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Sunday, March 18, 2012
The 39 Clues: Cahillls vs. Vespers, Book 3: The Dead of Night by Peter Lerangis
It's been a while since I read one of the books in The 39 Clues series. Amy and Dan Cahill are past The 39 Clues now, caught up in a battle between the Cahills and Vespers. Book three in the new series is Peter Lerangis' The Dead of Night, another fast-paced adventure for readers nine to twelve.
Readers can catch up with them in Turkey, as they attempt to rescue Dan's best friend, Atticus Rosenbloom, a genius who is the last of the Guardians. Like the Cahills, the Guardians have fought the Vespers. Dan and Amy are Madrigals, the elite branch of the world's most powerful family, the Cahills. However, seven family members have been kidnapped, including their guardian, Nellie. In order to ransom them, Dan and Amy have had to perform tasks, many of the illegal, such as breaking into museums. They race around in response to orders from Vesper One, usually trying to beat the clock in order to keep their family members alive. Now, they're responsible for the safety of Atticus as well.
Younger readers will be caught up in the puzzles and history as the Cahills race around the world. Older readers will be intrigued by Amy's responsibility as head of the family, and the mystery involving Dan's messages from his father. Amy and Dan have always been there for each other, but Dan has often resented Amy's memories of their parents, memories he didn't share since he was so young when their parents were killed.
As always, this series is entertaining and educational, as well as suspenseful. Lerangis keeps the action and story moving quickly in The Dead of Night. It's a fun addition to the successful series.
I have been a library manager/administrator for over 30 years, in Ohio, Florida, Arizona, and, now, Indiana. Winner of the 2011 Arizona Library Association Outstanding Library Service Award. I am a contributing Book Reviewer for Library Journal, Mystery Readers Journal, ReadertoReader.com and VibrantNation.com. Winner of the 2009 and 2010 Spinetingler Awards for Best Reviewer. First Fan Guest of Honor for Desert Sleuths Chapter of Sisters in Crime, Write Now! Conference.
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