Dan and Amy, along with their teammates Atticus and Jake, just barely touch down in New York City before they receive their next instructions from the evil Vesper One. It doesn’t take their collective and very intelligent brains long to figure out to head for Yale University to inspect an ancient and unreadable manuscript called the Voynich. It just so happens that the Voynich was a special project of Atticus and Jake’s mom before she died, and the added knowledge she had shared with her sons helps the team figure out that Vesper One wants a missing page of the manuscript that is hidden in Brazil.
"Linda Sue Park does a wonderful job creating suspense as she guides readers through the intriguing history of the Voynich manuscript."
But immediately after landing in Brazil, the team receives a threatening message that Atticus has been singled out for assassination. Twice an attempt is made on his life, and twice someone else is almost killed. Dan, Amy and Jake desperately want to send him someplace safe; however, Atticus is determined to stay and help solve the riddles. No one else is going to get hurt because of him. Unfortunately, someone does get hurt --- one of the hostages held by Vesper One ends up dead.
This news stuns and cripples the team, especially Amy. The combined pressures of leadership, fighting Vesper One and even her confused heart over Evan and Jake have overloaded her soul. She begins slipping away into depression. A very concerned Dan steps up to take over leadership, but he finds he misses taking orders from his sister. Despite their stumbling blocks, the team manages to make two huge discoveries: first, they finally get a pretty good grasp on the identity of Vesper One, and the result is highly disturbing. And even more disturbing, terrifying even, is the exposure of Vesper One’s sinister plans!
Book Five of this exciting series pulls fans even deeper into the mystery and finally reveals a few vexing answers, like what the evil Vespers are attempting. And the answers are chilling! Of course, all of these hungered for answers leads to even more questions, and Linda Sue Park does a wonderful job creating suspense as she guides readers through the intriguing history of the Voynich manuscript. She also handles Amy’s new fall into depressed despair with sympathy and compassion, and then ends the book with one heck of a cliffhanger. Alas, the end of the series is in sight, which is both exciting and regretful. Fans have a very long and tantalizing wait ahead of them for the final book in the series, DAY OF DOOM, available in March 2013!
Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman on November 18, 2012