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The handwritten will of a deceased world-traveler is strange and mysterious. Its cryptic instructions are to deliver “the valuable Aztec warrior to the rightful owner, a descendant of an Aztec warrior.” Frank and Joe Hardy have only one slim clue to work with: the name of a complete stranger who can help. Despite the harassments, the threats, and the attacks made upon them The handwritten will of a deceased world-traveler is strange and mysterious. Its cryptic instructions are to deliver “the valuable Aztec warrior to the rightful owner, a descendant of an Aztec warrior.” Frank and Joe Hardy have only one slim clue to work with: the name of a complete stranger who can help. Despite the harassments, the threats, and the attacks made upon them, Frank and Joe unravel clue after clue in their adventure-packed search for the living descendant of the mighty Aztec nation which once ruled in Mexico. It takes as much high courage as clever deduction for the young detectives to defeat their ruthless foes and to decipher the fascinating secrets of the strange and mysterious will.


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The handwritten will of a deceased world-traveler is strange and mysterious. Its cryptic instructions are to deliver “the valuable Aztec warrior to the rightful owner, a descendant of an Aztec warrior.” Frank and Joe Hardy have only one slim clue to work with: the name of a complete stranger who can help. Despite the harassments, the threats, and the attacks made upon them The handwritten will of a deceased world-traveler is strange and mysterious. Its cryptic instructions are to deliver “the valuable Aztec warrior to the rightful owner, a descendant of an Aztec warrior.” Frank and Joe Hardy have only one slim clue to work with: the name of a complete stranger who can help. Despite the harassments, the threats, and the attacks made upon them, Frank and Joe unravel clue after clue in their adventure-packed search for the living descendant of the mighty Aztec nation which once ruled in Mexico. It takes as much high courage as clever deduction for the young detectives to defeat their ruthless foes and to decipher the fascinating secrets of the strange and mysterious will.

30 review for The Mystery of the Aztec Warrior

  1. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Belyea

    Asked to seek a mysterious benefactor connected to Aztec history, Frank and Joe take their pal Chet on a search across the ruins of Mexico for answers, only to be bombarded by dangerous thieves at every corner, forcing them to race against time to find the truth! Dixon brings fans more thrills across the globe, sure to keep young readers on the edge of their seats. Will Frank, Joe and Chet figure out who they need to find before they become relics of history themselves?

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ami

    This was a very short but intriguing book. With all the twists and turns I couldn't keep my eyes off the pages. I read this book because the book because the book I was reading before (The Name of This Book is Secret) was returned to the library and Anne Frank was really boring me. So this was the perfect short read. I hope to go to the library and get "The Name of This Book is Secret" soon so that I can finish it. I would recommend this book to anyone that wants a short mystery to keep them occ This was a very short but intriguing book. With all the twists and turns I couldn't keep my eyes off the pages. I read this book because the book because the book I was reading before (The Name of This Book is Secret) was returned to the library and Anne Frank was really boring me. So this was the perfect short read. I hope to go to the library and get "The Name of This Book is Secret" soon so that I can finish it. I would recommend this book to anyone that wants a short mystery to keep them occupied.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Hubert Su9

    THis Book is totally awesome,after i read it, i felt like going into the book myself~! I`ll explain what the book is all about,here goes! The handwritten will of a deceased world-traveler is stange and mysterious.its cryptic instructions are to deliver"the valuable Aztec Warrior to the rightful owner,What is the name of the owner and where is he? Despite the harassments,the threats, and attacks made upon them by a unknown gang.The search continues! THis Book is totally awesome,after i read it, i felt like going into the book myself~! I`ll explain what the book is all about,here goes! The handwritten will of a deceased world-traveler is stange and mysterious.its cryptic instructions are to deliver"the valuable Aztec Warrior to the rightful owner,What is the name of the owner and where is he? Despite the harassments,the threats, and attacks made upon them by a unknown gang.The search continues!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jansher

    It was a good book full of mystery and adventure and had action in each page.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    This series always delivers.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Muetzel

