Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Goldstrike: A Thriller

Goldstrike: A Thriller

Matt Whyman
Fiction  Series
For ages 14 and up
Simon and Schuster, 2010   ISBN: 978-1416995104

Carl Hobbes is on the run. The CIA - and seemingly every other secret agency in the world - is looking for him, and he knows that if they catch him he will probably be on the receiving end of some very unpleasant treatment. After all, Carl Hobbes not only hacked into the computer system at Fort Knox, but he also made it possible for an American thief called Beth to remove a sizeable amount of gold from the repository, a situation which was more than a little embarrassing for the American government.

Now, having escaped his enemies from a seemingly inescapable facility in the frozen north, Carl and Beth are doing their best to stay off the grid. Carl gets a job working for Sphinx Cargo, a company that specializes in transporting and storing sensitive and valuable items. To guard their state-of-the-art warehouse, the people at Sphinx have created a super computer called Cleopatra. Cleopatra is what Carl is after. His goal is to program Cleopatra to “guard” him and Beth. He hopes that the computer will be able to pre-empt any attempt that anyone anywhere makes to find the two young people. He never suspects that Beth has left a trail behind her that no less than two covert operatives have found.

Readers who like a real edge-of-your-seat thriller will love this new Carl Hobbes title. Punctuated by indications of imminent disaster, and with an action packed finale, this is a title that will not fail to entertain.