The third book in the 39 Clues series brings a few of the participants together to work as a "team."
Amy and Dan were warned at the start of the contest not to trust ANYONE, but they don't really see another option. Nellie, their au pair/nanny, just departed Venice on a flight to Japan while they remain stranded at the Venice airport. Without Nellie, they are forced to accept help from their Uncle Alistair, who has betrayed them on at least two occasions. He graciously allows them to travel with him on his private plane, but he really just needs their help to determine the next destination in the race.
While in Japan, we learn about Hideyoshi, who is the first son on the Tomas side of the family. He was a great warrior and tried to conquer most of Asia. In an unusual turn of events, the Kabras appear with Nellie and join the alliance between Amy, Dan, and Alistair. They all have a piece of the puzzle necessary to find Hideyoshi's treasure and hopefully their next clue, which they discover could be in Korea. They travel to Alistair's home in Korea to continue their investigation.
Ian begins to soften and Amy believes they are developing a real friendship. This eventually backfires and the kids are left wondering why they trusted any of their relatives in the first place. Fortunately, they didn't share ALL of the information they had leading to the next clue and even gave the Kabras some misinformation.
If they can just get out of the trap the Kabras left them in, they may still be in the race.
There wasn't much interaction with the other relatives in the contest this time around. Amy and Dan did encounter the Holts early on in the book, but we didn't see them after that. Jonah Wizard didn't make an appearance at all and we left Irina Spasky in the dust somewhere on the way to Japan. We will see if any of them show up in the fourth book, which appears to be taking us to Egypt.
I didn't think this book was quite as good as the first two in the series, but it is still holding my son's attention, so we will continue on. He loves the Hawaii Five-O television series, so he was intrigued by the fact that the Yakuza were mentioned in the book. They are the 'bad guys" that are often referenced in Five-O, so there was a tie in that he could understand. He was also intrigued by the swords and possible treasure that could be found along the way.