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Frank and Joe Hardy are investigating a mysterious old house high on the cliffs above Barmet Bay when they are frightened off by a scream. The boys return to the apparently haunted house when they make a connection between the place and a smuggling case their father is working on. When their father goes missing, they have to investigate the caves beneath the house and confFrank and Joe Hardy are investigating a mysterious old house high on the cliffs above Barmet Bay when they are frightened off by a scream. The boys return to the apparently haunted house when they make a connection between the place and a smuggling case their father is working on. When their father goes missing, they have to investigate the caves beneath the house and confront the smugglers....

Title : The House on the Cliff
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ISBN : 9780448089027
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 180 Pages
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The House on the Cliff Reviews

  • Michael Finocchiaro
    2019-03-27 03:47

    The Hardy Boys are legendary books for American boys. Well, perhaps for a certain generation anyway. Written by a collective behind the name Franklin Dixon (who also wrote the Nancy Drew mystery series), they are formulaic but abound with great cliff-hangers on nearly every chapter. In this adventure, there is a haunted house, adventures at sea and the ineffable Fenton Hardy as well as Frank, Joe, Biff and my kid's favourite Chet getting into the action. We have read 7 so far and this one is probably my #1 or #2 favourite. A quick and fun read for bedtime with your son that neither of you will regret.

  • Rich Merritt
    2019-04-07 23:38

    I read this book when I was 8 and it's what made me gay. Seriously, Biff's motorcycle is named "Queen" and when Joe "straddles" it and wraps his around Biff (or Chet) he "feels the throbbing engine between his legs." Then Frank and Joe get naked together after swimming in the ocean but that's okay because they're brothers even though they look nothing alike. Yeah right. Even "South Park" picked up on the subtext of the "Hardy Boys" in one episode. But you decide for yourself GoodReaders.

  • Mark Baker
    2019-04-10 03:52

    Frank and Joe Hardy are thrilled when their father, Fenton, gives them an assignment as part of his latest case. He asks them to go up on the cliff and watch the bay for smugglers. They find the perfect spot near an abandoned house. Yet, they soon hear a cry for help from inside, have part of the telescope stolen, and witness an attempted murder. What’s going on?This book is a perfect example of some of the weaknesses of the series – characters always making the perfect deduction right away and the thin characters. But even rereading it, I found it very fun. It helps that there is plenty of action. Kids today will get caught up in the story just as I did as a kid and rereading it as an adult.Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  • Jessaka
    2019-03-22 06:51

    What do you read on a rainy day? Me, I often pick up one of my Nancy Drew, Dana Sisters, or Hardy Boys books. This time I picked up the right book.The Hardy Boys are riding down the road on their motorcycles on a nice sunny day and see this large house on a cliff and decide to go check it out because they had heard that it was now haunted. There was a story about the last owner of the house having been murdered in it and his spirit remains.They park their bikes under some trees and walk up to the house. Once inside they hear a loud eerie shrieking sound. They run out of the house and back to their bikes. Storm clouds begin gathering, and next they are taking cover in a shed. See, it's a perfect book for a rainy day.After thoughts: I wanted to see who wrote this book since they used various writers in the Hardy Boys series. So, I spent some of this rainy day doing research on the internet. Leslie McFarlane wrote the first 11 books, and then while he is said to have written numbers 12, 13, and 14, the writing in these three books is different. Also these three have the most obvious comments on racism in them. And yet, I had only found one in this book, his second one. Then I read that he also wrote number 14 and 15 before he quit writing this series.In 1959 all of the series of The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew and The Dana Sisters were edited to remove racist comments. While this was a good idea, they also changed other things in the books, which is why I read the old ones. Next, I wanted to know more about Leslie McFarlane, and so I did some research on him. He started out as a journalist in Canada and moved to the U.S. where he freelanced the boys adventure books, Dave Fearless. His son Brian wrote: “I was about 10 years old when I discovered the Hardy Boys books on my dad’s bookshelves, and began reading them. One day I asked him why he was interested in reading kids books and he told me he didn’t read them, he wrote them! ‘But don’t tell your friends that I write that nonsense,’ he told me. ”Leslie McFarlane (1902-1977)Copyright: 1927

  • Josh Davis
    2019-03-22 02:30

    Re-reading the Hardy Boys series with my daughter has been an adventure. I'm giving this one a 5-star rating because it was my favorite as a kid. Exciting story with secret passages, hidden doors and many twists and turns along the way.

