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You Only Die Twice (The Genius Files #3)

4.39  ·  Rating Details ·  1,118 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
The most dangerous road trip in history continues for thirteen-year-old twins Coke and Pepsi McDonald.

Just when they thought they were safe, the twins will be

by an evil Elvis impersonator,

in a pool of flesh-eating soda pop, nearly

in a giant shredder, and

in a turbo-charged carnival ride.

worst of all,
no one believes them!

Will they make it out al
ebook, 304 pages
Published January 22nd 2013 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2013)
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American Mensa
Oct 22, 2014 American Mensa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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You’ll want to read it twice!

You Only Die Twice is the third book in The Genius Files series. I loved this book so much that The Genius Files series has now become one of my most favorite book series ever! I especially enjoyed how the author uses his imagination to keep surprising the reader throughout the book. The main characters are thirteen-year-old twins, Coke and Pepsi McDonald.

Coke and Pepsi are brother and sister geniuses. Because of their genius minds, they belong to a secret program,
Oct 10, 2014 Eshaan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eshaan Kak

10th October 2014

Genius Files: You never die twice is by Dan Gutman. In the story, the settings were in different states of America. There are two main characters which are twins. One main character is Pep McDonald. Pep is at times scared but when it comes to memory she can memories anything she sees. She is scared of the antagonist Evil Elvis an evil psychopath who wants get rid of her and her brother Coke at all cost. She memories and solves coded messages. The second main characte
Kai Thomas
Aug 31, 2016 Kai Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had amazing plot twists and lots of mystery and suspense! Just the story how a family road trip turned into a manhunt for twins is very amusing and is a good read. I Love the characters internal thoughts throughout the book. This book and the series is by far the best series (in my opinion) that Dan Gutman has published, the story keeps you guessing at every turn and i favor that. I highly recommend this book. My favorite character, was Coke McDonald. I liked how he had lots of interna ...more
Aug 21, 2016 Pranav rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the third book in the series, I think that this book had a lot of action, and at the end of each chapter, there was an enormous amount of suspense. I mean, once you start reading the first chapter, they say something that you think is a turning point, and then in a few chapters, the protagonist and antagonist turn back into their real selves. That's what makes a good book. You have one protagonist, and one antagonist. They both then fight each other. And like many books, the protagonist wins ...more
Feb 29, 2016 Angel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Coke and Pepsi are on the way to their Aunts wedding on the other part of the country, and they are just in time for the wedding. But Aunt Judy is going to Mary Dr. Warsaw! He has been wanting to kill them, so now they are in a lot of danger. They head home, but on the way trials arise like for example, they were nearly pulverized by a giant shredder! But the worse thing is, that their parents don't even know any of this is happening! Will the make it home alive? Read the book to see what happen ...more
Ben C
Oct 05, 2014 Ben C rated it it was amazing
I wrote reviews for the last 2 books thinking they were some of the best books ever. Well this book is just another step higher. Recurring thoughts about Elvis and occasional creepy nightmares involving Elvis wouldn't let me stop thinking about this book. Not having much time when I read it, I was always looking forward to getting to read another chapter. (view spoiler) ...more
Aug 31, 2016 Puppy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite books of all time. It's about these two twins, Coke McDonald and Pep McDonald who are going on a cross-country road trip and they get attacked by different villains in every book. In this book, Evil Elvis gives them different codes and Pep and Coke end up meeting Evil Elvis at the end of the book. Some of my thoughts and ideas about this book are that Evil Elvis seems like an interesting character because he has really intriguing characteristics such as insane, mysteri ...more
Dec 20, 2015 Amos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You only Die Twice is a series of books called the Genius Files by Dan Gutman. He make a very good statement about what is happening.

I have never read a book by Dan Gutman but it look really good. the author really knows how to build suspense by telling you something scary that will happen and you will figure it out when you won't think anything bad will happen. you can really feel the actions he makes you feel think you are right there with the characters. It really makes it hard to put it dow
Dec 12, 2014 Jenna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was good, but a little easy. It was a nice read over winter break. But overall it was good.
Dorine White
Feb 24, 2013 Dorine White rated it liked it
It’s Marvelous Middle Grade Monday! And today I am taking a look at The Genius Files book 3, You Only Die Twice, by Dan Gutman.
The Story-Pepsi and Coke are traveling with their parents in an RV vacation across the country. They stop at just about every wacky site you could think of, including The World’s Largest Frying Pan and The World’s Largest Chest of Drawers. As they travel, bad things start to happen.
In the previous 2 books they defeated Dr. Warsaw and his trainee Archie. In this book the
Apr 02, 2013 Kendall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

 Do you enjoy, action, adventure, evil elvis', and giant shredders? If you do, you most read You Only Die Twice, the third book in the Genius Files. It starts out with their aunt getting married, but I can't tell you to who because I would spoil it, but it gives the main characters, Coke and Pepsi Mc.Donald quite a surprise. Coke and Pepsi are part of the Genius Files, a organization for the brightest young children, by Dr. Warsaw. Later Dr. Warsaw went crazy, when he witnessed the planes from
Dec 20, 2012 Aeicha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm officially a fangirl of The Genius File series by Dan Gutman! This wildly fun middle-grade series, which includes Mission Unstoppable, Never Say Genius, and now You Only Die Twice, is the perfect mix of adventure, humor, and educational information. And, I think book three is my favorite one yet.

