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Day of Doom (The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers #6)

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  11,438 Ratings  ·  406 Reviews
The Ultimate Sacrifice

It started with a kidnapping. A shadowy organization known only as the Vespers snatched seven members of the Cahill family and demanded a series of bizarre ransoms from around the world. Thirteen-year-old Dan Cahill and his older sister Amy began a global treasure hunt, determined to bring back whatever Vesper One needed, so long as it kept the hostag
Hardcover, 270 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Scholastic Inc.
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Nov 13, 2012 Jessica rated it liked it
I feel like I’m being a bit generous with three stars here. This is definitely not the worst book I’ve ever read, but it is far from one of the best. There were sections here and there that I liked, but the overall lack of plot and obvious rush to wrap everything up dragged my rating down to three stars. It’s borderlining two stars, but I decided to round up like I usually do. I apologize for any spelling mistakes from here on out because I will be too caught up in my rant to really notice or ca ...more
Oct 14, 2011 Ellie rated it it was ok
If you are a reader coming fresh off the first 39 Clues series and you're thinking of reading the follow-up, Cahills vs. Vespers, here's a helpful piece of advice for you that, trust me, comes straight from my heart:


If you were only a casual fan of 39 Clues, then don't read this series because it just has more of what you probably didn't like about 39 C--inconsistent characters and wild plot changes. If you loved the 39 Clues series, you might be tempted to read the next series just beca
Jan 04, 2013 Josey rated it did not like it

If you really enjoyed this book, you probably want to stop reading now because I am going to rant. I hated it so much.

All of the dialogue felt forced and the characters fell flat. I love this series, I really do, but when they pick authors, they need to get decent ones. I had to force myself not to put it down, it was that bad. If the dialogue and characters weren't bad enough, there wasn't even a decent plot line. It was extremely predictable and it changed some of the things I loved in the bo
Mar 06, 2013 Darby rated it it was ok
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Nov 05, 2012 Wendy rated it did not like it
I can't adequately explain quite how saddened, disappointed, and kind of angry I am about the way this series ended. I would have hoped that they would have brought Rick Riordan back in to tie up the loose ends, or one of the other established authors of this series, but they didn't. David Baldacci doesn't even seem to have read the other books. He has little to no idea about how any of the characters would speak or act, let alone how teens in general speak and act, or how to write for a YA audi ...more
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I won't say that I was disappointed, exactly, by the end of this series, but...I was disappointed. I felt that it didn't maintain the clever problem solving that the previous series and the previous books in this series had. It seemed that Amy and Dan almost didn't need to be there for the finale of the series. I can see how they were needed, but they didn't play as big a role that I wish
Dec 12, 2012 Cathy rated it did not like it
It was horrible, so incredibly disappointing. I can't even begin to list the incredibly stupid lines or stupid scenarios. It was just so, so bad. Baldacci may be a bestselling adult author, but he has no idea how to write for kids, he was condescending and obnoxious. All of the scary people turned into buffoons and the smart kids started acting like idiots. There was no suspense and the plotting was so weak; if I typed up a list of the things I noticed that made no sense this review would be scr ...more
May 19, 2013 Anonymous rated it did not like it
Pathetic. That's what it was. I'm so frustrated at David Baldacci, who completely ruined the series. If you haven't read it, I strongly recommend you don't and preserve your good experiences with the series.

!! This contains spoilers. !!

Ready, set, rant! :-
Firstly he turns the book into a soap opera. Unnecessary drama, puke worthy gooey love scenes. Just pathetic.
And the repetitive use of omigod just make's one nauseous.
And the characters? Completely off mark.
Take for Example-
Amy:- I cant... Jus
Apr 02, 2013 Brielle rated it did not like it
I don't think this final installation of the series deserves one whole star. Only because I have appreciated the other 5 books in the series, and the prior 39 Clues series, and because I was invested in the series, and needed to see how it ended, did I read this.

Baldacci ruined the characters. He turned a complex family filled with characters who were relatable and real in the midst of dealing with unrealistic things, he made them caricatures of themselves. I can only assume that he grossly mis
May 11, 2013 Julia rated it liked it
This review has some spoilers. Very large spoilers. Don't say I didn't warn you.

I'll start by saying that the ending was pretty predictable. Machine is destroyed, Amy and Dan survive, the world is saved, YAAAAY!
Where were we? Oh, yes.

David Speminer is Damien Vesper.
And yes, I figured that out before Atticus. And I had the decency to figure it out IN MY HEAD.
(I solved it on page 125, paragraph 3.)

I decided to write some messages to the characters. (It is the end of the series, after a
Mar 10, 2013 Susan rated it it was ok
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Feb 09, 2013 Mady rated it did not like it
I ended up plowing through the rest just because I had to finish the series. It was painful to see some of my favorite characters changed beyond recognition. The poor writing was difficult to handle, too. I ended up returning the book because I don't plan to read it again. It served its purpose: to conclude the series. A book should be an enjoyable adventure, but this one markedly was not and therefore not worth my money.

Only about a fifth of the way through, but so far, the writing is atrociou
Apr 01, 2013 Mandy rated it did not like it
Okay. I really, really hated this book. I have read every book in the first 39 Clues series, and every book in the second series, and I can say with some certainty that this was the worst. The second series as a whole was sub-par from the first, but this book just takes the cake - the rotten, moldy, rat-infested cake. I threw it across the room at one point.

Most of the things I hated about this book were what it lacked. Characterization, believable dialogue, and a half-way reasonable premise. AL
Nov 11, 2011 Bookworm007 rated it it was amazing

WHERE'S THE COVER!!??!!!!!!!




