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The House on the Cliff (Hardy Boys #2)

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Fenton Hardy, the famous private detective and father of the Hardy Boys, asks his sons to help him with his latest case involving a criminal named Snattman and the smuggling of stolen drugs. Mr. Hardy directs Frank and Joe to the house on the cliff, whose location near Barmet Bay offers an excellent vantage point to watch for smugglers. The Hardys are tricked into the hous ...more
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Rich Merritt
I read this book when I was 8 and it's what made me gay. Seriously, Biff's motorcycle is named "Queen" and when Joe "straddles" it and wraps his around Biff (or Chet) he "feels the throbbing engine between his legs." Then Frank and Joe get naked together after swimming in the ocean but that's okay because they're brothers even though they look nothing alike. Yeah right. Even "South Park" picked up on the subtext of the "Hardy Boys" in one episode. But you decide for yourself GoodReaders.
Cindy Waite
This was a blast from the past! I remember reading this and other Hardy Boy books as a kid. I loved reading these back then, and now, comparing them to more modern YA books, it seems so simplistic and formulaic.

The story jumps right into action pretty quickly. The boys' parents are part of the story, especially their dad, and he is a hero figure and role model for them to emulate. He allows them to participate in his detective work, which seems far-fetched now, and they are riding motorcycles an
Emma Frank
The Hardy Boys The House on the Cliff is a thrilling mystery about two brothers who are determined to find their detective father, Fenton Hardy. The boys father is working on a smuggling case but the two boys are eager to help. When the boys are assigned a look out task their tools are mysteriously stolen and strange screams for help are heard with nobody in sight. The boys later discover that their father has disappeared. When they go back to investigate the cliff from the water they discover ...more
Like an old-school Saturday morning serial, this series delivers plenty of adventure, mystery, and fun. As a kid at heart, I definitely enjoyed it.
This story was just OK for me, not as exciting an adventure as the previous book I read.

The Hardy Boys actually ended up getting their father, the detective, out of danger!

Will continue on with this old treasures.
Gautama Siddartha
I read a couple of these books and then I stopped when i was 2...ha ha ha
i don't really like smugglering and it was kind of freaky blood on the hat whew!!
Larry Piper
I remember that when I was 8 to 10 years old the Hardy Boys seemed pretty cool. Hell, what's not to like about boys with motorcycles and motor boats? Clearly, I didn't have well developed critical skills.

A lot happens in this book that makes very little sense in light of things that happened only a few pages previously. Obviously, the books aren't written for people looking for logical sense, just lots of action, danger, motorcycles and fun. The Hardys have all that, but I think I've matured in
T Ramon
I love the Hardy Boys Mysteries. They're like reading Scooby-Doo stories for an advanced audience. Total Saturday morning nostalgia. Extremely cool revisiting the series as an adult. They are more fun now than when I first discovered the series in our town library, so many years back. Can't wait to get to the ones I never read. Great fun!
Jenna Jakubowski
This book is really fun and filled with mystery and exciting parts!!!!! People who like mystery should read this series!!!
Joy Gerbode
Another good installment in the series, and light summer reading. Some fun, some mystery, some danger, but enjoyable.
The House on the Cliff is the second book in the original Hardy Boys Mystery Series which encompasses some 58 volumes and was published from 1927 and 1979. It was ghostwritten by Canadian journalist and filmmaker Leslie MacFarlane (1902-1977) who followed an outline supplied by the Stratemeyer Syndicate, a book packager of several children’s series including Nancy Drew, Tom Swift and the Bobbsey Twins series. As are the current Hardy Boys books, The House on the Cliff was published under the pen ...more
Laura Verret
Come along as Frank and Joe Hardy tackle a gang of smugglers!

The Story.

Fenton Hardy is hard at work on a case, and his two sons are itching to join him on it. It seems that a gang of smugglers has established itself off the Bayport coast, and Fenton is almost positive he knows who its leader is. All he needs is to catch him at the racket. That’s where the boys come in.

