Anyway, started by a man named Herman Warshaw, who went out for a cigarette during 9/11 and saw the attack on the Pentagon, which was tragic but he wouldn't have taken the day back because it inspired him to create his own sort of Cherub, where little kids go out on missions, but not just any kids; kids who are smart. That's why they're called The Genius Files. Apparently, Coke and Pepsi are smart enough to be these people. The thing is, Coke and Pepsi are the very first, and they are told to go out during their already planned summer vacation in an RV with their parents. The dad appreciates history and camping, the mother appreciates wacky articles she can put on her website, and having to keep a secret from their parents about it, they must get to the world's largest ball of twine. Along the way, they also get these strange ciphers that you will try to find out before Coke and Pepsi figure it out for themselves, but I can assure you you won't figure it out before them. Before all this takes off, we experience the kids being chased by dudes in black suits and golf carts, being forced off of cliffs, with or without wing suits, and having to escape a burning building.
Pure kids flick if you ask me. The thing is, it's not really clarified why Coke and Pepsi have to do it. I mean, it's a goal, and they could stop a murder, but when John Dillinger was assassinated, it took strategy by a girl who called the cops. Who's to say the police can't just do it themselves? I know kids like these would be very useful, and they did do an agreement, but during the road trip, some may feel the hours drive by and the ride just to see a ball of twine may feel painful. Instead of a mystery of who sent the ciphers, or where a certain location that is brought up a lot is, this book is go-with-it. It's certainly fun listening to some brainiac kids and interesting finding out about all these special sites in the United States, so I may buy Book 2: Never Say Genius, because Dan Gutman appears to have worked hard on making this book series. This one mostly feels like a startup though, especially when Coke and Pepsi decide to steal a car and drive without a license to catch a certain someone. Next time, don't let them get busted.