  • Cindy Waite
    2019-04-15 03:35

    This was a blast from the past! I remember reading this and other Hardy Boy books as a kid. I loved reading these back then, and now, comparing them to more modern YA books, it seems so simplistic and formulaic.The story jumps right into action pretty quickly. The boys' parents are part of the story, especially their dad, and he is a hero figure and role model for them to emulate. He allows them to participate in his detective work, which seems far-fetched now, and they are riding motorcycles and finding secret entrances by boat,riding with the Coast Guard, just amazing stuff. The end has a nice ending, with the bad guy wishing he had a family who loved him, like Fenton Hardy, with two fine boys, and he reforms right then and there, vowing to create a boys' home for troubled boys.Compared to many of the contemporary YA books we have spent so much time on, it's amazing how far YA literature has progressed and grown over the decades. But Hardy Boys was a great place to start.

  • Pete
    2019-04-12 05:46

    Better than the first book. For a formulaic book for kids there was steady action and the mystery wasn't half bad. I'm glad my son likes The Hardy Boys.

  • Sebastian Morales
    2019-03-20 05:41

    The Hardy Boys House on the Cliff was a classic mystery. Joe and Frank Hardy are two brothers who are have an endless need for adventure and excitment. Fenton Hardy is thier successful dad who is kmown as the most talented detective in all of Bayport. At times Mr.Hardy will ask his sons to help out with some of the cases he's assassigned with. In this story Mr.Hard is tasked with taking down smugglers. He invites his sons in the case and they gladly accept as they are tasked to look out for any suspicious behavior out at see from an abandoned home on top of a cliff as a vantage point. The brothers invte two of there friends Chet and Biff to help with the case. Once on arrival they almost immediatly spot possible suspects out at see. Soon after they are fooled and lured into a trap in the house leading to their equipment being stolen and vehicles damaged. I highly incourage anyone who enjoys mystery and suspense to read this book or to anyone who needs to complete a project or even pass time. This book keeps readers excted for more by putting these characters through some hardships and of cource introduces long anticipated clues to solve the mystery. If you happen to become bored of the Hardy brothers the book does introduce more and new chracters, and if you stick around you'll see some of the fun through their point of view. All in all i love this book and gladly give it a five star rating and can't wait to read more of this action-packed mystery.

  • Jeff Kowalk
    2019-04-04 23:48

    A great blast from the past! I read all of these growing up, and I only recently discovered that Franklin W. Dixon is a pen name for multiple authors. This particular story in the Hardy Boys chronicles was written in 1927, and it has held up extremely well for its age. While fashions and societal roles have changed, the mystery is just as comprehensible today as it was back then. Well written, especially considering the age for whom it is intended. Highly recommended if you have young readers looking for the thrill of a good mystery.

  • Lisa Blair
    2019-03-31 23:27

    Great audio book! High suspense as Mr. Hardy is captured by smugglers and the Hardy boys seek to rescue him. Lots of twists and turns keep the suspense throughout the reading of this book. A great read!

  • Ava Sadler
    2019-04-14 01:43

    The House on the Cliff was about smuggler's and Mystery. I think it was very interesting.

  • Samantha
    2019-03-22 22:51

    Honestly, a really nail biting one for the Hardy Boys. I truly loved it, and I will be reading more of the series.

  • Owen
    2019-04-03 01:36

    This book was a trainwreck. The characters were all over the place and the writing was atrocious. I get that the dialogue is super dated, but when they talk (and in the normal descriptive writing) they literally say every single thing that is happening in the plot. Nothing is left for the reader to figure out. These books were written for kids/maybe younger teens and I highly doubt that they would have missed everything going on.I didn't make any notes for examples of this, but I should have. It sounds so fake, like they were reading the Wikipedia pages about the characters before talking to them and had notes about everything that had ever happened in Bayport. If the book was a trainwreck, then the ending was the explosion that killed everyone on board and destroyed all the cargo. (view spoiler)[The main villain has a sudden "change of heart" that is so cheesy and fake, and if it was modern day the cops would have been like "Yeah right, shut your mouth." But of course, the Hardy Boys and all the random other characters are sure that he turned out to be a great guy afterall. (hide spoiler)]The target demographic for this series is not 16 year old boys, but I am fond of the notion that any person of whatever age or gender should be able to enjoy a book. I can't say I enjoyed this one. I am disappointed that the author "wrote down" to the little kids that would read this, assuming they are 100% stupid.