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Seriously can NOT wait to find out what happens. LOVE the 39 Clues series soo soooo much. And STILL can't figure the heck out why a KIDDIE SERIES CAN GET MY HEART POUNDING SO DANG MUCH; IT'S THAT GOOD!!!!!
Ann Margaret
Apr 02, 2013 Ann Margaret rated it did not like it
Syrup of Ipecac. Induces vomiting. I agree, it was by far the worst book of the Cahills vs Vespers series and this series, as a whole, does not stand up to the high standards of the first Cahills series. I think the ones who let us down the worst were the publishers and the editor they hired. Or maybe they didn't bother to hire an editor. Baldacci is an idiot, but he's just a hired gun, after all.

And how does an idiot get away with reinventing basic physics and basic geology? He can't even keep
Marie Clarisse
Warning: This review contains rants, rants and nothing but RANTS.

I want to be completely honest. When I finished this book, I first thought of giving it four stars. Like, "Um, that's not so bad." But as I sat around for about 30 minutes and reflected on what I had just read, I was horrified.

I'm gonna mention first what I hated MOST. That thing about this book that made we want to roll my eyes or vomit—either one works—throughout the whole book: The romance thingy going on between Jake and Amy.
I literally have nothing redeeming to say about this book. I'm sure at one point in my life I've read a worse one, but I honestly for the life can't think of it. I liked this series, I started it as a kid and I wanted to finish it, some of the characters were great and the concept was good. And then...this.

The books were slowly going downhill on the track of decent bookdom, but this one derailed completely, took a sharp turn in the wrong direction, grew legs and ran away as fast as it's cliche
Mar 28, 2013 R rated it liked it
Where to begin? Goodness me.

I've been reading the 39 Clues Books and the various offshoots for a while now, and I'm really attached to the characters. I liked this book, and although I still find the original series better, I enjoyed listening to this series on audiobooks. I've enjoyed watching the characters and plot develop, as well as finding the clues with Amy and Dan. I'm definitely sad to see this series go.

And they will pull this off. . .ho
Janani Ananthanarayanan
Mar 16, 2013 Janani Ananthanarayanan rated it did not like it
This book is just a mess compared to the other 39 clues books. (view spoiler) The author is just in a hurry to wrap up the book and has not really understood the characters at all. (view spoiler) ...more
Mary Ann
Mar 07, 2013 Mary Ann rated it did not like it
I think they should have had someone else write the finale. The series was a big buildup and then to me it was kind of a letdown. Don't get me wrong, I love the series and plot idea, just not how the book was written. It wasn't funny and too sappy.
LilyCat (Agent of SHIELD)
Very disappointing. There was a whole lot of unnecessary death, crazy stupid plot events, and jerky storytelling, along with a failure to resolve some of the side plots.
Jun 18, 2013 Lydia rated it it was ok
Oh boy oh shall I go about reviewing this book?

I just had so many mixed feelings when I closed the final book to the Cahills vs. Vespers series. So many. So I put off reviewing it for a couple of days, to see whether those muddled "feels" would ever clear up and I could decide what my opinion would be. Well, as it turns out, neither of those happened. So this is what you're going to be getting! A very jumbled and indecisive review in which I switch back in forth between complaining
Maya Potter
Apr 12, 2013 Maya Potter rated it it was ok
This book was by far the worst in the series. Honestly, I've read better fanfictions than this.
This book wasn't a complete let down. The action was pretty neat and I liked how Isabel turned out in the end. It showed that she did indeed have a heart. Also, Dan was hilarious in this book. I loved how he got out of his depressed state he was in the beginning of the Cahills vs Vesper series.



She bothered me the most. She was the most OOC out of all of them. They turned Amy to a dram
Jul 29, 2013 Angie rated it it was ok

I am so glad I am done with this series. Though I will admit it ended a little over dramatic. Now that the series is done I still don't believe that it needed to continue. If you don't know what I am talking about, the 39 Clue was originally 10 books. They were good. Then the series continued with 6 more books called the Cahills VS Vespers (and a book that took place in between the two series). I think that Scholastic was just trying to make more money off
Aug 08, 2012 rupinl rated it liked it
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Mar 10, 2013 Katherine rated it it was ok
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Anastasia Antonova
Nov 01, 2015 Anastasia Antonova rated it really liked it
Как испортить конец обалденнейшей серии? Отдать писать последнюю книгу какому-то придурку, превратившему шикарную драму в фарс. Я очень зол. Шутки не в тему, тупое поведение персонажей. Рррр.
От этой любовной линии мне хочется биться головой об стену. Вроде Эми осталась с кем я хотела, но автор и тут напоганил. Я такого тупого и неправдоподобного признания в любви даже в порнушных романах не видела. А ведь в предыдущих книгах пищала от восторга даже если они случайно друг к другу прикоснуться.
Apr 17, 2012 Kcatty rated it liked it
Shelves: 39_clues
As a proud native Metro-DC-er, I say it's about time they got to my hometown. But if they blow up anything important/steal anything from the museums/not mention my REAL hometown (legal residence), I will literarily kill them.
They can, however, break into the Capitol all they want. Those politicians up there are weird already - they need some Cahills to knock some sense into them. And as long as they don't mess with the Sacagawea statue on top, they can knock down all the columns they feel like.
Kris McCabe
Jan 24, 2013 Kris McCabe rated it did not like it
I hope that the author of Day of Doom will not be invited to write another 39 Clues book. Quite painful to read. One does not expect the series to be literature, but the quality of writing was was not even at the level of pulp fiction.
Feb 04, 2017 Colleen rated it really liked it
This series was so awesome. It added a lot to the original series and I'm glad I read it. I really missed having Nelly in this series in the way she's been in it before. This one was interesting. I am excited for the next ones to see what happens to the cahills!
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David Baldacci writes because he can't imagine not writing. He published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996; one year later, it was adapted for film, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 30 novels for adults; all have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into ...more
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