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Dan gritted and clenched every part of his body that could be gritted or clenched. He tried one more time. "BA-HA-MAS. Amy, think about it - "
"I am thinking about it!" his sister shot back. "Which is more than you're doing! Look, if we're going to go where she went, it has to be Jamaica. She wasn't even a pirate when she lived in the Bahamas!"
They were talking about Anne Bonny, who had disguised herself as a man and become a swashbuckling pirate way back in the 1700s. And who might - or might not - be one of their ancestors. In China, Dan had found a miniature portrait of a woman with Anne Bonny's name on the back. It was their only lead to the next step in their quest.
Amy and Dan were Cahills. For more than five hundred years, Cahill family members had been among the most influential people in the world. Scientists like Galileo and Marie Curie; artists and writers like Vincent Van Gogh and Mark Twain; world leaders - Napoleon and George Washington; the list went on and on . . . and it was looking like Anne Bonny might have been a Cahill, too.
In the early 1500s, the Cahill family had separated into branches, each bearing the legacy of a child born to Gideon and Olivia Cahill. Oldest son, Luke: the Lucians. Strategists, politicians, businesspeople. Sister Katherine: the Ekaterina branch, innovators and inventors. Brother Thomas: the Tomas clan of explorers, adventurers, and athletes. And sister Jane: the Janus line, populated by artists and visionaries. Since that time, the factions had been battling one another in a desperate race to find the secret to becoming the most powerful people on the planet.
Amy and Dan had joined that race. Not that they knew what they were doing at first. When their beloved grandmother Grace died, the terms of her will gave them a hint toward the first Clue - and set in motion an adventure they could never have imagined.
Not alone, either. Other teams were chasing down the Clues, too - teams that would do anything to keep Amy and Dan from getting there first. Explosions, cave-ins, atttempts to poison them, drown them, bury them alive. In France, Austria, Japan, Korea, Egypt, Australia, South Africa, China . . . Dan and Amy had survived it all, finding several of the precious Clues along the way.
And they still didn't know what they were doing.
They were now in the Beijing airport waiting for Nellie, their au pair, who was at the currency exchange window.
"Jamaica was the last place anyone ever saw or heard of her," Amy said. She had already researched Anne Bonny online. "So that's where we should start looking."
"But - " Dan stopped, trying desperately to think of a way around Amy's reasoning. She was good at this stuff, at seeing the big picture. He was more a detail guy, and right now he was very interested in one particular detail about the Bahamas.
Amy looked him right in the eye. "I know what you're thinking, Daniel Arthur Cahill," she said sternly. "Don't be ridiculous. We've got to beat the other teams to the next clue. We don't have time to waste at some dumb amusement park."
Dan yelped. "Dumb amusement park'? Is that what you think it is? Don't you know anything? Oceanus is the biggest water park in the world! They've got, like, a hundred waterslides! And you can swim with dolphins! And see stingrays and piranhas!"
"Ha!" Amy pointed at him in triumph. "I knew you were thinking about Oceanus!"
"Well, it's the last thing you'd think about," Dan said bitterly. "The only person in the world who has no idea how to have fun, and she has to be my sister. No wait, I take that back. Your idea of fun is a library open twenty-four-seven."
Amy's eyes widened in hurt. "D-Dan, that's not f-fair," she said, her slight stammer surfacing as it always did when she was upset.
Dan's shoulders slumped. Hurting Amy's feelings always made him feel bad, but honestly, sometimes he couldn't help it. "Look, I know you think it doesn't make sense for us to go to the Bahamas first. But we don't know for sure that the clue is in Jamaica, either."
"True," Amy admitted.
Dan sensed her softening and strained his brain to come up with something that would convince her. "With every clue we've found, it's always been because we discovered a bunch of other stuff along the way, right? In the wrong' places. But if we hadn't gone to the wrong places first, we wouldn't have gotten what we needed to find the clue in the right place."
His face was a little red now from the effort of trying to explain. "What I mean is, it's turned out that we were right to go to the wrong places first. Voila, the Bahamas!"
Amy burst out laughing. "Do you realize what you're saying? You're admitting that I'm right about Jamaica!"
Dan grinned. "You get to be right, and I get to go to Oceanus." He punched her on the arm. "That's what's known as win-win."
In their mutual satisfaction, neither of them remembered that the Kabras had a villa in the Bahamas.
The super-rich, super-Lucian family headed by Isabel Kabra, who had already tried to eliminate both Dan and Amy from the hunt.
And who, years before, had murdered their parents.