    The Aztec Warrior is one of the many Hardy Boys Books. It had a very good storyline. It started with someone breaking into the Hardy Boys home. He claimed he was looking for the descendant of the Aztec Warrior. The descendant was going to get a very valuable item handed down when the warrior died. So the Hardys went to Mexico to try to find the descendant of the warrior before the descendant gets the valuable item and uses it for evil. They get caught a few times by a huge gang that is trying to The Aztec Warrior is one of the many Hardy Boys Books. It had a very good storyline. It started with someone breaking into the Hardy Boys home. He claimed he was looking for the descendant of the Aztec Warrior. The descendant was going to get a very valuable item handed down when the warrior died. So the Hardys went to Mexico to try to find the descendant of the warrior before the descendant gets the valuable item and uses it for evil. They get caught a few times by a huge gang that is trying to do the same thing the Hardys are doing. But as you know if you have read any Hardy Boys book, they can always escape. The lexile level of this book is 780L. It is a really action packed book. It goes from the Hardys trying to find their kidnapped plane pilot, to the Hardys getting mugged. This is one of the first books I have read that the character Chet had a really big role in the book. He was the one who actually found out a lot of clues to find the missing pilot. He also got hit in the back of the head with a shovel as the bad gang was trying to mug the Hardys, but the boys heard that he got hit and they were alert and ready to fight. Overall I thought this book was really good! It had a lot of action, and the author did a really good job at making it all run smoothly. I would totally recommend this to any person who has previously read the Hardy Boys. And even if you have not, this would also be a very good book to start on. I really did like this book!

  7. 5 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. One of my father's favourites and one I always enjoyed too.

  8. 4 out of 5

    David Allen Hines

    Re-reading the Hardy Boys books of my youth, I found an inscription dated "1980" in my old copy, showing this was one of the first classic Hardy Boys books I ever owned and read. I recall it as one of my favorites, and having re-read it, it still is! The Hardys set out to figure out the puzzle of a will. Heirs are unable to obtain their funds until an "aztec warrior" is found and some type of treasure returned. The Hardys set out to solve the puzzle in the lands of the ancient Aztecs, which make Re-reading the Hardy Boys books of my youth, I found an inscription dated "1980" in my old copy, showing this was one of the first classic Hardy Boys books I ever owned and read. I recall it as one of my favorites, and having re-read it, it still is! The Hardys set out to figure out the puzzle of a will. Heirs are unable to obtain their funds until an "aztec warrior" is found and some type of treasure returned. The Hardys set out to solve the puzzle in the lands of the ancient Aztecs, which makes for an interesting, adventure-filled setting, all the while pursued by criminals who have evidently also discovered there is a treasure to be found. Even their plane and pilot get kidnapped! Chet Morton accompanies the Hardys through most of the story. The book comes to an exciting ending when the treasure is located, in a well-hidden, but not too implausible location that might make a good hiding place even today! The cover artwork and classic illustrations are also well done. Anyone who enjoys a classic Hardy Boys story will much enjoy Mystery of the Aztec Warrior!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Phil Lemons

    Started reading this with the boy a couple of weeks ago. After three chapters he wanted to move on to something else. To be fair, there was a lot of talking in those three chapters and some of the excitement was a bit drummed up. Like Chet’s horn shorting out so it wouldn’t stop sounding. I wanted to continue as a I don’t think I read this one when I was at the Hardy Boys age. It turned out okay. I liked the seasoning of facts about Aztec and Mexican history sprinkled throughout the book. I woul Started reading this with the boy a couple of weeks ago. After three chapters he wanted to move on to something else. To be fair, there was a lot of talking in those three chapters and some of the excitement was a bit drummed up. Like Chet’s horn shorting out so it wouldn’t stop sounding. I wanted to continue as a I don’t think I read this one when I was at the Hardy Boys age. It turned out okay. I liked the seasoning of facts about Aztec and Mexican history sprinkled throughout the book. I would like to have the boys find more evidence, use deductive reasoning, and figure clues throughout. It felt like they stumbled upon clues more often. The Hardy Boys were good chums 35 years ago. I have to admit that memory favors thethe fond.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Stacey Adams

