Hardy Boys 05: Hunting for Hidden Gold Hardcover – May 1 1928
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Franklin W. Dixon was the pseudonym devised by Edward Stratemeyer for the author of a series of mystery books he was developing which became the Hardy Boys series. The first book, The Tower Treasure, originally published in 1927, was ghostwritten by Leslie MacFarlane who went on to write 19 more, including #2 through #16. In all, there are 58 titles in the original Hardy Boys Mysteries series published between 1927 and 1979 written by 17 different men and women. Many of the books were later revised, adding another four Hardy Boys Mystery Stories to the total. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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You would think the opening camping scene was extraneous but a man they met in those woods was instrumental in explaining an old mining claim that met with controversy and a missing partner years ago. Carson Drew asked his sons to interview him, before meeting their Dad in Montana. It is quickly established that the thugs Carson is monitoring there have a large network of crooks because the teenagers are waylaid perilously in the first city, where they transfer airplanes. It is fun to observe travel in 1928. These are colourful side notes that are the benefit of older novels. This widespread, tricky mistrust puts us on the edge of our seats because the teens must scrutinize everyone they meet, all the way to their Dad’s location and decide how to proceed every time.
The mining town, not deserted but with many buildings and locations in disuse, is one of the most fun places a book could possibly have an adventure and I will ask my Dad if he remembers reading this one. It is up his ally too. This case’s level of difficulty is the most complicated thus far, with constantly-varied scenery that had me enthralled. Danger was realistic to those environments; no typical gimmicks to create near-misses. The whole journey was an achievement in creativity, including a well-crafted identity twist.
Frank and Joe Hardy become involved in another mystery when their father calls them out west to help with a case. They are searching for a gang that is involved in robbery, and even on the way out west, they are kidnapped and attacked and it is only with great luck that they even are able to meet up with their father. They find him hurt badly, but begin the investigation on their own and learn about a mystery about gold that was stolen from a prospector years ago. Can the brothers keep out of harm's way long enough to solve the case?
"Hunting for Hidden Gold" is another solid offering in the Hardy Boys series, though I would not say this is one of the best. It is a bit of an adventure story and it gives the sense of really being out west (as opposed to a story set in Bayport). There is a definite sense of place in this book. As usual, this book is recommended for kids of all ages (even the 25 year old kid).
All these books are good, allowing they're for boys. The ice skating scenes were realistic and got me involved. The little house falling over the hillside I found hard to understand, as the boys cooked something on the stove after that. I assume it's a type of structure or something 1920's that I might not understand. Riding the train into Chicago was true to life for a small town boy, also the snow storms in Montana, are written by someone who had experienced them, or better had a strong imaginative understanding of situations. A good writer.
I wish these stories would be made into movies, not for special effect, for humor, or updated, but just as is, with actors who take the characters and situations seriously.
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This book is simply awesome to read. Joe and Frank are asked by their dad to help assist him on a case regarding a gang of outlaws who have connections throughout the U.S. Read morePublished on April 29 2005
This is my second favorite Hardy Boys book.I think this is one of the best and thrilling book ever.Out of all the books I've read this is the second best. Read morePublished on April 30 2002 by Jonathan Kohut
... This book is excellent; definately one of the top three of the series. The action starts on page 1 and doesn't let up until the book is finished. Read morePublished on April 16 2002
This book was a great one! It was suspense-filled from
first page to last! I just finished it and I would absoulutly
say "Read it!!!!!!!!"
It was a okay mystery that sent chills up my back. It's not the best but it's not bad. It was exciting when Frank and Joe run into the cave and find wolves there. Okay book.Published on Jan. 1 2001
Hunting For Hidden Gold is a great book.I enjoyed this book because I love mysteries.I would recommend this book to anyone 10 or older. Read more
This Hardy Boy book was one of the best ever written. A book you can't put down. Mr. Hardy is unable to sleuth because he cracked a couple of ribs. Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2000 by Jack Perkins
Recommendation - This book is an exciting thrill packed mystery novel. I recommend this book to anyone 13 years or older. Read morePublished on July 17 2000
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