  • Emma Frank
    2019-04-05 00:29

    The Hardy Boys The House on the Cliff is a thrilling mystery about two brothers who are determined to find their detective father, Fenton Hardy. The boys father is working on a smuggling case but the two boys are eager to help. When the boys are assigned a look out task their tools are mysteriously stolen and strange screams for help are heard with nobody in sight. The boys later discover that their father has disappeared. When they go back to investigate the cliff from the water they discover a secret passageway that leads to the house on the cliff. The boys enter thepassageway hoping to find their father, well they do and the only struggle now is escaping. Luckily their friends call the poliece and the smugglers are arrested.I love all mysteries and this was a great story that I didn't want to end.

  • T Ramon
    2019-04-07 02:24

    I love the Hardy Boys Mysteries. They're like reading Scooby-Doo stories for an advanced audience. Total Saturday morning nostalgia. Extremely cool revisiting the series as an adult. They are more fun now than when I first discovered the series in our town library, so many years back. Can't wait to get to the ones I never read. Great fun!

  • Ami
    2019-03-24 23:50

    I think that this is a great book! I love the adventure and mystery. I enjoyed reading this book because once I picked it up I couldn't put it down because it was so intriguing. I would recommend this book if you like mystery and adventure.

  • Susan
    2019-03-26 03:45

    This story was just OK for me, not as exciting an adventure as the previous book I read. The Hardy Boys actually ended up getting their father, the detective, out of danger! Will continue on with this old treasures.

  • Paxton
    2019-04-02 23:53

    When "I don't really want to call them this but they are kinda like ghost busters" Frank and Joe Hardy investigate there father Fenton's crime when he goes disapearing .A group of smugelers kidnap him.

  • Ron
    2019-03-21 22:46

    Excellent series for young readers - highly recommended. I read these books when I was 10 - 15 years of age.

  • Jerry
    2019-04-14 00:38

    Like an old-school Saturday morning serial, this series delivers plenty of adventure, mystery, and fun. As a kid at heart, I definitely enjoyed it.

  • Claire
    2019-04-10 03:27

    i don't really like smugglering and it was kind of freaky blood on the hat whew!!

  • Jenna Jakubowski
    2019-04-02 05:35

    This book is really fun and filled with mystery and exciting parts!!!!! People who like mystery should read this series!!!

  • Joy
    2019-03-23 05:48

    I read this when i was a kid because my father had it inside the shelves in the garage with his playboys. It was pretty cool i guess!

  • Shannon
    2019-03-31 22:45

    I can't believe how much fun it is to read these aloud to my son. Best boy-adventure vocabulary building ever. : )

  • Camille Siddartha
    2019-03-24 22:34

    I read a couple of these books and then I stopped when i was 2...ha ha ha

  • 07DrewK
    2019-03-31 02:49

    OH MY GOSH MR.THOMPSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jason
    2019-03-20 04:53

