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Literature: The 39 Clues
Let the hunt begin...

"Trust no one."
The Maze of Bones, the first book in the first series

Quiz time: What is ''The 39 Clues"?

A. Childrens' book series

B. Web site

C. Collectible card game

D. Sweepstakes

E. All of the above.

The answer is E.

The book series by Rick Riordan and various other authors, as well as the website, cards, and sweepstakes, deal with the Cahill family, one of the most powerful families the world has ever known, as almost every historical figure from the last five hundred years is related to them. The family is divided into one of four branches - the Ekaterina, who are the geniuses and inventors of the world, the Tomas, who are explorers and athletes, the Lucians, who are the spies, generals, and leaders, and the Janus, the artists, musicians, and authors.

When Grace Cahill, arguably one of the last genuinely nice Cahills, dies, she chooses to unveil her alternate will and kickstart a globe-trotting quest to find the source of the family's power. Such power can only be found by assembling all 39 Clues.

Our story begins when Amy and Dan Cahill, orphans who live with their disinterested great-aunt Beatrice, attend their grandmother Grace's funeral and the reading of her will. There, along with an assortment of colorful distant relatives, they make the choice: one million dollars or the chance to find the Clues alongside au pair Nellie Gomez. They choose to receive their first Clue, and are subsequently thrown into a five-hundred-year-old web of backstabbing, lies, and deceit. The first series follows them through the Clue hunt as they travel the globe, clash with their scheming relatives, and discover troubling truths about themselves and the Cahill family at large.

Flash forward two years to the beginning of the Sequel Series, Cahills vs. Vespers. The Clue hunt has ended, but a new threat has surfaced; it was revealed at the end of the first series that the Clue hunt was really only a practice run for a greater conflict between the Cahills and a previously unknown rival faction. This group, the Vespers, are allegedly so evil that they make the Big Bad of the first series look like Mother Teresa by comparison. Now the Vespers have begun making demands of the Cahill family, and the lives of seven hostages are at stake. Amy and Dan are once more sent on a trip around the world, frantically chasing down Vesper One's demands, while their teammates provide support from the Cahill Command Center, a computer lab that has been set up in Grace's mansion.

Here's a link to the the web site. Character sheet is here.
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This book series provides examples of:

