SQUUEEEEEEAAAAA!!!!! That was my reaction when I finally got hold of the second book of the Cahills VS Vespers series (while here’s my review of the first book, The Medusa Plot). The book is entitled A King’s Ransom and inevitably, Amy and Dan Cahill are once again after another priceless treasure people thought are long gone.
Here’s the plot description from the back cover of the book:
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. Amy and Dan have just days to track down and steal an ancient map. The only catch? No one has seen the map for more than half a century.
Now Amy and Dan are on a desperate search that will lead them to Nazis, spies, a mad king, and some of history’s dirtiest secrets. It’s the race of their lives . . . and one misstep will mean certain death for the hostages.
Another. Amazing. Book. I can’t help but be impressed by the progress of the story. Despite the varying authors writing the series per book, the idea still remains whole and unified. Characters from the first series are not left forgotten and the story itself gets more interesting as it develops. I couldn’t keep the book down and as I turn the pages, the faster my heart beats.
I love how the Cahills, especially the younger generation, from different branches work together to fight against Vesper One and prevent him from killing one of the hostages. Amy and Dan are given further tasks to complete and they would do anything to save their family. I couldn’t imagine myself being in Amy or Dan’s position. They’re going through tough situations that I might not be able to handle physically, psychologically, and emotionally well. On the other hand, they also possess unique qualities and talents which are put to use during the mission and those just can’t be put aside if they remain living a normal life. Otherwise, everything will be useless. I guess it is their fate to be a Cahill, but I also sympathize with them despite them being fictional characters.
Once again, the book did not fail to astound me with all those surprising twists and unpredictable phenomena. The informative element of the story makes history more exciting to study and read. And I bet that’s one of the purposes of the series – to let the younger readers explore the world through imagination and gain knowledge without ever having to physically leave the place. The book is so rich with information that other readers might dream of traveling to the places Amy and Dan visited in the future.
One thing I notice in the book is how the Cahill children begin to mature and grow closer with each other. Trust proves to be something that is difficult to build and at the same time, easy to break. The Cahills, especially Amy and Dan, learned to trust each other and count on one another for the sake of their loved ones that are held hostage. Moreover, Atticus and Jake Rosenbloom unexpectedly played a significant role in the story and I am eager to read more of what they can contribute to the Cahill family. Even Evan, Amy’s boyfriend, also proved to be keeper. On a side note, although Lightfinger Larry is only mentioned in the book and has not appeared, I came to love his character. He reminds me of Parker from the TV series Leverage and Neal Caffrey of White Collar. This series definitely keeps getting better and better.
Towards the end of the book, it leaves me asking more questions, hungry for more… Can’t wait for the next book!