Saturday, January 9, 2016
Hardy Boys #14 Hidden Harbor and #15 Sinister Sign Post
This book was outlined by Edna Stratemeyer Squier, and the story has her fingerprints all over it. The entire plot is crazy from start to finish. A group of black men has a secret society, and they kidnap an insane man. A bunch of people later search for the insane man, planning to lynch him. Yikes.
Speaking of lynching, the culprit leaves the boys a warning note attached to a rope, threatening to lynch them. Chapter 23 is titled " 'Lynch Him!' "
This is a wild book. The boys get on a derelict boat, which is highly dangerous. Later, Frank steals some personal papers from a man and takes them to his father. We are talking about actual theft.
I actually enjoy crazy books, if they interest me. This book highly interested me, and I greatly enjoyed it.
On page 175, the Hardy boys are following a path that they believe will lead to the villain. They hear noises from behind them, which indicates that someone is following them. Suddenly, they discover a trapdoor in the middle of the path. Joe suggests, "Maybe we could hide here until they pass." Frank yanks the door open, and a foreigner hurls angry words at the boys. What did they think would happen?
I greatly enjoyed most of the story, but I felt it got rather stupid towards the end, so I lost interest.