In You Only Die Twice, thirteen year old twins, Coke and Pepsi McDonald, continue their journey across America with their parents in an RV. The family has made their way to Washington D.C. and Aunt J
Addison Skinner
Jan 19, 2016 Addison Skinner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book, You Only Die Twice, was incredible. As the McDonald twins are back on their journey to California yet again, they find themselves trying to avoid being killed. This time Archie Clone is not following them. It's Evil Elvis who's doing the dirty work. With Coke and Pep having many close calls of almost dying, they escape and continue on a journey of a not so normal life. I would recommend this book to anyone. This book keeps you on your feet for what will happen next.
Shawn Stenmark
Dec 09, 2014 Shawn Stenmark rated it it was amazing
You Only Die Twice by: Dan Gutman is a good book if you like a good adventure.
The book is about the journey of Pepsi and Coke McDonald on their road trip across the U.S. While they are on their adventure to go see their aunt get married who is unnamed in Washington D.C. Now the kids are on their way back to get to their home in San Francisco they encounter some more troubles. And guess who is chasing them now, Evil Elvis, and whenever they see him it is in the most weirdest places he could possi
This book is amazing. When I first borrowed it from the library, i never bothered to read it. Then, one day being bored, i picked up this book and it shared its humorous and interesting thoughts with me. Pepsi and Coke, I just have to say-amazing and HILARIOUS!!!!!!!!!!! Dan Gutman's characteristics that he put in them make be sputter and choke with laughter. They remind me of when I was a small child. Five stars, way to go!
Vivian Xia
Wow... This book was pretty good. I just picked it up to read because I was out of books and I've read the first book so I thought this one would be good too. Turns out I was right.

I liked this book because it had great timing. The author skipped through the really boring parts and at the intense parts of the story, Gutman drew out the information until the last possible second. I really liked the Evil Elvis and the plot twist at the end. I never thought Elvis impersonators could be so evil, eve
Great book! Have you ever wanted to go on a nice calm road trip without creepy imposters looking for you and trying to kill you,have you ever wondered if a family member hates you after marriage? Well this is what happened to 13 year old twins coke and Pepsi. Read this exciting action packed book to find out what happens to coke and Pepsi.
Dylan Wilde
Oct 06, 2013 Dylan Wilde rated it really liked it
When the McDonald twins finally make it to Washington D.C. for their aunt's wedding, they figure out that her groom is non other than Dr.Warsaw the killer! They also have a new threat the mysterious Evil Elvis, who is out to kill them, just like EVERYONE ELSE. Now they're on the run from the Elvis impostor, Mrs Higgins (their psycho health teacher), the bowler dudes (guys with bowler hats), and Dr. Warsaw (their new uncle.) Will they make it back to California safely.

I thought the book was great
Shrivaikunth Krishnakumar
I enjoyed this book because there was a lot mystery in it. They get chased, trapped, thrown into a giant shredder, crushed in a high speed ride, but worst of all nobody believe them. Will they ever return home from their road trip in one piece or they only live to see one more day????. I felt a little sacred and started crying a little bit when I read this book because it made feel so sad and it was always like half of the thing happening is on one page and the other half is on the other page.
Jan 16, 2015 Emma rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book because there was a lot mystery in it. This is the third book in a series so I would suggest that you read the first two books before this one. This book was about the McDonald twins named Coke and Pepsi McDonald. They were on a family road trip when bad things started to happen to the twins. They were being chased by a guy named Evil Elvis who was trying to kill them. You never know when he might show up but he always seems to know exactly were the twins are going and when t ...more
Jun 07, 2014 Siv rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The McDonald twins and parents made it to Washington DC for Aunt Judy's wedding only to find out that she's marrying their nemesis (whom they thought was dead), Dr. Warsaw. The begin the return journey and once again have a new enemy: Evil Elvis.
Gina Pellizzeri
Dec 04, 2014 Gina Pellizzeri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Genius files series
Mr. George
Jan 21, 2015 Mr. George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
pure fun....a bit generalist with gender role statements defining "guy stuff" and "that is the way girls are" which bother me but nothing scaring. An enjoyable reluctant reader series with lots of internet interaction.
Sep 25, 2016 Scarlett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my gosh!!!! The ending of this book is crazy!!!!! But I won't spoil. Evil Elvis chased Coke and pep trying to kill them around the country.
Apr 20, 2015 Ryan added it  ·  review of another edition
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carla clifton
Jan 20, 2013 carla clifton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book as a free give away on goodreads thay being said i would have payed for it. probley the two best names i've ever heard coke and pepsi. this book reminded me of all the road trips i've done over th years. my grandfather was the type who would have stop to the largest ball of twine. the cool thing about this book is they have photos of the place and a box on the side of tha page that tells you how to look up the trip te twins take with there mom and dad. i think this book would be ...more
Jun 27, 2015 Addie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was very funny especially at the end when they blew up the van with the firecrackers to save themselves from their aunt Judy who is evil Elvis
Sep 09, 2014 Nicholas rated it really liked it
They get chased be people that try and kill them and when ever the try and till There mom and dad the never believe them
Thalia Grace
Sep 25, 2015 Thalia Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this except for one repetitive phrase, "let's blow this pop stand." After a while, it just gets kind of annoying.
Jun 14, 2014 Joseph added it
This was the best book in the series. I have read the book three or four times and I still love it.
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The author of over 80 books in a little over a decade of writing, Dan Gutman has written on topics from computers to baseball. Beginning his freelance career as a nonfiction author dealing mostly with sports for adults and young readers, Gutman has concentrated on juvenile fiction since 1995. His most popular titles include the time-travel sports book Honus and Me and its sequels, and a clutch of ...more
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The Genius Files (5 books)
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