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The Canadian Northwest beckons Frank and Joe Hardy to mystery and adventure. It all starts when a French-Canadian trapper, Caribou Caron, makes a historical and valuable fin - a carved rune stone left by Vikings centuries ago near Great Slave Lake. When Caribou Caron attempts to sell the artifact to a representative of a museum, it is snatched by thieves. Like the intrepid The Canadian Northwest beckons Frank and Joe Hardy to mystery and adventure. It all starts when a French-Canadian trapper, Caribou Caron, makes a historical and valuable fin - a carved rune stone left by Vikings centuries ago near Great Slave Lake. When Caribou Caron attempts to sell the artifact to a representative of a museum, it is snatched by thieves. Like the intrepid Viking of old, Frank and Joe, with their close pal, Chet Morton set off on a perilous quest in the Northwest Territories to recover the valuable artifact before the robbers can decipher the symbols leading to the buried treasure.


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The Canadian Northwest beckons Frank and Joe Hardy to mystery and adventure. It all starts when a French-Canadian trapper, Caribou Caron, makes a historical and valuable fin - a carved rune stone left by Vikings centuries ago near Great Slave Lake. When Caribou Caron attempts to sell the artifact to a representative of a museum, it is snatched by thieves. Like the intrepid The Canadian Northwest beckons Frank and Joe Hardy to mystery and adventure. It all starts when a French-Canadian trapper, Caribou Caron, makes a historical and valuable fin - a carved rune stone left by Vikings centuries ago near Great Slave Lake. When Caribou Caron attempts to sell the artifact to a representative of a museum, it is snatched by thieves. Like the intrepid Viking of old, Frank and Joe, with their close pal, Chet Morton set off on a perilous quest in the Northwest Territories to recover the valuable artifact before the robbers can decipher the symbols leading to the buried treasure.

30 review for The Viking Symbol Mystery

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kath ❅

    I feel kind of bad giving this 2 stars because I'm so far outside the age range for this one but I do think the best kids books can be enjoyed by anyone. This book was just so boring to me. When I was a kid, I wanted to read more Hardy Boys books because I thought they were more interesting compared to Nancy Drew. Reading it now, I find Frank and Joe to be so boring. They had no personality outside of being people who solve mysteries and none of their friends are really that interesting either. I feel kind of bad giving this 2 stars because I'm so far outside the age range for this one but I do think the best kids books can be enjoyed by anyone. This book was just so boring to me. When I was a kid, I wanted to read more Hardy Boys books because I thought they were more interesting compared to Nancy Drew. Reading it now, I find Frank and Joe to be so boring. They had no personality outside of being people who solve mysteries and none of their friends are really that interesting either. The plot was all over the place in this book. Frank and Joe would be sent all over the place for seemingly exciting reasons and then it would end up being completely irrelevant to the mystery. this whole book is just full of wild goose chases that were so repetitive. I wish this plot was just a little more streamline, I think the book would have been so much better that way. this was an interesting return to a book series that I loved as a child and I am glad I read this to see what sort of things I read as a kid but I doubt I'll be reading any more books in this series. Maybe I'll re-read a Nancy Drew book next.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    It's getting late, and I have a lot to do, so, I'll be brief: This is standard fare for this series...which isn't a bad thing.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan D

    This book is great for people that like mysteries.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tim V

