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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap; Reprint Edition edition (1947)
  • ASIN: B00128OI2U
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 4.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,926,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Franklin W. Dixon is the pen name used by a variety of different authors (Leslie McFarlane, a Canadian author being the first) who wrote The Hardy Boys novels.

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Is it just me or is this a "yawner" of a plot.
Scott Thiel
The ending is horrible and according to legend McFarlane quit writing the book at Chapter 22 and let his wife finish the rest.
k
I love all Hardy Boy Books, they are filled with great adventure and are all very fun to read.
PAL

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By k on August 15, 2001
Format: Hardcover
It is my opinion that in 1945 after the Syndicate told Leslie McFarlane to make the Hardy's more scientific, he lost interest in writing the series. He declined writing The Secret Panel, but accepted the job writing this volume in 1947. The book however is lame. In plain English, it sucks. There is virtually no plot and little interation between the criminals and the Phantom Freighter, which does not really appear until the final chapters. The ending is horrible and according to legend McFarlane quit writing the book at Chapter 22 and let his wife finish the rest. It would be his last Hardy Boys book, replaced by George Wilson in 1948. The revision mirrors the original and was simply cut down in size. The book lacks suspense, thrills, excitement, humour and adventure. It simply contains the eccentrics of Mr. McClintock a man who is not happy at all with anything. McFarlane at this stage may have been writing about himself. A pitty that the best author the set ever had should make this his Swan song. Original: Rated F Revision: Rated F
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie E. Holder HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I seem to be in the minority for this book, given that the majority of the reviews did not care for it. However, I was less than impressed with the previous book, "The Secret Panel." I thought this book was an improvement. I will say that the mansion with no locks in the previous book was excellent, but the minimal action in the previous book made it a snoozer. This book, on the other hand, has more action, but it has the most obnoxious central character of any Hardy Boys book yet, Thaddeus McClintock.

Thaddeus McClintock is eccentric. He has tantrums and is fussy. He wants to take a long trip, but does not want to go by plane, train, or cruise ship. The boys quickly hit on the idea of taking a trip by freighter. However, Mr. Klack of Klack's Agency seems to be able to find passage for everyone except McClintock and the Hardys.

Frank and Joe Hardy also become involved in a mystery involving their Aunt Gertrude. She was expecting an important package, which the delivery company mixed up with someone else's package. The mystery deepens when the boys try to retrieve the package. The people at the house where the delivery company left the package had been gone for several days, and there is no clue as to what might have happened to the package except that the barn near the home is on fire when the Hardys arrive.

The mystery deepens as the boys encounter a ship that seems to disappear. I liked the plot device of a phantom ship. However, the supposed disappearing act of the ship is glossed over in the explanation, and every time this series attempts any sort of scientific explanation the explanations are nearly always weak.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scott Thiel on April 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
As most people know this volume was the last Hardy Boys book written by the original F.W. Dixon - Leslie McFarlane. And it is apparent that he was now bored with the series and ready to move on. I'm not sure whether to blame him or the one who drafted the outline for this book. In any event, the main plot dealt with the brothers trying to find a hobby to satisy a cranky old man. Since he had no idea what pleased him, he hired the brothers to come up with an idea. Is it just me or is this a "yawner" of a plot. Oh yes - and somewhere in there, is a ship that disappears from sight. But despite the title - this Phantom Freighter plays a small role in the whole affair. First published in 1947 Russell Tandy draws a beautiful cover art for this book, but nothing else can be said of the volume that is positive. Phantom Freighter is boring, dull, lacks any real mystery and contains little suspense of action. As of 1947 it was the worst Hardy Boys book to date - Later to be outdone by another volume published 17 years later. RATED F
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book_Freak on June 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Overall, this book was alright, but Dixon could have done a lot better. There was not as much excitement in this one as there is in the other ones. The book starts out with a man who hires the Hardy's to plan a trip that they can go on. The man doesn't want to go on an airplane, a cruiseline, or a train, so eventually they think of a freighter and find themselves in the middle of a smuggling ring. The smugglers will do anything to get rid of them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 14, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a Heart-Warming Novel of Freind-Ship, Courage, and Adventure for the Hardy Boys. I laughed, cried, and cheered right along with Frank and Joe Hardy! Bravo! A completely touching family-freindly mystery. The best book I have ever read! Why can't we read more books like THIS in school? The Phantom Freighter ALL the WAY!
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I chose this rating because I love The Phantom Freighter. I listened to it on talking book and it was awesome. I like the fact that Frank and Joe get to ride on a freighter. I don't know who I would recommend this product to.
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By Joseph on January 13, 2014
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Smugglers, counterfeiters and goast ships are behind this mystery. The Hardy's and their friends need to be on their game for this one. All in all a riveting mystery.
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By Miss Lemon on September 24, 2013
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From all the reviews I've read, this book got a bum rap no matter who the writer was, male or female. I enjoyed this story. Yes, the client Mr. McClintock seemed hard to please and obstinate, but there is a reason for this which the reader learns later in the book. There seemed to be several things going on at once, which is not uncommon in the Hardy Boys series, but it all comes together in time. There may not have been tons of fighting and bloodshed, but so what? The story held it's own without it. Not to say there was no action here, there is, and it definitely has it's thrills. As for no interaction between the criminals and the Phantom Freighter, the criminals are the ones running the ship, hello! This story shows the differences in how the boys think and what actions their own personal style leads to. Joe, ready for instant action, Frank, more likely to think before acting.(this shows well in chapter 20, page 170). Yet the two brothers work together like well oiled machinery. The ending of the story is good, I like the way the author brings the ends together and makes sense of the whole mystery. If the writer did leave his wife to finish writing this story as is stated in another review, than they made a very good team, hats off to both writers! Don't be afraid to read and enjoy #26 in this series because of a few bad reviews, judge for yourself. These stories were written to entertain the young mystery fan, and they do that very well, so well in fact that I'm willing to bet many of their biggest fans are "more mature" mystery fans! How wonderful to have a mystery series that is as family friendly as this one is.
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