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Money Run (Ashley Arthur #1)

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  380 Ratings  ·  76 Reviews
Take two child geniuses (thieves in their spare time), one obsessed assassin, and the richest man in the world to create a compelling, completely unpredictable young adult thriller. Fifteen-year-olds Ashley and Benjamin have concocted a daring master plan: to steal billionaire Hammond Buckland's most precious belonging, hidden in the depths of his conspicuous corporate bui ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Pan Australia
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Alise  (Readers in Wonderland)
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Just. Plain. Awesome.

I sat down with this book with no real intention of starting that night, I was just checking it out. Next thing I know, it is 2 o'clock in the morning and I finished it. Thriller, indeed.

Ashley Arthur became a thief when her house was robbed when she was younger-she stole back her stuff. After a her mother leaves her father poor and distraught, Ashl
Snuggles  with Rainbows
This was such an action packed and suspenseful thriller, that I couldn’t help but finish in one sitting. I started reading it last night, couldn’t put it down, stayed up biting my nails in bed…it was not pretty…trust me. Anyway, the point is that this book was a real page turner wrapped up in a larger than life setting.

But this book wasn’t all fluff and pillows either. This book had a bunch of issues that I’m going to go over, which will hopefully explain the abysmal rating.

Here we go:

1. The Su
Mar 26, 2013 Eden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh man, this book. Jack Heath is the author of my favourite sci-fi thriller, Remote Control, and he just became the author of my favourite contemporary thriller. Heath does action scenes so well—not only the high-level car chases and shooting, but also stealthy logical plans and gadget-fuelled infiltrations. These sequences are literally breathtaking; they're so tension-filled that it requires one to pause and catch one's breath.

Ash and Benjamin are perhaps the best duo of YA I've read. Not only
Mar 02, 2013 Bailee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first received this book, I was pretty excited at the prospects of getting to read it. I had never had the opportunity to read a book about thieves, let alone two children doing the thieving. I was pretty pumped at the whole idea that this book was based on. It steps outside of the paranormal or even the normal and creates a book that doesn't contain magical creatures just incredible actions. The book keeps the readers on the edge of their seats, blood pounding through their body as the c ...more
Darren Hartwell
Jan 29, 2012 Darren Hartwell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action, thriller
When I first heard about Money Run by Jack Heath it was described to me in a way that had me hooked immediately: "Die Hard meets Hustle". My all time favourite Christmas film meets one of my favourite TV programmes of the last ten years - I was sold immediately and even promoted it straight to the top of the TBR pile and started reading it as soon as it arrived, and I didn't put it down again until I had finished it. Yes, I enjoyed it that much.

I am aware that I sometimes over use certain words
Michael Jones
Feb 19, 2013 Michael Jones rated it really liked it
Ashley Arthur is calm, cool, and collected. She can pick locks, steal cars, rewire alarms, and scale fences like a champion. She’s one of the best thieves in the world…and she’s only fifteen. With her partner Benjamin running tech support and remote backup, Ash is ready to tackle any challenge. But now the pair have set their sights on one of the richest targets alive. They have solid information that Hammond Buckland, billionaire CEO of HBS, has a whopping $200,000,000 hidden somewhere in his c ...more
Mar 29, 2013 Kara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I requested this book because I love the blue cover with the girl climbing up, that got my attention!

My Review
“Don’t get caught,” is Ashley’s and Benjamin’s motto. Ashley’s parents are divorced, she lives with her dad, she’s a genius intellectually and fearless, and her best friend, Benjamin, calls her Double A. Benjamin is always nervous, awkward around strangers, but also observant, quick-thinking, and skilled with technology. Benjamin is always asking Ash out while they work and she always sa

Take two child geniuses (thieves in their spare time), one obsessed assassin, and the richest man in the world to create a compelling, completely unpredictable young adult thriller. Fifteen-year-olds Ashley and Benjamin have concocted a daring master plan: to steal billionaire Hammond Buckland's most precious belonging, hidden in the depths of his conspicuous corporate building. But Hammond Buckland has a most elaborate plan of his own - and none of them have counted on Peachey,
jv poore
Mar 11, 2013 jv poore rated it really liked it
This is a perfect book for the “reluctant reader”. Packed with suspense and fast-paced, Money Run pulled me in immediately, and kept me turning pages very quickly. What else could you expect from a 25 year-old male author? It is, quite frankly, badass.

