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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (599 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pierdomenico Baccalario Narrator: Carrington MacDuffie Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Century Quartet Release Date:
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Every one hundred years, four kids from four cities must save the world.

A mix-up with their reservations forces Harvey from New York, Mistral from Paris, and Sheng from Shanghai to share a room with the hotel owner’s daughter, Elettra. The four kids discover an amazing coincidence: they all have birthdays on February 29, Leap Day. That night, a strange man gives them a briefcase and asks them to take care of it until he returns. Soon afterward, the man is murdered.

The kids open the briefcase. In it they find a series of clues that take them all over Rome, through dusty libraries and dark catacombs, in search of the elusive Ring of Fire, an ancient object so powerful that legend says even a Roman emperor couldn’t control it.

In the first book of the Century Quartet, Italian author P. D. Baccalario begins a mystery that will take four cities and four extraordinary kids to solve.

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  • The plot is masterful, with cliffhangers galore . . . and an ending that both satisfies and whets the appetite for more. Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bonnie | 2/3/2014

    " Rather like the 39 Clues, this was intriguing, but sometimes confusing. I found the language and story to be a bit dissonant (we read it aloud), perhaps a result of this being a translation. Good enough, but none of us (myself or my 11-14 yr old kids) are particularly wanting to read the next one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Terryann | 1/10/2014

    " this book was very anticlimactic for me. it really seemed like i knew what was happening and was just waiting for the author to tell me. kids will probably like the book though, it's got some decent mystery to it and the characters are likeable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Books4m | 1/9/2014

    " Really Great Adventure ! Cant wait for the next one "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by WCPL Teens | 1/5/2014

    " Elettra, Harvey, Mistral, and Sheng are four 12-yr-olds who just happen to share a Feb. 29 birthday and end up sharing a room at Elettra's father's hotel on Dec. 29. They also happen to get involved in a murder, a mystery, and a puzzle that began hundreds of years ago. Who is the mysterious professor that died on the bridge and handed the kids his briefcase full of ancient maps and toy tops? And who is the mysterious violin player after the briefcase? The kids don't know it, but they've been handpicked to fulfill an ancient prophecy. Book 1 in the Century Quartet series. "

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