    Joe, Frank and Chet go to Mexico to solve this mystery. The will of a deceased traveler states that "the valuable Aztec Warrior must be given to the rightful owner, who claims to be a direct descendant of an Aztec Warrior". With no clue as to who or what they are looking for the Hardy's have their work cut out for them. While the boys go to Mexico Fenton and Sam try to find clues at home in Bayport. Of course they aren't the only ones looking for the Aztec Warrior and they run into trouble. Men Joe, Frank and Chet go to Mexico to solve this mystery. The will of a deceased traveler states that "the valuable Aztec Warrior must be given to the rightful owner, who claims to be a direct descendant of an Aztec Warrior". With no clue as to who or what they are looking for the Hardy's have their work cut out for them. While the boys go to Mexico Fenton and Sam try to find clues at home in Bayport. Of course they aren't the only ones looking for the Aztec Warrior and they run into trouble. Men chase them, threaten them, fight them but the Hardy's don't give up on the mystery. They learn about Mexican beliefs and go to pyramids to find clues. It's a wild adventure for the boys.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Fred Daly

    I'd forgotten that most of these stories are set in other places -- they're little travelogues, as well as mysteries. This one takes place largely in Mexico; archaeology is a big part of the plot. I don't remember if the exotic locales were appealing to me as a kid, or if I just liked the adventure. Now I think the geography lesson is the better part. I'd forgotten that most of these stories are set in other places -- they're little travelogues, as well as mysteries. This one takes place largely in Mexico; archaeology is a big part of the plot. I don't remember if the exotic locales were appealing to me as a kid, or if I just liked the adventure. Now I think the geography lesson is the better part.

  12. 5 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.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    Not the best Hardy Boys mystery. Moving too quickly? I don't know. Not the best Hardy Boys mystery. Moving too quickly? I don't know.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ethan Hulbert

    This is one by Harriet Adams. I really enjoy the Hardy Boys' trips to Mexico. They all seem to be really good! This one was no different. This is one by Harriet Adams. I really enjoy the Hardy Boys' trips to Mexico. They all seem to be really good! This one was no different.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kalpak Take

    Liked it as a kid!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Barb

    I loved reading this, it's was so much fun!! I loved reading this, it's was so much fun!!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Grace Art

    cool illustration but silly story

  18. 5 out of 5

    Anish Kumar

    Not as exciting as the authors other works. Much of it is pretty obvious. Hardys have to find the Aztec warrior and they venture in Maxico to find out who the lost warrior is.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Brayden Sabol

    Fine book! Very intriguing mystery!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    AVERAGE HARDY BOYS ADVENTURE STORY

  21. 5 out of 5

    Caden Rowley

    This book is a very good it is jam packed with adventure and mystery. The story starts out at a bank in bayport. A man by the name of Mr. Moore has died and left a mysterious will that that a “valuable Aztec warrior object be given to the rightful owner, who claims to be a direct descendant of an Aztec warrior”. ( The Hardy boys # 43) And the Hardy boys have to return the object to the rightful owner. They then fly to mexico and find the descendant. And give the mysterious object to this Aztec w This book is a very good it is jam packed with adventure and mystery. The story starts out at a bank in bayport. A man by the name of Mr. Moore has died and left a mysterious will that that a “valuable Aztec warrior object be given to the rightful owner, who claims to be a direct descendant of an Aztec warrior”. ( The Hardy boys # 43) And the Hardy boys have to return the object to the rightful owner. They then fly to mexico and find the descendant. And give the mysterious object to this Aztec warrior whose name is Señor Tatloc, the object turns out to be an obsidian knife. That they find in a pipe wrapped in cloth. Joe is one if the main characters in the Hardy boys series. He is smart and brave. And very good at his job and he likes it. Joe changes over the space of the story from being a little bit inexperienced to being very good. I liked this book because there was so many twists and turns you never know what will happen. There is so much mystery in this series I have enjoyed it very much. There is a few down sides though, like that they're not very long. But other than that I would Highly recommend these books.

