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Hardy Boys Casefiles / Re: #10 Hostage Of Hate
« Last post by tomswift2002 on February 15, 2018, 12:56:41 AM »
Yeah—-but as I recall after the first 20 book, they kind of left that behind.  I also wonder if Callie was a test for the Super Mystery’88 series.
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Hardy Boys Casefiles / Re: #10 Hostage Of Hate
« Last post by MacGyver on February 14, 2018, 12:30:00 PM »
I suspect the writers and editors wanted to have a stronger female presence in general.
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Hardy Boys Casefiles / #10 Hostage Of Hate
« Last post by tomswift2002 on February 14, 2018, 10:39:51 AM »
#10 Hostages Of Hate
Published December 1987

Plot: The Hardy's, Fenton Hardy and Callie Shaw are attending a Counter-Terrorism conference in Washington.  Callie is selected to be a passenger on an airplane that will be "hijacked" by a bunch of terrorists---terrorists that are played by law enforcement people in a demonstration.  Unfortunately the demonstration goes wrong and the plane is hijacked for real---with Callie on board. 

I'm currently reading this book.  It's interesting how early on in the series, besides having the books deal with more violent crimes than the Mystery Stories, the authors and editors were trying to get Callie in on the action.  Dead on Target & Cult Of Crime both had Callie joining in on the adventure, along with the other Hardy friends, and then See No Evil had Callie basically go it alone, and now Hostages Of Hate has Callie really involved.
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Hardy Boys Adventures / Re: Hardy Boys Adventures #16- Stolen Identity
« Last post by tomswift2002 on February 14, 2018, 10:17:09 AM »
I just got an email from Chapters this morning saying that this book (the paperback version anyway) has shipped.  So we should be seeing this book in stores pretty soon.
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Hardy Boys Casefiles / Ghostwriter for Casefiles #91 "Hot Wheels"
« Last post by Bigfootman on February 13, 2018, 04:54:18 PM »
After discover that a ghostwriter had listed their work on a Nancy Drew Diaries book on LinkedIn, I decided to see if any Hardy Boys ghostwriters had done the same. It turns out that one did:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/eileen-keller-b42aa5/
"Hot Wheels- Casefile #91
publication date 1993  The Hardy Boys

publication description: Wrote a Hardy Boys book about Solar Cars. Great learning curve and fun projecting possible problems and solutions for this industry."

Despite writing one of the best Hardy Boys Casefiles, Eileen Keller does not appear to have written any more Hardy Boys books.
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As the title says, there's been a major update. I suspected that since Michael Anthony Steele revealed himself as a ghostwriter, he probably wouldn't be writing anymore Hardy Boys. Looks like S and S doesn't care really about  ghostwriters revealing their identities anymore.

According to his website, he's  ghostwritten "Attack of the Bayport Beast" and "Stolen Identity". 
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Hardy Boys Adventures / Re: Hardy Boys Adventures #16- Stolen Identity
« Last post by Bigfootman on February 13, 2018, 03:17:13 PM »
Update: The Simon and Schuster Website is listing Stolen Identity as having 144 pages, (which is still more then the last two books in the series) instead of 208. I think it's best to just not trust the listed page count number until the book is close to being released. According to Michael Anthony Steele's website, he's the ghostwriter for this book.
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Hardy Boys Casefiles / Re: #9 The Genius Thieves
« Last post by CalvinKnox on February 11, 2018, 10:36:23 PM »
It has been a while since I last read it, but I do remember liking this one.  I think what I liked about it was the fact that the story seemed more mature than other books with the Hardys at school i.e Crime in the Cards and Undercover brothers.  I was also in grade 9 at the time I read it, so I could relate well to the story.  It was also neat that Chartwell School was mentioned in a few later books
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Hardy Boys Casefiles / Re: #9 The Genius Thieves
« Last post by tomswift2002 on February 11, 2018, 08:40:58 PM »
Also this was a very Frank-centric story.  Sure Joe was there, but Frank was the main character.  It was like Cult Of Crime was a Frank book, Deathgame was a Joe book, and See No Evil was a Callie book, Frank carried most of the book in The Genius Thieves.  That's something that we haven't seen in 13 years, ever since the Undercover Brothers came out in 2005, since the 1st person format does lend itself to having just Frank or just Joe carry the book.  Or I guess the editors at S&S demand that  Frank and Joe get equal screen time.

But it was also interesting to get a look back at 1987 and juxtapose it with 2018 in terms of computers.  At one point in The Genius Thieves, because the thieves are transferring funds from the Bayport Bank and Trust by internet hacking, Frank calls Fenton and asks him to meet him at the local electronics store in Kirkland, since the boys needed Fenton to talk to the owner and explain that they were detectives, so that they could get information on who had modems at Chartwell Academy (and the owner says that the school had banned the kids from buying modems since they didn't want the kids cheating).  Reading about people buying modems in 2018 is kind of antiquated, since nowadays every computer comes with a modem built in, whether its a laptop, desktop, tablet or smartphone (at one point Joe calls Frank on the van's car phone, which was one of the forerunner to the modern cell phone).
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Hardy Boys Casefiles / Re: #9 The Genius Thieves
« Last post by tomswift2002 on February 11, 2018, 07:07:50 PM »
Well, I just finished the book.  The beginning was slow, but then the ending was really quick. 

It's funny, but with #80 Dead Of Night everyone seems to think that the author of that book was writing an epilogue to the Ring Of Evil Trilogy, and even doing flashbacks to previous Hardy Boys cases that involved the Assassins.  However I just realized that there is one flashback in Dead Of Night, that either the author didn't realize he was doing or maybe he was the author of The Genius Thieves, because TGT is not an Assassins book, I never remembered this before.  But in The Genius Thieves the author had Joe go mad in a graveyard in the late-night/early-morning hours and start swinging a shovel around after being hit with a chemical---in Thieves it was a pheromone spray, in Night it was a dart that had been dipped in crazy juice.

Anyway, another book I was thinking of when reading The Genius Thieves this time was Bound For DangerBound for Danger wasn't out the last time that I read the book, but this time I was reminded of the plot to BFD---although The Genius Thieves had a much better plot---with no helicopter---involving a school, than Bound For Danger's father-trying-to-make-his-son-look-the-best-on-the-school-basketball-team plot.

Rating:  6.5 out of 10
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