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One of the Top Hardy Boys series to date
« on: June 23, 2007, 04:04:38 PM »
I must say, the Hardy Boys/Tom Swift Ultra Thrillers were two of the top Hardy Boys books in the 1990's.  The stories were great, even though Frank and Joe were treated basically as "Guest Stars" in the stories.  My favorite out of the two books would have to be Time Bomb.  Having Frank and Joe go back to 1932 was a great idea.  The only part of the book I found controversial was Tom's leap back to "pre-history".  I've never believed that the earth was anymore than 7 thousand years old, and I still don't.
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Re: One of the Top Hardy Boys series to date
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2007, 04:12:43 PM »
I read those a long time ago and I don't think I was able to finish them.  I think maybe it was because the HBs weren't main characters and there was more Tom Swift and I don't really know Tom Swift.

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« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2007, 03:48:08 PM »
You have to remember that with the Ultra Thrillers, S&S was basically trying to get more sales for the 90's Tom Swift series, but at the same time they were trying to do the same type of story that they had been doing with the Hardy's and Nancy Drew, but do it with Tom Swift and have stuff that was more in line with the Tom Swift series.  In both series (UT and SM 88) I found that the Hardy's were in there to support the lead character, even though in Ultra Thrillers, the Hardy's were given top billing.   I guess that at the time, the Casefiles, amongst the three series, must've been the top selling series, with the Files coming in second. 
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Re: One of the Top Hardy Boys series to date
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2007, 08:04:28 AM »
It was pretty good, they splashed quite a bit of science into there, to make it like a Tom Swift book. I loved the part in Time Bomb when frank and Joe attack Tom.
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« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2007, 08:00:25 PM »
I also liked how the author had the Hardy Boys story running for half the book before the Hardy's joined up with Tom Swift.  Of course, once the three guys joined up, some of the rush of the first part of the book left, since the guys were together, and at Swift Enterprises, there seemed to be a forcefield that no bad guys could encroach upon and attack just Frank or just Joe directly, or both Hardy's directly. 
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« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2007, 11:33:56 PM »
I wouldn't say I could do better, but the writers definitely could have
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Re: One of the Top Hardy Boys series to date
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2007, 07:12:38 AM »
I wouldn't say I could do better, but the writers definitely could have

The Hardy Boys And Tom Swift Ultra Thriller's were definetly way, way better written than the current Hardy Boys Undercover Brothers series, and it doesn't look like we'll be getting any Hardy Boys Undercover Brothers and Tom Swift Young Inventor Ultra Thriller books this time around.  I haven't heard of a 7th Tom Swift Young Inventor book being announced, and considering that the Undercover Brothers series isn't selling as well as the Hardy Boys Casefiles were during that series first 2 years (1987-1989), the two Ultra Thriller's from 1992 & 1993 might be the only Hardy Boys/Tom Swift crossover books to be published.  But the writing in them was second to none, whereas the writing in the Undercover Brothers series is like a hundred and fiftieth to none.
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Re: One of the Top Hardy Boys series to date
« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2007, 12:13:40 PM »
Well, i'm not really into Tom Swift or ND unless they have the Hardys in them, so I wouldn't know.
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Re: One of the Top Hardy Boys series to date
« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2007, 10:15:49 PM »
I read the both of the Ultra Thrillers, and from what I remember I liked them.  I had a hard time finding one, but after a while I was able to pick it up.  I thought they were both well- written, way better that the Undercover Brothers mysteries are today.  I think I'll re-read them again.  I liked Tom, he was a charater that I hadn't read about before, and he was likeable.
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« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2007, 01:31:33 PM »
I can never find them.
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« Reply #10 on: October 18, 2007, 03:01:28 PM »
Unfortunately, the books only went through one print run each, so the majority of the printings are in private collections, while there are also a few still at local libraries.  Try getting both on inter-library loan from your library.
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« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2007, 09:29:41 PM »
Yeah, I can't find Alien Factor anywhere. It's probally in some attic collecting dust, or in a private collection.
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« Reply #12 on: November 25, 2007, 04:10:44 PM »
Well, that's one attic I'd sure like to see. :D
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Re: One of the Top Hardy Boys series to date
« Reply #13 on: November 26, 2007, 07:30:12 PM »
Yeah, I can't find Alien Factor anywhere. It's probally in some attic collecting dust, or in a private collection.

Have you tried inter-library loan?  Sure you don't own the book, but until you can find a copy for yourself, you can still read the book from the library.
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Re: One of the Top Hardy Boys series to date
« Reply #14 on: November 26, 2007, 08:54:14 PM »
I found it in one library and I read it a few years back, but I've moved and I haven't found it again. Next time I go to the Library I'll propabally check.
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