Review: The Emerald Casket by Richard Newsome.

Emerald Casket

Release Date: 28th June 2010.
Publisher: Text Publishing Australia.
Source: Purchased.

Synopsis from Text Publishing website:

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.

My Thoughts:

4 stars.

Gerald and his friends, twins Ruby and Sam, have returned for another action packed adventure, this time in India! And what an exciting setting it was. I could feel the heat, smell the spices and hear the buzz of the market place. Once you start reading, you’ll find it hard to put down. It is so easy to become immersed in the exciting life of an average boy turned billionaire.

After his aunt dying, Gerald found himself the new owner of a large fortune. But money isn’t the only thing he inherited. His family is embroiled in an ancient mystery that has placed Gerald’s life in danger. His family emblem keeps popping up in the most unexpected places, and if he can’t unravel the mystery, he might not be around to enjoy his new money.

Gerald and the twins have come to India for a holiday, and to visit their friend Alisha Gupta. But Gerald can’t forget about the Emerald Casket and can’t get Sir Mason Green out of his head – literally. Gerald is having vivid dreams of his enemy. Although Gerald is far from England, danger is close. A ninja is trying to kidnap Alisha, a fortune-teller gives a gloomy prediction and a stampeding elephant comes closes to squashing him. As Gerald gets closer to uncovering his family secret he has to decided who his real friends are and who might not be a friend at all.
Gerald must keep his wits about him if he is going to unravel this mystery and survive.

The Emerald Casket was a gripping, fast paced story that I really enjoyed. It has lots of mystery, plenty of action, the right amount of humour and a little bit of magic. It is highly imagined with lots of twists and turns that will keep you captivated. The Emerald casket was loads of fun. I think this is a great series for the reluctant reader, and perfect for the middle-grade to young teen age range. I highly recommend this to readers looking for a great mystery with action-adventure thrown in. I’m looking forward to The Mask Of Destiny and going on a new adventure with Gerald, Ruby and Sam.

You can add it to your Goodreads HERE.

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