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Saturday, April 01, 2017

Masterminds: Payback by Gordon Korman

Masterminds: PaybackI was so excited when the final installment of Masterminds by Gordon Korman hit our new book shelf.  Payback didn't disappoint me.  Again our four cloned Project Osiris heroes, Eli, Tori, Amber and Malik, are trying to be "off the grid" to escape the clutches of the Purples but now someone new has joined the chase.  Separated in the last adventure, Malik and Amber find out he is cloned from a Chicago mobster who was just released from jail because he is dying.  So they travel to Chicago (we know that place, right?) to meet him and Malik's morals are put to the test as he sees the impressive lifestyle the man appears to be leading until some of his experiences change his perspective.  Tori and Eli hide out in a warehouse full of Girl Scout cookies (I'm not the only one who LOVES Thin Mints!).  While there, they realize Eli bears an uncanny resemblance to a teen star in California, so California here we come! 

The children meet up with Tamara Dunleavy (from book 2) and get a clue to where the rest of Project Osiris is hiding out.  The news of a recent crime in the Bahamas is linked to a criminal who has been in jail for the past twenty years. Say what?  However the group knows this is where the leaders of the project are hiding and since Tamara is unwilling to help them, they take the matter into their own hands.

This is such a fun series that I really don't want it to end.  I loved how Chicago was one of the settings and how Girl Scout cookies were added into the adventure.  The Eli twist was a curve ball and I didn't see the end of Project Osiris coming.  And let me just tell you that I totally wanted to be at that resort (made me start wishing for summer).  Hey, that reminds me - this would be a wonderful book to add to your summer reading list!

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