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Comments for The Dead of Night

The Dead of Night: 05/16/14

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The Dead of Night by Peter Lerangis is the third of the Cahills vs. Vespers series. Dan and Amy's friend Atticus is captured by the Vespers. They have to rush to Samarkand to figure out the next clue before the worst happens.

Atticus is turning out to be very capable addition to the group. But frankly the whole super-secret, super-powerful Vespers are getting tiresome. The Cahill branches were developed over time and their original breakup explained in the first story of Vespers Rising.

The reaming parts were supposed to set up the Vespers as the big bads but they really feel like the were created to keep the franchise going. If they've been plotting for all these years — why didn't they strike when the Cahills were at their weakest (and distracted by the clue hunt)?

That said, I still enjoyed the hunt through Samarkand. The clues are no more difficult than what's found in a Dan Brown book. This location reminded most of the Lost Library in Avatar: The Last Air Bender. Presumably the observatory of Ulugh Beg was inspiration in part for the library.

Four stars

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