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Hardy Boys 05: Hunting for Hidden Gold Hardcover – May 1 1928

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap; New edition edition (May 1 1928)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044808905X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448089058
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 19.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #163,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

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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Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed “<b>Hunting For Hidden Gold</b>”, volume 5, infinitely better than the former. We stick to good detective work, struggles and efforts that were quite arduous, and reasonable fear. Suspects and motives weren’t obvious at all. They entailed a back story at a scope that precedes the novel by a decade or more, which a reader couldn’t guess and must await filling in. Best of all, we travel from their community. This presented a fresh panorama of adventures.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
This review is of the 1963 Revised Version of "Hunting for Hidden Gold". The first 38 titles in the series were revised over the course of 15 years (some with minor changes, others were completely re-written). "Hunting for Hidden Gold" is the fifth Hardy Boys mystery. This edition is said to be drastically altered from the original. What this means, according to the Hardy Boys Unofficial Home Page, is that the text and plot have both been changed.
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).
-Joe Sherry
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Hardy Boys, Hunting for Hidden Gold is one of the best books I have read in my life. It combines mystery, adventure, and suspense all crammed in one book. The Hardy Boys series is a really great series. I usually don't like mystery books but this one is really good.Unlike some books that have boring parts. Hunting for Hidden Gold doesn't have any boring parts. That is very good. I really don't like parts where they just talk and talk about boring things that don't interest me. The Hardy Boys have been around for awhile and people still read them. Hardy Boys can be read by all ages. it is not really hard to read. In the whole Hardy Boys series there are 58 books. I am looking forward to reading more books from the series. Hunting for Hidden Gold is a sort of long book. It is about 150 pages long. That is not too long but it is not very short either. Since it is long, it gets lots of action in it. If it was any longer, it would have some boring parts in it. In conclusion, this book deserves five stars.
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I read this particular number of the Hardy Boys series only after reaching middle age. I read many as a young boy, but most of the earliest #3 through #8, I have only read since finding the Applewood reproductions.
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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