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The Demon's Den

Franklin W Dixon

The Demon's Den
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ISBN: 9780671626228

Description

The Hardy boys, vacationing in Vermont, offer to help the police locate a missing camper and find themselves involved with a doomsday cult, a deadly strain of bacteria, and possibly the devil.

Reviewed on 2nd June 2022

In this slightly weirdly anti-GM, religious persecutionist Hardy Boys novel, the brothers are once again on their summer holidays, this time in Vermont, when they join in a hunt for a missing child.

The plot is all over the place, with absolutely no reason for a bunch of elements to fit together. It feels like a child describing back the plot of a film they’ve seen, then someone sticking together the elements remembered and turning them into a mystery.

I did however appreciate the chapter which is essentially a giant reference to the James Bond story Goldfinger, including one of the most famous lines from the film, coupled with the equivalent scene from the book.

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