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The Billion Dollar Ransom

Franklin W Dixon

The Billion Dollar Ransom
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ISBN: 9780006918325

Reviewed on 19th December 2021

A Hardy Boys book that really kicks things onto a new level, this entry in the series really showcases the difference in scale that’s been achieved by the 1980s, and almost feels like a prototype of the Casefiles spin-off series.

In some respects it’s quite different from what’s come before. For the first time I think we have a scene where neither Hardy brother is present, and nor their friends. And yet the familiar places and people are around too.

A good, complex story, with lots to work out as the plot develops. Probably a little bit too bold in retrospect, and I imagine probably not something that’ll be repeated for a while.

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