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The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma (The Mysterious Benedict Society #3)

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Reynie 12, Kate, Sticky, and Constance 4, combine unusual powers to unravel clues for another nefarious plot from Curtain, the evil twin brother of Connie's guardian Mr Benedict. Amusing line sketches before each of 23 chapters such as "The More Things change".
Published (first published January 1st 2009)
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A fun, fast read, even for adults. However, I cannot pretend that it is anywhere as good as The Mysterious Benedict Society, or even quite as good as book #2, The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey. The situations are increasingly strained as far as believability, as well as being simply less weighty than the original book's. Certain elements - Mr. Benedict's narcolepsy at inopportune moments, Milligan's ridiculous tendency towards injury, etc - are becoming rather rote at this ...more
Elisha Condie
I really loved the first book in this series, the second a bit less, and this third one by far the least.
It's got the same characters I loved before, but now they are no longer regular, clever kids - Sticky sits down to memorize the entire library catalog in case they need it, Reynie starts to have some mysterious sixth sense where he can sense something is wrong, and Constance, this one killed me-she's venturing into Obi-Wan Kenobi territory by reading minds and pulling Jedi mind tricks. My
When Constance finds out that she is adopted, she runs away out of sadness. She can’t control her emotions, and can’t think of anything else to do. All the grownups in the house go out on a search party to find her, leaving Kate, Sticky and Reynie home alone. All seems well until a mysterious vehicle arrives at the house. They soon find out that Mr Curtain is out to capture them. The children attempt to run away. In the process, they find Constance but unfortunately get captured as well. They ge ...more

The third book in the Mysterious Benedict Society series, is pretty much perfect. We solve all sorts of mysteries like Constance's past and Number Two's real name while trying to stop Mr. Curtain at the same time.

I love how these books are so smartly written. He doesn't write down to children at all. There's so much conflict and a lot of it isn't even Big Bad conflict, it's bureaucracy and government red tape. They're, for lack of a better word, grown-up problems, the kind that make you really
In their third adventure, the Society (and powerful machine known as the Whisperer) are under heavy guard at Mr. Benedict's house. The government wants the machine, as does the nasty Mr. Curtain, who is not above kidnapping the children to get it. Fearing the worst and frightened by her new mental powers, Constance runs away; it is then that Curtain’s Ten Men strike, and the children are on their own, hoping to save the day.

As with the previous entries in this series, I enjoyed immensely the mi
In this supposedly last book of the MBS series, I thought it was very clever how the title was incorporated into the story. Mr. Benedict continues to try and stimulate the superior intellects of his young charges, and is always giving them clever mind games and puzzles to solve. In the opening pages, the four kids are divided into two teams and presented with a "Prisoner's Dilemma"--they are given 3 scenarios with different consequences, and each team must decide not only which scenario they wou ...more
It just keeps getting more and more ridiculous. In a world where grown men electroshock small children, hit them on the head with pipes and threaten to break their legs, NO ONE THINKS TO BRING A GUN. What do they bring to combat electricity shooting masochists? Rubber gloves (that can defy physics and REPEL electricity. Yeah, I know, lame) and their other tool. A boomerang.

It's like a bad episode of MacGyver. "Oh no, MacGyver, there's only 35 seconds on the bomb. What will you do? It's ok, I ju

I was just reading a negative review of The Mysterious Benedict Society and felt a wave of consensus rushing over me. I have a 9-year old daughter who keeps falling asleep when I read her this book. While she was away for the weekend, I finished it and thought I understood the problem: it's written for the parents not the kids, at least the parents who want to feel clever for grasping a plot about 'grown-up' problems like bureaucracy, mind-control, and subliminal messages. Far superior to this s
Spencer Brokaw
I recently read The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma, the third and final book in the trilogy. The story focuses on extraordinarily smart kids Reynie, Sticky, Constance, and Kate. When the power goes off in the city of Stonetown, the children investigate and problems begin to arise. Out of the books, I'd say this is my second favorite, the first being my least. The books gradually got better, although the plot isn't as strong as the second book, which remains my all-time f ...more
The Prisoner's Dilemma is the third book in the Mysterious Benedict Society series.