    Series 1: The 39 Clues 
  • Abusive Parents: This is most certainly the case with Ian and Natalie since, Isabel Kabra verbally degrades them on a regular basis. They both love her, and fear her simultaneously — while also thinking that they lead the perfect lives because of all the wealth their family has They'd be Woobies if they weren't so nasty themselves!
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Amy towards Ian.
  • All There in the Manual: Inputting cards' codes on the website either unlocks a secret file or is part of a Clue Combo. Solving website missions' and inputting ultra-rare cards' codes unlocks one of the 39 Clues.
  • Ambiguously Brown: The Kabras.
    • London does have a large population of Indian-Brits. Isabel is described as lighter-skinned than her children, so it's probably Vikram who has some Indian ancestry.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Everyone except Amy and Dan, the Lucians in particular.
  • Ancient Conspiracy: The Cahill clan.
  • Arc Number: Despite its inclusion in the series name, 39 only shows up as the number of clues, and there doesn't seem to be any reason for it to be this particular number. (When Amy wonders about this, Dan points out that 39 is "a pretty sweet number": 13x3, the sum of the first five odd prime numbers, 3^1+3^2+3^3). (Presumably, the authors wanted a numerically interesting number that no one had used before.) 7 actually shows up more in the story (7 teams, Amy and Dan discover their family branch at the end of Book 7, and 7 captives in the sequel series. 7 is also the age Amy was when she and Dan lost their parents, and the next big change in her life comes 7 years after that, when her grandmother dies and the clue hunt begins. Then she gets a small break until she's 16, the digits of which add up to 7, when the Vespers attack.
  • Area51: The Lucians are in charge of this location.
  • Audio Adaptation: Read by David Pittu!
    • Nellie is given a hint of accent, and the Kabras sound upper-crust snooty (which is amazing).
    • Each audio book also contains a small recording at the end that reveals backstories not shown anywhere else.
  • Back for the Finale: In contrast to the previous book, which only featured two clue-hunting teams, all surviving teams come back for the last book.
  • Badass Driver: While fleeing the Janus hideout, Dan becomes one of these.
    • Nellie is one, too, on a regular basis.
  • Badass Family: The Cahills. Who are also a Big Screwed-Up Family, naturally.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: Beethoven certainly was, as well as Mozart, Neil Armstrong, Einstein, Churchill, Benjamin Franklin, Houdini, Bill Gates, and George Washington, among others.
  • Big Bad: Isabel Kabra
  • Big Fancy House: Both Grace's house (before it burned down, although the rebuilt version also qualifies) and the Kabra mansion.
  • Big Screwed-Up Family: Where do we begin?
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Reagan and Madison Holt are the blondes, Natalie Kabra (and her mother Isabel) are the brunettes, Sinead Starling is the redhead, and Amy Cahill falls in between the last two, with reddish-brown hair.
  • Bluff the Eavesdropper
  • Brother-Sister Team: Amy and Dan; Natalie and Ian.
  • Character Development:
    • Amy overcomes a lot of her shyness.
    • Everywhere in Book 10.
    • All of the minor characters get this. If you look at reviews of the first book of the series, you'll see critiques of the "one-dimensional" relatives. Stick around until the middle of the series and interesting developments will begin taking place, especially - unusually for a childrens' book series - among adult supporting characters; the younger minor characters' development mostly happens in the last two books.
  • Chekhov's Classroom: All the things Grace taught the Cahill siblings came in handy on the clue hunt.
  • Chekhov's Skill: At first, Jonah's love of Shakespeare seems to have only been thrown in to show that Jonah has Hidden Depths, instead of just being a Jive Turkey and Teen Idol. It turns out that a knowledge of Shakespeare's lost plays is required to reach the end of the gauntlet and find the final clue.
  • The Clan: Of the Cahills.
  • Coincidental Broadcast: Used in book 8. Dan has just left the company of the Wizards, with whom he'd temporarily allied after he and Amy split due to an argument. He ends up watching a TV report on weather conditions at Mount Everest, where he suspects the clue that they're looking for is hidden - and suddenly sees a few familiar faces on the broadcast. Turns out that the rival Clue-hunting team of the Holts have beaten everyone else to the mountain.
  • Death by Origin Story: Hope and Arthur.
  • Depending on the Writer: While sometimes there is geniune Character Development and the reveal of Hidden Depths, sometimes characters, particularly Ian and Natalie, undergo drastic and rapid personality changes, depending on how an author views them. For example, Gordon Korman tends to portray Ian as hot-headed and his sister as the patient and collected one, while in Patrick Carmen's The Black Circle, Natalie is the one throwing a fit when things don't go as planned while Ian is able to keep his head.
  • Disability Superpower: Hinted with the Starling brothers.
  • Doesn't Trust Those Guys: "Never trust a Cahill."
  • Downer Beginning: The series begins with Grace Cahill's death.
  • Everyone Is Related: Practically all the main characters are Cahills, with fans who make accounts on the web site also being "inducted" into the Cahill family. (However, it's a very distant relation, with common ancestors only as recent as the early 16th century.)
