The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Book Three: The Dead of Night Hardcover – Mar 6 2012
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PETER LERANGIS is the author of The Sword Thief and The Viper's Nest, Books Three and Seven in the bestselling multimedia 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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Although I didn't give this book the top rating, I certainly recommend that anyone who is a 39 clues fan read it. Important developments in the story occur here. I've done my best not to include spoilers . . . and I pray that I have succeeded.
The Dead of Night is one of those episodes in the 39 clues where your stomach may not be fully comfortable as you read about the events. As the book's blurb indicates, at the book's beginning Atticus Rosenbloom, Dan Cahill's eleven-year-old best friend, has been kidnapped by the Vespers. An angry Jake Rosenbloom, Atticus's brother, doesn't make saving Atticus any easier for Amy and Dan Cahill.
The book also sheds more light on the fate of the seven captives, which adds to the tension. Vesper One again shows his ruthlessness in putting pressure on Amy and Dan to do his will.
In the background, Dan grows in determination to bring down the Vespers. In the process, he's troubled by information that he doesn't quite know what to do with.
The story also requires Amy and Dan to retrieve another difficult object, one that will expand the geographical and historical horizons of almost all readers . . . of any age.
While the writing is certainly very fine, I felt a little let down by the plot, which seemed to be a bit too easy to anticipate in places. See what you think.
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The next step in the quest takes our heroes to Samarkand, Uzbekistan where Vesper One orders them to find a stale orb. These instructions are about as clear as a chocolate milkshake, but the Cahill team follows the clues to the Ulugh Beg Observatory. To add a bit more urgency to the task, Vesper One promises to kill one of the hostages if it isn't completed in four days --- and forces Dan and Amy to choose which one.
During their wild search, Dan receives another message from the mysterious AJT. Could this really be his father, who supposedly died nine years ago? These messages are driving Dan over the edge with speculation and anger. He doesn't know what to think, but he does know of one thing he must do --- continue collecting the ingredients to the secret formula --- and is almost halfway there.
Meanwhile, the captive relatives are getting desperate for action. Reagan continues with their physical training, but they are all itching to take a stand. Then Ted notices something with his keen hearing that just might help. They form a plan and execute it --- unfortunately to disastrous results. But the quick-thinking Nellie comes up with an ingenious idea of sending a secret message to Dan and Amy, which could give them a clue on their location.
There is a tornado of plots twisting around in THE DEAD OF NIGHT, and Peter Lerangis keeps the pages turning with tons of nonstop action and high-paced thrills. He ends most chapters with hold-your-breath cliffhangers that make it almost impossible to put the book down. He also creates vivid descriptions, utilizing all of the senses to bring the destinations to life. And in the middle of all the chaos and danger in these faraway lands, Dan and Amy are really growing as characters. Dan battles with the impossible to shallow chance that their dad may still be alive. He's angry, hurt, and trying to deal with the worst possible outcomes, while Amy struggles with the responsibilities of being the leader. It's tough to make life-and-death decisions, but she is learning and taking charge. Atticus, one of the newer characters, is blooming as well; the 11-year-old genius has lots of spunk and is full of surprises.
But it's not all gloom and doom. As in the earlier installments, Book Three has lots of funny parts mixed in with the addictive adventure, fascinating history and intriguing mystery. And it's not over yet! Roland Smith, author of the Storm Runners series, is taking over the next leg of the Cahills vs. Vespers race. The fourth book, SHATTERPROOF, will explode into print in September.
Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman
I feel like I cant make a proper review without spoiling some part because this happened at the beginning part of the story and is important throughout the whole book.
If you read A King's Ransom you know that Atticus was kidnapped. Avant reading this book, I thought that the whole story will be the typical search for something while also saving Atiicus but I'm glad it didn't happen. The kidnapping incident is resolved easily. And then Atticus and Jake becomes a good additional companion to Dan and Amy. Hooray for more brains and intellect (as if Dan and Amy's skills are not enough)
Also it's not only focused on Dan-Amy group now. You know the term real time? Just like in the style of Dan Brown wherein multiple event are happening at the same time. In this book, Peter makes good use of all the supporting characters or the other members of the Cahill family. Its nice to see that everyone has their own role to play in this whole scenario. I know they have been doing that since Medusa's Plot but here there are some major advance in the plot of the story. (Specially with what they find in Samarkand)
And with the negative opinion. I can't believe my prediction about Dan's character is coming true now. He is now having a dark part inside his character which involves a mixture of sadness. anger, confusion. These are pretty big thing for a boy of that age and the circumstances are not really helping his cause. I think in the next book he will do something big that will probably shock its readers. And did I mentions he now has almost half or half of the ingredients of the serum. I expect that it will be completed in the next one or on the last one (Book 5 is the last one I think)
I end my review there. I hope it did not spoil you too much but I think there are a lot of spoilers in this review haha :D