For those not in the know, The Mysterious Benedict Society is a children's series by Trenton Lee Stewart. It follows the escapades of four specially gifted children as they work with their mentor, the wise and benevolent Nicholas Benedict, to thwart the plans of his evil twin brother, Ledroptha Curtain.

I think it’s easily the best new series to hit children’s lit since the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary (that’s r
Dixie Thamrin
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I was sadly disappointed by this book. In book one and two all of the characters grow and mature in someway or another. However, in this final installment I felt that there was very little maturing at all. I loved Constance in the other books, her actions seemed appropriate for her age and she even grew up quite a bit. However, in this final book she's four years old and she acts like she is once again a two year old. It would have been fine if he had left her age at three-I can fathom a three y ...more
I think I actually liked this one the best. Stewart has definitely gotten better at keeping the story moving and avoiding the slow repetitious elements in the previous two books. Either that, or he got assigned a better editor when the series became a huge success. Whichever it is, it earned him an extra star from me this time.

The weakness of this book is in the predictability. There really isn't anything new to learn about our young foursome in this tale. They are taking the skills they have ma
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The Mysterious Benedict Society is no longer a mystery to me. I am quite familiar with all of the members by now, and feel a loss at the end of this series. I have gone through quite a bit with each of them. I loved watching them all grow, mature, and develop.

This book was full of the same wonderful plot lines, heroism, mysteries, escapes, wit, humor, and friendship as the previous books. Mr. Curtain still tries to do his best to foil the good intentions of Mr. Benedict. The Society along with
This is my first review using this "templet" I made. We'll see how it goes! :)

Star Rating:

4 stars


Join the Mysterious Benedict Society as Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance embark on a daring new adventure that threatens to force them apart from their families, friends, and even each other. When an unexplained blackout engulfs Stonetown, the foursome must unravel clues relating to a nefarious new plot, while their search for answers brings them closer to danger than ever before.

Filled with
More like 2.5 stars.

This book was...disappointing.

I loved loved loved the first one in this series and I really liked the second one...but this one was a letdown. It didn't have the charm and puzzles and FUN that the other two had and I just wished it was over the whole time I was reading it. It wasn't just didn't do anything for me.


What am I supposed to read now that I'm finished with the MBS series?? This book was a huge comfort object for me at the beginning of my first semester in college. Still love the characters, premise, plot, etc. Admittedly this is probably my least favorite of the three MBS books, however, I'm still as big a fan as ever and would recommend this series to anyone.
Kayla M.
This book series, including this final book, had me enchanted under its "spell." The author did an amazing job writing about these characters (Mr. Benedict, Number Two, Rhonda, Reynie Muldoon, Sticky Washington, Kate Wetherall, and Constance Contraire.)
I recommend these because of the fictional, fantasy, and truthful side of it.
I have read this book over and over and it NEVER gets BORING! It is marvelous and I just can't believe it's the last book in this trilogy! But you can read Trenton Lee Stewart's newest book "The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict". So i hope to have a review on that book when it is released in 2012
amazing in every way possible! recommended to everyone!
Indah W
kamis 5/7 (2:14 pm)

setelah sekiaaan lama, akhirnya semalam gua kelar juga baca buku yang satu ini :p

and menurut gua baca nih seri dari buku 1 lalu lanjut ke buku kedua dan ketiga itu, tepat sekali menjelaskan tentang teori David Ricardo tentang tingkat kepuasan yang menurun :D

artinyaa? yaa.. buku satu bikin bereaksi macam, "huaa, nih buku bagus bangets! jadi pengen baca buku2 selanjutnya!", terus pas baca buku kedua, reaksinya tuh gini, "oh, bagus juga, kira2 selanjutnya gimana ya?" and pas baca
My Summary: Almost 6 months after their narrow escape from Mr. Curtain, the Mysterious Benedict Society find themselves living together in Mr. Benedict's house. Due to the unknown whereabouts of Mr. Curtain and the belief that the children's lives would be in jeopardy, the Society and their families have spent the last few months stuck inside the old house. All is well, if a little boring.

