Saturday, April 16, 2016

Hardy Boys #59 Werewolf, #60 Samurai Sword, and #61 Pentagon Spy

In Hardy Boys #59, Night of the Werewolf, Frank and Joe investigate werewolf sightings in a small town.  The Tabor family has a history of werewolves, and John Tabor is now suspected of being the current werewolf.

Pop Carter of Wild World is mentioned on page 118.  Pop and Wild World appeared in #58 The Sting of the Scorpion.  Both of these books were written by the same author.

This is an excellent book.

 In Hardy Boys #60, Mystery of the Samurai Sword, Fenton Hardy has been hired to protect Japanese businessman Takashi Satoya during his stay in the United States.  Before the Hardys finish escorting Mr. Satoya to his hotel, he disappears!  Frank and Joe soon suspect that Satoya's disappearance has something to do with a valuable samurai sword which has been stolen.

Part of the setting is at the Bayport Chilton Hotel.  This annoyed me since I'm sure "Chilton" means "Hilton."  I hate fake names in books that refer to real places.  I would rather the hotel have been called simply the Bayport Hotel.  It would have been less distracting than a fake name.

The book has a few too many characters.  The story overall held my interest, but I felt like it began to drag a little.  I wasn't overly interested in the solution.  In the early part of the book I was quite interested, since Satoya's mysterious disappearance was intriguing.  I partially lost interest in the middle of the story but regained interest once Satoya reappeared.

I enjoyed this story.

In Hardy Boys #61, The Pentagon Spy, Fenton Hardy looks for a spy while Frank and Joe look for the thieves who are stealing valuable weather vanes.  This is the usual premise of two cases that appear to be completely unrelated, but are of course the same case.

I greatly enjoyed the early part of the story with the weather vanes.  I did not enjoy the part at the Pentagon.  After the story moved back away from the Pentagon, I began enjoying it again.  The book has an unexpected plot twist towards the end which is interesting.

I enjoyed this book.

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