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Many of the reviews are not about the book
on August 12, 2012
Many of the 1-star reviews are not about the book proper but the lack of availability. The book lives up to previous books in the series in every respect and indeed seems to advance the plot quite significantly.
In this book, Amy and Dan are in Australia trying to follow their late parents' trail. Here they come up against a new antagonist, Isabel Kabra (mother of Ian and Natalie). She is delightfully ruthless and sadistic and provides a whole new level of menace to the series. In contrast, Irina, following the lead of the previous books, continues to evolve from a standard two dimensional "bad guy" to a complex and even sympathetic character. The Holts, while still mostly comic relief, continue to show flashes of competence. At least Hamilton does.
Throughout the book the circumstances of Amy and Dan's parents death become clearer. The mysterious Alistair Oh reappears. Amy and Dan continue to puzzle over the very talented Nellie.
Highly recommended. Great fun for all ages.