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The Viper's Nest (The 39 Clues, Book 7) Hardcover – February 2, 2010

4.5 out of 5 stars 87 customer reviews
Book 7 of 11 in the 39 Clues Series

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About the Author

Peter Lerangis is the author of The Sword Thief and The Viper’s Nest, Books 3 and 7 in the bestselling multi-media adventure series The 39 Clues. He has written more than 150 books for young readers in many different genres. He’s also a Broadway musical theater actor/singer, a marathon runner, and a father of two sons. He currently lives in New York City.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 590L (What's this?)
  • Series: The 39 Clues (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.; Gmc Har/Cr edition (February 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545060478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545060479
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. M. Martin VINE VOICE on February 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Dan and Amy travel from Indonesia to Pretoria, South Africa and learn all about Shaka Zulu and Winston Churchill in this the seventh adventure in the 39 Clues series. They are on the run from the evil Isabel Kabra and the evil but inept Eisenhower Holt. They have encounters with Alastair Oh and still don't really know whose side he is on. They also meet some friends of Grace and learn what family branch they are part of. The book was filled with exciting adventures and lots of dangerous situations.
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Another day in the life of Dan and Amy Cahill and their au pair Nellie Gomez? Well, that might include daring escapes, rescues, wretchedly nefarious family reunions, explosions, snakes, and the odd clue or two to the mysterious Cahill family secret. Peter Lerangis delivers another epic installment in THE 39 CLUES series, and this time, the stakes are higher than before, and the clue hunt is beginning to wear the siblings down: who can they trust anymore? Can they even trust each other? Or Grace, their beloved grandmother? More and more secrets keep cropping up in book seven: THE VIPER'S NEST.

The plot continues on straightaway from book six, and I would recommend going back and re-reading the last chapter of IN TOO DEEP before you set foot into book seven -- just to re-orient yourself in the Cahill world. I don't want to delve too deeply into the plot here, but rest assured, there is plenty more action, intrigue, and the final revelation of Dan and Amy's family branch.

This is the second installment in the series from Lerangis, and I remember really enjoying book three -- THE SWORD THIEF -- by him. The plot moves along swiftly, and he reminds us of just enough without seeming like he's dumping previous information down our throats. A lot of the typical CLUES staples are here as well -- a reigning family nemesis throughout the book, more mysteries and twists -- and the final page is one that made me sit back and say, "WHAT!" I will definitely be eagerly waiting for the next book coming out in a few months.

THE 39 CLUES continues to be a fairly solid book series perfect for the 3rd to 7th grade set (and beyond). Definitely one to have on your bookshelf.
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When their grandmother Grace dies, orphans Amy and Dan accept a challenge to search for 39 clues that could make them the most powerful people in the world. But they aren't the only ones looking. Other Cahills, more ruthless, wealthy, and powerful than them, have taken the challenge too and they are not willing to let a pair of poor kids beat them. In The Viper's Nest, Amy and Dan follow a clue from Irina Spasky that leads them to Pretoria as they try to come to terms with the events in Australia.

Unlike the earlier books, this book felt informative but not particularly engaging. Not that it was a bad book, it just didn't feel like we had as much character growth from the characters as we have in previous books. This is more about having Amy and Dan reacting to the events of the last book [if you haven't already read book six then this is a SPOILER: Irina Spasky died saving them in a fire--I don't know if I really believe she was gone, but it does seem likely] than about really delving into who they are. They come off as a little flatter and even perhaps slightly regressed, from the Dan and Amy we have come to know.

We do get a new surprise as Dan and Amy learn more about their ancestry and Amy remembers more about the night their parents died, but this is not really much in the way of character growth.

Ultimately, this book feels more like it bridges books six and eight than it does feel like a solid book on its own (sort of like the filler episodes on shows between episodes that are about the bigger mythology). It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great beyond the surprise at the end.
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This is more of the same which is not to say anything negative. The action is nonstop, the characters are likeable and well written, the educational aspects are both front and center but at the same time, as strange as it sounds, unobtrusive. The only concern a reader who has gotten this far might have is that it all seems formulaic by now. Another book, another country, some new fictional characters, some old historical ones, and another clue. The plot advances in that Dan and Amy find out what readers probably have suspected all along.

At this point the reader has to have faith that the payoff will be worth the investment to date. Will the big reveal at the end show that all these books in the middle were relevant to the plot in important ways? Or are they just padding out the series? I'm betting on the former but if the latter it's very entertaining padding. Bring on the next one.
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The description of this book makes it seem like Dan and Amy's Cahill branch is the main plot of the volume, but it's revealed in just a few lines at the very end. So don't expect this story is going to give you valuable information on the fallout of the discovery. This is more about the events following the death of Irina Spatsky, and the shaping up of the Kabras as the series's main villains.

This time, we get to learn about South Africa, and particularly about Apartheid. And I am so glad that it's Dan whom is into the location, because if he had been running around, complaining about having to learn this stuff...yikes. Not a good message there. Amy takes a bit of a backseat as she deals with her own emotions (and I honestly can't recall the issue), and Nellie seems to waive away notions that she might be some sort of trained agent (though who knows, maybe that's what an agent WOULD do), leaving the women of the story a bit disenfranchised.

Overall, it's an okay addition to the series. It does leave me quite excited for the next book, when the Cahill branch revelation becomes important. I just wish they hadn't used it for so much advertising here.
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