Essentially, the book covers one day in the life of two master-mind criminals as they attempt to pull off the heist that could allow them to retire quite happily…….at the age of 15. I admit, at a blush, the teen-aged girl pulling out MacGyver-type
Apr 04, 2013 Kaitlyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Money Run is such a fun read. The cover was the first thing that caught my attention - it reminded me of the latest Mission Impossible movie. And after reading the summary, I was hooked. Thankfully, the book turned out to be just as exciting and suspenseful as I'd hoped. Money Run is perfect for fans of movies like Mission Impossible or The Italian Job.

I really enjoyed all the different point of views in the story. At first I was worried that would make the story more dull, but actually, being i
Oct 16, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
I don't know what I expected from Money Run but what I got was a fun, fast-paced read that reminded me a lot of Ally Carter's Heist Society series. Ashley Arthur is a character whose story is far from over and I can't wait to read more about her.

Ashley is a cunning, brave, sometimes idiotic thief. She works with her best friend, Benjamin, who is the brains behind the heists. He's funny and smart and works very well with Ashley, even if he is just behind the scenes. There are also three other pe
Katie (The Book Sphere)
Apr 26, 2013 Katie (The Book Sphere) rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
I did this review on my blog, The Book Sphere, check out my review here

This book is unique from many YA books that I have read and I enjoyed that about it. This book starts off with action and the action doesn't stop throughout the whole book. We follow Ashley as she tries to do the ultimate heist by stealing a billion-dollar item from a billionaire. While doing this she finds herself too involved in a plan that she didn't know existed.

This book, as said in the description is a thriller. It kee
Karen Russell
Mar 09, 2013 Karen Russell rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Beginning the book with two fifteen-year-old teens on a plane trying to steal the most precious gem from a high-tech security system, is a perfect hook to real in the reader. I seem to enjoy the James Bond-style of action, the anticipation of being caught and the technology that seemed a little too unbelievable for even this day and age. Throw in the fact that these are teenagers taking on a highly trained assassin, and a billion dollar business man, really made it even more doubtful.

Bringing in
Mar 22, 2013 Iris rated it liked it
When I first read the synopsis for Money Run, I was excited. Why? Because it was about teenage thieves, and I have been obsessed with these types of scenarios since reading Ally Carter's Heist Society. However, I am not going to lie- I love Heist Society more. Yet, this book does have its good aspects - especially had a humorous moments with the main villain believing his life story will be made into a movie with him playing the lead in the biopic. It will especially be well received by "reluct ...more
Suzanne Dix
Reviewed by a 7th grader: Money Run is a fast-paced mystery thriller about a teenage thief, Ashley Arthur, on her biggest mission yet. Her task is to find and take $200 million hidden in a local billionaire's office building. At the same time, the billionaire Hammond Buckland is being hunted down by Peachy, a hit man sent by the government to kill Buckland. The story follows Ashley, Peachey, and Buckland each on their own seperate missions, one night in one building. The pages are filled with we ...more
Wow. Jack Heath is obviously a very imaginative and creative person in order to write this book. It was fast-paced, and was all adventure, all the time. It was really good and captivating. I'm curious to see if Ash and Benjamin will eventually go out - maybe by the end of the series? I think that if they don't eventually go on a date together, it's going to slightly ruin the book b/c the author brings up their not-dating several times in the book.

Buckland is very intelligent. I won't say what he
Jun 18, 2013 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as a possibility for a YA program at our library system, and the moment I finished it I ended up nominating it for the program. Ash and Ben are 15 year old who readers can relate to, despite the fact that they are accomplished thieves. They are given a task by "The Source" that is just too good to pass on, however, when Ash goes in to pull off the heist with Ben as off-site support they get tangled up in a complicated web of agencies, power, greed, ego and deceit. Heath does a w ...more
May 23, 2014 Sonic9b rated it it was amazing
If you love realistic action scenes, I strongly recommend this book. Action, action and action... This book is filled with action that makes the readers feel like they just watched a blockbuster movie. A billionaire, top-security skyscraper, Bugatti Veyron, $200 million and two teenager thieves- doesn't this already makes you thrilled?
The main character, Ashley Arther, is a teenager girl who decides to steal $200 million from a billionaire businessman named Hammond Buckland. Her main strength
Kai Wilson
Jun 26, 2013 Kai Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-2013
All I have to say is wow, I am blown away!!!! This is one of the best books I have ever read!

It’s everything I look for in a book: action, mystery, suspense, and realistic fiction (to a degree).

I would recommend this book to anyone. The characters are so real and the writing is very descriptive.