When Fenton assigns them the job of spying out the coast to see if they can catch their man at his tricks, Frank and Joe are ecst
Matthew Groves
I think it was a very good book and I hope to read more of the series. I like mystery and suspense which is a good combination in this book. I’ve been told that the rest of the books are very good and are an easy read just like this one. Hopefully what I have been told is true and they are good like this one. I think people will like these kinds of books just because they are easy reads and they can get into it just as I have. People can read these books forever, kinda I only say that because th ...more
Richard Ward
Not able to enjoy the second Hardy Boys book nearly as much as the first. This one didn't have the same time capsule groove to it; I didn't find myself drawn into the setting and transported back to 1927 this time. The bad guys, a gang of smugglers, are entertainingly nasty, though I never quite understood exactly what they were up to or how their smuggling was making them money. The Hardy Boys, their father Fenton, and their friends Chet and Biff show a lot of physical bravery and street smarts ...more
Johanna Gail Tongco
This is a good book especially for kids. It is filled with thrill and excitement.
The story revolves the smuggling of some prescriptive drugs from India that led Detective Fenton Hardy to ask his two sons to have a surveillance on the tippe place where the good were stocked.
It then led to disappearance on lenses on an abandoned haunted house where the two boys and their friends were staying.
Days after that incident, the boys then, together with their dad ended up saving a farmer and his wife who
Max Tenin
I recently read The Hardy Boys: The House on the Cliff. The story is about the sons of Fenton Hardy a famous detective, who help their dad solve mysteries. This particular book Mr.Hardy asks his sons if they wanted to help him with a case about stolen pharmaceutical drugs and the bad guys who are smuggling, and he believes that he can find out who stole them by tracking leads of a former criminal who went off the radar. When a man washes up at the shore who can help them solve the case goes miss ...more
My first Hardy Boys book. I read it to my 12 year old, who really enjoyed it and would give it 4.5 stars. I found all the knowledge the boys have on a variety of things interesting and pointed out to my son that these books were instructional (not just with mechanics but things like manners too) as well as entertaining. I read a chapter a night to him and a few nights, at good parts, he'd ask me to read more. However, after reading to both his sisters first it was easy to keep it to just the one ...more
My Dad is most familiar of all with “The House On The Cliff” and was surprised it wasn’t among my possessions. I obtained it and was blown over by the visible difference from volume I, ”The Tower Treasure”. Perhaps the ghostwriter’s second outing improved. The handiest reason must be the 1959 re-writes by the publishing house’s daughter. She sought to modernize the 1920s releases and what a turnaround for me, to read ”The Tower Treasure” sequel in 1959 form. I do believe the minor facelifts enab ...more
Dan Panke
I'm not afraid to admit I loved reading these books as a kid. Now that I had an ereader I can once again read the Hardy Boy mysteries.
I read this when i was a kid because my father had it inside the shelves in the garage with his playboys. It was pretty cool i guess!
I can't believe how much fun it is to read these aloud to my son. Best boy-adventure vocabulary building ever. : )
Excellent series for young readers - highly recommended.
I read these books when I was 10 - 15 years of age.
Oh, it's so easy to see this was written for 12 year old boys. Still, though, not unpleasant.
OH MY GOSH MR.THOMPSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Edward Davies
This is one of the Hardy Boys books I hadn't read when i was a kid, probably because it wasn't reprinted in the UK until relatively recently. I stupidly read reviews before reading this, and had someone pointing out all the innuendo you can find, and when I came to read it I was finding leud comments in everything everyone said, like this was Carry On Hardy Boys! The plot is weak - some guy inherits a house and uses it to smuggle drugs, and the Hardy Boys manage to foil them in spite of using si ...more
Patrick Razo
Much rowdier than the first one, but plot was a tad too thin.
Laura Bang
Smugglers, secret passages, and ... a boat explosion! (The boat explosion is noteworthy because of a throwaway line [in ND#1]. Apparently boat explosions were a concern in the 1920s and/or 1950s, depending on if the boat explosions are present in the original texts.) Everyone, good or bad, is pretty dumb, but amusingly so!

There was only one picnic in this one, but it was a surprise picnic ... on a boat! (Not the boat that exploded!) And of course the picnic included cake.
Darcy Stewart
Wow! I just finished this book and realized why I love these series so much. They are great books by Franklin W. Dixon. The Hardys are told about the Pollitt place which they find out is run by smugglers.The Hardys rescue a man named Jones from a grenade explosion on the ocean in which they take him to a farmhouse. Frank and Joe know that Jones is a phony name and go home. Then the Hardys come back to the house to talk to Jones about the incident that took place. The farmers are bound and gagged ...more
The Hardy Boys, Frank and Joe, are invited by their dad, the famous detective Fenton Hardy, to work on one of his cases. This one involves smugglers bringing stolen drugs into the town of Bayport by boat. In an effort to search for clues, the boys take their telescopes and ride their motorcycles up to a nearby cliff overlooking the ocean. They set up at the Pollitt Place, an old, abandoned house. Training their telescopes out to sea, they spot suspicious looking activity, but are suddenly distra ...more
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Franklin W. Dixon is the pen name used by a variety of different authors (Leslie McFarlane, a Canadian author, being the first) who wrote The Hardy Boys novels for the Stratemeyer Syndicate (now owned by Simon & Schuster). This pseudonym was also used for the Ted Scott Flying Stories series.
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