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The Disappearing Floor (Hardy Boys, Book 19)
The Disappearing Floor (Hardy Boys, Book 19)
by Franklin W. Dixon
Edition: Hardcover
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tough To Rate, May 4, 2004
Published in 1940, the original "Disappearing Floor" is without a doubt the "worst written" book among the original 58. Anyone who has read this book will agree. It is totally disjointed, one chapter does not quite follow the other in places, crooks appear and are never mentioned again. One is renamed and unbelievable things occur - such as Mr. Hardy's sudden appearance in a cave in the woods with the Hardys. What are the odds??? In this regard - the book was horrible. Having said that - As a child I could not put this book down. It drew me from page to page and it was among my favorites. It has always crossed my mind that these books are geared primarily toward children and youth and perhaps therin lies some genious at work. While an adult can pick the book to shreds, it fascinates it's intended target audience. Anyone who has read the volume will tell you how horrible it is in one breath and then tell you they loved it in the next. I am no different. It is full of imagination, creativity and brings to the table all the elements associated with a Hardy Boys book: Ghosts, Haunted House and a graveyard. No other book among the first 58 can make this claim! So it is horrible in one respect and brilliant in another. I rate it a weak 4 star. RATED B
REVISION: The 1964 - Don't even compare it to the original. In places it was better - in places it was worse. Strangely it made more sense - but lacked the "punch" of the original. A good book certainly worth reading.
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The Mystery of the Flying Express (Hardy Boys, Book 20)
The Mystery of the Flying Express (Hardy Boys, Book 20)
by Franklin W. Dixon
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Poorly Written, May 4, 2004
The original 1941 version of The Flying Express was a poorly written book in certain respects. The book is very slightly disjointed in places and perhaps more to the point it contains several glaring errors all too well known to most Hardy enthusiasts - ie: The incorrect names given for Mrs. Hardy & Chief Collig. That said and those things aside this was a pretty good book. As I child I held this book in high esteem. It is a story about spies using a train called the Flying Express. It is the brothers task to find the spies and their camp and bring them to justice. It is too bad the book contains several errors because otherwise it had a great plot and was an enjoyable read. More accurately I rate it a 3.4 star, the story a 4 star, the errors within a 2 star. RATED B-
REVISION: The 1970 revision - from memory was a dud. I may not be the best person to rate the revision. I can simply say I read it once and was not impressed. Its worth reading, but ranks among the bottom dwellers.
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The Clue of the Broken Blade (The Hardy Boys, No. 21)
The Clue of the Broken Blade (The Hardy Boys, No. 21)
by Franklin W. Dixon
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3.0 out of 5 stars Diamond In The Ruff, April 29, 2004
Published in 1942 - Although I rate this book a three star which denotes an average book, I cannot slander this book for any particular reason. In fact I cannot find anything wrong with it to any degree - except for this: There are other books in the series that are better and it would be unfair to them to give this volume the same high rating as them. Broken Blade was less breath taking, less action packed and less exciting than several other HB volumes, but I still regard this as a very good volume. The plot is about a search for part of a sword and a race against time as the Hardys and unscrupulous characters hunt for the same sword simultaneously. Their objectives are the same but the goals are different. Who will find the blade first? Broken Blade is one of the least talked about HB books. People rarely list it among their best or worst and it tends to go unnoticed by comparison. RATED B-
REVISION: The 1970 revision was not as good as the first but I still regard it as a pretty good book in its own right and definitely worth reading.


