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House on the Cliff (Ulverscroft large print series. [romance]) [Large Print] [Hardcover]

D. E. Stevenson

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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Ulverscroft; Large Print edition edition (April 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085456537X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0854565375
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,784,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE best Hardy Boys story 25 Oct 2005
By Amateur Historian - Published on Amazon.com
This concerns the original text edition of House On The Cliff. The revised edition is most familiar, but this one is richer in subplots and character development. This book was originally released back in the late 1920's, and is, arguably, the best Hardy Boys book in the entire series. Admittedly this is my personal opinion, but I have read each and every Hardy Boys title (both original and revised text)in the first 58. This story was revised during the first wave revisions of the Hardy Boys back in the late 1950s. If you've never read the original text version of this story, you're in for a treat.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, Refreshing, British 1 May 2005
By M. B. Doogan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Young Efrida Jane Ware finds herself the heiress to an old English Country Estate after a life of hardship and anxiety in London. Determined to hold on to the the only connection she has to her mysterious heritage, Elfrida moves into the old ancestral home penniless and full of dreams...much to the chagrin of her lawer, love-interest, and friends. As she discovers the people of Devonshire and the roots of her own story, she finds her true friends, love, and home. Elfrida becomes a genuine heroine with strength, confidence, and grace.

We bought this book years ago at a Library sale and I now read it at least once every summer. It is an easy read with suprisingly wonderful character development and a great story line (Stevenson effortlessly weaves together mystery, romance, adventure, drama, and comedy). D. E. Stevenson's book The House on the Cliff is refreshing in its innocence, believability, and good Brittish sense. Anyone who loves all things Classic, Tweed, and English will love this book.
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous Smugglers! 6 Mar 2005
By Lonnie E. Holder - Published on Amazon.com
The first of the revised Hardy Boys stories, "The Tower Treasure," was relatively tame, even though there were a couple of moments of near danger. In the second book in the series the danger is turned up; the bad guys have guns and they are not afraid to use them!

Their father, the famous detective Fenton Hardy, invites the Hardy Boys on a case. This time the Hardy Boys accidentally observe smugglers attacking a man on the ocean. Before the boys can see what happens to the man they hear a cry from an abandoned nearby house, which is perched on a cliff overlooking the ocean. Their search is fruitless, and on returning where they had left an expensive telescope, they discover the eyepieces are missing. The mystery begins.

The smugglers are bringing rare drugs into the country, by means unknown. Fenton Hardy believes the leader of the smugglers to be a tough character named Snattman. Fenton Hardy disappears during the investigation, leaving the boys with an even bigger mystery, and their mother with concerns regarding Fenton's safety.

As happens often with the Hardy Boys, a group of their friends pools their resources to locate the smuggler's hideout along with who the smugglers are. Along the way they discover that their father was kidnapped and held captive by the smugglers, and they may yet murder him!

The exciting conclusion of this book involves the Coast Guard, secret passages, a mysterious cargo ship, and a man named Singh. As the battle between the smugglers, led by Snattman, and the police, the Coast Guard, and Joe, Frank, and Fenton Hardy rages on, everyone is in danger because the smugglers have guns and are not afraid to use them.

While the Hardy Boys have not aged well, as reading material for an increasingly younger audience they are excellent. The stories were once recommended for children ages 10 to 14. As children are exposed to more violence and seem to require greater levels of stimulation, the recommended age range has move to 9 to 12. I think any child capable of reading some of the challenging words in these books will enjoy them, regardless of how tame most of the action may be. Once a child has reached age 12 or so the stories may be of less interest, but given the combination of mystery and action, these books remain good safe choices for parents who want to know what their children are reading.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for gettings kids to like reading. 1 Oct 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I read so many of these a few years back, and I am now stocking up my home library with these great imaginary scenes. My children are too young to read, but my nephew likes them just fine. Great for boys AND girls. Start kids off with some fun and clean reading, and they will love reading later on.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book! 2 Mar 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This review concerns the revised 1959 edition. Mr. Hardy disappears while investigating a group of smugglers. Frank and Joe suspect that a strange, old house on a cliff has a connection to the mystery and get some of their friends to help them investigate the place. This book is one of the best of the series; it is loaded with action, suspence and mystery. It doesn't take you long to get into the book and the last half of the book was especially good. Although, as good as this book is, the original edition, which is nearly the same, is even better and is the version that I would recommend reading because the writing is more rich and descriptive. While the original may be longer, with a book this good you don't mind that. Whichever version you decide to read, the original or the revised, you will not be disappointed with this book.
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