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

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


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Gerald Wilkins never considered himself a particularly exceptional thirteen-year-old. But that was before he inherited twenty billion pounds, a Caribbean island, a yacht, and three estates from a mysterious relative he never knew.

But that's not all—because, as we discover, Gerald's great aunt was murdered. And now it's up to Gerald to find out who did it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061944918
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/19/2011
Series: Archer Legacy Series , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 325,901
Product dimensions: 4.96(w) x 7.46(h) x 0.89(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Richard Newsome is the author of the first two books in the Archer Legacy, The Billionaire's Curse and The Emerald Casket. In researching the trilogy, Richard traveled to England, India, France, Italy, and Greece, visiting many of the historical sites featured in the books. He lives with his family in Brisbane, Australia.

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The Billionaire's Curse (The Archer Legacy Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 76 reviews.
Amajorbibliophile More than 1 year ago
"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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book;it is full of suspense
Darren Ratliff More than 1 year ago
The book is filled with action and excitement. You will not want to stop reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book as part of the free book fridays, and thought, eh...sure I'll give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised. It was somewhat predictable with a few half hearted twists. Never the less it was a fun read that I would recommend to read once. The characters are somewhat thrown into the mix without any real development of their character. I wanted to be attached to the three main characters, but I couldn't seem to fall in love with them. With that said, this book is aimed at young teens, and I think they will find this book plenty entertaining. I will be purchasing the second book as well.
Zalen_Redlaw More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book by far
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Natalie Arnold More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the historical info included. Can't wait to read the next book.
SusieMockingbird on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's not often that three generations in our family all love the same book, but The Billionaire's Curse is one of them. My 9-year-old thought it was a rollicking adventure, and got caught up in the suspence and mystery of Gerald's journey to find out who killed his billionaire great-aunt and why someone now seems to have it in for him. Then it was a fight between Nanna and I to read it next! Kids will enjoy Gerald's reaction to his new-found worth and his friendship with the Valentine twins, fiesty Ruby and laid-back Sam. It's a book that both girls and boys will enjoy. From an adult perspective, I found the book cleverly witty and with a retro feel while being suitably modern. A delight for the young and young at heart.
ctmsjasa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿In a blur of moment¿lifted his cane and whipped away its outer covering to reveal a long silver blade. He lunged forward and slashed the razor-sharp sword high across¿¿Gerald Archer was a typical teenager, that is right before winter break. His friend¿s family and himself were planning on going up to the snow covered mountains, where they could snowboard for hours on end. However, right before the end of the day he is called down to the office, to find out that his Great Aunt Geraldine(whom which he had never met) had passed away. He doesn¿t understand why his mother is so cheerful, why it involves him, and why he has to England to go to her funeral. He is furious with this, because he would much rather be with his friend snowboarding than go to some old lady¿s funeral. The thing is though, now that he is boarding a private jet, his emotions change from angry to confused. He doesn¿t understand how his family could afford this, and a snobby butler, Mr. Fry. When they land in England, they are swarmed with photographers, journalists, paparazzi, and more. Gerald tries to find a place to sit while he watches the show, but when he does, his journey officially begins. From that point on, Gerald find himself getting caught up in the ¿good life¿- luxury, money, fame, fortune, thieves, death, and last but certainly not least-murder. Let the trilogy to find out who killed his Great Aunt Geraldine begin!The Billionaire¿s Curse by Richard Newsome is magnificent. I completely loved this book! From the second you pick it up, you won¿t be able to put it down. As you head deeper into the story, the characters become so life like, it seems unrealistic. It seems as if the characters are right in front of you, like in a movie. With the characters being so fascinating, it was as if I was watching a movie play in my head.Now besides all of the praise about this book, there are a couple of problems with it. One problem I had with the book, is that Newsome didn¿t always tell which character is talking. This kept causing me to go back to the beginning of that paragraph, and I found myself re-reading over and over again in an endless cycle. Also, another major important thing, is that the beginning of this book is horribly boring. It took me three times to pick up this book and finally try to keep reading until the end. Each time I got about 100 pages in and quit. The beginning of the book just lacks what the end of the book has. I think this is a major problem if Newsome wants more people to read this book.Overall, this book is great-the setting fits in perfectly, the characters are magnificent, the dialogue fits right in, along with all of the other elements that are being used. If you haven¿t read this book yet, I highly recommend that you do so. If you like mystery, murder, crime solving, or realistic fiction books, The Billionaire¿s Curse is just right for you. I would have to rate this book a five out of five stars.
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Ariesgrl More than 1 year ago
Gerald is a 13 year old Australian boy looking forward to his break from school and traveling with his friend. Unfortunately for him, his parents pick him up from school with the news that a relative has passed. Now in London, the sole heir to a billion dollar fortune, Gerald is on a quest to find out who has murdered his great-aunt. Along the way, he meets mischief-making twins, Ruby and Sam. Together the three friends rush through the streets of London, learning about the rich city's history, while exploring majestic buildings and trying to stay alive. This book is a fun read for fans of the Middle Grade genre. (Middle grade is a genre in between Children's and Young Adult.) Readers will immediately want to pick up the next book in the series to find out more about Gerald's family secrets. The author mixes in facts and stays true to the English/Australian cultures by throwing in certain phrases. Recommended for pre-teens and readers who are young at heart that secretly desire to be a detective. Notes: I read this book as part of the #forgottenbookchallenge. This review was originally posted on the Ariesgrl Book Review website.
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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If yiublove Rick Riordan ("Percy Jackson" and "The Kane Chromicles") this is a must read! I just bought tge sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I really want to read the next one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was sooooo amazing i couldn't put it down