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What do you do when you’re a billionaire, you’re thirteen and you’ve just discovered your family tree goes back a thousand years to a pact made by three brothers to carry three caskets to three secret locations and to protect them for centuries to come?
What do you do when you know a bloodthirsty criminal holds the contents of one of those caskets and will stop at nothing to discover the others?
Gerald, Sam and Ruby fly to India in Gerald’s private jet for a holiday at the home of Alisha Gupta, looking forward to getting away from the exhausting business of stolen gems, bejewelled caskets, thieves and bumbling police officers. But their holiday soon turns to a desperate quest to outwit a deadly cult, and to beat Mason Green to the Emerald Casket in a fast-paced race against time and tide.
With all the suspense, humour and twists and turns of The Billionaire’s Curse, The Emerald Casket will delight readers waiting for the sequel and send new readers clamouring for the first book of The Billionaire Trilogy.
Between fortune-tellers and ninjas, cross-country train rides and lost cities, there is plenty of action. …young fans of this James Bond meets The Famous Five adventure will be left hanging out for the final instalment.
…lots of action, really good description…eight to twelve year- olds would love it.
…pure entertainment. The intrepid threesome is involved in an adventure to find the bad guys and locate the jewels in the style of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five and Secret Seven series. It’s good to see books like this on the shelf as an alternative to stories of magic and fairies…I’m looking forward to the last one in the trilogy.
Newsome is a master at dropping clues and red herrings that move the mystery along while leaving plenty of doubts about which characters are bad guys and which ones can be trusted. The action never flags, and descriptions of various Indian locales add historical and cultural interest. Humorous side plots (Gerald’s butler, the up-tight Mr. Fry, becomes enamored of Alisha’s stern chaperone, Miss Turner, and the hapless Constable Lethbridge makes several cameos with his pigeons) and resurrected villains (the albino man who smells of bleach, now described as a thin man in black) add to the intrigue…Highly Recommended
If your aim is to foster a love of reading, there are a billion good reasons to stock your library with Richard Newsome’s novels.