"Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you." -- Genesis 26:2
In the Bible, Egypt is often used as a symbol that stands for the evil that is in the world. That's a good reminder of the dangers that Amy and Dan Cahill will encounter when, accompanied by their au pair Nellie Gomez, they seek one of the 39 clues in Egypt.
As I've commented on the earlier three books, even if you don't plan to try to win the contest these books make for fun reading. It's like a much more exciting version of The Amazing Race with much more at stake.
This story is so delicious that I want to be very careful not to spoil it for you. Compared to the last two books, this one is absolutely super!
Jude Watson makes great use of all the characters to produce drama, introduce plot complications, develop relationships, deepen your understanding of the Cahills, and make you appreciate each character more. Determining what the clue is in this book is also much more difficult than in earlier books which I thought made the story more entertaining. I was especially pleased to see that the story makes good use of the Egyptian setting. In addition, Dan wasn't nearly so annoying here and Amy's weaknesses made her more appealing. Even the not-so-trustworthy Cahills are more interesting in this book than in the last two.
As I read the book, I couldn't help but wonder how Amy and Dan will be able to avoid all of their untrustworthy relatives and deal with the normal dangers of life as they race around the world. I can hardly wait for Book 5!
The book's main theme is trust. After you finish reading this book, think about who you should trust . . . and about what.