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The mask of destiny / Richard Newsome.

By: Newsome, Richard [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Newsome, Richard. Billionaire trilogy: 3.; Newsome, Richard. Archer legacy / Billionaire: 3.; Billionaire series: bk. 3.Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. : Text Pub., 2011Description: 371 pages ; 20 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781921758539 (pbk.); 9781921921148 (ebook).Subject(s): Billionaires -- Juvenile fiction | Murder -- Juvenile fiction | Children of the rich -- Juvenile fiction | Detective and mystery stories -- Juvenile fiction | Teen detective and mystery stories -- Juvenile fiction | Young adult detective and mystery stories | France -- Juvenile fictionGenre/Form: Detective and mystery fiction. | Children's stories. | Teen fiction. | Children's fiction.DDC classification: NEW
Contents:
The police have finally caught the evil murderer Sir Mason Green. The third casket and whatever treasure it contains can remain a secret just as the Fraternity wished. Gerald can relax and enjoy his billions. Or can he? At his trial, Green drops dead in the dock. Forensics show he was poisoned by a dart-and Gerald's DNA is on the blowgun. Then a mysterious cat woman steals the ruby, the key to the third casket. A mysterious woman with a store of poison darts, who happens to be Sir Mason Green's niece, Charlotte. Now Gerald is on the run, with Ruby and Sam, wanted for murder. Can they beat Charlotte to the ruby casket and prove that she killed Green? It's a quest that takes them to caverns beneath the island castle of Mont St Michel in France, locked rooms in the Vatican and the ancient hidden city of Delphi in Greece to discover the secret of the three caskets and the great power they hold.
Summary: Gerald is framed for the murder of his evil nemesis Mason Green, and is forced to go on the run with his ever faithful friends, Ruby and Sam. The trio need to find the ruby casket, an unknown treasure. They head to the island of Mont-Saint-Michel in France hoping to uncover the truth and clear Gerald's name along the way. Suggested level: intermediate, junior secondary.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

The police have finally caught the evil murderer Sir Mason Green - but at his trial, he is murdered in the dock. Forensics show he was poisoned by a dart - and Gerald's DNA is on the blowgun. Then a mysterious cat woman steals the ruby, the key to the third casket. Framed for murder, Gerald's quest for justice takes him to caverns beneath the island castle of Mont St Michel in France, locked rooms in the Vatican and the ancient hidden city of Delphi in Greece to discover the secret of the three caskets and the great power they hold.

Sequel to: The emerald casket.

Followed by: The crystal code.

The police have finally caught the evil murderer Sir Mason Green. The third casket and whatever treasure it contains can remain a secret just as the Fraternity wished. Gerald can relax and enjoy his billions. Or can he? At his trial, Green drops dead in the dock. Forensics show he was poisoned by a dart-and Gerald's DNA is on the blowgun. Then a mysterious cat woman steals the ruby, the key to the third casket. A mysterious woman with a store of poison darts, who happens to be Sir Mason Green's niece, Charlotte. Now Gerald is on the run, with Ruby and Sam, wanted for murder. Can they beat Charlotte to the ruby casket and prove that she killed Green? It's a quest that takes them to caverns beneath the island castle of Mont St Michel in France, locked rooms in the Vatican and the ancient hidden city of Delphi in Greece to discover the secret of the three caskets and the great power they hold.

Gerald is framed for the murder of his evil nemesis Mason Green, and is forced to go on the run with his ever faithful friends, Ruby and Sam. The trio need to find the ruby casket, an unknown treasure. They head to the island of Mont-Saint-Michel in France hoping to uncover the truth and clear Gerald's name along the way. Suggested level: intermediate, junior secondary.

For secondary school age.

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Horn Book Review

Sudden billionaire Gerald continues to find his unexpected wealth comes with clues to even greater treasures...and cruel rivals. Framed for the death of one rival, Gerald embarks on a quest to clear his name and ends up elucidating his family's ancient, supernatural secret. This concluding installment maintains the trilogy's balance of mystery, magical realism, and humorous banter. (c) Copyright 2012. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Book Review

A frenetic dash across Europe that leads both to hidden treasure and the resolution of a 1,600-year-old mystery brings Newsome's once-promising trilogy to a muddled, heavily contrived close. Framed for the (supposed) murder of archenemy Sir Mason Green, jumped-up preteen billionaire Gerald Wilkins and his twin sidekicks Sam and Ruby are on the run. They repeatedly escape police and a beautiful poisoner while following a trail of baroque clues that take the three from an ossuary deep within Mont Saint-Michel to Grecian Delphi. This, improbably, turns out to have been secretly roofed over beneath fake ruins centuries ago to protect its fabled treasures and still-functional oracle. Newsome seems far more intent on chivvying his characters along than in setting any credible challenges for them. He pitches the trio through one chase scene or rescue after another, giving them easy access everywhere by leading them directly to a series of conveniently discovered open doors and cave entrances. All is revealed in a climactic subterranean faceoff during which the (surprise, surprise) still-living Green explains his nefarious purposes in great detail, before Gerald knocks him unconscious and expedites the death of his pet assassin. Occasional jokey dialogue won't be enough to carry readers over a story riddled with logical gaps, extraneous characters, massive coincidences and laboriously fabricated suspense. Illustrations not seen. (Adventure. 11-14)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.