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Book By Author:  Erik Hamre

The Last Alchemist
 The Last Alchemist
 Science Fiction

The Last Alchemist
A professor from an Australian university has just completed a study into the causes of why some people strike it rich, whereas most others seem to struggle financially their entire lives. The results are eye-opening. To the professor’s great surprise, it appears that a person possessed this knowledge more than thirty years ago.

The professor offers David Dypsvik, a broke and frustrated MBA student, the chance to investigate the mysterious disappearance of one of the richest men in the world.

The billionaire disappeared shortly after having delivered a series of lectures about the ‘Principles of Wealth’ in 1973.

Why did he disappear and who was he? What was his secret?

The hunt for the billionaire’s true identity takes David on a roller coaster ride through history and the creation of wealth.

Nothing is as he thought.

Nobody is who they claim to be.


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Pure Gold! Donít let this one slip out of your hands.


The Last Alchemist by Erik Hamre is pure gold. Part mystery thriller and part study of wealth creation Hamre, the author, has ingeniously melded together a solid novel. David Dypsvik, a career student in Australia at Bond University, is coerced into finding a missing long lost billionaire, Yossar Devan. His professor, Grossman, is finishing writing a book on the ten principles of wealth. These same principles came from a series of lectures by Yossar who had held them for a few students at Oxford in London. These students all had become billionaires themselves. Professor Grossman makes David embark on quest to find Yossar and also learn about the ten principles. David is not the only one looking for Yossar. Like a breadcrumb trail, David starts a globetrotting hunt for clues with someone close to his heels and it becomes a deadly game.

Hamre makes this a fun ride with lots of twists and turns. Not only is the reader entertained, they are enlightened with real wealth building principles all throughout. I was so engrossed in the book that I flew through three quarters of it before I knew it. Will David find Yossar and the final wealth principle? Will his shocking family history be too much to bear? Who is telling the truth and can be trusted? You will have to read this golden nugget of a novel for yourself. I will also be reading Hamre’s other novels. He has a new fan.


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