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“Last night, my friend and I ended up crashing at another friend's house. We wanted to drink, so we stayed there and watched a movie and had tasty margaritas made for us in an absurdly tiny blender. Awesome, right? Well, the downside comes when my allergies wake me up at 9 in the morning. I...”see full review » see other reviews »
“good book I loved it. You all should read it.”Henry C wrote this review Friday, September 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I like this series because there are many mysteries involved in the books. Frank and Joe Hardy go on a quest or adventure to solve them. You should read it! By Adam”Grade Five wrote this review Wednesday, May 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“2009/03/20-2009/04/12 I read this book to my son, Maxwell (Age 6).”Bruce S. Curtiss wrote this review Thursday, May 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The tower treasure is the story of how Burt Applegate and his sister get robbed and Frank ,Joe ,and Fenton Hardy work on the case and figure out that a man that lives in New York was actually hanging around Bayport, the Hardys hometown, and was the one who stole the money and jewls and hid it in the tower at the old train station at a nearby town.”Levi dutton wrote this review Friday, March 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“actually reread it”Ronald May wrote this review Thursday, January 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Last night, my friend and I ended up crashing at another friend's house. We wanted to drink, so we stayed there and watched a movie and had tasty margaritas made for us in an absurdly tiny blender. Awesome, right? Well, the downside comes when my allergies wake me up at 9 in the morning. I neglected to bring along a book, not planning to be there overnight. At least I have my iPod Touch with some Kindle books loaded on it, I thought. Nope, I forgot it at home. Everyone else is sleeping and I don't have a book! Obviously, I did what anyone would do, raided their library for something I could read during the morning. That's how I came to read The Tower Treasure.
To my knowledge, I never read The Hardy Boys when I was younger, though I think I did read a few volumes of Nancy Drew. I wasn't really sure what to expect, but I thought it was about two young brothers who solved crimes, but I think I mixed it up with Encyclopedia Brown, which I did read way back when. In fact, the Hardy boys are 17 (Joe) and 18 (Frank). I was rather surprised they were so old since these books are for kids.
The scene opens on a country road with our young heroes riding on their motorcycles. They spot a car coming up fast and swerving all over the road. Fearful for their lives, the boys climb off the motorcycles and climb an embankment, leaving their motorcycles to be completely squashed. Lucky for their transportation, the car turns off the road before it gets there. They get back on their motorcycles and ride away, but the car comes back, having turned down a dead-end road and nearly runs them down.
The boys run their errand, dropping off a package for their detective father (the best in the world) who they totally hero-worship, as good children do. On the way home, they pass the car they saw, now crashed on the side of the road. The driver is nowhere to be seen. Rather than contacting the authorities, Frank and Joe decide to go hang out with their friend Chet.
At Chet's, the boys find more mysterious doings: Chet's car has been stolen! LE GASP! Someone took off in his precious yellow jalopy! Seriously, these kids are so spoiled. I'm pretty sure it was fairly rare for people to have cars in 1927 when this was first published, but they pretty much all have transportation and not just borrowed from dear old dad. The boys set out, with Chuck in tow, to chase after the car thief, convinced that their motorcycles are much faster, even though they couldn't outrun that car earlier. Plot hole, you say?
I don't want to spoil everything for you, because I'm sure you'll want to enjoy the unspoiled mastery of the detective work that unspools within The Tower Treasure. Frank and Joe use such unparalleled techniques as: visiting every single shop in town that might have seen a man in a wig, searching every inch of town for Chet's car with their popular buddies, and asking daddy. These boys clearly have a promising future.
The writing is quite stilted to a modern reader, and I'm not convinced it was even great for the time. One of the boys says "Have you any idea," which seemed like very odd phrasing for a hip teen. Callie, Frank's girl, on finding out that Chet's car has been stolen, responds "that's a shame." What a caring girl. Also strange is that, when offered money to help a costume store owner with his inventory, Frank and Joe say they want to work for free because it sounds fun.
Of course, the book also has plenty of sexism. The boys and men in this novel are all working hard to bring down the criminal. The women spend the entirety of the book making food to take to the people affected by the bad guy's crime spree. No joke. Frank and Joe's girlfriends keep asking them what's going on and the boys promise to fill them in later, but never do, because obviously ladies have more important things to do, like make cake. To be fair, the boys do help cook in one scene, but they leave to do some investigating (the call is totally coming from inside the house) and the girls finish the cooking alone.
The mystery plot line itself doesn't make a whole lot of sense, and is rather unsatisfying. The blurb on Goodreads even totally spoils it, so that's fun. As stupid as most of the actions taken by the Hardy boys to figure out the mystery are, this isn't the sort of mystery the reader can solve, since the guilty party has exactly no screen time in the book. This is lazy plotting. Also, despite the father's purported insane skill at being a detective, his sons wrap up the case, which I assume is only because he wanted them to earn the thousand dollar reward and save him some money on their college tuition.
All in all, The Tower Treasure was humorous and gave me something to do with my morning, but I wouldn't say that it was a good book, nor that I will be hunting down the rest of the series.”
“This book really got my attention due to all the suspense involved. The plot of this book covers solving two mysteries simultaneously. Frank and Joe Hardy's best friend, Chet, had his car stolen and were working on that case when they were informed that $4,000 dollars was stolen from Major Applegate's house. The boys believed that the crimes were linked. After a false lead, they arrest the wrong person and are out to find the correct suspect. Now on a more accurate lead, they search to capture the criminal. This book is very action filled and it had me on the edge of my seat right when I picked up the book. ”Will Harris wrote this review Tuesday, December 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Josh and I are giving this classic series a go. So far we both like it. I know it's a hit when he wants more, more!”Linda D wrote this review Friday, November 2, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“In the book; the tower treasure is another one the mystery book from the Hardy boys collection. Just Like every other hardy boys books it is a mystery. In this book the hardy boys try to stop a burglar/ thief that is stealing from the tower mansion. From my perspective it’s a pretty good book ,but could be better. It has interesting details but it’s the classic mystery story, it has no pizazz or any twisted or shocking events that take place. ”Hulen Connor hix wrote this review Sunday, October 7, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I received this for Christmas as a joke--but I swore I'd read it. UGH! i have no idea how these books ever took off and became a beloved long-running series. They are soooo BAD! I get it that they are from another era. While I was hoping that would make it charming, it only made it frustratingly lame! Who could possibly be interested in this? The writing was more geared for kids under 10 than the targeted 11-14 year olds as the back of the book suggests. The writing was also BAD. Foe example, the rich victim leaves the Hardy's house and then returns minutes later to pick them up. Huh? Why did he leave in the first place? Annoying, hopelessly dated, jaw-droppingly idiotic. I can imagine any child ever thinking this story was hip, cool and gripping enough to want to tackle the others in the series. SNORE!”Monster A Go-Go wrote this review Monday, September 17, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No