Icecore: A Thriller

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He's a seventeen-year-old British computer hacker who penetrated the security systems at Fort Knox for a laugh. But the American government was less than amused. Since his prank, gold bars have been landing in the hands of terrorists across the globe.

Now, Carl has found himself in a military prison deep in the Arctic and far off the grid. He's been caged alongside the world's most notorious terrorists, with no one to trust and no end in sight....

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Overview

He's a seventeen-year-old British computer hacker who penetrated the security systems at Fort Knox for a laugh. But the American government was less than amused. Since his prank, gold bars have been landing in the hands of terrorists across the globe.

Now, Carl has found himself in a military prison deep in the Arctic and far off the grid. He's been caged alongside the world's most notorious terrorists, with no one to trust and no end in sight.

Carl Hobbes may not be a criminal mastermind, but if he wants to escape this subzero prison with his life, he'll have to start thinking like one.

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"Superbly written and perfectly paced." — School Library Journal

"Great for action fans." — Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Laura J. Brown
Carl Hobbes is a college student who never thought of himself as a cyber terrorist, he just hacks into computer systems as a hobby. When he successfully hacks into a secured computer systems, he never misuses or sells the information. Getting past the firewall is the thrill for him. Carl thought he was merely having a bit of fun when one afternoon on his way back to his apartment, two men in dark suits introduce themselves to him and take him directly to the police station. Carl is sure he will be able to clear things up at the police station, but instead he is handcuffed and escorted to an unidentifiable plane to an uncharted location with stone cold international terrorists. Carl cannot believe it is happening to him and does his best to put on a brave face, which becomes almost impossible when the plane almost crashes before landing on a solid piece of ice in the middle of nowhere. Carl realizes very soon that to clear his name he has to escape his frozen prison, but to do that he must rely on the expertise of the true terrorists with whom he is imprisoned and transform into a criminal mastermind. This suspenseful book is a true thriller and that will keep readers wanting more. Reviewer: Laura J. Brown
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416989608
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 12/22/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 839,828
  • Age range: 12 - 18 Years
  • Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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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  • Posted April 18, 2010

    IceCore

    IceCore is about a 15 year old hacker named Carl Hobbes. He, by himself, breaks into Fort Knox, just to prove to the country that, even the best defense systems, can indeed be broken in to. What he didn't suspect was that, in the one hour the doors were unlocked, millions of dollars in gold bullion were stolen. Now, he has been taken to a place described only as "the Guantanamo Bay of the North" for questioning, thrown into a cage and treated like a global terrorist. I loved this book from the beginning to the end for all of its twists and turns. I could imagine everything the author, Matt Whyman, described, and in perfect detail, just as he probably intended to express. I would recommend this book for teenagers and adults who love the thrill of the moment and would like to see a bit of the science behind it.

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