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Secret of Pirates' Hill (Hardy Boys Mystery Stories) [Hardcover]

Franklin W Dixon
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Hardcover: 213 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (1956)
  • ASIN: B0026HUDM0
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,060,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 3 Nov 2013
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One of my kids got hooked on the Hardy Boys, passed it onto the next, and I have three children (plus myself) who must read every Hardy Boys book. This one was no exception. A very entertaining and page-turning novel.
I recommend it wholeheartedly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hardy Boy! 22 Jun 2012
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I bought this for my 10 year old to help inspire him to read. It hasn't as yet but that's not the books fault. I have great hopes that it will as the theme is right up his street. It's a hard back which is a really nice change, I hadn't appreciated that when I bought it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It was a great book. 12 Feb 1997
By A Customer
The secret of pirates hill was a good book.It is very excit-
ing and thrilling.All the Hardy Boys books are great litera-
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 23 July 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pirate Cannons! 14 Sep 2005
By Lonnie E. Holder - Published on Amazon.com
It hardly seemed like I had started this story and it was over. Frank and Joe Hardy and their friends Chet Morton and Tony Prito encounter numerous ruthless criminals. The criminals are involved in scams, burglary, kidnapping, and even attempted murder! The criminals in this story are among the most vicious the Hardys have ever met.

The excitement begins immediately. Frank and Joe are scuba diving when they encounter a diver with a deadly aim. Frank and Joe escape, but their escape is narrow. Soon afterward the boys encounter a man named Bowden who asks the boys to search for a cannon called a demiculverin. As the boys search for the cannon they encounter others also looking for cannons and the others are very dangerous, injuring the boys and their friends more than once.

As the investigation continues criminals break into a local museum and steal swords. Unfortunately for the criminals the sword they really want is at the Hardy's home. The crooks eventually get the sword through a clever ruse.

The excitement heats up as the boys realize that Bowden may not be on the level. One of the more interesting aspects of this story is the number of crooks involved. We do not learn for sure who the good guys and the bad guys are until the very end of the story.

One intriguing aspect of the story is the research the author performed relating to cannons. The research appears to be accurate, based on a limited sampling on the internet, but the author had to do his research the good old-fashioned way, in the library. The unfortunate side effect of this research is that the author uses the technical name for the various cannons more than once, and words like demiculverin tend to slow the story when used too often.

This story seems to speed up as the story nears the end. The danger increases, and one of the criminals destroys a valued possession. Even as the Frank Hardy, Joe Hardy and Tony Prito try to keep from drowning, they still do not know whether the culprits are ready to pounce on the boys in the final exciting pages of this story.

The Hardy Boys series is recommended for ages 8 to 12 because the series is relatively tame for the previous target audience of ages 10 to 14. This particular book is a good fit for both age ranges. I think this Hardy Boys story is above average and I would recommend this story to a first time reader of the Hardy Boys.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read 20 Jan 2003
By Scott Thiel - Published on Amazon.com
Published in 1956 - I must admit I was a little disapointed with this book based on its title. However overall this was a pretty good volume. Set in Bayport the brothers are hired to find an ancient canon buried on Pirates Hill by Bowden who winds up being foe - not friend. Keeping the reader guessing throughout the book as to Bowden's innocence or guilt this volume drags you from chapter to chapter. Great exterior artwork on both the original & revision. RATED B-
4.0 out of 5 stars Here is another one. 6 July 2014
By Joseph - Published on Amazon.com
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The Hardy Boys are at it again, this time with their friends they are looking for a cannon only to find out that their client is a scam artists who is looking for a treasure. The Hardy Boys are in a lot of danger and this may be it for them and their friends. Find out what happens.
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't find 16 Mar 2014
By Robert M. - Published on Amazon.com
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After finding most of the other books in this series at discount stores or flea markets I was beginning to worry that I wouldn't be able
to find the 36th book. Amazon.com came through again. Very Happy!
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting!! 13 Mar 2013
By John - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this book it was one of my favorite books it is great and I love how they dive and the one thing I don't like is they always get knocked out by the bad guys
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