Long ago in the ancient city of Timbuktu a student pulled off the most daring heist in African history, the theft of 100 million pounds worth of gold.
The stolen treasure has remained hidden until now, when teenage hacker Danny Temple discovers a cryptic Arabic manuscript.
It's a good job that Danny is a keen traceur (free runner) because he has to run across rooftops and leap from buildings to stay one step ahead of his pursuers.
His nightmarish and adrenalin-charged quest leads him all the way to sub-Saharan Africa, and the mysterious cliffs of Bandiagara.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 03/09/2009
- Category: Adventure
- ISBN: 9781842708842
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Review by JRlibrary
Danny Temple has two skills; hacking into computer systems, and being a traceur, which is a person who is good at parkour. If you've seen the most recent James Bond film where there's a big chase scene at the start of the movie, and the guy being chased manages to run up walls and make death defying jumps from ridiculous heights, at breakneck speed, then you've seen a traceur in action. Hacking Timbuktu is about Danny and his friend Omar who solve a centuries old code and figure out where some gold is hidden. But several people know that Danny knows where it is, so they're on his trail. The book has a little bit too much description of the parkour moves Danny and Omar undertake in order to escape, and is a little thin on plot, but it does make it easy to visualize their actions. Not as good as I thought it would be. The beginning is the best part; after that it slows down significantly.