    1927 version: ★★★✰✰1959 version: ★★✰✰✰Finished 8/15/17. Skip down three paragraphs for the review(s).Pre-read note, 2/23/17:This will show two reads one right after the other, but it's not because I found the book so titillating that I had to reread it immediately. At least I doubt that will be the case. There are two versions of this book: the original written in 1927 and a revision written in 1959 which modernized it and made it a little more PC. I have both and plan to do a comparison. The Hardy Boys Unofficial Home Page says some stories were completely rewritten right down to the plot, others merely shortened to fit a 180 page length that the powers-that-be deemed proper (publishing costs; literary degradation always comes down to money), and the rest fall somewhere between those two extremes. It also considers the prose quality of the revisions to be quite sub-par. I bitch about this discovery more extensively in the beginning of my Mystery of Cabin Island review. I'm doing this project with The Tower Treasure as well just for shits and giggles.Since there are too many cooks in the Goodreads kitchen, the two books are not listed separately even though they technically are two different books. I believe librarians who think they are being helpful combine the books when they find a different version, and there's really no way to stop it. It is confusing, after all, seeing two different books from the same author with the same title, so I won't hold it against them. I would probably do the same thing myself were I to stumble upon it without knowing any better.Since I'm a do-things-in-chronological-order kind of person, and nothing will ever deter me from staying steadfast in that mindset, I'm going to read the original first followed by the revision.Review, 8/16/17:For my general gripes about the revision project, see my Tower Treasure review. What I say about it there applies here as well, though the changes aren't quite as bad in this one. But before I get into the revision complaints, I'll point out one advantage it boasts over its predecessor: the editing. The originals I have are the Applewood reprints from the 1990's. They claim to be exact facsimiles of the ones from the 20's, so I don't know if the originals had all these mistakes in them, or if someone at Applewood goofed. Here's an example:"'What'll we do with 'em, chief?' asked one of the man."There were also cases of a word being broken up such as "one" appearing as "on e" in the text. I wish I had marked an example, but there were several things like that.Oh wait, there was one other bonus in the revision, though only gay people would consider this an improvement. (Everyone else is apt to be indifferent). The Hardy boys strip to their skivvies to swim to the cave under the cliff. Hot 17 and 18-year-olds swimming in their underwear and sneaking through tunnels all wet are always fun for the mind's eye, no matter how dorky they are. And really, it's pretty clear that the mid-century incarnation of the boys are gay anyway, so this has potential to be fun. The 1920's boys go out with girls. In the 50's, they're just friends with those same girls, but it's completely platonic. I was hoping the boys would profess their lust for each other in the tunnels before they got to their destination."Hey Frank, we're all alone and stripped in this dark, wet place. You wanna play 'who put the ram in the rama lama ding dong' before we go on?""No, Joe. We gotta go rescue dad!""Ah, gee whiz. Okay."But that didn't happen, at least not in this book. However, I do remember reading a story (non-canon) a long time ago where that and much more did happen, but that falls under the category of outright smut, and I won't discuss it further here.The boys carried their clothes and belongings (not to mention some candy bars I'll discuss later) in waterproof packages they just happened to be able to make on the fly in their boat, and they got dressed again later in their complete ensembles which included sweater vests and ties according to one of the pictures near the end. (Like I said: dorky. Couldn't they have left those behind and just taken their pants and undershirts? No. This was the 50's where preps had to be fully dressed when out in public). This scene is probably titillating for gay people only. Biff strips at the end as well to dive into the ocean and get some evidence that was tossed over the side of the boat, but that wasn't quite as hot. In the original, the boys just went through the water fully clothed because they weren't as stupid as their mid-century counterparts, and they knew they had more important business to take care of than keeping their clothes dry. They're only 15 and 16 in that one, and it's possible boys that age aren't as conscientious about looking as dapper as can be at all times (except when you're almost naked). Or perhaps it's kids in the 1920's who just don't get it. Just because you're on a mission to rescue your father doesn't mean you can't take care of your belongings. The revisers realized this and changed the scene to make it more appropriate for a 1950's audience even though it inadvertently added brief nudity. (You can totally see through a pair of wet tighty-whities, after all.)Other than the editing and the striptease, the original is superior even though some things aren't politically correct. The most glaring example is when one of the Hardys suspected there was "a nigger in the woodpile," a phrase which means something suspicious or sneaky is going on. They had no such supposition in 1959, though at one point "Lithe as Indians the three Hardys hurried across the lawn..." I'm not sure if you're allowed to talk about Indians like that in 2017, but I could be wrong; I don't always know what upsets people nowadays, but apparently it was OK in the late 50's.There were also many more guns in the original. Someone got shot, and several people got shot at. In the revision there were only a couple of guns, and they mostly remained holstered. I think only a couple of shots were fired, and they were warning shots. In 1927 all the smugglers were packing heat, but in 1959 when the boys escaped notice from two of them Joe observed "'We wouldn't have had a chance with that pair. They looked like wrestlers.'" Never mind that he cold-cocks one of them easily enough later in the book. (That's just one instance of the revision's inconsistencies.) Later still they steal a gun from one of the smugglers who fell asleep while guarding them, and they find out he has only one bullet. Were they being watched by Barney Fife? In the original the gun is loaded for bear because Mr. Hardy empties it firing back at the smugglers. He doesn't do this in the revision because he would never fire at someone until they had fired at him first. Oh, walkin', talkin' Jesus. Mr. Hardy wasn't exactly Han Solo in the original, but did they really have to give him the Greedo-in-the-cantina treatment?Original: The criminals are smuggling opium and dope. Revision: They're smuggling pharmaceutical drugs. We can't have kids reading about anything as low-class as street drugs, can we?As with The Tower Treasure, the revision takes a perfectly good story and adds nonsensical elements. Deductions that made sense in the original become silly in the revision due to something added or taken away. By the end, you feel it might be better to put Steve or Joe from Blues Clues on the case. Like I said earlier, it's not as bad in this book as it was in the first as far as clues and deductions are concerned, but the plot really jumps the rails by the end and lands squarely in the world of inanity.(view spoiler)[The smugglers have captured Mr. Hardy and want him to send a note to his wife and kids saying he's fine so they don't go looking for him, but he refuses to sign it. They threaten to starve him to death, and they go on and on about how hungry and thirsty he'll be. But a few sentences later we learn the smugglers plan to be long gone by the next morning. So they're going to starve him to death in 10 or 12 hours? I don't think it works that way. I know he could starve if they just left him there and nobody knew where he was, but that's not how the book reads.He's already been starved a little bit, but the boys find him and give him a candy bar. This rejuvenates him for a bit. Later on he's fatigued again, and the boys are supporting him under his arms and assisting him to the door. They give him another candy bar and some bits of pretzel. Suddenly he "seemed a lot stronger already. 'I'll take the lead,'" he said, and not only does he do just that, he even gets the better of someone in a fight later, I'm assuming one of those wrestler dudes. You don't need to be a biologist or nutritionist to know that's just now how it works. This kind of silliness is completely absent from the original, and I'm at a loss to explain why it's added, but it did provide me with some amusing images in my head. I saw the Hardys as characters in a side scrolling video game on the Sega Genesis or Nintendo, collecting candy bars from time to time to restore their health meters.In the original after the Hardys escape, they're herded back into the house since all other escape routes are covered, and they hear the smugglers heading right for their hiding place. It's clear they have no other viable options. When they get into the house, they go to the attic since it's the best hiding place. In the revision they're hiding in the woods and the smugglers pass right by them without noticing them. One would think they'd just continue to lay low there since they know the police and coast guard will be on their way soon because their friends were sent to alert the authorities an hour or so prior. But no, Mr. Hardy suggests they leave this perfectly good hiding spot which probably won't be searched again and run straight into the house and up into the attic because it would never cross the smugglers' minds to look there. Such thinking has been the undoing of many a horror movie victim, but I expect better from one of the supposed best detectives in the country. Naturally the smugglers find them, though even that could've been avoided if Mr. Hardy hadn't suggested a ploy worthy of Inspector Clouseau. They move a bathrobe to cover the attic door so the smugglers who had been living in this house for a few days might not see the door...Then at the end, the chief antagonist Snattman (who is called Snackley in the original) after he is captured reveals he is technically the owner of the house on the cliff. He got it from his uncle who recently died of natural causes. The uncle was mean to him as a kid, and that's why he turned out so rotten, and he's so proud of how Mr. Hardy has "brought up two such fine boys" who have such "swell friends" that he's going to ask the executors of his uncle's estate to turn the house into a home for boys, a "place where boys without proper home training can come to live." He does this even though the Hardys just captured him and he'll be going to prison for a long time. The Hardys think that's a swell idea, and everyone goes his separate way, happy as a pig in shit. Oh God, make it stop! In the original, Snackley killed his uncle, took the house and money, used it and the caves and tunnels for smuggling, never apologized for anything, and it's implied he was given the chair. Not as pretty but much more realistic.In the original Mr. Hardy is the only one who knows Snackley and the house owner were related, but he's captured before he can do anything with that information. In the revision, it's revealed from other law enforcement officers and news sources out of town that the uncle had one living relative, a no good nephew. Nobody thinks to tell anyone that this nephew is the infamous Snattman. Did they know everything about this nephew who had been in jail before except his name? Everyone is shocked to find this out at the end. Nothing makes any goddam sense.Revision: The boys have perfect respect for the police and all authority figures. Original: The police chief and his staff are such inept, pig-headed duffers that Frank threatens to inform the newspaper about it if they don't agree to at least look into the clues they found, one of them their dad's blood-spattered hat with his initials in it found at the house on the cliff which is suddenly occupied by shady new residents who insist they found it on the road, and decided to keep and wear it.Original: The snitch who got this mystery going was a member of the gang, and he was trying to get out of it. Revision: He was a member of the Coast Guard pretending to be a member of the gang. How much whitewash can you throw on this thing? Apparently a lot. (hide spoiler)].There you have it. My assessment is the same for this as it was for the first book: If you decide to read these, go with the original if you can find a copy. 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  • Brett Barber
    2019-03-22 03:25

