I received this book for free from Publicist, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Charlie Thorne and the Curse of Cleopatra by Stuart Gibbs
Series: Charlie Thorne #3
Genres: Action, Adventure, Middle Grade
Published by Simon and Schuster on June 7, 2022
Source: Publicist, Publisher
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Also by this author: Spy School the Graphic Novel, Project X
In this third book in the Charlie Thorne series from bestselling author Stuart Gibbs, Charlie tracks down Cleopatra’s greatest treasure in Egypt.
Charlie Thorne is a genius. Charlie Thorne is a renegade. Charlie Thorne isn’t going down without a fight.
After tracking down incredible discoveries by Einstein and Darwin, Charlie is back. This time, the great ruler Cleopatra has left behind an extremely valuable and powerful treasure, its location encoded on an ancient stone tablet.
In 30 BCE, Cleopatra and her husband, Marc Antony, lost their war against Octavian for control of the Egyptian Empire. However, Cleopatra knew Octavian was really after the mysterious item that was the source of all her wealth and influence, so she hid it before committing suicide. She left a series of devious clues behind for her children to find it, but they were lost to history…until now.
In a breathless adventure that takes her across the globe, Charlie must fight for her life against ruthless enemies, match wits with Cleopatra, and solve the two-thousand-year-old mystery to prevent the most powerful treasure of the ancient world from falling into the wrong hands.
Received this from the publisher for an honest review.
What I thought
So I will admit when I first started this series I wasn’t a huge fan of Charlie Thorne, I mean it was really hard to believe that a 12 year old, who is like a super genius, could still 40 million dollars (there is a reason and you learn that in book 1) and now be a fugitive and be able to pretty much do about anything. I thought book one was okay, wasn’t a huge fan of book 2, but that is because I am not a fan of Charles Darwin, but I think I must be getting use to Charlie Thorne because I enjoyed this book but a lot more than the others. I have suspended my disbelief enough to just roll with it…lol.
So there are things I can’t talk about because it would spoil book one but basically Charlie is on the run from several different governments because of some information in her head from what happened in book one. One thing she did learn and what is the basis of this series is that Einstien learned about some information about a group of historical figures who have hidden something valuable.
In this one the focus is on what Cleopatra hid and Charlie knows exactly where to find the first clue! (Of Course) So we start out in Egypt where she breaks into this mans house to get a rubbing off of a artifact and causes all sorts of chaos and gets even more people looking for her.
Her half brother Dante works for the CIA and he and his partner are on Charlie’s trail again but things are kind of getting changed at the CIA because of things that happened in previous books. They are getting a new boss and he is not so sure about this 12 year old girl and the information she has which causes some problems in this book.
Meanwhile, Charlie, Dante and his partner (whose name escapes me) are off to follow these clues to try and find out what it is that Cleopatra hid, it takes them from Egypt, to Athens, to Rome and finally the US.
Charlie it seems knows a lot about Cleopatra which helps them locate the clues that take them from one place to anthor it’s really hard to believe this kid knows so much but it was still fun following her around. She is like a mini Robert Langdon from the Dan Brown books…lol.
One thing I like about this series is that you get to learn a lot about the famous figure that the book is about. I like kids books that are informative and that is one of my favorite things about Stuart Gibbs books.
I think if you have kids that love adventure books then they will definitly like the Charlie Thorne series.