  22. 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.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jane Irish Nelson

    An unusual will sets Frank and Joe Hardy on the search for an Aztec Warrior, with very few clues to go on. As is often the case in this series, coincidence plays a large role in the solution. Interesting facts about the history of Mexico are included in the text.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rowena

    I'm a big fan of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew series. Although I would normally just breeze through the books, this was just a bit of a drag for me. I was already more than halfway through the book, but they still haven't found a single piece of clue. Some of the dialogues were stated as narratives which kind of turned me off. The ghost writer was good enough to write a story about the Aztec civilization, but could have done better. Still, I'm looking forward to finding a book with a collaborat I'm a big fan of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew series. Although I would normally just breeze through the books, this was just a bit of a drag for me. I was already more than halfway through the book, but they still haven't found a single piece of clue. Some of the dialogues were stated as narratives which kind of turned me off. The ghost writer was good enough to write a story about the Aztec civilization, but could have done better. Still, I'm looking forward to finding a book with a collaboration between the Hardys and Drew.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Spencer

    When I was in elementary school I just about read all of the Hardy Boys books. I recently found a few at the thrift store for like 50 cents each and being a book lover that I am picked them all up. ;) This is the first one I have read and it was just as exciting as when I was a kid. I couldn't put the book down until I finished it and reading it made me want to try and find them all so that my son can one day enjoy them as I have. When I was in elementary school I just about read all of the Hardy Boys books. I recently found a few at the thrift store for like 50 cents each and being a book lover that I am picked them all up. ;) This is the first one I have read and it was just as exciting as when I was a kid. I couldn't put the book down until I finished it and reading it made me want to try and find them all so that my son can one day enjoy them as I have.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Edward Davies

    The writing in many of the Hardy Boys books is okay at best, being as they are aimed at children, and the mystery here feels a little forced, with the clues being almost a complete waste of time as much of the discovery comes from the brothers asking around after the missing archeologist. Add in a large number of digs at Chet Morton's weight, and some interesting facts for kids about Mexico, and you have yourself a pretty standard yet oddly entertaining book. The writing in many of the Hardy Boys books is okay at best, being as they are aimed at children, and the mystery here feels a little forced, with the clues being almost a complete waste of time as much of the discovery comes from the brothers asking around after the missing archeologist. Add in a large number of digs at Chet Morton's weight, and some interesting facts for kids about Mexico, and you have yourself a pretty standard yet oddly entertaining book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    David

    When I was still schooling, I tried to read all of the Hardy Boys books. I didn't come close to finishing the whole series, and by now I had already forgot most of the content of those that I had read. But I do recall how much I loved reading each and every one of them. When I was still schooling, I tried to read all of the Hardy Boys books. I didn't come close to finishing the whole series, and by now I had already forgot most of the content of those that I had read. But I do recall how much I loved reading each and every one of them.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jaime

    Any book that starts with a dying man's cryptic note and ends up at the pyramids of Mexico has my attention. This is one of the better Hardy Boys mysteries because it avoids many of the pitfalls of a long-running series. This one clicked. Any book that starts with a dying man's cryptic note and ends up at the pyramids of Mexico has my attention. This is one of the better Hardy Boys mysteries because it avoids many of the pitfalls of a long-running series. This one clicked.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Woodman

    The classic boy detectives by Frank Dixon--I read ALL of them in my younger years, one I ran out of Nancy Drew books. The Hardy Boys, Frank and Joe, are brother amateur detectives, aspiring to follow in their father's footsteps. The classic boy detectives by Frank Dixon--I read ALL of them in my younger years, one I ran out of Nancy Drew books. The Hardy Boys, Frank and Joe, are brother amateur detectives, aspiring to follow in their father's footsteps.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mikayla

    Even though I am not really into Aztecs, I figured I would enjoy this book anyway as it was a Hardy Boys, but I was disappointed. I felt like the mystery was rather lacking. It felt like a long chase after something very simple.

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