But here are a few. The juvenile mystery book as we know it—a point of entry for generations of readers who would grow up to relish as diverse a selection of investigators and troubleshooters as Jack Reacher and Irene Kelly and Tess Monaghan and Easy Rawlins—was about to be born. Brothers Frank 16 years old in the earliest books and Joe 15 Hardy lived in Bayport, a fictional burg within driving distance of New York City that had more smugglers, spies, saboteurs, thieves and mysterious and exotic strangers per capita than any city in the world. Sometimes they assisted their private detective father, Fenton Hardy, on tough cases. Like boys throughout the years, I devoured the books. The library at my small rural elementary school—how small? My glass had some students—remained open during the summer so we could check out books.
So as to took a lot of perserverance I can tell you because, sadly, this series is simply not that able. Average acting, an odd mixture of stereotypical and totally unbelievable characters, a dreary pace, a surfeit of adolescent angst and obvious but failed attempts to create suspense are just a few of this series' problems. There are some truly ridiculous scenes and action devices too, things that would not happen in real life to actual people with functioning brain cells. A few of the characters are laughable after that badly acted - the oriental matriarch; the demented teen girl who, it transpires, is head of a Russian dynasty; the hapless international fugitive bandit who, by his own admission, looks really good in a wig. These are just some examples.
Shelves: young-adult-childrenssmystery Okay, these things aren't absolute literature. There's too many errors all the rage all of the books -- art errors, nature errors, geographical errors, above-board errors, first-aid-errors, just-plain-stupid stuff, racism, appalling portrayals of folks who aren't white-American Adults might remember these with affection, but reading them now is a minute ago painful. Now, Frank and Joe allay remind me of all of the boys I used to know after that all of the fun times we had together. These really are amusement, wholesome books that anyone can benefit from regardless of gender. I love how Frank and Joe joke with their friends.