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The Medusa Plot (The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers, Book 1) Hardcover – August 30, 2011
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"An excellent start to an epic, new hunt." - Quill & Quire
"[A] lean, easy-to-like thrill ride with guaranteed crowd-pleasing elements like secret societies, art heists, and heroes with unlimited cash and connections to fuel their around-the-world intrigue." - Booklist
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Things he liked:
+ Lots of adventure
+ Characters were easy to relate to
+ He liked the characters
+ Fast paced - a lot happened quickly
+ Had all the elements needed for a fun story: good plot, likeable good guys, rotten bad guys, a little scary and a lot of excitement and mystery.
Things parents might want to know:
= The villains might be scary to younger children
= There is a small bit of violence
= There are some things that are not realistic
After a brain picking session, my son related some of the books events. I asked him how he felt about the violent part (wasn't bad so don't want to provide a spoiler), he said it was no big deal. Compared to what kids see on TV and read in other books, it probably wasn't. I heard the villains were really creepy, he said it wouldn't be good if they weren't. OK. There were some parts he told me about that I thought were totally unrealistic. His take was that it's just a story.
There's also cards that come with these books. We didn't get them with our copy. My son said he usually didn't use them anyway, but just liked reading the books. That tells me that the story is good enough to carry itself without the multi-media aspect. My 20YO daughter, however, loves to get her hands on the cards and check out the online stuff.
The Cahills are finally attempting a peaceful reunion, having called a cease fire. The older generation hasn't quite gotten the hang of it yet, but the younger cousins have actually become friends. Sort of. This is good as there's another enemy lurking about, and the Cahills will have to band together in order to survive. The evil Vespers kidnap seven of the Cahills to use as ransom: Nellie, Reagan, Uncle Fiske, Natalie, Alistair Oh, Ted, and 12-year-old Phoenix Wizard. The Vespers are using the hostages to force Dan, Amy and their cousins scrambling to steal a priceless painting of a severed Medusa head.
But nothing is as it seems, and trust is treacherous. Dan and Amy have serious doubts that they will be able to rescue Nellie and the other hostages in time. While Amy hits the library for research and reaches out to other Cahill resources, Dan starts on a backup plan.Read more ›
I was a little bit disappointed with the new series.
They went to some length in the previous books to say how the Cahills are the smartest most powerful family in the world, and here they have them being blackmailed into committing criminal acts by the Vespers.
It is good light reading even if dubious in plot and setting a bad example for ethics.
Amy and Dan Cahill are members of the most important and dangerous family in history. When their beloved grandma Grace dies, they and a bunch of distant relatives are given a choice. They can get a million dollars or...a clue to start them on the greatest scavenger hunt the world has ever seen. Clue by clue, Amy and Dan uncover the secrets of the Cahill family and unravel the mystery behind their parents' death.
At the start of this new series, Amy and Dan have won the 39 Clues hunt and reunited their family. Now they face an even scarier enemy. The Vespers have kidnapped seven members of the Cahill family, including the siblings' guardians, Nellie Gomez and Fisk Cahill. Now Dan and Amy have to do what the leader of the Vespers says, or he will kill one of the hostages each time Amy or Dan disobeys him. In this book what he wants them to do is steal a work of art known as the Medusa. Oh, and if things aren't bad enough, Amy has to deal with her boyfriend, who is trying to find out where she is and what's going on. Will Amy find a way to tell him the truth? Will Amy or Dan break under the pressure and get one of their family members--maybe even one of their beloved guardians--killed?
I think this book was awesome, a great kick start to this new series. I love the new characters like Atticus, and Amy's boyfriend Evan. Also, there are characters that changed for the better, like Ian Cabra and Sinead Starling. If you thought the first part of the 39 clues series was great, you ain't seen nothing yet!
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I found this to be an easy read when I'm having a hard time reading. It's a great story and I believe that the follow-up stories are written by other authors which is an excellent... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
They are stunning and very good written. The authors leave you with some cliff-hangers and introduce you with new characters in each book, you will love the jokes in the book.Published 4 months ago by Jorge Livingstone
This book really starts up the action.
It is a whole new experience with the same characters we all know and love (well maybe not all of us). Read more
My 8 yr old daughter really enjoys this series. She liked this book as well. Purchased the next one.Published 7 months ago by Elle
Woof. Okay. I thought the end of the 39 Clues series was getting a bit serious, but this just ups things significantly. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dione Basseri
i am ten years old . and when i got this book i was not sure about reading it.but when i read it i really liked it. Read morePublished 9 months ago by hip mama
Really good book. Bought this for our 10 year old son. He loved it!Published 13 months ago by David Merrell