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A Tense and Troubling Episode
on 9 April 2012
"And Saul's servants said to him, 'Surely, a distressing spirit from God is troubling you.'" -- 1 Samuel 16:15 (NKJV)
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.