Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Medusa Plot by Gordon Korman (39 Clues Cahills vs. Vespers)

Dan and Amy have to rescue seven Cahills who have been kidnapped by the Vespers. The two travel to Italy where they have to steal a Caravaggio painting called, Medusa, from the Uffizi Museum. The clues lead them next to the Colosseum in Rome.

Book one is vague on plot. It isn't clear why the Vespers kidnapped that many people. I found this novel less funny, less believable, and more violent. Amy has a boyfriend and Dan is more serious. Dan also betrays his good friend which I thought was out of character. The two aren't stealing from family members but are now stealing from others.  Also, Dan considers lighting a match after drenching three men in gasoline. Another character is shot and the bullet has to be removed by other kids. This tale is definitely darker than other books. The novel has no ending - it's not clear what the Vespers want except to manipulate Dan and Amy. Fans should enjoy all of the action.

Reading Level 4.7

:-) :-) 2.5 out of 5 Smileys

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