Thieves Like Us

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Jonah Wish, a brilliant computer hacker, is the newest addition to an elite group of teen outlaws all hired by the same mysterious benefactor, Nathaniel Coldhardt. Each of them offers a unique talent: Patch is a one-eyed locksmith; Motti can dismantle any electrical system; Con's charm is truly mesmerizing; and Tye can detect a lie with more precision than a polygraph. Under Coldhart's watchful eye, this motley crew races from a high-tech underground conference centre to exotic locations where they hunt for ...

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Overview

Jonah Wish, a brilliant computer hacker, is the newest addition to an elite group of teen outlaws all hired by the same mysterious benefactor, Nathaniel Coldhardt. Each of them offers a unique talent: Patch is a one-eyed locksmith; Motti can dismantle any electrical system; Con's charm is truly mesmerizing; and Tye can detect a lie with more precision than a polygraph. Under Coldhart's watchful eye, this motley crew races from a high-tech underground conference centre to exotic locations where they hunt for priceless ancient artefacts that may bring riches . . . or the secret to eternal life.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Seventeen-year-old Jonah is in the second month of his year-long sentence, which he is serving in a Young Offenders Institution. His thoughts are always on his computer and his fingers are itching to break codes. Around 3:00, Jonah hears a crashing sound and footsteps, but no one in the corridor was making any commotion. Why were other teens he has never seen suddenly in his cell? Who was this Coldhardt they were telling him about? Why was he being broken out of the institution? His experiences with all these new individuals lead him on a trek he never knew was possible. Imhotep; Ophiuchus, the thirteenth sign of the zodiac; an elevator that takes people underground; Samraj; Cairo; and spells are just the tip of the iceberg in this unforgettable adventure. The characters are well developed and believable. There are twists and turns throughout the book, yet the reader can accept this plausible plot and enjoy reading every page. I was hooked right from the start; nevertheless, I favored the last half because, by then, I knew each character and the excitement of the final challenges made this a real page-turner. "As Jonah stood before a stone alter, horrible, contorted shapes that might have been faces laughed and screamed out of the sides in bas-relief. On the alter was a body. It was emaciated, swamped in a long, decorated tunic, and a cloak . . . .It's a man," Jonah whispered, "he looks about a million years old . . . .I—I think he is still breathing," This would be a great movie. The special effects would be fantastic! 2006, Bloomsbury Publishing, Ages 13 up.
—Kathie M. Josephs
VOYA
Jonah Wish, the prison escapee and computer hacker ("geek") finds himself under the watchful eye of Coldhardt, a millionaire who loves stealing from other millionaires. With the help of Coldhardt's talented band of teenage misfits, Jonah dabbles in dangerous Egyptian mythology that might hold the formula for creating eternal life. The book is full of twists that make you gasp, a budding romance, and some laugh-out-loud lines you cannot help but read to friends. VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P J S (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2006, Bloomsbury, 352p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Katherine Wise, Teen Reviewer
Kirkus Reviews
Indiana Jones-style archeological adventure meets modern technology when "cipherpunk" Jonah joins a gang of teenaged crooks. Wealthy criminal mastermind Coldhardt sends his gifted young criminals to bust Jonah out of jail, and doesn't leave him much choice about joining in their quest to steal the elixir of eternal life from an ancient tomb. The thieves, ranging from 14-year-old lock-picker Patch to 20-year-old security guru Motti, are a motley crew of gifted outcasts; as Patch says, it's as if they are a crooked version of the X-Men. Coldhardt has formed the teens into the only trusting family any of them have ever known-but has he only done it to exploit them? Can Coldhardt be trusted, or is he sleeping with the enemy? Paced like an adventure film, this is a solidly entertaining adventure, replete with hypnotism, Egyptian gods and snakes, and well concluded for possible sequels. (Fiction. 11-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599900414
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 4/3/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 992,028
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Cole works as a freelance editor in addition to writing books for children and young adults, including The Wereling series. He lives in England.

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  • Posted January 28, 2013

    Great action and plot. Beautifully written.

    Great action and plot. Beautifully written.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2007

    One of the best action books out there!

    This book should be on every teen's list. It has action, suspense, gagets, and a plot that will keep you turning pages until the very end. READ THIS BOOK!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2013

    Great

    It was a great read. Loved the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2013

    Really good

    I had never heard of this athor before and i was supriesed to find that it was a good book. Im going to buy the second book now!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    Great

    Grat series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    4 stars - Good read. Enjoyed every minute of it. Highly recommend this.

    good characters, well developed plot, good resolution. I recommend this to young people in early 20's, all the way up to seniors. The plot moves right along. I am currently researching some of Cole's other books.

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  • Posted February 21, 2013

    WOW!!!!

    Keeps you on the edge of your seat. Could not put it down, you never know what is going to happen or who you can trust. Great read full of suspense and surprises. Read it you will love it! Now to read the follow up book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    Kae

    She sighs, a single tear sliding down her cheek..

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    Posted February 17, 2013

    Hawk

    Srry i havent been on much. Busyness and whatnot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    this book is awsome

    this book is action , packed full of adventure and thrill i loved it and u will 2

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2007

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    'thieves like us' is a have to read book it takes you on an adventure like never before.it has outstanding charaters with untouchable talents.a team of teenagers take on sectret socities and lead the biggest treasure hunt of all to find eturnal life with their boss nathaniel colhardt

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2006

    The perfect mix

    It had action, adventure, mystery, some sci-fi and a bit of romance. It blends them all so well, I had to be forced to put it down. I truely enjoyed reading this book, and would recomend it to all my friends. What more can you ask for in a book?

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