Book: Cahills versus Vespers, The Medusa Plot

"The Medusa Plot" by Gordon KormanThirteen-year-old Dan Cahill and his older sister, Amy, thought they belonged to the world’s most powerful family. They thought the hunt for 39 Clues leading to the source of that power was over. They even thought they’d won. But Amy and Dan were wrong.

One by one, distress calls start coming in from around the globe. Cahills are being kidnapped by a shadowy group known only as the Vespers. Now Amy and Dan have just days to fulfill a bizarre ransom request or their captured friends will start dying. Amy and Don don’t know what the Vespers want or how to stop them. Only one thing is clear. The Vespers are playing to win, and if they get their hands on the Clues…the world will be their next hostage.

First reaction: No, we don’t actually find out what the Vespers’ plans are. While we do have an inkling that it is probably big and will affect the whole world, I don’t know if we could go on and say that they will take the world hostage. The synopsis is making the book more sensational than it already is. And it’s already plenty sensational.

I have to say, I didn’t expect to like The Medusa Plot. Mostly because I’ve never read any of The 39 Clues books, so I thought I would get lost in the story. I’m glad to say, I didn’t. The new series was started in such a way that a new reader won’t need to read the previous series to know what’s going on at present, and why certain character act a certain way around another character. Of course, there are certain things said and done that would make you wonder what did happen in the previous series–something that could maybe get said new readers to give the previous series a try as well.

The story of The Medusa Plot picks off some time after the events of the first series–with a series of kidnappings. Amy and Dan escape the attempt on their lives–which is why the main antagonist picks them to be the ones he negotiates with, with regards to the hostages he has taken. And his first request is for siblings Amy and Dan to steal a painting from a heavily guarded museum in Florence, Italy. His demands need to be met–or one of the seven hostages he is holding will be killed. And this guy means business.

Well, maybe not. Because when he does order his men to “kill” one of them, they only mortally wound the person. As a warning. Yeah, the villain’s level of badassery just went down.

That aside, I highly enjoyed reading The Medusa Plot. As I already said. It was very easy to read, and it’s a page-turner. So, yeah, no surprise that it took me just a few hours to finish the book. Even with all the deadlines I have to meet.

But don’t just take my word for it, check out what other people said about the book:
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Also, I would like to thank Scholastic, for sponsoring the first Filipino Reader Conference, and giving them this book to give away as a prize. And thanks to the hands of fate that deemed for me to win this book, even though I couldn’t make the actual reader conference because of work.