Saturday, August 20, 2016

Hardy Boys Undercover Brothers #16 Bayport Buccaneers, #17 Murder at the Mall, and #18 Pushed

In Hardy Boys #16, Bayport Buccaneers, Frank and Joe participate in a reality show that is set on a pirate ship.  Contestants must complete tasks in order to advance, and valuable prizes will be offered.  A member of the crew died recently, and the boys must find out whether he was murdered.

The book is a retread of Hardy Boys Digest #183 Warehouse Rumble and is similar to #132 Maximum Challenge.  All three books are television show sabotage stories.  For that reason, the book isn't as interesting as it could have been.

The book is overall good, but I got bored towards the end.  I skimmed the last part of the story.

In Hardy Boys Undercover Brothers #17, Murder at the Mall, an environmental group has sent threats to the owner of a local mall. Meanwhile, someone is sabotaging the mall. The mall is losing money, and the owner may decide to sell the mall.  Frank and Joe investigate.

On page 12, we learn that Chet is no longer fat.  He joined a bodybuilding program and has somehow disciplined his eating habits.  Chet now has muscles.  On page 164, Chet pats his stomach and brags, "Two hundred pounds of solid muscle, yo."

Chet is so strong that he is able to hold onto the rear bumper of a car to keep it from moving forward while the accelerator is jammed down.  Say what?!

This is a very good book that keeps the reader guessing.

In Hardy Boys Undercover Brothers #18, Pushed, Frank and Joe go undercover as runaways in New York City.  The boys stay at a shelter for runaways.  A boy who recently stayed at the shelter may have been murdered.

I wasn't surprised about the culprit, since I figured that person had to be the one from the very beginning of the book.  However, I didn't figure out the motive until much later in the book.  I was shocked as I realized how ruthless this person is, committing crimes that go far beyond what Frank and Joe originally thought.

This is an excellent book.

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