    GoodReads Book Review and Genre Critique In the book Hardy Boys, House On the Cliff the main characters Frank and Joe are helping their father on another case. But one night, as the Hardy Brothers and their friends were investigating a drug shipment off the cost of Barmet Bay, they mysteriously saw a vessel with many people on it. So they brought out their telescope and saw very suspicious looking people climbing aboard the ship. So they gathered their equipment, and headed back to tell the detective, Fenton Hardy (Hardy Brothers Father). Then the Hardy Brothers and their friends started their long investigation and had no clue what was about to happen. My book Hardy Boys, House on the Cliff shows a very good representation of what a mystery book should look like. Throughout the book, they're many examples that support this claim. An example of this is shown all around the book when the Hardy Brothers and their friends find clues for the case. Another example is at the end of the book when everyone solves the mystery. In most mystery books, there are clues, mysteries, twists, and the book plot is told throughout the book in chapters. Which the book I am reading has. For example, when the Hardy Brothers and their friends try and find clues that will potentially lead to them catching the drug smugglers. But these clues are not told in just one chapter. These are told throughout the book, but each clues has its own mystery to it. Like when the Hardy Brothers saw the people climbing on to the large vessel floating out on the bay. This clue might have had something to do with the drug shipment. Every piece of evidence states why the book is a very good representation of what a mystery book is supposed to look like. While reading, House On the Cliff I have grown to like many thing about it, like how the author keeps the readers guessing. I believe that this book shows a very good representation of what a mystery book is supposed to look like. It shows many of the characteristics of a real mystery book and tells the plot of the story throughout the book. If I had to recommend this book, I would recommend this book to any middle schooler that is capable of reading it. In conclusion, I believe that Hardy Boys, House On the Cliff show a very good representation of what a mystery book is meant to look like.