  • Evil Matriarch: Isabel
  • The Family That Slays Together: All four branches, due to Feuding Families, though the Kabras are the best example.
  • Feuding Families: The Lucian, Ekaterina, Tomas, and Janus branches are all feuding, especially the Ekaterina and Tomas.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Dan and Amy, respectively. Dan gets somewhat better, though.
  • Follow in My Footsteps: The reason most of the main clue hunters, including Amy and Dan, want to win the clue hunt, and are so ruthless in the way they go about it.
  • Follow the Chaos: Even early on in the clue hunt, Nellie is able to locate Amy and Dan by turning on the news, seeing where's there been some suspicious-sounding trouble, and heading directly to that location.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Dan has Pokemon on his, and Ian has pink dollar signs of all things on his, even though he's from Britian, where the dollar is not used.
  • Grey and Gray Morality: Even Amy and Dan, who are by far the nicest and most principled clue hunters, will do morally questionable things from time to time.
  • Handsome Devil: Ian Kabra seems to be molded perfectly for this. His sister Natalie is a gender flipped version of this.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Oh so many. It might even be a Heel-Face Revolving Door for every Cahill. They all seem to have ulterior motives.
    • By In Too Deep Irina has basically switched sides and wants to help Amy and Dan — but of course they don't believe her until the very end...
  • Hufflepuff House: Arguably, every single branch. Although the Lucians managed to get their hands on a vial of something-or-other in Book 1 from Ben Franklin, which then turned out to be the Lucian serum, part of the master serum.
  • Hypocritical Humor: At one point in the series, Dan complains "I can't believe she cheated me - right when I was in the middle of cheating her!"
  • Island Base: The Ekaterina have one inside The Bermuda Triangle. Also, Madrigals have one on Easter Island.
    • There's also the original island home of the Cahills where the Gauntlet is located.
  • Kill 'em All: Isabel's plan on Easter Island - she's even willing to kill her own children.
  • Killed Off for Real: Irina.
  • Kissing Cousins: Almost any pairing in the book can be considered this seeing as almost every character is a Cahill. This is usually dismissed though, seeing as apparently half of Earth's population is one.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Amy confidently mentions how easy it will be to find the name of particular plant. Cut to Amy and Dan in their hotel room, struggling to find one match out of the countless plant descriptions out there, and Dan complaining that Amy tempted fate.
  • Le Parkour: Created by the Tomas.
  • Literally Falling In Love: In The Sword Thief, Ian falls on top of Amy while saving her life, and the two share a kiss. However, the pseudo-Relationship Upgrade is short-lived, as he leaves her in a cave to die almost immediately afterward.
  • Little Girls Kick Shins: Amy (though hardly a little girl at age fourteen) to Ian in The Black Circle.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Almost every historical figure for 500 years is a part of the Cahill family. That's a lot of people.
    • Also applicable on a smaller scale - there are seven "teams" in the Clue hunt. In these teams, there are, in total, seventeen people. Nearly every one of these seventeen people gets point-of-view chapters in multiple books, as well as a great deal of Character Development. Then there are the minor characters, some recurring and some not, and the villains who are not officially part of any team.
  • Look Behind You: When Natalie tells a disbelieving Hamilton that Amy and Dan just entered the building, he's surprised to find out that it's not a trick to get him to leave her brother alone, and that Amy and Dan really just came in.
  • Machiavelli Was Wrong: Well, he was certainly right in regards to Ian and Natalie's relationship with their mother. Until the last book, when they realize that, while they loved Isabel, they were only following her (mostly) out of fear.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Irina betrayed Isabel because of the latter's cruel treatment of her (although her "reward" for this was death), and later, Ian and Natalie left their mother after learning that she drank the Lucian serum and did numerous evil things detailed in her secret files. Then, when Isabel tried to kill them, that only sealed the deal.
  • Narrative Profanity Filter
  • Never Found the Body: What happened with Alistair Oh in Book 3. Dan and Amy were genuinely upset about his death until... they found his dirty glove and realized he must have survived then left without them
  • No Romantic Resolution: Amy and Ian never discuss their feelings or what happened between them in Korea, and Kurt never shows up again after seemingly being set up as Amy's new love interest in the seventh book.
  • One Degree of Separation: Basically everyone is connected somehow—and practically everyone, Cahill or non-Cahill, knew Grace Cahill.
  • Opposites Attract: Amy Cahill and Ian Kabra; see Unrequited Love Switcheroo below.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: Natalie is shot in the foot.
  • Parental Abandonment:
    • Amy and Dan's parents were killed in a house fire.
    • At the end of the series, Ian and Natalie Kabra apply also, though it's not so much Parental Abandonment as it is abandoning their parents.
