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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, 190 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by Scholastic Inc. (first published November 1st 2011)
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Dec 24, 2011 Bookworm007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!!!

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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
Anastasia Antonova
Oct 25, 2015 Anastasia Antonova rated it it was amazing
Эта часть заставляла меня несколько раз восклицать "вот это поворот"! Честно, удивили. Читать пока что все так же интересно. Больше всего понравилась середина книги. Йона с Гамильтоном убойная смесь, надеюсь их и дальше будут посылать на задания вместе. Тайн становится все больше, а разгадки плавают на периферии, но не поддаются.

Итог: 9 из 10
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
Dec 13, 2011 Annie rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
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Dec 17, 2011 Eoin rated it really liked it
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
Feb 22, 2012 Barb Middleton rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
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
Jan 20, 2012 Cathy rated it really liked it
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
Jul 04, 2015 Achala rated it liked it
Faster paced than the first one and even more implausible, yet oddly gripping. The plot thickens...
Bhavya Gupta
May 29, 2015 Bhavya Gupta rated it really liked it
This book was so much fun. And it was darker. And it keeps getting interesting !
Mar 25, 2014 Priyanka rated it really liked it
Just posted this review on my blog - check out this and many more young adult book reviews and recommendations there.


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
Sep 03, 2014 Roy Kedem rated it really liked it
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
Dec 06, 2011 Katie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-39-clues
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.

Jan 31, 2012 Erin rated it liked it
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).
Ruby Escalona
Feb 05, 2016 Ruby Escalona rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
After reading the first 11 (12?) (13?) 39 Clues Books a few years back when I was still living in Manila, I decided to give it another go because I was looking for something fun and light to read when i was having such a bad month. This time, it picks up where book 1 left off - Vesper One still has Amy & Dan's family/friends hostage and they still have to steal another priceless artifact for him, in this case the Da Virga map. It takes them through Europe - Geneva, Neuschwanstein Castle & ...more
Dec 10, 2011 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Any 39 Clues fan/Cahills vs. Vespers fan
Recommended to Kimberly by: Ash:)<3
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Jan 15, 2012 Savita rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-series

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Pat (Get Kids to Read) Tierney
May 09, 2015 Pat (Get Kids to Read) Tierney rated it really liked it
Shelves: ann-l-rogers, series
The 39 Clues books Cahills vs Vespers should really be reviewed in one chunk but since the story is serialized I will write a short review of book two here. Dan and Amy are being blackmailed by Vesper One. He has kidnapped 7 members of the Cahill family and is threatening to kill them if Amy and Dan do not deliver 6 important artifacts.
This time they are after a map that has not been seen in many years. Their journey will introduce two new characters Jake and Atticus who are going to play an im
Jan 20, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it
Book two finds Amy and Dan still coerced by the villainous Vespers to complete a series of impossible tasks to save their relatives' lives. This time, they are ordered to deliver an ancient world map that hasn't been seen since it was stolen by Nazis. Just to make things more interesting, they are being hunted by both Interpol and the psychotic Wyoming twins, rogue Vesper agents. As the Cahills zip around Europe, Dan's prodigy friend Atticus tries to solve a puzzle of his own, and comes to an as ...more
Lady Flo
Feb 07, 2016 Lady Flo rated it it was amazing
Gets a way better. from beginning till end. Much more exciting than The Clue Hunt, but still with more despair
Dec 08, 2011 Jess rated it really liked it
A little too short, but that ending! Oh boy.
Apr 23, 2014 Johnp rated it liked it
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
Dione Basseri
Apr 26, 2016 Dione Basseri rated it liked it
Not the most standout of the 39 Clues books, and this one is where it really does become a bit obvious that the series is continuing mostly for the sake of money. It feels like plot twists are being thrown out, and I can already tell that they're not going to be the final twist, but instead are distractions.

For example, we're teased with the idea that the Cahill children's father is still alive, and is Vesper One. Look, it would bean interesting plot twist. However, it being stated so early in t
Izzy Lightfleur ~ ON HIATUS
May 30, 2012 Izzy Lightfleur ~ ON HIATUS rated it really liked it
Recommended to Izzy Lightfleur ~ ON HIATUS 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
Apr 19, 2012 Beaulah Pragg rated it it was amazing
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 really liked it
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
Jun 06, 2013 Gina rated it liked it
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
May 09, 2013 C.C. Thomas rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, thriller
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
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Do you guys think that Ian is maybe the one secretly working for the vepers? 13 47 Jan 17, 2013 05:49PM  
Trivia quiz for A King's Ransom 7 25 Jul 08, 2012 12:39PM  
  • The Dead of Night (The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers, #3)
  • 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)
  • Turbulence (The 39 Clues: Rapid Fire, #5)
  • Vespers Rising (The 39 Clues, #11)
  • Day of Doom (The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers, #6)
  • The Black Circle (The 39 Clues, #5)
  • Into the Gauntlet (The 39 Clues, #10)
  • The 39 Clues: Agent Handbook
  • The Black Book of Buried Secrets

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)

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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.”
“Oh, terrific," Dan muttered. "Just what we need. Another code! Why can't people just say what they mean? Why can't they say THE MAP IS IN THE DESK?” 25 likes
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