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Operation: Titanic
« on: January 08, 2012, 03:34:10 PM »
Review:
"Operation: Titanic" is a mess. The book appears to have originally been a Nancy Drew File, but then the Nancy Drew Files were cancelled and somebody was hired to add some scenes with the Hardy Boys to the book so that the book could become a Supermystery and they could make some money of the Titanic craze that was going on at that time due to the release of the movie "Titanic".

From what I remember, Frank and Joe spend most of the book hanging out at some friend's place and being chased around and getting guns waved in their faces by the Network. Judging by the amazon reviews, there appears to be some sort of mystery in those chapters, but I don't remember it at all. The scenes with Nancy were ok. All I really remember was that some billionaire was in love with Nancy, and that Nancy was investigating a murder. The last few chapters of the book are better, but that isn't saying much. The book was still a waste of my time. When I read a Supermystery, I want to see Frank, Joe, and Nancy work together. I don't want to be  bored to death waiting for the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew to meet up. Also, the events on the back cover only happen in the last few chapters.

This is the worst Supermystery ever, don't bother reading it unless you like being bored.

Rating
2 out of 10


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Re: Operation: Titanic
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2012, 03:44:00 PM »
Yeah, it wasn't the greatest SuperMystery'88 ever released.  And everytime that I've read the book I've always found that it could've easily been two seperate Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys stories, with maybe the conclusion being the same in both books.

And really, the Titanic part, didn't really get to me, since it turned out that the billionaire was actually working for the US government to recover some nuclear missiles that were lying on the ocean floor, and they were top-secret nuclear missiles, so the government needed the guy to publicly say that he was going to raise the Titanic in order to get the missiles. 

But even though it's one of the worst books, it still has probably the best entrance scene when Frank and Joe come onto the boat by helicopter.
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Re: Operation: Titanic
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2012, 04:17:11 PM »
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But even though it's one of the worst books, it still has probably the best entrance scene when Frank and Joe come onto the boat by helicopter.
Yeah- That's definitely a pretty cool scene. I do remember being a bit stymied when I first read this book as Frank and Joe and Nancy are not physically together for the majority of Operation: Titanic - I did think it was kinda interesting though as a lot of their communication was through their cell phones- that's one of the first Hardy Boys and/or Nancy Drew books I remember really making heavy use of cell phones. (Although I'm pretty sure there were instances in earlier books too of course- just that that particular book had a pretty heavy usage.) And The Network was involved in this book and The Gray Man makes a brief appearance.
And you have to admit it's a different book- Frank and Joe don't even meet up with Nancy until almost right at the end of the book. I imagine that had to be hard for the writers to come up with a plausible reason for them to be meeting up all the time and maybe someone decided to experiment with the model some here- or maybe as Dan suggested, it was cobbled together from previous manuscripts. I remember reading this when it was first released some years ago, so I don't recall a ton- but I liked it okay. Yeah, it could have been better, but there are still a lot worse things I could be reading.
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Re: Operation: Titanic
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2012, 04:21:05 PM »
Review:
"Operation: Titanic" is a mess. The book appears to have originally been a Nancy Drew File, but then the Nancy Drew Files were cancelled and somebody was hired to add some scenes with the Hardy Boys to the book so that the book could become a Supermystery and they could make some money of the Titanic craze that was going on at that time due to the release of the movie "Titanic".

From what I remember, Frank and Joe spend most of the book hanging out at some friend's place and being chased around and getting guns waved in their faces by the Network. Judging by the amazon reviews, there appears to be some sort of mystery in those chapters, but I don't remember it at all. The scenes with Nancy were ok. All I really remember was that some billionaire was in love with Nancy, and that Nancy was investigating a murder. The last few chapters of the book are better, but that isn't saying much. The book was still a waste of my time. When I read a Supermystery, I want to see Frank, Joe, and Nancy work together. I don't want to be bored to death waiting for the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew to meet up. Also, the events on the back cover only happen in the last few chapters.

This is the worst Supermystery ever, don't bother reading it unless you like being bored.

