Goldstrikeby Matt Whyman
Carl Hobbes may have escaped from Camp Twilight—the most secure military prison in the northern hemisphere—but now he’s being pursued by a ruthless bounty hunter and an Al-Qaeda assassin. Wanted dead by one and alive by the other, he must call upon his skills as a manipulator of both systems and people to survive. With no second chances available,
Carl Hobbes may have escaped from Camp Twilight—the most secure military prison in the northern hemisphere—but now he’s being pursued by a ruthless bounty hunter and an Al-Qaeda assassin. Wanted dead by one and alive by the other, he must call upon his skills as a manipulator of both systems and people to survive. With no second chances available, can he play one enemy against the other in his bid to live another day? Packed with action and a plot that doesn’t quit, Goldstrike is a riveting teen thriller in the vein of Anthony Horowitz and James Patterson.
Meet the Author
Matt Whyman is a distinctive contemporary voice in children’s and adult writing. After graduating from the University of East Anglia’s MA in Creative Writing, Matt’s career as a writer has taken him from Agony Uncle columns (Bliss magazine and AOL) and teen self-help guides to the cutting edge of both adult and children’s fiction. His critically acclaimed young adult novel Boy Kills Man was short-listed for several awards, including the 2004 Teenage Book Prize, and praised by Melvin Burgess: ‘Bold, chilling and beautifully written’. It is currently in development as a feature film with the producers of the cult film Kidulthood. Matt is married with four children (and an enormous dog) and lives in West Sussex, England.
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Many things are illegal in the world; that much is obvious. But when you think illegal, killing, stealing, and other things probably come to mind. In Goldstrike by Matt Whyman this is not the case. Hacking is the primary idea of this book, and it shows all about it. It displays the trouble you can get into, the problems with it, and all about what happens when you "hack". The book starts off with main characters Carl Hobbes and Beth hiding from the CIA. They had just stolen from the vaults at Fort Know, no minor accomplishment. As it starts though, Hobbes is putting his identity on other random people to attract attention. This is his ability to hack. Carl and Beth are hiding in England, and Carl's main job is to take control of a super computer that protects rare items that need to be shipped by plane. He wants to use this computer to protect Beth and him on the outside, but Beth, on the other hand, just wants the billions of dollars worth in bullion bars. The whole story takes place in either the storage place where everything is stored, or at the very small apartment they stay. It's the typical inconspicuous place where anyone running from the law would stay. It's described as dirty and rundown so would you expect to see a bullion bar standing out among the grime? The storage place and the super computer are all located in a secure shipping building known as the Sphinx, with the most protected security to be found. This is where Carl wants to save Beth from discovery by covering all the tracks involving their names. It can be quite capturing. If you're interested in computers and the like, you'll get into it. The way the story is organized, switching back to the CIA and random bounty hunters chasing them, is perfect. It leaves you wondering how the mess will be solved, and what will be accomplished. I marveled at how well the author must know about hacking and how complex it must be in real life. It also shows to never get into it, or you might get into a predicament. The hacking aspect of this book intrigued me the most. It is very interesting, and you can pretty much see it from Carl's eyes. The idea that the CIA may cover up disappearances of people for their own agenda is startling, and I believe it.