    The Viking Symbol Mystery by Franklin W. Dixon This book is all about two brothers, Frank and Joe Hardy, who investigate a case with their detective father, Fenton Hardy, and are accompanied by their pal, Chet Morton. There are quite a few interesting and unique things about this book, such as the storyline , which makes you fascinated with the book and makes you feel as if you are there following their investigation, which I find very rare in most modern books. Another thing is how the characte The Viking Symbol Mystery by Franklin W. Dixon This book is all about two brothers, Frank and Joe Hardy, who investigate a case with their detective father, Fenton Hardy, and are accompanied by their pal, Chet Morton. There are quite a few interesting and unique things about this book, such as the storyline , which makes you fascinated with the book and makes you feel as if you are there following their investigation, which I find very rare in most modern books. Another thing is how the characters interact very realistically with each other, as well how the conflict between the villans and the protagonists is very even until the end , unlike as what we see in most other stories where the protagonist always has the upper hand on the villan. This story is about two brothers and their buddy Chet who go deep into the Northwest Territories sometime during the 1970s to retrieve a valuable viking artifact with runic symbols on it before the robbers, who stole it from a French-Canadian trapper Caribou Carton, and decipher it. The road to victory is hard for the Hardy boys as they trek through the vast wilderness and at the end are put in peril by a stampede of buffalo. The main characters of this story are Caribou Caron, the two Hardy brothers, their father, their pal Chet Morton who are always ready to assist each other in a time of need, as we can see in scenes where they save each other when they get captured by the bandits. One very important thing that we see in the story is the characters’ ability to work together and develop strong friendships with the good people that they meet on their path. My favorite part of this story is the end, because that is the moment when there is finally the feeling of accomplishment after the hard road to victory, and everyone is happy. It is written in a way that, first you feel as if you were there with them, as well as that it keeps the reader very interested in what will happen next, so you just cannot get bored of the book. A lot of other children would love to read this book because it has alot of adventure as well as action that keeps the reader on an edge. This story is very entertaining, since there is always action through the entire book, as well as very amusing in some parts such as at the end, when Joe makes a joke during the dinner about Chet. I really enjoyed reading this book, and not only this specific book but all other books that I have read from the series also left me fascinated. I would definitely recommend it for children to read because of how adventurous it is.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Joy Gerbode

    This is one of my favorite Hardy Boys books, because it's setting is in northern Canada. While I've not been that far north in Canada, my favorite book from childhood was set up there, so this "revisit" of the area (many years later) was very pleasant. This mystery is, as all HB mysteries, a little far-fetched and unrealistic ... making it a perfect fantasy world mystery. The Hardy Boys are such good friends, polite and respectful young men, hard workers, diligent seekers, and good mystery solve This is one of my favorite Hardy Boys books, because it's setting is in northern Canada. While I've not been that far north in Canada, my favorite book from childhood was set up there, so this "revisit" of the area (many years later) was very pleasant. This mystery is, as all HB mysteries, a little far-fetched and unrealistic ... making it a perfect fantasy world mystery. The Hardy Boys are such good friends, polite and respectful young men, hard workers, diligent seekers, and good mystery solvers ... and while it may be a bit unrealistic, they are certainly good role models. I always enjoy going back to their world in books.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Holli

    Wow, you know who had terrible parents? The Hardy Boys! Who sends their children and their children's friends into the deadly Canadian wilderness after receiving death threats about meddling into the affairs of thieves? Oh, you guessed it, the Hardy parents! I guess you could say the parents of their friends are even worse for letting their children hang out with the Hardies in the first place, and I would agree. While the kids are off fighting their father's fight, almost getting killed several Wow, you know who had terrible parents? The Hardy Boys! Who sends their children and their children's friends into the deadly Canadian wilderness after receiving death threats about meddling into the affairs of thieves? Oh, you guessed it, the Hardy parents! I guess you could say the parents of their friends are even worse for letting their children hang out with the Hardies in the first place, and I would agree. While the kids are off fighting their father's fight, almost getting killed several times over, dad Hardy is home getting all comfy with mom Hardy and this live in "auntie". The Hardy family is way messed up. Can't wait to read more!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Belyea

    When an ancient viking relic goes missing, Frank and Joe are called in by their father to get the boys together and catch the theives, taking them into the Canadian wilderness where the most dangerous escapes have them chasing bad guys and running from some ferocious beasts! Dixon delivers a fun and thrilling adventure that will keep fans begging for more. Can the Hardy Boys make it out of the wild in one piece, or will they end up as another piece of ancient history?

