ATTENTION! Amy and Dan Cahill have been located once again, this time in the company of the notoriously unreliable Alistair Oh. Could they have been foolish enough to make an alliance? Spies report that Amy and Dan seem to be tracking the life of one of the most powerful fighters the world has... read more
The book starts with Dan and Amy in a Venice airport. There, Ian and Natalie Kabra steal their plane tickets and board a plane where their au pair, Nellie who is already on the plane. Then, Amy and Dan are then forced to team up with Alistair Oh and fly with him on his private plane to Japan.... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
The book starts with Dan and Amy in a Venice airport. There, Ian and Natalie Kabra steal their plane tickets and board a plane where their au pair, Nellie who is already on the plane. Then, Amy and Dan are then forced to team up with Alistair Oh and fly with him on his private plane to Japan. Together they learn about Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the greatest warrior in the history of Japan, and the son of the first Tomas. The Holts kidnapped Amy, Dan, and Alistair and threatened them into helping them find the next clue.
They are pulled into a room by Alistair after nearly being killed by the train. In this room, they find a haiku, which tells them to use geometry to find Hideyoshi's treasure. Later, they find some geometric shapes, but are chased by the Yakuza and are once again nearly killed. They are rescued by Nellie, who has struck a deal with, and is accompanied by, the Kabras. When the Kabras give Amy and Dan a small coin of importance to the search, the two Cahills agree to join forces with the Kabras. They decode another message in the shapes, and some English letters. The message tells them to go to Korea.
In Korea, everyone goes to Alistair's home. There, they look at old books about the Cahill family in Alistair's secret library. By reading one of them, Amy and Dan figure out that the secret of the 39 Clues is the ability to make gold out of lead. They also figure out that they should go to a mountain called Pukhansan.
In the mountain, they find an entrance, and open it with the coin they have. Inside, they find all of Hideyoshi's treasure, and the third clue, gold. The Kabras had a plan; Ian should pretend to like Amy, as they saw that she liked him, as a distraction. Little did the Kabras know, Dan also had a plan. He discovered an anagram and says the next location is Lake Tash, Kyrgyzstan. The Kabras then betray them and block them inside the cave. But as Ian is leaving, Amy sees doubt in his expression, but she does not know that he was actually not pretending to like her. It is stated that he thinks she is "lovely." Dan then tells Amy that he tricked the Kabras into thinking that Lake Tash was the next location, and the two figure out that it's actually an anagram for the words, Al Sakhet. Dan and Amy make it out but Alistair appears to be crushed under falling rocks. They also see Bae Oh talking about this with The Man in Black. Upon returning to Alistair's estate, Dan sees Alistair's gloves (which he was wearing before the cave in), and realizes that he isn't dead. They also figure out that the next clue is in Egypt.
The book ends with Bae Oh, sitting his office. He pages his secretary but Alistair answers instead. Alistair threatens his uncle, and when Bae looks in his receiving room, no one is there.
“"And I'm the queen of England."”Amy
“"You do look wrinkly and boring."”Dan
“"Overconfidence is a curse" "You would know"”Ian & Dan
“Good, Ian, good,” Dan said. “French, on a Japanese scroll.”Highlighted by 26 Kindle customers
Trust is a fragile thing — difficult to build, easy to break. It cannot be bargained for. Only if it is freely given can it be expected in return.”Highlighted by 25 Kindle customers
Ian turned around, revealing a tear in his pants that exposed boxers with pink dollar signs on a white background, then quickly spun back around. “Uh, never mind.”Highlighted by 19 Kindle customers
“Hey, Amy? This hike is rated PG, and we’re starving!” Dan shouted. “Not to mention Alistair wants his map!”Highlighted by 19 Kindle customers
“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the richest and smartest and hottest and—” “That’s it, Natalie!” Dan said. Natalie blushed. “Thank you, I amaze myself sometimes….”Highlighted by 18 Kindle customers
“What just happened?” Amy said. “We were in a ninja fight,” Dan said in amazement. “For the first time in my nonvirtual life. And I hated it.”Highlighted by 16 Kindle customers
And by the elements united is entrance granted, the highest to be revealed.Highlighted by 16 Kindle customers
Tokyo reminded Amy of New York City, without all the people yelling at each other.Highlighted by 14 Kindle customers
“Mmmm, hmm, ohh … aaaaaaaaghhhh!” came a strangled yelp from behind them. Although everyone else in the vicinity was turning with a look of alarm, Amy and Dan knew it was their au pair, Nellie Gomez, dancing to a tune on her iPod. She didn’t care that she sounded like a dying meerkat, which was one of the many cool things about Nellie Gomez.Highlighted by 14 Kindle customers
“Arisugawanomiya!” the cabdriver announced. Dan looked panic-stricken. “What did I do now?”Highlighted by 11 Kindle customers
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