“ Genre: Junior Books / Author: Franklin W. Dixon / Edition: n.e. / Hardcover / Reading Level: Young Adult / 192 Pages / Book is published 2002-04-01 by Grosset & Dunlap / Alternative title: The Hardy Boys: Mystery of the Flying Express „
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Most Hardy Boys books have been revised at some point or another to make them more modern and to make them a little more politically correct. The version of this story that I have read is the more updated version, which I think was updated in the 1950s, and features Frank and Joe who are given the assignment to guard a new hydrofoil, known as the Flying Express. They fail to do so, and thus must retrieve the stolen hydrofoil. However, there is a dangerous gang of thieves at work here, and the Hardys find themselves thrown into danger once more as they attempt to foil the crooks.
The Mystery of the Flying Express is the 20th Hardy Boys book. The books follow the adventures of Frank and Joe Hardy, sons of fictional supersleuth Fenton Hardy, and are written by Franklin W Dixon. McFarlane write the first 16, but then stopped. Doixon continued to be used as the name of the author, but a number of ghost writers wrote the books until McFarlane returned to write some more. This was the fourth Hardy Boys book to be written by a ghost writer in its original publication, but the revised story bears little or no resemblance to the original story, and this is something that annoys me about the Hardy Boys books and their revisions. However, it did not annoy me this time because I had not read the original version, merely this revised version, and I quite liked the story. It did seem a bit far fetched at times, but this is not really that different to most Hardy Boys books.
The books will to many seem a little outdated as they are set in the 1920s and 1930s, the first one having been first published in the mid-1920s and a quick succession of volumes following it. They are aimed at young adults and as such don't make for heavy reading. Dixon's flowing writing style keeps the action coming throughout the books.
The Mystery of the Flying Express is available from amazon.co.uk either as an individual book, part of 3 stories in 1 series or as a hardback copy, and the prices range from 1p to around the £8 mark depending on which version you want.
Book Series: The Hardy Boys