Who Wrote It?: Franklin W. Dixon
C’mon, Who Really Wrote it?: Vincent Buranelli in 1972. Besides his revisions, he wrote several original Hardy Boys books in the 1970s.
Was It Revised?: No.
Cover: Rudy Nappi. Two green covers in a row! This is a symbolic cover that nicely captures the book. The boys really do go into the jungle, there really is a menacing chimp, it’s a good cover thematically and esthetically. Boy were we spoiled by Mr. Nappi’s great skill in book after book.
Setting: Bayport, nearby, Brazil, nearby, Bayport again. Yes, I snuck Brazil in the middle there. So did the author.
Where’s Fenton This Time?: Sets the boys on the case, then stays home while they jet off to Brazil, and finally shows up in Chapter XX as usual.
Which Chums Show Up?: Tony, Chet and Phil. The gang is half here, but this time the gang stays home while Frank and Joe go to Brazil alone.
What’s Chet’s Hobby This Time?: Scavenging golf balls from golf course water traps. Does part of the story take place in country clubs, you ask? Sparky, you are too clever for this game!
Aunt Gertrude’s Dessert: No dessert here. She merely clucks about danger and then clucks no more in this story.
Plot: A missing person, someone is creating false passports, a frenzied chimp taught to steal stuff and attack people, this is an odd little plot.
Review: Not bad. The Brazil section is nice as an introduction to the land, but out of date now. But when you read the book and realize the significance of the Brazil section when you are done with it, you’ll have a laugh as to why it was included. Hey, it’s an excuse to fly them off to Brazil, what more do we need?
The crooks are devious, ubiqitious and deadly. The showdown is satisfying. The explanation of the masked monkey makes sense. The Brazilian voodoo display is put on by a faker, thus keep alive the Scooby Dooish aspect of the Hardy Boys, and check this quote out:
“Putting his fingers under the chin part of the last mask, he wrenched it off. Everyone gasped in amazement!”
And he would have gotten away with it too if it weren’t for you kids!
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