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The Arctic Patrol Mystery (Hardy Boys, No. 48) Hardcover – January 1, 1969
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For action, mystery and cliff-hanging suspense, read 'The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories'--featuring the thrilling adventures of America's favorite detective duo, Frank and Joe Hardy.
About the Author
Franklin W. Dixon is a pen name used by a variety of authors writing for the classic series, The Hardy Boys. The first and most well-known "Franklin W. Dixon" was Leslie McFarlane, a Canadian author who contributed 19 of the first 25 books in the series. Other writers who have adopted the pseudonym include Christopher Lampton, John Button, Amy McFarlane, and Harriet Stratemeyer Adams.
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This book is centered around two mysteries. Their father gives them the first mystery. The boys must travel to Iceland to locate a man named Rex Hallbjornsson so that he may receive insurance money left for him by a man whose life he save. What the boys have yet to learn is that a second mystery awaits them in Iceland, one that will put the boys and their friends Biff Hooper and Chet Morton in mortal danger!
The boys arrive safely in Iceland, but their safety is short-lived. The boys learn that a U.S. astronaut preparing for a moon mission has disappeared in Iceland. The boys now have two mysteries to solve. The boys charter a plane to fly where they believe they will find Rex Hallbjornsson, but the pilot turns out to be a criminal and the plane crashes. The boys barely escape with their lives.
Soon after the boys narrow escape, they learn that Chet and Biff have both disappeared. Now the boys have three mysteries to solve. The boys pursue lead after lead, on land, sea and air, and every time they seem to get close either a criminal threatens them or a criminal or a criminal just barely escapes. Even with the close encounters with criminals the boys do not know whether they are making progress in solving any of the mysteries.
Many mysteries await solutions for a reader. How will Frank and Joe find the missing astronaut? What about their original mystery, locating Rex Hallbjornsson. Is it possible that Rex Hallbjornsson is one of the criminal? What of their missing friends, Chet Morton and Biff Hooper? There are mysteries and excitement awaiting you in this book!
The final Hardy Boys book written in the 1960's, 42 years after Leslie McFarlane wrote the first Hardy Boys book, has a somewhat contemporary feel to it, though modern electronics are missing. There is action in this book and portions of the book (including airplane hijackings and several places where one of the boys could have died) are very exciting. Andrew E. Svenson held off on the answers until the very end of the book, providing a motivation for a reader to finish this book quickly.
The one thing that did disappoint me was less exciting cliff hangers. In the early books the cliff hangers at the end of the chapter demanded you read the next chapter. Though some of the chapter endings were exciting, others seemed mundane.
This book seems to be average for the series. I think the book is good enough to interest a first-time reader, but I recommend the first ten books in this series as the best place for a first-time reader to start.
The publisher recommends the Hardy Boys series for ages 9 to 12 because the series is relatively tame for the previous target audience of ages 10 to 14. Though the Hardy Boys series contains archaic information, as reading material for an increasingly younger audience they are fine. Once a child has reached age 12 or so the stories may be of less interest, but given the combination of mystery and action, these books remain good safe choices for parents who want to know what their children are reading.
As for some of you complaining about a paper-thin plot, give me a break. This is the Hardy Boys! No books since Disappearing Floor actually had good plots!
The Disappearing Floor was (most likely) the last book actually written by Franklin W. Dixon. I know this because in the book after that, (Flying Express) the writing style was completely different, the the names of many locations changed. Also, after Disappearing Floor, the stories were no longer mysteries (Except maybe a couple,) they were action stories. So I'm wondering why you all thought this would be any different.
Yes, the story is predictable, yes, the mystery can be solved from the moment you find out about it, and yes, the plot was paper thin, but you can say that about every Hardy Boys book that came after Disappearing Floor, basically. The series has been going downhill since then, and Arctic Patrol Mystery happens to at least stand out. By itself, this book is a lackluster mystery story. But comparing it to the volumes of the series that came out before and after this....this wins.
If you want real mysteries, read the first 19 volumes of the series. If you want cool action stories that take place in many cool locations, read volumes 20 to 58. This gets 5 stars because I knew what to expect when I started reading it, and I was satisfied.