Rating
2 out of 10

I hated this book as well. So boring! ::)
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Re: Operation: Titanic
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2012, 05:39:29 PM »
And you have to admit it's a different book- Frank and Joe don't even meet up with Nancy until almost right at the end of the book. I imagine that had to be hard for the writers to come up with a plausible reason for them to be meeting up all the time and maybe someone decided to experiment with the model some here- or maybe as Dan suggested, it was cobbled together from previous manuscripts. I remember reading this when it was first released some years ago, so I don't recall a ton- but I liked it okay. Yeah, it could have been better, but there are still a lot worse things I could be reading.
I wouldn't have minded Frank and Joe not meeting up with Nancy until the end if the book hadn't been so bad. It was an original idea, one that could have been done well. The problem was that until the last few chapters both the parts with the Hardy Boys and the parts with Nancy Drew were not very good, and were just plan boring.

As I said earlier, it is obvious that either:
A) A terrible "Hardy Boys Casefiles" story and a mediocre "Nancy Drew Files" story were sloppily combined together.
B) The book was originally planned to be a "Nancy Drew Files" book and the Hardy Boys sections were later written in by a different ghostwriter. 





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Re: Operation: Titanic
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2012, 08:51:02 PM »
As I said earlier, it is obvious that either:
A) A terrible "Hardy Boys Casefiles" story and a mediocre "Nancy Drew Files" story were sloppily combined together.
B) The book was originally planned to be a "Nancy Drew Files" book and the Hardy Boys sections were later written in by a different ghostwriter. 

Kind of like the 1938 text of The Secret Warning, but Operation Titanic faired much better.  With SW you can tell that there are a couple of different writing styles in the book, with one being a very amateurish style (Dr. John Button), while another one is very professional and reads like someone who has been writing for years (whether it be writing for newspapers/magazines or writing other books) (Leslie McFarlane), while there are sections that, while being edited together, because you are trying to combine two vastly different writing styles, appear to have been sloppily edited in order for them to mesh and tell a coherent story.  Titanic had none of that conflicting writing style.





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Re: Operation: Titanic
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2012, 12:22:40 PM »
This was one of the first Supermysteries I read when I was 9 or 10, right before the series was about to be discontinued.

I remember being confused about whether there was a story and kept waiting to see the point.

(Funny enough, I was obsessed with the Titanic at that age.)

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Re: Operation: Titanic
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2012, 10:27:23 PM »
I heard it was good, so I was super disappointed after I wasted my time reading it! :( They didn't even team up until the last like 40 pages! :P
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Re: Operation: Titanic
« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2012, 09:30:31 AM »
Well it was still better than Gold Medal Murder from the 07 series, since at least I could finish the book and not give up on it only like 5 chapters in due to boredom of the Tory.
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Re: Operation: Titanic
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2012, 06:42:38 PM »
I heard it was good, so I was super disappointed after I wasted my time reading it! :( They didn't even team up until the last like 40 pages! :P

I know. It was terrible. ::)
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Re: Operation: Titanic
« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2012, 06:53:59 PM »
This is one of the few books in this series that I remember getting when it was brand new and reading right then. I wouldn't say it was the greatest in the world, but I liked it okay- cruise ship settings are always fun for mysteries and the connection with The Titanic made it interesting too (at least for me because I like history.) I wish Frank and Joe and Nancy had met up sooner- but if nothing else, with them not being physically together until towards the end of the book- it was something different anyway.
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Re: Operation: Titanic
« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2012, 12:47:44 PM »
This is one of the few books in this series that I remember getting when it was brand new and reading right then. I wouldn't say it was the greatest in the world, but I liked it okay- cruise ship settings are always fun for mysteries and the connection with The Titanic made it interesting too (at least for me because I like history.) I wish Frank and Joe and Nancy had met up sooner- but if nothing else, with them not being physically together until towards the end of the book- it was something different anyway.
The problem is that "Double Crossing" also took place on a Cruise ship, and that was a much better book.

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Re: Operation: Titanic
« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2012, 04:39:12 PM »
Good point- I forgot that Double Crossing was also on a cruise ship. Of course, that's the first book in the series and Operation: Titanic is the second to last book in the series. Maybe that's part of the difference between a dynamic opening book and a book near the end of the series when it's running out of steam...
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