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The Billionaire's Curse (The Archer Legacy Series #1)

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6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

A retro riot for the kids - a heapa fun

What a refreshing thing to read a book for middle grade kids with no vampires, ghouls or trolls. This is a ripping yarn that takes an average 13-year-old boy and dumps him well outside his comfort zone.

Gerald Wilkins unexpectedly becomes the richest thirteen-year-o...
What a refreshing thing to read a book for middle grade kids with no vampires, ghouls or trolls. This is a ripping yarn that takes an average 13-year-old boy and dumps him well outside his comfort zone.

Gerald Wilkins unexpectedly becomes the richest thirteen-year-old in the world when his mysterious great aunt leaves her fortune to him in her will. But turns out she was murdered, and the people who killed her are now after Gerald. Together with some new friends he has to solve the mystery -- and it promises to be a big one as the story spans three books.

Some great characters that have been created and my 11-year-old daughter was able to relate to them. They have honour and humour and grace and mischief. They aren't top of the class but they're as embraceable as all get out. And a rare thing is this is a book that boys and girls can enjoy: the lead girl character Ruby Valentine is a hoot and a role model for a well-rounded approach to life. The way she treats her twin brother Sam is a delight.

And as for the boys: any reluctant reader would find this hard to put down. The action is well paced and the mystery a nifty one to solve.

The tale dips its hat to the tropes of old-style mystery novels but does so in such a self-knowing way that it never dips into lazy cliche.

And as the first in a series, I can't wait to read the others.

Kids will love this!!

posted by Suzie_Parker on July 6, 2010

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Okay story

I read it...and was dissappointed. It started great. There are people hunting Gerald. He and his new best friends, Ruby and Sam, have to find out who and why. Then it got boring. There were a lot of unhelpful clues and obviously innocent suspects. An okay read, I supose...
I read it...and was dissappointed. It started great. There are people hunting Gerald. He and his new best friends, Ruby and Sam, have to find out who and why. Then it got boring. There were a lot of unhelpful clues and obviously innocent suspects. An okay read, I supose.

posted by 9525286 on August 30, 2011

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  • Posted July 6, 2010

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    A retro riot for the kids - a heapa fun

    What a refreshing thing to read a book for middle grade kids with no vampires, ghouls or trolls. This is a ripping yarn that takes an average 13-year-old boy and dumps him well outside his comfort zone.

    Gerald Wilkins unexpectedly becomes the richest thirteen-year-old in the world when his mysterious great aunt leaves her fortune to him in her will. But turns out she was murdered, and the people who killed her are now after Gerald. Together with some new friends he has to solve the mystery -- and it promises to be a big one as the story spans three books.

    Some great characters that have been created and my 11-year-old daughter was able to relate to them. They have honour and humour and grace and mischief. They aren't top of the class but they're as embraceable as all get out. And a rare thing is this is a book that boys and girls can enjoy: the lead girl character Ruby Valentine is a hoot and a role model for a well-rounded approach to life. The way she treats her twin brother Sam is a delight.

    And as for the boys: any reluctant reader would find this hard to put down. The action is well paced and the mystery a nifty one to solve.

    The tale dips its hat to the tropes of old-style mystery novels but does so in such a self-knowing way that it never dips into lazy cliche.

    And as the first in a series, I can't wait to read the others.

    Kids will love this!!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 3, 2010

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    A Suspenseful Adventure!

    "The Billionaire's Curse," by Richard Newsome is the first installment in the new Archer Legacy series. With a fast-paced beginning and constant action, this book makes it impossible for the reader to become even the slightest bit bored! Packed full of mystery and suspense, it is impossible to put down! The mystery is not completely solved at the end of the book, making the reader eagerly anticipate the release of book two in this great series! "The Billionaire's Curse" is a fantastic adventure sure to fully captivate all it's readers!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2011

    Great book

    I love this book;it is full of suspense

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2011

    The Billionare's Curse is Awesome!

    The book is filled with action and excitement. You will not want to stop reading.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Meg

    AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Im 13 and i LOVE this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! With just a hint of ramance in the undertone, tons of mystery, and heaps of action, any middle school child would like reading it<3

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2012

    This book was so entertaining! I am a senior citizen but a kid

    This book was so entertaining! I am a senior citizen but a kid at heart so I gave the book a try. Glad I did.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    good change

    Where there have been a lot of vampire and werewolf books that came out, this one is such a welcome change -- this is a teenager who inherited a lot of money, but who must find the person that murdered the aunt that he was named after ... I am eagerly awaiting for the next sequel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2012

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    Excellent work. I loved it. Picked this up on free book friday.

    Excellent work. I loved it.
    Picked this up on free book friday. Well worth the money(!) I'm looking forward to the next book,one I'll gladly purchase.
    It's a fun story, and anyone who has ever dreampt, imagined, wonder, fantasized, or simply thought about about what it would be like to be filthy rich, this is the book for them. The thing is, the hero 13 y.o. Gerald Wilkins, comes into a huge wad of cash and never gets the time to think about the possibilities! He finds himself eyebrow deep in a mystery the adults seem reluctant or oblivious to. In a Percy Jackson sort of flavor, you're whisked off with Gerald in search of hidden ancient relics while being pursued by not only the bad guys but the nosy paparazzi as well. What would you do if you were 13 and in his shoes?
    This book is great fun for anyone, not just the teens. I can't wait to read the next one in the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    Great!

    I loved it! Got it for free, had nothing else to read, couldn't put it down! Just bought 2. Can't wait to start it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    A random fourth grade poet

    Wow. Just wow. I cant believe how amazingly compensating this book is for other low rated books. The kind of books that you dont know about but youre curious and when you read them it surprises you how low rate it was. This kind of amazing surprising heart stopping breath catching foot stomping I NEED TO REREAD THIS 200000 TIMES kind of book. In other words: I loved it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Ashley

    Best book by far

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

    fg

    epic

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2011

    Great first book

    I like the historical info included. Can't wait to read the next book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2014

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    Book Title The Billionares Curse

    Main Plot
    Gerald is a normal teen whose only dream is to have cute Madeline fall in love with him. Then he inherits a billion dollar fortune from an elderly relative. This relative had just had a diamond stolen that could be the key to unlocking myths and legends around the world. Gerald must travel through England and around his new mansion to discover the jewel before certain unsavory characters do. Can he do it in time, and is he prepared to face the surprise in the crypt?

    Likes
    An especial like of mine was the Sam/ Ruby duo. Very enthralling, well written pair with dashing bravery and hints of sibling rivalry.
    The rude manservant was especially funny. The turkey/moron lines of dialogue are quite good.

    Dislikes
    The parents of Gerald are the stereotypical storybook parents, totally apathetic. It is lame when they run off to the island.

    Sum Up
    Overall, a wonderful book. An enthralling mystery series is sure to follow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2013

    This book is wonderful! Hannah Ainsworth

    I absolutely love this book! I have just finished reading it for the 5th or 6th time. It is a book i would highly recommend for people ages 8 to 14, because i am 14, and i cant get enough of it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

    Awesome!

    I loved this book! I really want to read the next one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2013

    Amazing

    This book was sooooo amazing i couldn't put it down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    May 6, 2013

    Amazing on of my favorite books!!!! :) <3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    My fav book

    Everyone should read this book it is awsome and no one can say its not. Hey everyone read this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    Best Book Ever

    It was sooooooooooooooo cool to learn about how Gerald got all that money.

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