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.
A ruthless treasure hunt takes a boy all the way from London to sub-Saharan Africa in this pacey thriller.
Stephen Davies is a missionary who lives with his wife amongst Fulani herders in West Africa. He speaks Fulfulde, eats millet, and accompanies cattle-drives. He has been involved in the set-up of a Fulfulde radio station which will broadcast news, griot music and advice about cows, crops and health. He also writes for the Guardian Weekly (Letters from Burkina Faso) and occasionally for the Sunday Times. Have a look at his website: www.voiceinthedesert.org.uk