  • Parental Issues: Most of the characters have them.
  • Photographic Memory: Dan has one.
  • Plot Driving Secret: The purpose of the 39 Clues, who the Madrigals are, etc.
  • Privileged Rival: The Kabras, full stop.
  • Put on a Bus: The Starlings are caught in an explosion rigged by the Holts and end up in the hospital for the next nine books, but they return in book ten.
  • Reconcile The Bitter Foes: This is the goal of the Madrigals, and Amy and Dan manage to bring about a truce between the clue-hunting teams.
  • Redheaded Heroine: Amy.
  • Redemption Equals Death: For Irina.
  • Rivals Team Up: The Cahills and the Kabras in The Sword Thief.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Irina and Lester.
    • Though Lester may be more of a Sacrificial Lamb, given the fact that he was only around for one book.
  • Sarcastic Confession: When Uncle Shep asks what Amy and Dan are trying to do and why people are trying to kill them, Dan tells him the truth. Of course, Shep doesn't believe him, especially because Dan had made up several false, equally ridiculous stories before.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Actually a subversion. Amy and Dan aren't above stealing and lying if it means getting any information at all on their parents and the fire that killed them.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Basically every Cahill BUT Amy and Dan
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Amy and Dan. (It gets even more so in the Sequel Series.)
  • Secret Legacy
  • Serious Business: The 39 Clues.
    • Although seeing as the prize for finding all 39 is super strength, intelligence, creativity and strategy skills that could grant you world domination... well, the way all the characters take it seriously doesn't seem too farfetched.
  • Shout-Out: A lot. To Star Wars, Star Trek, Indiana Jones, Monty Python, Mary Poppins...
  • Shown Their Work: Justified. In order to find the clues, Amy and Dan need to research the people and places connected to the clue hunt. Also, it's part of Amy's characterization to spout historical facts with little prompting.
  • Sibling Team: Amy and Dan, Ian and Natalie, the Starling triplets.
  • Sixth Ranger: The Madrigals are a Cahill family branch
  • Smart People Play Chess: In the second book, Ian is said to have a very high IQ. In the same exact scene, he plays chess against a supercomputer.
  • Someday This Will Come in Handy: See Chekhov's Classroom.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: Ian
  • Team Pet: Saladin, Grace's cat, who accompanies Amy and Dan on their adventures.
    • The Holts have their dog, Arnold.
  • Teen Genius: The Starlings.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Occurs whenever alliances are formed between teams. Of special note are the Cahills and the Kabras in book 3, and the Kabras and Irina in books 5 and 6.
  • Theme Naming: The Holts. Eisenhower and his children, Hamilton, Reagan, and Madison are all named after the surnames of U.S. President's. Eisenhower's wife is named Mary-Todd (Abe Lincoln's first lady) and their dog is named Arnold (Benedict, possibly?).
  • There Are No Therapists: Whoo, boy... It'd be easier to name the characters in this series who don't have some form of mommy/daddy issues.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: This should be two living Tomatoes and three dead Tomatoes in the Mirror. Book #7 has Dan Cahill revealing Cahill's family's branch. It happens to be Madrigals, a branch known for its secretiveness. The reason is explained at the end of Book #9, the Madrigals' main goal is to unite the all five branches of the Cahill Family.
  • Twin Telepathy: Amy and Dan aren't twins, but they are siblings who are pretty close and always know what the other is thinking by reading each other's facial expressions. Some fanfiction makes it practically telepathy, in any case.
  • Two Aliases, One Character: As the series often involves espionage, it's inevitable that this trope comes into play.
  • Undisclosed Funds: Readers are never told exactly how rich Grace Cahill is. Even one trading card that lists the wealthiest Cahills and how much they're worth leaves out how much money Grace has.
  • Unrequited Love Switcheroo: Amy's always had somewhat of a crush on the fabulous Ian Kabra. After he "fakes" love for her and leaves her for dead in a cave she eventually starts getting over him. Too bad he's starting to develop genuine feelings...
  • Video Wills: How Grace starts the hunt for The 39 Clues.
  • Was It All a Lie?: Type 2 occurs in the third book. Amy Cahill wonders this after she and her brother make an alliance with Ian and Natalie Kabra, during which Ian flirts with her. The alliance ends with the Kabras making off with what Dan led them to believe was the clue, and in the meantime trapping the Cahills in a cave.
  • We All Live in America: See the Goofy Print Underwear entry above.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Isabel Kabra for her children and Bae Oh for Alistair, arguably.
    • Cora for Jonah
  • Wham Episode:
  • Wham Line: In The Viper's Nest, Grace says that she can't listen to the music of Orlando di Lasso because it's "a sad reminder" of the Hope and Arthur. Amy and Dan have some of di Lasso's music:
    Mon couer se reccomande a vous by Orlando di Lasso: A Madrigal, in Four Parts
  • You Killed Our Parents:
    • Amy and Dan, repeatedly, towards Isabel, Alistair, Cora Wizard, and the Holts.
    • Alistair towards Bae Oh.
  • You Wouldn't Shoot Me: Ian tells Isabel that he doesn't believe that she would shoot her own daughter, Natalie.