  8. 5 out of 5

    Christian D. Orr

    Okay, I admit, at age 39 I'm a tad bit old to be reading Hardy Boys mysteries, but it was a gift from a friend as a part of a care package she sent me while I was stationed in Japan, so what the heck, 'twas a quick and fun read. :-)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nolan S

    The book that I read was called The Hardy Boys: The Mystery of the Viking Stone. The author is Franklin W. Dixon who also illustrated the book. It really affected me by it had many cliff hangers at the end of the chapter so it wants you to read more everytime you are done with the chapter. Also it made me want to know what happen next so I just really badly wanted to go to the end of the book and find out what happens. The author really made this book interesting it is always a good book/mystery The book that I read was called The Hardy Boys: The Mystery of the Viking Stone. The author is Franklin W. Dixon who also illustrated the book. It really affected me by it had many cliff hangers at the end of the chapter so it wants you to read more everytime you are done with the chapter. Also it made me want to know what happen next so I just really badly wanted to go to the end of the book and find out what happens. The author really made this book interesting it is always a good book/mystery I really thought that the author was doing some foreshadowing like it goes to another side of the story like it would be about to talk who was the crime made by but then it would talk about what Frank and Joe Hardy’s father does in his mystery. It also does some good flash back like it would talk about the Hardy’s Mysteries and then it would either talk about the last mystery or the mystery coming ahead in the book series. Just like in this book it mentioned that how the book got stolen about the viking stone but then it would relate to the last book when it did that. I would recommend this to anyone who is up for a mystery that is very tough to figure out like you would never suspect that it was that person. I guess I kinda liked this book it wasn’t the best one of this series of the Hardy Boys but I would still recommend it to most people that like a good mystery that they are not suspecting. At the end I was like duh like how didn’t I think that it was that person who made the crime. I guess it was kinda not too easy and not too hard it was a good book for me at least, it is not a predictable outcome at the end of the story. The favorite part for me was the end of it when I found out who did the crime. I could totally relate to about the end how you think to hard about who the criminal is going to be and in my life I always think to hard about things when they are basically right in front of me

  10. 4 out of 5

    Book collector

    Ok this isn't a specific review of the books. There are quite a few hardy boys books and I read them over a period of several years but that was around 30-35 years ago now. Some I remember clearly and I will be specific about those at the end of this part of the review. This section is really an overview of the series. Franklin w. Dixon was of course a syndicate name. A name used over many years on the hardy boys books. My father read them during the fifties, they started during the forties and Ok this isn't a specific review of the books. There are quite a few hardy boys books and I read them over a period of several years but that was around 30-35 years ago now. Some I remember clearly and I will be specific about those at the end of this part of the review. This section is really an overview of the series. Franklin w. Dixon was of course a syndicate name. A name used over many years on the hardy boys books. My father read them during the fifties, they started during the forties and by the end of the the 1980's I'd collected a full set up to around number 90 along with the first 25 or so casefiles books. They were enjoyable books. Fairly simple, but generally well written mysteries. They followed a basic pattern. The hardy boys father would either disappear working on a case or go off to work a case, the boys would get involved in a curious but not terribly threatening mystery in which they and their friends would regularly be captured, escape, repeat as needed. They would end with the boys in danger and then their father would turn up, save them and reveal they had both been working the same case. There are variations on the pattern of course and don't get me wrong I'm not knocking the familiar tropes of the series, that's what made these books fun to read. Some books were brilliant, some weaker but I rarely read one that was poor. All were well written by the various authors behind the dixon name. Now I'm going to digress for a moment. I had a problem with kids books when I was a kid. They weren't very exciting. But there was a reason that I felt this. In the 1970's through really up until the Harry Potter phenomenon in the late 1990's (be thankful for Rowling, as her success has paved the way for the brilliant children's book landscape we now have) children's books were fairly tame. I was spoiled when I was young. I love a TV show called doctor who. It began in the UK in 1963 and from 1973 fans of the show had the target doctor who books. These were adaptations of the TV stories. I started reading them at the age of 7. They spoiled kids books for me. Why? Because they were full of death. Characters actually died there was genuine threat with those books. Most kids literature at this period didn't do that. So I found myself reading adult books from the age of 12. Jack Higgins, Ian Fleming, Alistair maclean, Agatha Christie and more. I still read kids books, the hardy boys were a favourite of my father's so I happily read them. It's odd but I probably read more kids books now than i did as a kid! The kids books then were tame. They could be fun, but tame. The hardy boys series was the same. Fun but tame. Exciting but not threatening. Not really. The books tried to address this with the hardy boys casefiles. Slightly more adult, with greater threat. But by then I drifted away from new hardy boys books onto other things but I have a great affection for the series. And that's what this review is about. It's to give those wanting to try these books a idea of what to expect. The stories are fast paced. Normally featuring an intriguing mystery. Female characters can be a bit weak, especially in the early books but that's a sign of when they were written. There's action, humour and ghosts, smugglers, and lots of intriguing mystery all resolved well. The ghosts are always explained and the bad guys always caught. The hardy boys books are nostalgic fun. I spent many years enjoying them and have very fond memories of them.

