Rainer Maria Rilke

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Darker and Darker

The 39 Clues:  Cahills Vs. Vespers Book Two:  A King's Ransom by Jude Watson

Adolescent Thriller

This second installment starts exactly where the last book left off.  The family and friends of Amy and Dan Cahill are still kidnapped and the ransom demand for their lives is for Amy and Dan to steal a map.  The map in question is one that disappeared centuries ago--and one that might not even be real.

Amy and Dan are both continuing their downward spiral into loneliness and paranoia.  These are not the carefree adolescents of the first series.  The brother/sister duo is maturing and having a hard time coping will all the challenges in their lives.  The hardest part for Amy and Dan isn't one of the nearly impossible ransom demands but the necessity to trust someone else to help them out of a jam.  They have been betrayed so many times before.  Dan has a secret agenda going on, as well.  He is also continuing his search that will bring the 39 clues to fruition and make him invincible.

Jude Watson is such an amazing writer.  I know the ones she writes in this continuing series are going to be amazing!  One thing I love about every book is the historical references.  Many of them are things I've never heard of and I love looking up and researching these topics more.   Another thing I love is the non-stop action. The book races right along.  It is a book for people who can think on their feet and make snap decisions.  Or, people like me who can't but enjoy watching other people who can!

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