The Bombay Boomerang
Frank and Joe Hardy become involved in a case affecting national security when Joe dials a wrong telephone number and gets the Pentagon. Two words "Bombay Boomerang" that the boys hear before the line goes dead plunge them into a whirlpool of danger and intrigue.
Reviewed on 30th December 2020
The forty-ninth Hardy Boys story definitely starts to feel like the seventies are here, even though there’s a mildly conservative attitude presented resisting some of the changes in teen culture.
The change in focus of the novels continues to be evident - the adventures have got bigger in scale, exploring wider cultures, and with mysteries that have government, national, and international implications rather than just focusing on Bayport.
This is the first in a run of books from the series that I have never read before, and it’s interesting to discover completely new tales from such an old series.
It’s a good all round adventure - there is a lot going on, and the plot seems to all tie together pretty well. It’s more dangerous than earlier stories, but this feels appropriate to upping the tension for a seventies audience.