    Series 2: Cahills vs. Vespers 

Warning: By definition, it is impossible to discuss a Sequel Series without spoiling the first series, so expect unmarked spoilers for Series 1 from here on out.

  • Adorkable: Amy's secret nickname for her boyfriend, Evan.
    • Also, the scene where Amy and Atticus are fangirling over old books in Trust No One.
  • Air-Vent Passageway: Somewhat altered in The Dead of Night, in which Phoenix Wizard and Reagan Holt try to escape the Vespers' prison by climbing up a dumbwaiter shaft. Justified, since the characters are children.
  • And This Is for...: Fiske dedicates a Vesper-kicking to Alistair.
  • Anyone Can Die: Much more deaths than the first series, including Natalie Kabra, Isabel Kabra, William McIntyre, Alastair Oh, Damian Vesper and Evan Tolliver.
  • Betty and Veronica: Male version with Evan as the Betty, Ian as the Veronica, and as of Dead of Night, Jake Rosenbloom as the Third-Option Love Interest.
  • Black and Gray Morality
  • Caper Rationalization: Silly Interpol. They aren't stealing because they're crazy criminals; they're stealing because a shadowy, evil organization has kidnapped seven of their family members and require that they steal things as part of the ransom.
  • Cuffs Off, Rub Wrists: Dan does this after escaping from Agent Vanek.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Sinead toward... her gun in Trust No One.
  • Darker and Edgier: There's no doubt that Cahills vs. Vespers is darker than the original series...
    • A huge amount of Mook deaths occur, many with a healthy dose of Nightmare Fuel.
    • Besides death, there's an increase in violence, and the authors don't shy away from describing blood - see Only a Flesh Wound. And in Trust No One, Alistair is Killed Off for Real.
    • There are more deaths, both major and total, in Day of Doom alone than in all of the books of the previous series combined.
    • Though the language remains (almost always) kid-friendly, it's obvious that more liberties have been taken than in the original series. For example, "ass" appears once in Trust No One, and "pissed off" also appears twice.
    • A Love Dodecahedron shows up in "Dead of Night".
    • Also, just take a look at Amy and Dan themselves in comparison with the beginning of the first series... or even the end. It's clear that their experiences have not only made them stronger, but also psychologically damaged them. (See also: Amy going into Heroic Safe Mode at the end of Trust No One.)
  • Evil Gloating: Isabel goes on and on when she kidnaps Atticus.
  • Face-Heel Turn: It is revealed that one of the Cahills ( Sinead) is a double agent for the Vespers.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: The Cahill family, even if "friends" may be still a stretch in some cases.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: It's got it's own page