  11. 4 out of 5

    David Hines

    Great classic Hardy Boys adventure. The boys seek out a missing Viking Rune stone way up in the Canadian woods after it is stolen from a client. The boys work closely with Mr. Hardy throughout the story, which is believable, interesting, adventuresome and has aged well. This is a story that is still a good one even in modern times. The only annoying part of the story is the Canadian trapper who the boys encounter who had discovered the rune stone. While the character is a solid one, the repeated Great classic Hardy Boys adventure. The boys seek out a missing Viking Rune stone way up in the Canadian woods after it is stolen from a client. The boys work closely with Mr. Hardy throughout the story, which is believable, interesting, adventuresome and has aged well. This is a story that is still a good one even in modern times. The only annoying part of the story is the Canadian trapper who the boys encounter who had discovered the rune stone. While the character is a solid one, the repeated use a of a French expression and poor quality English gets a bit trying. My hardcover copy is at least 35 years old and is in excellent condition. The classic cover artwork of the Hardys looking at the rune stone while capturing a gang member fireside at a lake in the woods is one of the best Hardy Boys covers. This is a good classic story any fan of the Hardys will enjoy.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Walker

    Kind of dull reading as an adult. Also, I think that the Hardy Boys, especially Frank, would have CTE as adults with the number of concussions that they take in this book, let alone their other adventures.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jack

    Ate these up as a kid and usually got them as gifts for birthdays, Christmas and other events. This edition would be quite dated now and I believe they have updated the books. The author was a pseudonym for a plethora of writers who contributed to this series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Fred Daly

    They're in northern Canada this time, and it turns out they can fly (planes), in addition to all the other skills they've mastered that I never imagined doing. I basically learned to read from these books, so it's interesting to come back to them fifty years later.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Collins

    At least the chapters are real short

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ethan Hulbert

    This wasn't bad per se, but it just didn't really interest me. The settings weren't compelling and the mystery was only so-so.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Spencer

    At 31 years old, this is the 1st Hardy Boys I ever have read. Great read! Quick, easy, clean, and fun read! Looking forward to picking up a few more.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jaden

    A really good book. I can't wait to start the mystery of the Aztec warrior.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jamesrotz

    I thought of this book as dangerous. In the begining of the book the brothers which are Joe Hardy and Frank Hardy have their radio antena fall down, someone could have gotten hurt. then their dad ask them to learn how to fly a plane on water for a mission in Canada. Frank crashes the plane but he is fine. their Dad who is Mr. Fenton Hardy tells them to go to Canada for the mission that he gave them which is find a viking symbol that is worth alot of money. The brothers bring there friends Tony, I thought of this book as dangerous. In the begining of the book the brothers which are Joe Hardy and Frank Hardy have their radio antena fall down, someone could have gotten hurt. then their dad ask them to learn how to fly a plane on water for a mission in Canada. Frank crashes the plane but he is fine. their Dad who is Mr. Fenton Hardy tells them to go to Canada for the mission that he gave them which is find a viking symbol that is worth alot of money. The brothers bring there friends Tony, Biff, and Chet. they fly to Canada to look for the missing viking symbol. They get into alot of trouble with bad guys and other things in the forest. They eventualy found the viking symbol an everything was cool. I recomend this book to Old people, Young people, and children.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws

