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A King's Ransom: 12/24/13

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Last year as I was turning 39, I decided to read through the original 39 Clues series. I listened to them on audio, performed by David Pittu. When the original series wrapped up, I decided to keep going to get current with the spin-off series. So now I'm working my way through The Cahills vs Vespers series.

A King's Ransom is the second of the series. In it, Amy and Dan travel from Florence, Italy, through Lucerne, Switzerland to Prague in the Czech Republic. They are following Vesper One's instructions — to find the de Virga mappa mundi. The problem — it was last seen in the 1930s before the outbreak of WWII.

We also learn that Vesper One isn't just tracking them via cellphone GPS. He's also got a pair of spies, the Wyoming twins: Cheyenne and Casper. They're dangerous but not exactly the sharpest members of the team. If anything, they are loose cannons. Their erratic behavior ended up being a bit of a distraction, because I was constantly reminded of two comedic criminals from Bacanno, namely Isaac and Miriam.

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