A King's Ransom

A King's Ransom

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Baker & Taylor
After seven member of their family are kidnapped by a organization called the Vespers, Dan and Amy Cahill must race against time to track down an ancient map to pay as ransom to bring the hostages home.

Scholastic
Amy and Dan are in a race for their lives . . . and the enemy may be even closer than they think.

When seven members of their family were kidnapped by a sinister organization known as the Vespers, thirteen-year-old Dan Cahill and his older sister, Amy, vowed they'd stop at nothing to bring the hostages home. But then the ransom comes in and the Vespers demand the impossible. Amy and Dan have just days to track down and steal an ancient map. The only catch? No one has seen the map for half a century.

Now Amy and Dan are on a desperate search that will lead them to the Nazis, spies, a mad king and some of history's dirtiest secrets. It's the race of their lives . . . and one misstep will mean certain death for the hostages.



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Ordered by the Vespers to find a legendary map that has been missing for nearly a century, Amy and Dan travel through Europe to the Czech Republic, where they confront extreme circumstances that reveal an ultimate Vesper threat.

Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Scholastic, 2011
Edition: Library ed. --
ISBN: 9780545324106
0545324106
Branch Call Number: J FIC Watso
Characteristics: 190 p. : ill. --

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lucasrocks
Jul 17, 2015

Good book.

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Anistasya
Oct 06, 2014

Old Nazi secrets and giant castles! In a word, awesome.

The journey continues straight on from book 1 of this second series, not taking much time to fill you in on what has already occurred, which I appreciate. These books are very short and it would be a pity to waste any of their precious pages on people who haven't bothered to read the whole thing in order!

Even more so than the original, the Cahills vs the Vespers series weaves themes and plot through each of the episodes and although there is a new task each time, the overarching plot develops more gradually. I can barely tell that each book is written by a different author - the plot and character development has been so well planned.

I enjoy the direction the characters are going, especially with the introduction of two new (and very cool) brothers - Jake and Atticus - and the mysterious third element, the Guardians. Some aspects of the plot are getting a lot darker and daring to delve into themes the first series only skimmed past. I am eager to read more and see where all of this goes. If it's anything like before, the conclusion will be most rewarding!

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mkblizzard101
Mar 29, 2014

what a cliffhanger! i like this book better than the medusa's plot. Amy and Dan are AWESOME!!!

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23305013617945
Dec 17, 2013

Is this the second book of the second series?
I can't wait to get it.

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drdaveboy
Oct 23, 2013

The follow up of the 39 Clues? Yes, this is one of my FAVORITE series. I love the books. They really keep you thinking, this is the only series of books I really read..

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JihadiConservative
May 20, 2013

Really terrible writing.

Kdmullerspy Jul 06, 2012

Really great book!

sterek Jun 28, 2012

This book was really heart-pulsing! So many twists and surprises . . . it really kept me turning the page, going, "GODS! Run, Amy, RUN!" or "Really, Dan? Really?" Nonetheless, I'm pretty sure I was talking to myself while reading. It was really good, and I wish some people didn't put spoilers, just in case some others decide to read it! I highly recommend it.

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21288004439101
May 02, 2012

I've read WAY MORE books then I can count, (LITERALLY) and I like these series 'cause they go traveling around the world and in this time with real places and (not-so-real) enimies. I'm 24th in line out of 24. By way if you have not read Percy Jackson and the Olympians- it's quite GOOD! :D

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petlover
Apr 29, 2012

i love this book but needs some more action

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