Also, you aren’t just following the two main characters. There are a bunch of characters that you follow throughout the book, but not so many that it is hard to keep track of who is who.
I give this book a
Merrilyn Tucker
Jul 01, 2014 Merrilyn Tucker rated it really liked it
Ash likes being a teenage thief. It's her identity and she is proud of her abilities, past conquests, and her network. The action in this book happens in one night and in one place. This is a teenage thriller complete with geeks, gadgets, and unbeatable fast-paced action (note: this title was published in Australia in 2008 and was first published in the US in 2013, so it does not feature new and cutting-edge technology). Can Ash and her assistant rob the bank of its $200 million--are they quite ...more
James Hargest Library
Dec 04, 2013 James Hargest Library rated it it was amazing
Fifteen-year-olds Ashley and Benjamin have made a risky plan: to steal billionaire Hammond Buckland's most precious belonging, hidden in the depths of his conspicuous corporate building. But Hammond Buckland has a most elaborate plan of his own - and none of them have counted on Peachey, the hit man with a determination to finish the job - at any cost! With assassins running loose, police on standby, will these young thieves manage to find Hammond’s secrete stash in time?
Money Run is the start o
Nic Tringas
Jan 12, 2014 Nic Tringas rated it it was amazing
Jack Heath's Money Run is a perfect book.
Teen thieves, a billionaire, a skyscraper and $200 million dollars, or so they thought.
Add to that a job-obsessed Hitman intent on having his life made into a film, and maybe a tiny bit of fatal disease, and as Jack puts it "watch things explode."
Filled with action packed action and twisty plot-twists, money run will keep you guessing, and then kicking yourself for not figuring it out, until the very last page.
I would recommend Money Run to any book or ac
Sparsh Sinha
Mar 31, 2012 Sparsh Sinha rated it really liked it
Its nice. I like it. A person like me who is intrested in action and thriller stories should read it.
Janice Houghton
Jul 08, 2014 Janice Houghton rated it really liked it
Wow! This is like "Heist Society" on steriods!! Action, twists & turns compiled with multiple story lines.
Sep 15, 2013 Kay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing. Non-stop action and everything you think will happen, does the opposite.
Mar 17, 2017 Bisquit rated it it was amazing
5 well deserved stars. While one scene was a tad bit too much (seriously? OIL? Boiling oil? No words needed), it was well written, thrilling and unpredictable. Seriously, I knew that something was up - and who was the one pulling the strings pretty soon - but how? How it will happen, how everything is connected together? No clue, literally, until the last pages.
And that, my dears, is the reason this book gets 5 stars. A YA book that's gripping, unpredictable and well written to top it off - with
Book Twirps
Fifteen-year-old Ashley Arthur is a career criminal. It all started after her mother left Ash and her father to fend for themselves. The bills are piling up, the power is frequently cut off, and Ashley’s dad works several jobs just to make ends meet. One day Ashley came home to find their house had been burglarized, and after doing a little research, she figures out who did it, and proceeds to steal her stuff back. That little shot of adrenaline was all she needed. Now, Ash and her computer nerd ...more
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Money Run by Jack Heath is an action packed story that would appeal to both guys and girls! Jack Heath craftily wrote this story adding awesome, smart yet simple techniques to get past high tech security that had me thinking if that's what spies actually did or how they think when in a mission. At first Money Run didn't seem too interesting and it progressed pretty slowly. I also got irritated by the changing POVs and didn't see the point in
Nikki (Fiction Freak)
This was definitely an interesting read for me, considering I've never really read suspense or real thrillers. Psychological thrillers, sure. But the closest thing I've gotten was either Burnin Blue or Gallagher Girls--and those two were nowhere near as complex as this.

There were a lot of amusing things with this--plans within plans within plans. Hints disguised as casual conversation, and actions predicted half a year ago. Reading from Ash's POV was fun and reading about all her ingenious plans
Jan 03, 2015 Joshua rated it it was amazing
Hammond Buckland has a problem. He’s one of the richest men in the world, but the notoriety is stifling to him and he sees the money he’s earned as a burden and a curse, especially since the government wants to get their hands on it. He’s made plans to disappear with a new identity, but his plans are complicated by the appearance of teenage thief Ashley Arthur, who wants to steal all the money for herself, and Michael Peachy, who has been contracted to assassinate him, in his building on the day ...more
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Jack Heath is the award-winning author of The Cut Out, the Scream series, Replica and many other action-packed thrillers for young people, published in several languages around the world. In the course of his research he has trained with firearms, performed street magic, visited morgues and prisons, traveled through Russia and read only books by women for a year.
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