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A King's Ransom (The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers #2)

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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
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by Scholastic Press (first published November 1st 2011)
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This is what I looked like when I found out about this book:















I mean, I knew the new series was coming out, but I didn't know the cover for the second book was already out!!!

Gack! Hurry up and release the first movie, Steven Spielberg!!

edit Dec 23, 2011

Waaaay funny, total intense-ness, AWESOME ACTION!!!

edit Dec 24, 2011

Hamilton and J
Charissa Sophia de la Rosa
This is one of my favorite books ever! It is full of adventure, suspense and thriller! I totally recommend everyone to read this! Such a masterpiece! Totally worth buying! You can see how faithful and loyal Evan is to Amy, how Dan and Atticus value their friendship and many others! But the last sentence on the book is totally striking. (Warning! Spoiler!) Who would've thought that Amy and Dan's father was alive all this time, eh? Not to mention he's one of the Vespers! There's also a high possib ...more
I hate, HATE books that are written just for the sake of raking in the money. HATE! Unfortunately, the 39 Clues "franchise" seems to be heading down that path. While I enjoyed the "39 Clues" series, the spin-off series, "Vespers vs. Cahills" is just plain annoying. The plot is stretched beyond reason and is SO CONTRIVED! What could have been wrapped up in one book is now being dragged over five! It's ridiculous.

When the first book ended, Vesper One had Nellie, Fiske, Alastair, Ted, Reagan, Nata
Michael Angelo Sugui
Ahem...ahemm..... ahem!

whew! What a big blast! Two Thumbs-Up for Jude Watson!

A King's Ransom....,

I would say that 39 clues is not only for kids but in every ages. It is a superb series of books! Full of action-packed, shocking revelations and most of all thrilling story.

For all the books of Jude in 39 clues, A King's Ransom is the most HMMMM! book of all! i can't get rid the book, it is so HMMMM!

New quest for Amy and Dan by V-1. To get the original copy of de Virga world map. Still the Vespers
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I'm a huge fan of this series but I seem to like the other authors' work better than Watson's. She is a talented writer but she tries to build a suspense that readers aren't looking for in The 39 Clue, They want constant action scenes and chases. Watson has this and the scenes she writes for them are great but I just wish she would cut to the chase more. She spends a little much time having Amy and Dan solving puzzles. On a more positive note, there were many parts of this book I liked. I wanted ...more
Barb Middleton
Have you ever watched Desperate Housewives? It's funny and ridiculous. I find it hard to watch when the plot turns serious and the characters take themselves seriously. I watch it to laugh and if you take out the laughter then it's no fun. The Cahills vs. the Vespers takes itself too seriously and the fun of the series is gone for me. At least in this book, Dan has most of his wise-cracking ways back; however, he now has a "dark side" - oooh - and people are getting killed and shot while the kid ...more
Watson continues her trend of being one of the best authors in this multi-author series. She does a terrific job of both developing the characters and writing a great story with a lot of action and suspense. It's interesting to watch the main characters grow and change as they face more adversity; Amy gets more confident and Dan gets more depressed. Watson made both character feel very real and relatable despite the crazy circumstances. There were some great twists and turns in this book that ha ...more
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Rating: 3.6 out of 5 stars

Genre: Adventure

Age Recommended: 10 and up

I didn't think that this book was as good as the first in the Cahills vs. Vespers series. The book was a little confusing and there weren't many details about the characters.


Dan and Amy are like puppets at the hands of the Vespers. Vesper
This book is the continuing of making Amy and Dan do whatever the Vespers pease as they have their loved ones. This time the ransom takes them into olden days and mad kings. As they steadly find more information about the Vespers and the Cahills, Dan finds out that his father is still alive.

I picked this book up because I have been waiting for this book very long.

I finished this book because it was very interesting.

I recommend this book to Patrick who loved the Medusa Plot.
Roy Kedem
The 39 Clues A King's Ransom is a story about a brother and a sister trying to save their family, 7 members of their family has been kidnapped by an organization calling themselves the Vespers.
Dan and Amy must fulfill the Vespers orders in order to save their family, but these orders are not normal orders, but insane and hard orders, in this book the Vespers ask them to steal a map, but not any map, a map that hasn't been seen for more then half a century.
I chose to read this book mostly because
My status before reading:

Hello, you have reached Katie. Katie is reading the book that she has been looking forward to for months and is unable to take your call right now, so please leave a message after the beep. BEEEEEP!!!

My status after reading:

Did you hear an explosion off in the distance? That was my mind...being blown.

Hmmm....It might just be me, but I felt like the only time the pacing was on in this book was when we were back with Nellie&co. Amy and Dan were...not very exciting until about the last chapter...hopefully the next will be better (i.e. Evan (I think that's his name? I don't like him...) is exposed as a spy/dies/both).
Dec 10, 2011 Kimberly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any 39 Clues fan/Cahills vs. Vespers fan
Recommended to Kimberly by: Ash:)<3
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asmaa ♠
i think Vesper One may be Amy and Dan's dad, Arthur. just a theory. and i wonder what dan will eventually do with the serum and stuff.
A little too short, but that ending! Oh boy.
Jude Watson provides a decent second installment to the Cahill versus Vespers series. Surprisingly, the demands from the Vespers did NOT end after Book 1. Amy and Dan are again sent to far-flung places to retrieve items for Vesper One. This time, it’s Switzerland, where we’re reunited with the Wyoming siblings. We also have art theft, Interpol agents, murder (yes, someone dies!), and a new connection with Jake and Atticus, their friends from back home.

So far, so good with this series, so it’s on
Izzy Lightfleur
May 30, 2012 Izzy Lightfleur rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Izzy Lightfleur by: Myself
Cahill's Vs. Vespers; Book 3, The King's Ransom.....Is fun.

