What do you get when you mix Tintin, James Bond, and The Famous Five together? You get Richard Newsome’s Billionaire Series. So far in the series we’ve followed Gerald, Ruby and Sam to England, France, Greece and India, trying to stay one step ahead of the notorious Mason Green. In their latest action-packed adventure, The Crystal Code, we join our favourite characters as they make new friends and enemies.
Gerald, Ruby and Sam are meeting up with Alisha and Gerald’s Australian school friend Ox for two weeks of snowboarding in the mountains of California. It’s a dream vacation.
But soon after they arrive—by helicopter, with Gerald’s butler Mr Fry at the controls, of course—the private chalet is attacked. Gerald and the gang escape through a secret passage, only to be pursued on snowmobiles by men with guns across frozen lakes and into the path of a cascading avalanche.
Could this be the work of Gerald’s nemesis Sir Mason Green, recently escaped from prison? Or is someone else behind the attack?Does the old dry cleaning ticket Gerald found amongst Green’s belongings hold the key?And how does an invitation to join the secretive Billionaire’s Club land Gerald in so much trouble?
The Crystal Code is Richard Newsome at his best! It’s chock-full of everything I love about the Billionaire Series – chases, fights, close calls, awkward situations, sarcastic remarks, laugh out loud moments and memorable characters. From the Sierra Nevada mountains in California, to Prague, and a tiny island in Sweden, Richard Newsome takes us on a wild ride where the action never lets up. Whenever I read one of Richard’s books I feel the absolute joy that I remember feeling the first time I read Tintin’s adventures. They make you wish that you were a billionaire with a crazed mad man threatening your life. As the characters grow up, their relationships change, so things become a bit awkward between Gerald and Ruby (especially when another girl, Felicity, gets thrown into the mixture). I really liked the dynamics between the characters, and by introducing new characters into the original trio, Richard has refreshed the series and made it even more exciting.
Richard has also taken the series in a different direction by introducing some new villains. At the center of the story is a centuries old manuscript that nobody has been able to decipher, and there are two characters that are desperate to get their hands on it. Tycho Brahe, the mysterious man with the silver nose, is a fantastically sinister character who will stop at nothing to carry out his plans. There is a lot of mystery surrounding him and Gerald and his friends don’t believe that he can be the man he says that he is. Then there is Ursus, the man with many names, a shadowy character whose motives are unknown. They’re both really intriguing characters and I have a feeling we’ll meet them again.
The Crystal Code, and the rest of the Billionaire series, are a must read for anyone, young or old, who love action, adventure and mystery stories. Grab it from your library or bookshop now and dive into the adventures of billionaire boy, Gerald, and his friends.
5 out of 5 stars