But when the government starts demanding Mr. Benedict return the Whisperer to their custody, things start to
i thought this, the final book in the trilogy, was a lot stronger than the second one. it is set about six months after the conclusion of the last book. the children are living with their families in mr. benedict's house because mr. benedict is concerned that mr. curtain will try to kidnap them again. mr. benedict also knows that mr. curtain wants to steal back the whisperer in order to control the world. he's set up all kinds of alarm systems & guards to protect the children & the whisp ...more
I loved this book: Trenton Lee Stewart has managed to create an entrancing world of adventure and spies, not to mention strange inventions and evil villains! And he's kept the stories strong since the first book!

The book opens with a bang, which I like. As you may or may not have noticed, I don't like slow beginnings. But the Mysterious Benedict Society never gives you any slowness--or any chance to catch your breath! As one of my friends puts it, " never keeps you waiting." I'm inclined to
Ben Chang
This book was a very fascinating book, almost having me on my toes. There were many interesting and unsuspecting scenes that really pulled me in. the author reunites the four main characters. The readers see how they have grown physically and emotionally. The four characters practice their special abilities in a complex, well guarded house. Then we are introduced to the problem. The smallest member of the group, Contraire leaves the premises of the house. This is a huge problem because in their ...more
Lisa Wolf
A terrific end to a terrific trilogy! The Mysterious Benedict Society books are unique in the current children's book market -- a group of smart kids solve problems and basically save the world, and there's no witchcraft, magical powers, or supernatural beings anywhere in sight. The children in the MBS books use brain power to solve puzzles and outsmart their enemies, and the adults in their world trust them and support them enough to let them do what they need to do. I love the fact that the ch ...more
Justin Chen
Title: The Mysterious Benedict Society and The Prisonner's Dilemma
Author: Trenton Lee Stewart

How would you feel if you were threatened by an evil that forced you apart from you family and your friends? Forced to be kept at a safehouse surrounded by security, but luckily, you are with your parents and 4 of your closest friends. In the novel, The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma, 4 friends with strange abilities are protected from an evil ca
Sarah Sammis
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma by Trenton Lee Stewart concludes the story arc of Reynie and the other children recruited by Mr. Benedict. It is also, the weakest of the three, relying too heavily on regurgitated plots and huge changes in character.

The book opens with the children living with their families in Mr. Benedict's mansion. Unfortunately Mr. Benedict has become incapacitated by fear and now requires they live locked up, unable to leave the home, go to school,
Cik Aini
Do you know when you read a good book, you'll be wishing the book not to end despite the eagerness that you feel, of trying to finish a good book to know the ending?

This final book despite the adventure begins only halfway through the book make you feel like you are saying goodbye to your closest friends - Kate, Reynie, Sticky & Constance. I love the fact that I stumbled upon this series while visiting Indonesia. I love it too much hence there's sadness etching inside when finally bidding fa
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Trenton Lee Stewart is the author of the award-winning, bestselling Mysterious Benedict Society series for young readers, as well the adult novel Flood Summer. He lives with his family in Little Rock, Arkansas.
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The Mysterious Benedict Society (3 books)
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society (The Mysterious Benedict Society, #1)
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey (The Mysterious Benedict Society, #2)
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“Now listen, we need to be quiet as mice. No, quieter than that. As quiet as . . . as . . .”
“Dead mice?” Reynie suggested.
“Perfect,” said Kate with an approving nod. “As quiet as dead mice.”
“You've read half the books in this house? This whole house?"
"Well, approximately half." Sticky said. "To be more accurate, I suppose I've read more like" - his eyes went up as he calculated - "three sevenths? Yes, three sevenths."
"Only three sevenths?" said Kate, pretending to look disappointed. "And here I was prepared to be impressed.”
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