I liked this. It was a little better than the last one because of the plot-Oh!-and of course Dan's humor has actually come back in this one.

The book takes place in Germany. The book is plot driven and has fun, exciting parts. The main conflict is this; Where is the Virga World Map? It's an ancient map that disappeared long ago. And the Vespers want it.

Amy and Dan have changed, matured, in this book.....I don't like it. I want Dan's old
Beaulah Pragg
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
May 05, 2012 Irene rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: may
King’s Ransom is the continuation of the book The Medusa Plot. King’s ransom is about two siblings, Amy and Dan. After having seven of their relatives kidnapped from all around the world, Vesper One is demanding for the impossible...again. This time, Vesper One wants Dan and Amy to find an ancient map. One problem, no one has seen this map for more than half a century! And to make things even worse, one of Dan’s closest friends, Atticus, is on to him after finding out he stole something valuabl ...more
I decided to read this book because I had read all the other previous books in the series and wanted to into read what happened next. It completes the category of a book written in 2011 or 2012 because the first edition was published in December 2011. My favourite quote from the book is,"What he had hoped for as long as he had a memory had happened. He'd gotten a sign. His father was still alive". This is my favourite quote because it adds so much suspense and mystery to the story and makes me w ...more
C.C. Thomas
This second installment starts exactly where the last book left off. The family and friends of Amy and Dan Cahill are still kidnapped and the ransom demand for their lives is for Amy and Dan to steal a map. The map in question is one that disappeared centuries ago--and one that might not even be real.

Amy and Dan are both continuing their downward spiral into loneliness and paranoia. These are not the carefree adolescents of the first series. The brother/sister duo is maturing and having a hard t
Book: A King's Ransom
Author: Jude Watson
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Length: 190 pages
Date Finished: 2/15/13

Amy and Dan need to get to Switzerland since Vesper One ordered them to. Because of the crime Vesper One forced them to do, Dan and Amy are afraid of getting caught by Interpol despite their disguises. They found themselves a distraction by pretending to be with a girl with a tuba. While Dan and Amy were on the train heading to Switzerland they received a text from Vesper One telling them to f
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This is the latest addition to the long running 39 Clues Series by Scholastic and after about 13 books and some ebooks, they are still coming up with good surprises and good plot twists. For me a good twist in the story is really an important part. Now lets procede with the Negatives and Positives.


As I have said, this is a long running series so for me I kind of expected that the longer it takes to wrap the story the quality will drop. But they proved me
Every time I read one of the 39 Clues books, I am amazed at all the cultural and historical details the authors weave into the story. This time Amy and Dan Cahill travel to: Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and the Czech Republic. Their hunt involves facts about Marco Polo, medieval world maps, the theft of art by Nazis during WWII, Neuschwanstein Castle, Johannes Kepler, and Tycho Brahe.

The series reminds me of several famous books/movies for adults. There are the gadgets, computers, exotic locale
There are only two for which I'll finish a book really fast. Either I love it, or want to get it over with. After completing the book, I think it was the second reason.

The only part I felt myself actually turning the page with even a little enthusiasm were the scenes with Nellie&co. I just pretty eager to learn more about their condition, and I'm happy at least they're doing something worth reading about.

Dan and Amy's adventures could have been better andI think the book coul
This book is second in the series "Cahills vs. Vespers" in which Vesper is forcing Dan and Amy to do his bidding or lose a loved one(he holds 7 as hostages). This time, they are asked to find a medieval map of the world that disappeared almost 80 years ago.They find leads connecting the map to Jane Sperling, who just so happens to be Atticus' relative, Pliny the Younger,who's uncle died when studying Vesuvius-while it was erupting and Marco Polo.While Atticus gets kidnapped, Vesper one rummages ...more
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ohhhh ! ^^ so cool!

OK, for a brief review..........

first things first, the book is all about another impossible quest by the Vespers blah blah blah =)
what bolstered my interest is the dirty secrets in this book. so much secrets ! you can't stop reading =0

1. you think that Dan and Amy's mysterious family and their secrets are already solved and revealed in the hunt for the 39 clues? nooo ! a shocking secret awaits in the VERY END OF THE BOOK (LITERALLY)

2. something about the Rosenblooms.... (view
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Do you guys think that Ian is maybe the one secretly working for the vepers? 14 45 Jan 17, 2013 05:49PM  
Trivia quiz for A King's Ransom 7 23 Jul 08, 2012 12:39PM  
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  • The Medusa Plot (39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers, #1)
  • Trust No One (The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers, #5)
  • Shatterproof (The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers, #4)
  • Hunted (The 39 Clues: Rapid Fire, #3)
  • Vespers Rising (The 39 Clues, #11)
  • Day of Doom (The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers, #6)
  • The Black Circle (The 39 Clues, #5)
  • The Black Book of Buried Secrets
  • Into the Gauntlet (The 39 Clues, #10)
  • The 39 Clues: Agent Handbook

Other Books in the Series

The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers (6 books)
  • The Medusa Plot (39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers, #1)
  • The Dead of Night (The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers, #3)
  • Shatterproof (The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers, #4)
  • Trust No One (The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers, #5)
  • Day of Doom (The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers, #6)
In Too Deep (The 39 Clues, #6) Beyond the Grave (The 39 Clues,  #4) Nowhere to Run (The 39 Clues: Unstoppable, #1) The Dark Rival (Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice, #2) The Hidden Past (Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice, #3)

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“Let's hope it doesn't come to that," Ian put in. "Just fridge yourselves, as Jonah says."
"Dude," Dan said. "Do you mean chill?"
"Precisely. Just what I said.”
“Amy felt her phone vibrate. She held it up. It was from Ian.


Amy shoved the phone back in her pocket. "Just pretend to be Ian," she told Dan.”
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