31st December 2020
As we near the end of the original series of Hardy Boys novels, we find them following Chet as he takes up another hobby - ballooning.
This is a mix of the classic style - maybe the first half retaining the local mystery aspect - and the newer style of global travel that the series adopted in the 1970s.
Unfortunately it’s the second half that brings it down, particularly a rushed ending and what had to be the lowest moment in the series so far where the boys commit their own shocking offence and then brush it off in a way that I totally couldn’t as a reader. I am actually disturbed that they were able to go that far.
So extremely mixed results - good start, poor end.