Nellie rejoined them, bobbing her head in time to whatever was playing on her iPod, as usual. Dan had once suggested that she have the earbuds implanted surgically, since she hardly ever took them out.
"Okay, kids, ticket counter," Nellie said. She nodded approvingly. "Bahamas - now that's what I'm talkin' about, dude! Beach chair, here I come!"
On the way to the ticket counter, Nellie stopped in the restroom. When she emerged, she took their passports from them.
They had the routine down pat now: Nellie got in the ticket line and dealt with the agent, while Dan and Amy stood behind her, trying to look as much as possible like two kids traveling with their au pair on a pleasant trip to see nice relatives somewhere. Not like two kids constantly on the run from scheming, murderous, cutthroat relatives, which is what they actually were.
"Three tickets to the Bahamas," Nellie said to the ticket agent.
While he waited, Dan checked his phone messages. He frowned as he listened. "Hamilton called," he said to Amy after he closed the phone.
"What did he want?"
Dan shook his head. "The signal was terrible, he kept cutting in and out. But" - he looked around suspiciously - "somehow his dad already knew where we were going."
Amy gasped. "How is that possible? We didn't even know where we were going until, like, five minutes ago! And the only other person - " She stopped, her eyes wide.
"While she was in the bathroom!" Dan exclaimed.
Together they turned and stared at Nellie's back as she stood at the ticket counter.
Amy felt her heart sinking. She squeezed her eyes shut for a moment, remembering other times when Nellie's actions had seemed suspicious. When she opened them again, she saw that Dan looked exactly how she felt. There was distress on every square inch of his face. Even his nose, if that were possible.
In the last few months, they had spent more time with Nellie than anyone else. She's more than an au pair now - she's like a cousin, Amy thought. Maybe even an older sister. How could she possibly -
"We have to figure out what she's up to," Dan said. "We'll grill her on the plane, where she can't get away from us. But I gotta tell you the rest of what Hamilton said."
After one more worried look at Nellie, Amy turned back toward him.
"So Eisenhower finds out we're going to the Bahamas," Dan said, "and Hamilton didn't really understand it all, but he said his dad said something about a cat, and how we got it all wrong, and the Bahamas wasn't the right place. They're going to South Carolina instead."
"Did he know about the portrait? About Anne Bonny?" Amy asked.
"I don't know. He didn't say anything about her, just something about a cat."
"A cat? Was he talking about Saladin?"
"No. The call kept breaking up, and I didn't really get it all, but definitely not Saladin. Speaking of which - "
He took Saladin out of the pet carrier and stroked the cat for a few moments. Amy could sense that he was still thinking about Nellie and had turned to Saladin for a brief moment of comfort.
Saladin snuggled into Dan's arms and purred - the only one among the three of them who was perfectly content.
Posted June 1, 2010
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"Storm Warning," by Linda Sue Park is the ninth book in the best-selling 39 Clues series and is packed full of action and suspense! Many questions are answered in this book, and many interesting revelations are finally revealed to Amy and Dan. Book nine sets up a big job for Amy and Dan to complete in the next, final book, which is called "Into the Gauntlet". The best book in the series so far, "Storm Warning" leaves all readers eagerly awaiting the release of book ten on August 31, 2010!
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They should make a movie about this series. It would work if they dont mess it up like they messed up with percy jackson. Great book, full of action and adventure. Im Evan and im really hot but i do have a girlfriend. Call me... psych!
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Storm Warning by Linda Sue Park, was, in my opinion, the best book of the entire 39 clues series! It had action, adventure, and what I truly enjoyed, pure emotion. It was as if you were there with Dan and Amy. I strongly suggest that you read it. But read the other ones in the series first!
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Posted April 15, 2010
Hello! I am a Janus agent, from the coolest branch. I thought Ekats were smart!
That other review was terrible. Of course, I haven't read the book yet, but that was all over the place! Janus look down on the Ekats. for that. Tons of those words misspelled. Sigh. Oh well. I'll contact our haed, Cora, and be sure she knows. Your fellow branch,
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Posted February 7, 2012
This book is so good. I think that this book is kind of sad because of this one chracter, and that person was my favorite
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Great book to read together! The characters travel to many different cities and countries which may spark a new and different interest with your child!