    When I first read Hardy Boys, I think I was in class 5, I had such a crush on Frank Hardy. I liked the brainy one over the brawny one and that sums up my first impression of Hardy Boys. In their late teens, Frank and Joe Hardy take after their detective father Fenton Hardy. Frank is the older of the two and has more breakthroughs in the cases because he is the brainy one. Joe is the younger brother who more often than not is useful when things get hot and they need to fight their way out. Like Na When I first read Hardy Boys, I think I was in class 5, I had such a crush on Frank Hardy. I liked the brainy one over the brawny one and that sums up my first impression of Hardy Boys. In their late teens, Frank and Joe Hardy take after their detective father Fenton Hardy. Frank is the older of the two and has more breakthroughs in the cases because he is the brainy one. Joe is the younger brother who more often than not is useful when things get hot and they need to fight their way out. Like Nancy Drew, the books in the The Hardy Boys series re written by ghostwriters under the collective pseudonym Franklin W. Dixon. And yes, the earlier books were better than the latter ones.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lance Lumley

    I grew up reading these Hardy Boys books, in fact, they are one the earliest books I remember reading at a young age. I picked up a few hardback copies from a library book sale mainly for nostalgia. After reading The Viking Symbol Mystery, I was reminded on why I liked these books, teen characters solving mysteries while traveling all over. This book has the Boys, their friends, and their father traveling to Canada to solve a mystery of several lodge break ins that are related to a Viking symbol I grew up reading these Hardy Boys books, in fact, they are one the earliest books I remember reading at a young age. I picked up a few hardback copies from a library book sale mainly for nostalgia. After reading The Viking Symbol Mystery, I was reminded on why I liked these books, teen characters solving mysteries while traveling all over. This book has the Boys, their friends, and their father traveling to Canada to solve a mystery of several lodge break ins that are related to a Viking symbol. Granted this is not Agatha Christie mysteries, but for what they are, they are an enjoyable quick read for pleasure.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Evan_w

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The viking symbol mystery. By franklin w.dixon. This book is about a family who solve mysterys about anything all across north america. In this book a rune stone is stolen and needs to be found before the theives translate it and find the treasure. They will run into knife throwers,armed theives and booby traps. The whole book is awsome so i can not really say what the best part of the book is. Their where no worst parts in this book. I liked this book because of all the action and how they alway The viking symbol mystery. By franklin w.dixon. This book is about a family who solve mysterys about anything all across north america. In this book a rune stone is stolen and needs to be found before the theives translate it and find the treasure. They will run into knife throwers,armed theives and booby traps. The whole book is awsome so i can not really say what the best part of the book is. Their where no worst parts in this book. I liked this book because of all the action and how they always know what to do. I also liked how they where so smart and brave enough to do all this stuff.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jeremiah

    Entry 1- The main characters and protagonists are Joe and Frank Hardy. Caribou and Fenton Hardy help out. The antagonists are the people who stole the viking rune stone and the money from the Viking ship. Entry 2- Frank and Koe are always on the mve so there isn't any partivular setting. The point of view is third-person. Entry 3- The detectiveFrank and Joe Hardy help their fammous father on the case. The gang of thieve who stole the rune stone try to kill the Hardy's and sabotage them, but the hardy Entry 1- The main characters and protagonists are Joe and Frank Hardy. Caribou and Fenton Hardy help out. The antagonists are the people who stole the viking rune stone and the money from the Viking ship. Entry 2- Frank and Koe are always on the mve so there isn't any partivular setting. The point of view is third-person. Entry 3- The detectiveFrank and Joe Hardy help their fammous father on the case. The gang of thieve who stole the rune stone try to kill the Hardy's and sabotage them, but the hardys come through and bring the thieves to jusice.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Edward Davies

    Once again Fenton Hardy sits back and relaxes while his sons do his job for him. This time the duo investigate a petty theft of a runestone while thwarting some burglars. Pretty basic stuff, but it passed a few hours...

  25. 4 out of 5

    Chris Hayes

    My 6-year old son and I are reading my collection of Hardy Boys books that I got as a boy. It's so much fun to watch him enjoy the stories so much. This one is favorite so far. He's going around the house say, "Bon Tonnerre!" like Caribou, too :)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Marts (Thinker)

    The Hardys and thier friend go to Canada searching for a stolen Viking relic

  27. 5 out of 5

    Naomi Valkyrie

    My book has the same cover as shown in this listing but was published in 1991.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Gale

    Read in 2005.

  29. 4 out of 5

    ♆ BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme

    I think the Hardy Boy books helped me with learning deductive and inductive skills. I had to work through logic. Who knew? I enjoyed all these books.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kolan

    read when I was 10 through 13

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