Sunday, June 5, 2016

Hardy Boys #116 Rock 'N' Roll Renegades, #117 Baseball Conspiracy, and #118 Fourth Dimension

In Hardy Boys #116, Rock 'N' Roll Renegades, Joe becomes a DJ at Bayport radio station WBBX.  The radio station's signal is jammed for a few hours each day by a pirate radio station that broadcasts on its band.  Frank and Joe must locate the pirate radio station and take it down before WBBX is driven out of business.

In the Hardy Boys Digest books, the boys do still own their boat, The Sleuth.  In this book, I was taken aback when the boys have to rent a boat on page 87 so that they can go out on Barmet Bay.  Apparently in this book, the boys don't own The Sleuth.  More likely, the author either didn't know about The Sleuth or forgot about it.

I greatly enjoyed this book.  The ending is exciting.

In Hardy Boys #117, The Baseball Card Conspiracy, Biff collects baseball cards.  Frank and Joe attend a show with Biff, where Biff is sold a counterfeit baseball card.  Soon after, a man with red hair does everything he can to steal back the card, even following the boys back to Bayport.

At first, I greatly enjoyed this book.  The second half is not as good as the first half.  The plot is a tad convoluted, and the book has too many characters.  I began to get confused and cared less the further I read.

Overall, the book is okay.

In Hardy Boys #118, Danger in the Fourth Dimension, Fenton Hardy asks Frank and Joe to help him with an investigation at the Fourth Dimension theme park.  When the boys arrive, they discover that their father has vanished!  His belongings are found in a dumpster, and the boys realize that their father has been abducted.  Since park security did not see Fenton leave, the boys conclude that their father must be hidden somewhere in the park.

This book is much better than the cover makes it look.  Since I'm not a boy, I don't go for covers that show things like aliens and exaggerated expressions on the boys' faces.  It's made to look like a comic book. 

The entire story takes place in the theme park.  I always like books that are set in a small area without a lot of traveling. This is that kind of story.

I greatly enjoyed nearly all of the book.  The last few pages are less interesting, since the book goes into the typical question and answer session, which is always used just to fill out the story to make it a complete book.  For instance, the boys ask the villain whose idea it was for a certain character to use a certain disguise.  Who cares whose idea it was?  That's just stupid.  The author was just filling pages.

This is an excellent book, except for the last few pages.

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