Book 7) Hardcover – May 1, 1929
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There is a certain charm to the Hardy Boys. These books are of a more wholesome time in which everybody seems to be part of a Lake Wobegon where all the women are pretty, all the men strong, and all the children above average. Forgive me the comparison, but I am from Minnesota. Seriously, the comparison fits as all the main characters are smart, strong, and courageous and always up to the task, even the girls. On one hand, all the Hardy Boys novels are a little silly, but they are such good tales for young boys and girls, even the ones that are not quite as good. "The Secret of the Caves" has a bit too many fortunate coincidences that are not so much a result of the sleuthing of the Hardys as plain good luck. That is a drawback here, but as with all of the earliest Hardy Boys novels, "The Secret of the Caves" remains good fun.
During the boys investigation they come across a huge complex of caves. During their stay in the cavern the boys have their stuff stolen, and are threatened. What could be so important that someone would want to chase the Hardy Boys away?
I have been a big fan of the Hardy Boys since I was a child. However, I found this particular book to be less enjoyable than some of the other books. The main reason is that the author appeared to know little about the military and military construction, and his description of the sabotage at the radar site would have involved the FBI and much heavier security, among other details. However, if you can get over the minor annoyances, the basic story has some interesting twists.
As I noted in my review of Hardy Boys #6, "The Shore Road Mystery," the author seemed to have a fixation on caves. The five previous books in the series had caves and the next story has a cave. I guess caves are just very mysterious places along with being great criminal hangouts.
Though the Hardy Boys series is written in a relatively archaic fashion, as reading material for an increasingly younger audience they are excellent. The stories were once recommended for children ages 10 to 14.Read more ›
Contrary to other reviewers, this was one of my favorite of the Hardy Boys series. In fact, I can remember many times drawing military fortifications in hidden equipment from 4-7th grade on the sides of my notebooks, in imitation of the criminals who hid their gear in the caves in this book. It is more suspenseful than most, and stylistically and in story line will not appeal to those with a tremendous amount of life experience or grandkids, but for the teenage boy I think that it is nearly universally priceless.
Perhaps the best gift to give a son or a nephew or a close family friend between the ages of 8-14 is a series of Hardy Boys books, this being one of the better ones.
(I should note that though I have read all of the Sherlock Holmes stories, as there are only two books, this is not too logistically difficult. By contrast, I have read about 40-55 Hardy Boys books, but I strongly suspect that there are many more than this.)
From the outset of this one, the boys are on the trail of Saboteurs, and asked by their father to help him. Also, they're asked by a pretty young girl, to help find her brother. As usual, we have two stories, or two subplots that merge into one plot by the end. We get small parts of Fenton Hardy's mystery, and get to follow all of the Boy's adventure.
I won't go into the ending much, as I don't want to spoil it for others. But, I will say that the ending on this one is much shorter than most Hardy Boy books.
In this adventure, the Boys and Biff and Chet go camping at the Honeycomb caves, so that Chet can use his latest hobby, a metal detector. He's searching for treasure that may have washed ashore there. At first, the Boys are going with Biff & Chet, but have to bow out when Fenton asks them to help him. But, during the course of their investigation of the missing man, they are led to the same destination as Biff & Chet. So, they all end up going to the caves together. Like I mentioned earlier, they really had to rough it at the caves. Because of that, it doesn't appeal to me as much as some others. They really rough it in their next story too! I guess it was a recurring theme perhaps, when the stories were re- written.
But, as usual, they are good role models for kids (except for an occasional fight). And, they get along extremely well for siblings, though they actually disagree once in this story!Read more ›
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In third grade, I picked up my first Hardy Boys book, The Secret of the Caves. But I didn’t finish it because I got distracted by The Chronicles of Narnia. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers
Hardy boys are always the most wholesome action packed detective stories even if for mostly a younger audience. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Flwry_Pwr
Great book for Hardy Boy book lovers. These books really motivated my son to read more and more.Published 3 months ago by Happy shopper in TN
I loved the book!!!!! Hardy boy and nancy Drew are my favorite stories!!!!!!💜Published 6 months ago by Shaggy/Fred/scooby doo girl💜