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The Mark on the Door (Hardy Boys #13) Hardcover – June 1, 1934
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Published By: Simon and Schuster
Date Released: 1995
Length: 175 pages
Author: Franklin W. Dixon
"Frank spotted the tapered metal mast to starboard, generating a tiny wave as it moved through the water. `I see it now, Joe!' `Let's take a closer look!' His brother cried. Frank turned the wheel and advanced the throttle as they sped toward the periscope, but suddenly it sank beneath the waves." Have you ever read any of the Hardy Boys Books? If you haven't you don't know what you're missing. They are the best books ever published. They are a mysterious type of book. They put you right in the middle of the action.
My strongest reason for reading this book is because it has a problem that needs a solution. Every good book has a problem. In this case they need to find out what happened to the missing cargo. Did someone steal the cargo, or is it just been miss placed? You have to continue to read to see what really happens.
Another good reason for reading this book is because it has an interesting plot. Most good books have an Interesting plot. This book is about four young men investigating to find out what came about with the missing cargo. They go to Mazatlan, Mexico to speak with people who they think might have some information about the missing people and cargo. Part of what makes this book so interesting is not only the main problem, but the twists and turns along the way. It keeps you on your toes to keep reading.
In a similar fashion this was a good book because it has real life characters. You can picture these characters walking down a sidewalk talking in Downtown, Somerset. They are like normal people.Read more ›
The Hardy Boys, Frank and Joe, along with their dad, Fenton, travel to Mexico to locate a missing witness in oil stock swindle.
Along the way, they rescue a kidnapped Mexican boy and get invited to his father's hacienda, where they meet a mysterious Yaqui Indian who aids them on their quest.
All the threads come together as the Boys and their father are captured by the murderous Vincenzo and his band of cut-throats.
There's plenty of action and adventure here as the Hardy Boys battle their way free and solve the case!
The story itself is creative and original, unlike some of the other Hardy Boys novels I've read. It is bursting with twists and surprises, and you'll find yourself hanging once you reach the climax of the story. The baffling mystery of the mark on the door whisks the boys and their pals far away to both the isolated and busy parts of Mexico, to question villagers and hunt down elusive suspects. You will end up holding your breath when you read about the Hardys misfortune-Capture! Like all the other books, the Hardys escape narrowly and enjoy their success after all the crooks are rounded up.
This is a story you will enjoy thoroughly, recommended for those 8 and above. However, I think this story will appeal more to Elementary and Middle school students.
Buy this book the first chance you get! Enjoy... <3
The improvements are welcome, in some instances, but by and large they serve to undercut the artistic integrity of "F.W.Dixon's" work on the originals.
In this book in particular, Dixon's carefully wrought phonetics of Mexican speech are completely lost. If at all possible get a copy of the original and compare them - you'll see what I mean.
The bigest loss: Dixon's brilliant metaphorical used of the mark on the door (hence the title) and the misguided "reformation" of the one true Catholic church by Martin Luther. It was no coincidence that Dixon placed this story in the heavily-Catholic Mexican province of Meztazlan, and showed that only a force of evil posts things on doors.
Well, it's still fun to read, but not what it once was.
That's all I'm saying, OK?
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I read all the Hardy Boys books (and even Nancy Drew also) when younger, in my pre-teen days - I have gone back now 35 years later and have begun re-reading them all over again. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Mark Witcher
These books are good because they have action and adventure and they're exciting and I just think the hardy boys are really good books!Published 4 months ago by gamewizard
The book is in great condition go's with my others and the story is more enjoyable to read than the same story rewritten after 1959, I encourage readers to seek out Hardy Boys true... Read morePublished 9 months ago by ed creager
A really nice old classic that I read many years ago & will now re read ... The cover is from the early days when they all had these tan &'dark overlay so I love that it's an... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Dallas Rider
I loved the part where they find out about the communication channel!😄
I recommend this book to people who are interested in danger and cunning thinking.
I bought this as a Christmas gift for a young nephew who reads way above his age level. It's difficult to find appropriate reading materials for him. This was perfect!Published 22 months ago by Cathy
It is nice to have a reliable series of books that you can depend upon to entertain and create a desire in children to read books. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Traveller
AMAZING!!! I LOVE THE PLOT THE CLIMAX AND EVERYTHING ELSE ABOUT IT YOU KNOW THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I'VE EVER READPublished 23 months ago by Ashley Sharp