  • Damian Curran
    2019-04-11 03:47

    Thinking back to some of the books I loved reading and being read to as child made me think of Franklin W. Dixon's 'The Hardy Boys'. Possibly THE greatest set of books growing up, alongside Enid Blyton's 'The Famous Five'. As an 80's child, these books were absolutely fantastic in my opinion and I honestly could not put them down.If someone was to ask me think of a real adventure story, think of a book you read with a real plot, an exciting twist in the story, think of exploring - then I couldn't help but think of the Hardy Boys. As a boy growing up, obsessed with anything and everything outside, these books fuelled my imagination in every sense of the word. Obsessed with scouting, adventures, climbing trees with my friends, I remember us sharing the series with each other. I chose 'The House on the Cliff' as it was one particular adventure of theirs which I absolutely loved reading! This is the second book in the series and I felt there was far more adventure in it than the first. The Hardy Boys are Frank and Joe Hardy, two teen detectives who set out on an adventure to investigate a local smuggler. The plot thickens and they get more than they bargained for - a really exciting adventure that will leave you on the edge of your seat wanting to read 'just one more chapter' before you put it down! ( if you can put it down!)Would highly recommend the Hardy Boys series to all who like Enid Blyton and The Famous Five' - anything like this as it really does leave you wanting to go off exploring on your own adventure! Just great!

  • Layton Marek
    2019-04-18 03:52

    The Hardy Boys #2- The House on the Cliff was a great book. I liked it better than the first book because it was more action-packed and all of the characters' personalities were improved from the first book a lot. Some of the more annoying characters from the first book like Lola and Callie were not mentioned in this book at all, but my favorite characters (Frank & Joe Hardy, Fenton Hardy, Biff and Chet) were still in this book. The House On The Cliff continues the story about the two junior detective brothers, Frank and Joe Hardy. The main mystery they are trying to solve in this book is to find out who has been smuggling some rare drugs from India into Bayport. When they are riding their motorcycles, they see a man in the water drowning. When they saved the man from drowning, he told them some people were smuggling rare drugs and they were after him. When the boys and their dad (Fenton Hardy) are looking for the criminals who are smuggling, Mr. Hardy goes missing somehow. My favorite part of the book was actually when Mr. Hardy went missing and the boys had to rescue him with the help of their friends Biff and Chet. If you want to find out more about what happens, go get this book and read it! If you like mystery and action, you won't be disappointed.