By Franklin W. Dixon

Whilst eccentric Thaddeus McClintock invitations Frank and Joe Hardy to accompany him on a sea voyage, the teenage investigators develop into entangled in an internet of poser. who's attempting to block the 3 from securing reservation on freighter ships that hold passengers? The decided efforts of Frank and Joe bring about a damaging video game of wits with a hoop of slippery smugglers and to a dramatic disagreement at the excessive seas. here's a thrilling, action-filled secret that may hold the reader on aspect with suspense.

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Thank goodness you got here to,” acknowledged Joe. “He wouldn’t have if it hadn’t been for you,” acknowledged the tall longshoreman. “I observed the whole lot. He’d have drowned when you hadn’t pulled him out. ” Frank weakly smiled his thank you. “We’d higher ... go... home,” he murmured. He used to be carried to the convertible and Joe took the wheel. the boys provided to head alongside, yet Joe declined their information, asserting he was once definite that his brother will be very well. on the Hardy condominium there has been nice consternation while the lads’ mom and Aunt Gertrude observed Joe assisting Frank up the steps. They scurried approximately, conversing, advising, and getting Frank to mattress as speedy as attainable. “I’m ok now,” he insisted. “Just acquired a whale of a headache. That’s all. ” while the 2 girls eventually left the room, he stated to Joe, who had showered and adjusted his outfits, “Listen. i believe i used to be struck on function by way of that growth. ” “Really? ” “Yes. I observed that man who attempted to get us off the Hawk motioning to a person at the dock. I’ll wager he used to be signaling for him to swing the increase so it can hit us. yet he won’t escape with it! ” “You wager he won‘t! ” Joe acknowledged grimly. He began downstairs. “Don’t cross on my own! ”Frank referred to as after him. sooner than Joe had time to consider it, front doorbell rang and he responded. Biff Hooper, a schoolmate and friend of the Hardys, walked in. He was once a blond six-footer and had muscle tissues like metal. “Hi! ” Joe referred to as. “You’re simply the man I’m trying to find. i would like a bodyguard. are looking to supply an important tricky man an outstanding sock? ” “Since while have you ever stopped doing that your self? ” Biff grinned because the boys went out the door. so one can the dock Joe defined what had occurred. even if he had stronger power, Biff Hooper by no means picked fights, and by the point that they had reached the Hawk he had nearly confident Joe that the total affair could have been an unavoidable twist of fate. “There’s no aspect in beginning trouble,” Biff steered. “Just an identical, I’m going aboard,” declared Joe, “and end what i began to do, specifically see the captain. ” the 2 fixed the ladder. This time no loading used to be occurring. The sailor the Hardys had encountered ahead of was once no longer in sight. of the workforce lounged on deck, and one guy rose because the boys approached. “What do you need? ” he requested. “To see your captain,” Joe answered. “What approximately? ” “I’ll check with him. ” “You will, eh? no longer should you don’t locate him. and that i say you won’t. ” “Don’t bully me! ” Joe stated fiercely and Biff cocked his correct fist in anticipation. A struggle may have all started if the captain himself had no longer seemed. Skipper Sharp lived as much as his identify. He was once a tall, narrow-jawed, thin-featured guy with piercing eyes. “What’s the problem? ” he boomed, striding ahead. “I’m attempting to ebook passage on a freighter for 3 people,” Joe defined. “You’re at the unsuitable send. Can’t accommodate you,” the captain responded almost immediately. “You don’t hold passengers? ” “We used to. yet no longer from now on. It didn’t determine. There’s no aspect in discussing it. ” “We’re prepared to pay well—” Joe’s try to proceed the dialog was once bring to an end.

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