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Hardy Boys Casefiles / Re: #9 The Genius Thieves
« Last post by MacGyver on February 11, 2018, 06:05:50 PM »
Oh, yeah- of course. I never got those deals either. Maybe it was a rush job and they just had to use something?
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Hardy Boys Casefiles / Re: #9 The Genius Thieves
« Last post by tomswift2002 on February 11, 2018, 12:01:40 PM »
But still, when you buy a book, you king of expect the cover art to reflect one of the stories.
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Hardy Boys Casefiles / Re: #9 The Genius Thieves
« Last post by MacGyver on February 11, 2018, 01:15:26 AM »
Armada, Collins and those Dragon omnibuses all seem to rely a lot on action-packed covers to sell books. It certainly worked for me as a kid, particularly when they featured the artwork of the late, great Peter Archer.
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Hardy Boys Casefiles / #9 The Genius Thieves
« Last post by tomswift2002 on February 10, 2018, 11:33:05 PM »
The Genius Thieves
Published November 1987

Plot:  When someone breaks into a high-tech safe at the Bayport Bank, without leaving any traces of how they cracked the safe, the bank president calls in Fenton Hardy and his sons to find out who did it.  In the meantime, someone is also transferring millions of dollars out of the bank by overloading the computers every day during the mad lunch hour rush.  With the slimest of leads to go on, Frank heads to Chartwell Academy where he enrolls as a student, while Joe stays at home with Fenton to work on other angles.  However it is soon clear that someone at Chartwell know that Frank is no student there, and will do whatever they can to get him expelled---expelled to the nearest grave yard!

Review:  I'm only up to Chapter 6 so far.  It's been about 15 years since I last read the book, so while I remember somethings, I don't remember a whole lot of the story.  And so far, its a so-so book. 

Funny thing with The Genius Thieves, its cover has been used on numerous Hardy Boys books in the UK, where the cover art has been flipped.  On hardyboys.co.uk I see that the cover was used for a 1991 3-in-1 of The Clue In The Embers/What Happened at Midnight/The Sinister Signpost published by Dragon Books (although I don't even recall reading a scene that had Joe dangling from a water tower, while Frank punched an axe-wielding bad guy in any of those books), a 1995 2-in-1 Armada book featuring The Genius Thieves/Hostages Of Hate and the original 1990 Armada single release of The Genius Thieves
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General Hardy Boys Discussions / Re: The Hardy Boys Trivia Game!
« Last post by tomswift2002 on February 10, 2018, 11:01:55 PM »
No, but close.
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General Hardy Boys Discussions / Re: The Hardy Boys Trivia Game!
« Last post by CalvinKnox on February 10, 2018, 10:26:43 PM »
The Shoreham Bank?
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Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys SuperMysteries / Re: New Year's Evil
« Last post by tomswift2002 on February 09, 2018, 11:50:03 PM »
So I just finished New Year's Evil today.  It was a pretty good book, with a couple of different plots.  Of course the different crimes didn't end up being all done by a gang of one, as there was one guy working all by himself on a few of the crimes, and then 4 other crooks working on another crime.  7 out of 10.
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Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys SuperMysteries / Re: New Year's Evil
« Last post by MacGyver on February 08, 2018, 09:43:57 AM »
The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries show seemed to do this too in the 2 part episode "The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Meet Dracula".  :) 8)
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Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys SuperMysteries / Re: New Year's Evil
« Last post by tomswift2002 on February 08, 2018, 12:01:20 AM »
So I've been reading this book over the past couple of days.  Its interesting how the author has Joe and Bess in that friendship relationship where they are friends, (but unlike Nancy and Frank who acknowledge that they both find each other attractive and would probably be dating if they were not already in relationships with Ned and Callie) but they also seem to be attracted to each other, but they don't say it or acknowledge it.  That's an interesting characteristic that I think is missing in the newer books, possible due to the boys not having girlfriends. 
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Hardy Boys Originals / Digests / #75 Trapped At Sea
« Last post by CalvinKnox on February 07, 2018, 01:14:14 PM »
I was a bit bored of all the snow and reread this book.  I feel like it had an interesting premise, but not executed properly.  The Hardys are investigating truck hijackings that lead them to some island nations in Central America were terrorists are building enough nuclear bombs to destroy every major city in the world.  This is a bigger goal than even the Assassins ever had, and these guys seem much less organized.  Essentially, a hotel clerk, trucker, and corrupt police officer are planning on taking over the entire world.  The amount a funds it would have taken to obtain so many WMD also seems to be far from the amount you could expect from hijacking a couple dozen truckloads of color TVs.  Because of this, I found the book to be somewhat ridicules.   
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