The Flickering Torch Mystery (Hardy Boys, Book 22)
The Flickering Torch Mystery (Hardy Boys, Book 22)
by Franklin W. Dixon
Edition: Hardcover
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original Flickering Torch, April 20, 2004
After a brief absence, Leslie McFarlane returns for his second stint with "The Hardy Boys". He begins with a bang. The brothers are asked to investigate strange happenings at an Experimental Farm in Bayport. The majority of this book takes place at night and in part in underground tunnels. Unknown figures roaming about the farm hidden beneath black cloaks add an element of suspense. This book has a spooky feel and one that draws the reader from page to page. This book ranks among the series elite. RATED A
REVISION: The 1971 totally altered revision of this book with a completely new story was excellent, packed with pure suspense and a tough case to crack about two murders. Even the revision of this book ranks among my favorites and one of the best revisions in the series.
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The Melted Coins (Hardy Boys, No. 23)
The Melted Coins (Hardy Boys, No. 23)
by Franklin W. Dixon
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Plot Knock, April 17, 2004
The great knock against this book was the plot itself. This review concerns the original 1944 story where a gang of criminals steals valueable coins and melts them down for sale. The metal is worth more if they are still coins and are not melted. Isn't this like "shooting one's self in the foot"? I suppose it could be argued that the purpose for melting the coins was to avoid detection. Well...."Big Sigh" In any event, I really liked this book for many reasons. The criminal Black Beard was perhaps the most memorable of any Hardy Boys villain. And in the end - he was not that bad. The scene in the tattoo parlor was a classic. The book moved along well and had a beautiful cover art for its 1944 edition. This was the second last edition to be completey revised chronology wise. The Short Wave Mystery was the highest volume to be drastically altered. The original Melted Coins is a great book. RATED A-
PS: The revised 1970 text was completely different and cannot hold a candle to the original.


The Short-Wave Mystery (Hardy Boys, Book 24)
The Short-Wave Mystery (Hardy Boys, Book 24)
by Franklin W. Dixon
Edition: Hardcover
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2.0 out of 5 stars Out Of The Golden Age, April 17, 2004
This book continues the feel of the series that had been present since The Mark On The Door of 1934. After this volume however, the writing style would change. McFarlane wrote the original version of the book during his second stint with the Syndicate. I think the Syndicate had other ideas and let him finish The Melted Coins and World War II end before letting the hammer fall. In 1945 when the war ended this book was published then the heat was put on the author to bring the Hardy's into the scientific age. Like any of us at work, when change is implemented, we react with negativity. McFarlane at this point I feel became uninterested in the series and wrote his worst book to date only to be surpassed in 1947 by The Phantom Freighter. The book was medicore by Hardy Boys standards but subpar by McFarlane standards. Taxidermy becomes the sub plot and fingerprinting is performed for the first time in the series with this volume. The child like innocence held in the earlier volumes is now gone. I find this book somewhat difficult to rate. To me it is a 2.4 - Still it is worth reading and not among the worst of the series by any means. RATED C
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The Secret Panel (The Hardy Boys, No. 25)
The Secret Panel (The Hardy Boys, No. 25)
by Franklin W. Dixon
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Essence Of The Series, April 17, 2004
I may be somewhat biased with this volume. I absolutely loved it. Secret Panel is one of the few volumes that revolved around a solid structure - that of a "spooky" mansion right in Bayport. Aside from While The Clock Ticked no other volume deals with such a thing. The book was swift paced from beginning to end and had some pretty creative cliff hangers that dealt with a revelation rather than predictable violence as was the case with The Arctic Patrol Mystery. The criminals are elusive in this one and the brothers actually rely on sleuthing to figure this one out. Great book RATED B+
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The Phantom Freighter (The Hardy Boys, No. 26)
The Phantom Freighter (The Hardy Boys, No. 26)
by Franklin W. Dixon
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Swan Song, April 17, 2004
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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The Sign of the Crooked Arrow (Hardy Boys, Book 28)
The Sign of the Crooked Arrow (Hardy Boys, Book 28)
by Franklin W. Dixon
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Adventure, April 17, 2004
Published in 1949 - Crooked Arrow is a great adventure story by "Hardy standards". What drags this book down is the first 6 or so chapters. However, by page 85 this volume picks up in a hurry and from this point forward is an excellent adventure story set in the west. It mirrors Wildcat Swamp in some respects. The book chronicles the brothers adeventures on a western ranch. Tandy's artwork is exceptional as always. Great book certainly worth reading. RATED A-
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The Secret of the Lost Tunnel (Hardy Boys, Book 29)
The Secret of the Lost Tunnel (Hardy Boys, Book 29)
by Vranklin W. Dixon
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average, February 7, 2003
Published in 1950, the was a fairly decent swift paced book. The volume had a decent plot and good mystery and there was considerable interaction between the criminals. This volume for some reason often reminds me of The Secret of Pirates Hill. The brothers try to find a family treasure lost during the Civil War. One of the more funny chapters Atomic Crackers appear around page 130. I find this an average volume perhaps leaning slightly on the better than average side. Certainly worth reading. RATED B-


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