  • Headbutting Heroes: See "Fire-Forged Friends," above.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Dan and Atticus.
    • Hamilton and Jonah.
    • Ian and Evan in Day of Doom.
  • Heroic Safe Mode: Amy goes into one near the end of Trust No One, even referring to this "calmly observing instead of actually experiencing" side as "Safe Amy" (while the side that is actually living in the situation and experiencing it is referred to as "Scared Amy"). Last we see of her in the book, she literally takes off running away from the others after learning exactly what the Vespers plan to do (create a doomsday device) and realizing that she has given them the final piece they need to do it and how it has fallen on her shoulders now to stop it.
  • Hostage Situation: The premise of the series is that seven Cahills have been kidnapped, and Amy and Dan Cahill have to fulfill bizarre ransom requests to get them back.
  • Hostage Video: How the Vespers prove that they have the hostages alive.
  • Hypocritical Humor: At one point in The Medusa Plot, Hamilton Holt complains that "Those guys ripped off what we rightfully stole!"
  • I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: See Hostage Situation entry above and Revenge by Proxy entry below.
  • Killed Off for Real: Alistair.
    • McIntyre
    • Evan, Natalie, and Isabel
  • Little Useless Gun: Sinead has (and uses) one in Trust No One. (Contrary to what the trope title may make some assume, it's definitely not useless.)
  • Long Distance Relationship: Amy and Evan start one of these (carried on mostly via phone) after Amy and Dan take off on their missions around the world.
  • Mixed Metaphor: Amy combines "late to the party" with "missing the boat completely" in Trust No One, in what Ian refers to as "that appalling mixed metaphor."
  • Noodle Incident: In the bonus track on the Shatterproof audiobook, Atticus briefly mentions a few incidents from the past, involving things like sonar machines and Stonehenge, without fully explaining them.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: Nellie is shot in the shoulder and lives, although she needed to have the bullet removed to do so. Her survival might not be as implausible had the removal been done properly by trained professionals. Instead, the incisions are made by a twelve-year-old and the removal is done by a thirteen-year-old, both of whom are inexperienced, and the latter of whom is so squeamish about blood that she has her eyes closed while she removes the bullet. In an unsterilized environment, natch.
  • Parental Abandonment: As stated above, Ian and Natalie. Isabel disowned them. Also, Cora Wizard is no longer speaking to her son Jonah, and Amy and Dan's father is alive, meaning he left them to basically raise themselves for about nine years.
    • It is later revealed that the last case isn't true after all, and that Isabel was merely trying to trick Amy and Dan.
  • Revenge by Proxy: When the Vespers think that Amy and Dan are trying to trick them, they shoot Nellie, but she survives.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Isabel goes on one in Day of Doom after her daughter, Natalie dies.
  • Sacrificial Lion: William McIntyre.
    • In Trust No One, Alistair Oh.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Amy and Dan climb even higher on the Justified Criminal ladder with the things the Vespers make them do in hopes of getting the hostages back alive.
  • Shown Their Work: Like in the first series, it's Justified. This time, Amy's joined by Atticus in her love of talking about history.
  • Take Me Instead: Amy tries to trade herself for the hostages.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Ian and Evan working together in the Cahill Command Center, though any of the Cahills working together qualify, since they had such a fiercy rivarly before the conclusion of the Hunt.
  • There Are No Therapists: Or at least, if there are, Dan hasn't seen any, even if he needs to. (For that matter, several characters need to.)
  • These Hands Have Killed: In Shatterproof, this is the instant reaction of Jonah after shooting Luna Amato at point-blank range.
  • Time Skip: Two years have passed since the first series (making Amy sixteen years old and Dan thirteen).
  • We Have to Get the Bullet Out: See "Only a Flesh Wound" entry above.
  • Wham Episode: Happens constantly:
    • A King's Ransom: William McIntyre dies, starting the Anyone Can Die atmosphere. The Guardians are revealed, and Atticus is one. Then Atticus is kidnapped, and Dan gets a text from AJT.
    • Shatterproof: Erasmus follows Amato to the Vesper base, but she manages to kill him. Then Jonah and Hamilton show up, and Jonah shoots Amato. Furthermore, another big reveal happens in the online game, or the beginning of Trust No One for those who don't play it: Vesper Three is Sinead Starling.
    • Trust No One: After the aformentioned reveal, Isabel comes back. Then V1 says they're done with giving him stuff, after one more: the Cahill Ring. Then we find out what the Vespers are using all of this stuff for: They're building a Doomsday Device. Finally, in order to combat them, Dan drinks the Serum.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The trading cards give major hints that Broderick Wizard, Jonah's father, is a Vesper. Because he appears in the original series and his character is even given a little more depth in the eighth book, it is expected that he will make an appearance in this series, one way or another. He never does.

    Series 3: Unstoppable 

    Companion Books 
The Companion Books include: Agent Handbook, Rapid Fire, The Cahill Files, and The Black Book of Buried Secrets

Warning: Unmarked spoilers for Series 1 and possibly Series 2 below.

    Other 
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: According to her offical social networking profile, Alana Flores has quite a variety of interests, including "chess, International finance... medieval torture devices, Scottish terriers."
    • Chrissy's interests are listed as "cheerleading, dance team, cryptography, kittens, lock picking, gymnastics, karaoke, late-night expeditions." Natalie's are "afternoon tea, Catherine the Great, high fashion, female pirates, target practice, the south of France, fox hunting, being fashionably late."
  • Dirty Cop: The Lucians have bribed many a police officer.
  • The Fashionista: Lily Chernova loves fashion even more than math.
  • Revenge of the Sequel: Parodied in an online message from the branch heads. Dan apparantly decided to use his new credit card to order The Ninja’s Revenge Part VII: The Last Revenge and The Ninja’s Revenge Part VIII: The Final Last Revenge on Pay-per-view.

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