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ALEXS POV <br><br><br>The pilot pulled out of the nose dive with total expertness. "Sorry we hit a pocket of low air, every things okay now." I looked around at all the kids in the helicopter. There were about ten of us. Katie was on the other side talking to a boy her age. Sun was still right next to me, megan had walked over to a boy with black hair and greenish blue eyes he was wearing a green shirt and fadded jeans. He and Magen exchanged some words then she pointed at me. The both got up and walked toward me. I stood up to meet them placing sun on the floor gently. They aproched me and the boy said. "Hello im Carson Boyed. Your sister tells me you are a shadow child as with her." "What?" I said looking confused. "Shodow children are very powerful, we have special and unique powers, im one, my powers are i have a really good memory and i can reson with anyone, all shadow children can melt into and travel shadows, yet there are only 4 known ones left." I looked at Carson."do you know Megans, and is powers?" I asked. "I do not know your powers but, megan told me hers, they are, she can see the near future, run at extraordanary speeds, and finally she can change into shadows and back at will." He explained."you said there were only 4 known ones, who are they?" I asked. "They are you me Maegan and that girl over there she said pointing to katie." i nodded. Just then the pilot yelled"sit down were about ti land!" The helicopter acended quickly, when we touched down Marines came to help us all out, the took us into a spacious building all the rescued slaves were sitting on the floor with bowls of soup. Me, Megan , Carson, and Sun all sat next to the far wall. Katie sat with the boy from the helicopter. A marine came and asked sun and megan if they wanted a shower. they both wanted one and went with the female Marine. Leaving me and Carson. <br><br><br> President Packer smiled to mihself. The Marines have found and sucured the four shadow children. He sat behing his desk and opend a new file on the terroist organation ViperStorm <br><br><br> thanks for reading. Next part at book 10 —☻Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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OMG!! I just found out I leave in a week, so I'll post until then. I'm going to miss you guys. The next part at 39 clues #10: In To the Gauntlet. I think thats what its called. I need ideas!!! In Merida's p.o.v. Hope u like!!! ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Chiron studied me for what seemed like an hour. He finally said," A daughter of Hecate, eh. Well I'll have to figure out want to do tomorrow. Elizabeth, take Merida to your cabin. She'll sleep there tonight."" Yes, Chiron.", said Elizabeth. On our way to the Hecate cabin, I asked Elizabeth," Do you have a shorter name? Like a nick name."" Yeah, it's Lizzy.", she said. We stopped in front of one of the cabins." So just to warn you, you may see some weird people in here. Like goths, sorcerers, sorceresses, and just down-right weird people. Some are normal, but most are weird." When we walked inside, all the chatter stopped. Everyone stared at me, like I didn't pass a special goth test. After about thirty seconds, everyone went back to they're conversations. One kid just looked at me a little longer, then he turned away." Hey, why are you guys still up? Its almost 1:00 a.m!", asked Lizzy. One of the goths said," Um, well, I guess... we just wanted to stay up."" No! Go to bed. We got an early day tomorrow.", Lizzy said. She brought me over to a bunk bed and said I could have the bottom bunk. I crawled in and dreamt some weird dream. ----------------------------- I was standing in a room filled with black smoke. Everything was black. There were black marble tile, pillars, and a black throne in front of me. I heard a female voice whisper from somewhere close by." There is another daughter of Hecate. Bah! I hate Hecate's children. Especially, the....... sorceresses. Why does Hecate have to have more children!" I couldn't see the speaker, but I could feel her power raidiating though the whole room. She must've noticed me because she said," Well, one of her daughters are here right now. I AWAIT YOU!!!" She laughed and the dream changed. I was standing in the middle of a Roman looking room. On the other side of the room, there were 9 kids. 4 girls and 5 boys. They were all talking to one of the girls. She had black hair, sky blue eyes, and pale skin. If it had not been for the lightning swirling around her, I would've thought she was a daughter of Aphrodite. One of the boys, who looked kinda goth, said," Skyler, those Greeks have been bothering us for years. They ruin all our quests. We have to do something about it. We can't just let them do it."" Your right, Max. We can't let them. I have a feeling some of them will go on a quest and we will be the ones ruining it.", the girl called Skyler said. One of the boys, with brown hair and eyes said," Someone is listening. In a dream. I can feel it." Skyler walked up to me said," WAKE UP!!!!! ------------------------ " Wake up, Merida. Come on.", someone said shaking me. I opened my eyes and saw Lizzy shaking me." Oh my gosh! Your soooo hard to wake up. Anyway, Chiron wants to talk to you."" I havn't even had breakfast, yet.", I said." Oh, breakfast can wait! He really needs to talk to you. It may be good news or it could be bad news.", said Lizzy." Lets hope its good news.", I said grouchily. I followed Lizzy in to the Big House. ---------------------- how was that. Who do you think that evil lady was? Daughters of Athena should be able to guess that. All right, see ya soon. S.E.AWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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