The Billion Dollar Boy

The Billion Dollar Boy Shelby Crawford Jerome Prescott Cheever V is one of the richest young men of the twenty second century His life on Earth has been spent in idle luxury until a careless mistake strands him on a mining

  • Title: The Billion Dollar Boy
  • Author: Charles Sheffield
  • ISBN: 9780812538915
  • Page: 398
  • Format: Paperback
  • Shelby Crawford Jerome Prescott Cheever V is one of the richest young men of the twenty second century His life on Earth has been spent in idle luxury, until a careless mistake strands him on a mining colony in the Messina Dust Cloud, twenty seven light years from Earth Stuck among the miners for at least six months, far from his fortune and hordes of servants, Shelby muShelby Crawford Jerome Prescott Cheever V is one of the richest young men of the twenty second century His life on Earth has been spent in idle luxury, until a careless mistake strands him on a mining colony in the Messina Dust Cloud, twenty seven light years from Earth Stuck among the miners for at least six months, far from his fortune and hordes of servants, Shelby must learn to survive in space and to fend for himself His new life is full of dangers and surprises, but it may also reveal the true shape of his destiny.

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    1. by Charles Sheffield, published in 1997.If you enjoy the young adult Heinlein novels then you are sure to like “The Billion Dollar Boy” by Sheffield. It is the second book in the “Jupiter Novel” series begun by Sheffield and Pournelle with “Higher Education”.This novel deals with Shelby Crawford Jerome Prescott Cheever V (yes a very pretentious name) the son of Industrial superpower J.P Cheever and yes, he is incredibly rich - at least on Earth. Bored and wanting to do something he c [...]

    2. This is one of the Tor Jupiter series, with four juvenile novels (Higher Education, The Billion-Dollar Boy, Putting Up Roots, The Cyborg from Earth) released between 1997 and 2003. All four books are enjoyable even for adults, but (and I have the word of my two children here) they are great fun for teens as well.This novel is somewhat a space-fiction Captains Courageous. Shelby Cheever is the eponymous boy who decides that he can pout and tantrum his way to what he wants. In a move to get attent [...]

    3. Indeciso entre dos y tres estrellas porque el libro tiene algunas carencias.El protagonista es el hijo único de una de las personas más ricas de la Tierra, y como tal es bastante mal educado y repelente. Pero una travesura hace que se encuentre en un lugar alejado de toda ayuda de su familia y ante completamente extraños.El primer fallo viene aquí: el chico se adapta demasiado rápido, demasiadas pocas complicaciones al principio de la historia. Sheffied resuelve en dos páginas todos los pr [...]

    4. All four of these are basically the same plot, with similar themes. They're engaging, but not awesome, imo. Probably best for teen boys. Possibly dated by now. The first is the grittiest. My favorite is Putting Up Roots. This is the most cliched. All are recommended if you happen to find them at your library or friend's house, none if you have to buy them.They do *not* need to be read in order. The significant characters do not carry over, nor does the plot. The world that is being built is deve [...]

    5. This is my favorite of the Jupiter novels. It's a well-done story about how a spoiled brat grows up, and the people who help him do it once he's removed from the bad influence of his stiflingly rich family. I found it interesting enough that I have reread it several times (even though I am well out of the age range of the target audience of the Jupiter novels).Sheffield comments that this is his rewrite of a classic story by Rudyard Kipling. I haven't read that story, but from what I can tell, t [...]

    6. I liked this story. Once you get past the beginning where the main character is a complete and total rich-boy oblivious prat (which really doesn't jig with the boy's father who we don't meet 'til the end, but only to people like me who will not be swayed from criticism by soppy endings.), the story is a really great adventure story. You could perfectly substitute the technology of science-fantasy in this story with the sailing ships of the previous century (and assorted details, of course) and h [...]

    7. man o mangot this book for 30 cents at goodwill, was suffering serious insomnia when i cracked it, painfully bad and not in an enjoyable way, as mind numbing as half an hour of reality tv and lacking any attractive 20somethings to make up for the waste of timent read this bookybe the worst book i ever finished

    8. Not necessarily intended for YA readers, but suitable for them. I remember the first book in the series, Higher Education, as being much more interesting.Found with help.

    9. I'm actually quite pleased with this book. It was engaging, with a great moral to the story.I can't quite give it five stars, but 4.5 would do.For my clean readers:language, mild violence, and poor teenage choices such as drinking and fighting.

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