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    Stephen Davies
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    Clarion Books; 1 edition (November 15, 2010)
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    264 pages
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Hacking Timbuktu book. Danny is a freelance IT specialist–that is, a hacker.

Hacking Timbuktu book.

by. Davies, Stephen, 1976-. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Delaware County District Library (Ohio).

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.

Danny is a freelance IT specialist-that is, a hacker. A ruthless treasure hunt takes a boy from London to sub-Saharan Africa in this pacey thrillerLong 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.

Hacking Timbuktu Hardcover – Bargain Price, November 15, 2010. Davies delivers a satisfying mix of history, exotic locales, computer hacking, and parkour racing in this well-constructed adventure story. by. Stephen Davies (Author). Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Two London teens, Danny and Omar, are connected to a 17-year-old boy in fourteenth-century Timbuktu through a doodle Danny discovers on a manuscript he has scanned. Turns out, the long-ago student stole a fortune in gold, hid it in a secret chamber under a mosque, and left a map to the treasure behind.

Hacking Timbuktu (ISBN: 9781842708842) This is an excellent, fast-paced adventure fusing past and present in a swift . Stephen Davies writes picture books, chapter books, young adult novels, TV tie-ins and educational books

Hacking Timbuktu (ISBN: 9781842708842) This is an excellent, fast-paced adventure fusing past and present in a swift moving plot which tells how a sixteen year old contemporary hacker gets involved in the story of a daring gold robbery from an ancien. Stephen Davies writes picture books, chapter books, young adult novels, TV tie-ins and educational books. Many of his books are set in West Africa on the edge of the Sahara Desert, where he lived and worked for thirteen years. His first book Sophie and the Albino Camel won the Glen Dimplex Prize for best debut children's book.

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Hacking Timbuktu (Andersen Press, 2009). Stephen Davies also writes historical fiction. His bestselling book is Survivor: Titanic (Scholastic, 2018). Outlaw (Andersen Press, 2011). Blood & Ink (Andersen Press, 2015). The Perfect Battle of Leah Baxter (Andersen Press, 2019). Africa Geographic 'Travel Writer of the Year', 2003.

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Danny is a freelance IT specialistthat 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.

This is an exciting quest story. The book begins with a thief in an underground tunnel in the fourteenth century, Ankonio Dolo, a student at the University. Ankonio has tunneled his way into the treasury, where pure gold ingot bars are packed nine deep. His tunnel comes up behind the gold and he has spent years removing two million mitqals worth of gold bars. He has taken his gold to a safe place, a place he leaves a cryptic clue to once he is caught following an unfortunate series of events. Ankonio yells the gold is hidden in the Dogon cliffs and, "It takes a Dogon to know a Nommo," as he comes to a brilliant and shocking end.

In the twenty-first century, two young men are scanning ancient manuscripts to computer when they find the doodling of the long ago student in the margin of a page in a math textbook. That discovery launches a quest for the legendary gold. But one of them is going to be put out of the running immediately. The one left standing has one goal. The gold.

The London hackers are brought into the picture by a group calling itself Knights of Ankonio Dolo. Their methods are a little violent. Their goal? The gold. The abused hackers also now have a new goal. The gold. Omar and Danny are skilled in the practice of parkour - the ability to travel from one place to the next in a straight line very quickly, no matter the obstacles. They need to go to Timbuktu to find the cliffs of Dogon and the gold. The treasure hunters all converge on the same site.

This novel is very likable. The fourteenth century boy and Omar and Danny are all the same age and have many of the same sensibilities. It's easy to hate the hate-able characters, easy to feel sorry for the likable ones. This is an adventure novel and is likely to be especially liked by young teenage boys. It is not too dense and stays pretty tight with the story. Personally I would cover the book with warnings. "Don't try this at home."
Fun, fast, read about computer geeks with a non-geeky recreational outlet, and a little cultural/current history thrown into the mix.

Why I liked it: learning about parkour, something not easily done, or seen, in my small, rural hometown, added a totally new element to this book. The way the action of characters is described made me feel like I was doing the moves myself. Danny, the computer savvy main character, who gets caught in a web of treasure hunting maniacs, and Omar, his best friend, who seems to be just along for the ride, feel like teenagers I have met and taught in class.

Who I'd recommend it to: Fans of Daemon, the adult computer conspiracy book by Daniel Suarez and some of the skater boys at my high school. I'm buying it for Thomas and Brady because they will both get it.

Format borrowed from Large Print: an Unshelved collection
So, I knew absolutely nothing about parkour before reading Hacking Timbuktu; however, in no way did this lack of knowledge diminish my enjoyment of the novel. I learned as I went. At first, I thought that all of the French terms would confuse me; I was woefully wrong, and they added great flavor to the read. Also, I knew little of the culture of Timbuktu but was enlightened as I read. This novel had a wonder international flavor to it.

Action and adventure run rampant! If you want page-turning excitement, this is a book you will want to read. This a great addition the the Young Adult genre. If only more of the YA novels taught lessons. . . (Greed hides within us).
Mixed feelings about this book - the good, and probably why it got published, is the backdrop of parkour. Think it's the only book that uses this urban sport, and the descriptions of the moves and feel of them are great. Also good, the computer hacking elements which are quite accurate and the historic backdrop. The plot is well conceived: two boys unlock the code to find an ancient stash of gold an encounter obstacles on their way to find it.

The not so good is the writing - long chunks of dialogue that conveys too much plot information gives it a first draft feel.
I had high hopes for this novel, with the combination of parkour and high tech hi-jinks, and it wasn't bad, exactly. The characters were moderately interesting, and the plot moved along at a reasonable clip, but in the end it was a pretty forgettable book. (See: it took me months to remember to review it for Vine.)
Ferri - My name
I read this book because I liked the premise. How could you go wrong by mixing parkour and computer hacking? But this book is poorly written. There wasn't a single 3-dimensional character in the mix. The action was choppy, mostly because the author's descriptive abilities seem to be sophomoric at best. I would give less than a star if I could.