Hacking Timbuktu by Stephen Davies

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Danny is a freelance IT specialist—that is, a hacker. He and his pal Omar are both skilled at parkour, or freerunning, a discipline designed to enable practitioners to travel between any two points regardless of obstacles. This is fortunate, because they're off on an adventure that's filled with obstacles, from locked doors to gangs of hostile pursuers. Together they follow a cryptic clue, find a missing map, figure out how to get to Timbuktu without buying a plane ticket, and join the life-and-death treasure hunt, exchanging wisecracks and solving the puzzle one step at a time.An exotic setting and gripping suspense, as well as an absorbing introduction to parkour, make this thriller a genuine page-turner.
 

About Stephen Davies

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Stephen Davies, a missionary, lives in Burkina Faso, West Africa, among Fulani herders. He is a travel writer as well as a novelist. His web site is www.voiceinthedesert.org.uk.
 
Published November 15, 2010 by Clarion Books. 277 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Computers & Technology, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In 14th-century Timbuktu, university student Akonio Dolo heists Mansa Musa’s gold, but he leaves a clue hinting at its secret location before plunging to his death.

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In this nonstop action piece from Davies, the author's first book to be published in the U.S., the reappearance of a long-lost manuscript leading to a legendary cache of stolen gold sparks a worldwide treasure hunt.

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