Thursday, February 11, 2016
Hardy Boys #30 Wailing Siren and #31 Wildcat Swamp
The wailing siren part is stupid. The criminals could have just communicated via radio, perhaps using a code, instead of using a siren to announce the helicopter's arrival. Why use a siren to announce to the entire surrounding area that something is happening?
As I recall, book title ideas were created first, then stories were written to match the title. This book is a glaring example of that practice since the "wailing siren" part of the plot is so stupid. Hey, they had to come up with something.
I greatly enjoyed this book and read it very quickly.
The very beginning of the story is quite interesting, but then the book diverts to a trip to the prison where information is revealed about several criminals who mean absolutely nothing to the reader. In short, the prison scene is boring.
The book redeems itself once the boys depart on their trip. However, I was puzzled about the boys' attempt to make their true destination a secret. Their true destination had already been published in a newspaper article, but the boys act like they are going somewhere else. A fake destination was not going to fool the criminals.
I overall enjoyed this book, but I found several parts either boring or tiresome.