Monday, January 4, 2010

Premature Book Review: The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma

The third installment in The Mysterious Benedict Society series takes its name from a game known as "The Prisoner's Dilemma" in which two people play the role of suspects in a crime and must decide whether to betray each other or not. The punishment varies depending on the outcome, and of course there is no conference between the two suspects. There is a great deal of info on the web about the game.

If you remember my review of the second book in the series, this review will sound similar, with a few exceptions. This book gets a bit more dark a bit more quickly. The espionage element is more forward, and some new twists offer a variety of potential outcomes that readers might only guess at.

Mr. Curtain has returned as the primary nemesis, but there are other returning villains and expansion of other characters. It is enjoyable because while Mr. Curtain is an arch-fiend, he is not alone. There are other bad people in the world, some possibly worse than he.

Thus far, I am enjoying this one with the knowledge that the previous book improved vastly about half-way through. I am hoping Stewart will pay-off again. The book also calls back the original book, making me want to reread it.

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