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Goldstrike (Carl Hobbes #2)

3.6  ·  Rating details ·  118 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Carl may have escaped from Camp Twilight, but now he's being pursued by a bounty hunter in the pay of the US government, and an al-Quaeda assassin. Wanted dead by one and alive by the other, he must use all his skills as a manipulator of both systems and people to survive. Can he play one enemy against the other in his bid to live another day? Hiding out in the least likel ...more
ebook, 272 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Simon & Schuster UK (first published June 1st 2009)
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Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gave this series a second chance. Honestly, I was quite disappointed by the first book, because there was barely any action. *Thinking back* Yeah, little action.

Goldstrike continues the journey of Carl Hobbes, an infamous computer hacker. It is fun and interesting, especially in the beginning. Carl Hobbes is making trouble for the CIA while pleasing his girlfriend, Cat. I think her name is Cat. (I don't care much about her, after what she did to Carl in this book. She is just like Parker from
Yasmine Fairchild
this book was totally awesome. not as amazing as the first one, but still pretty awesome. My favorite part about these books are the plots because somethings always happening and i never get bored, as opposed to other books I've read. there sort of like the James Bond movies, you know where there just so amazing and sometimes you just don't want to stop watching; i just didn't want the book to stop. if you're interested in adventure, action, mystery, or thriller books then you should read this b ...more
Matt F
Jan 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book Goldstirke by Matt Whyman is a story about an innocent teenager Carl Hobbs who is a British college student, and who is thrown into a high security detention center with some of the worlds most maniacal and deadly criminals. In the book before this one, called IceCore what started out, as a harmless dare to infiltrate the advanced security system at Fort Knocks became the largest breach of security in the history of Fort Knox. As soon as Carl Hobbs hacked into the Fort Knox security sys ...more
Ms. Yingling
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a while since Icecore (2007), so I didn't think this would be a sequel; the subtitle (A Carl Hobbes Thriller) should have tipped me off! Still, this could be read alone. Carl and Beth, having escaped Camp Twilight at the Arctic Circle and faked Beth's death, and settling into a working class life in London. Beth is working at a perfume counter at Heathrow Airport (even though she has some gold bullion tucked away), and Carl gets a job at Sphinx Cargo. Because they ship priceless artifa ...more
Tej B
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When you are hacking a government database all the pressure is on your shoulders. This is how Carl feels everyday. The book I read was about 18 year old millionaire and hacker Carl Hobbs. This book Goldstrike,was written by Matt Whyman and was very interesting and enjoyable because there was plenty of action and at the same time plenty of quality writing. Writing in which the author made you feel as if you were in the book with the characters instead of looking in from an outsider's perspective. ...more
Aug 05, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sequel to "Icecore". Whyman starts the action right off with a James-Bond-type scenario of teens on the run from the CIA, and since I read this book first I enjoyed the mystery. There are subtle allusions to the pair, teens Carl and Beth, having escaped from a maximum security detention facility in Antarctica, but you can pick up the action without too much confusion. Carl must use his expert computer hacking skills to keep them hidden. He gets a job at a storage facility that uses a super compu ...more
Lucas C
Oct 10, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Goldstrike by Matt Whyman was an o.k. book. It is very confusing unless you read it all at one time. This book is very thrilling and is about a man named Carl Hobbes. He escaped from jail and is now working at Sphinx. Sphinx is a cargo holding warehouse with a super computer. If he can get this super computer to work with him he will be able to keep the CIA and the Al-Qaida assassins off of his trail. If this super computer doesn't work with him it will act aggressively and could potentially kil ...more
I really enjoyed the parts about Carl's hacking into (and around) Cleo - given that there was little technobabble and more "thought", it didn't make me feel like I couldn't follow. The idea behind Sphinx and the internal defenses was also pretty cool.

Where the book lost me was with the seemingly interminable "fight" between Samuel, Sabine and Carl/Beth. It went on for too long and just felt improbable. Surely Cleo could have found a better way to deal with things?

Not having read Inside the Cage
Apr 13, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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The story picks up where Icecore left off, with teens Carl and Beth on the run from various government and international agencies. Carl, the computer hacker whiz kid, and Beth, the bullion thief, are having trouble adapting to normal life until Carl gets a job at Sphinx- a fortress like security building hard wired with its' own supercomputer. Just when things are getting comfortable, Carl and Beth find themselves the targets of not one but two assassins.

Enjoyable quick read, not a lot of depth
Dylan Masterson

It is a fact that the sequel is never better than the first, and this was no exception. Nevertheless, could a book be anymore epic. I mean although I wished for a little more romance between the two main characters, I still loved the whole idea of being on the run together. I can't say much else because I read this a year ago but I had to write a review no matter how small to remember this.
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Matt Whyman has written widely for all ages across a range of subjects - in fiction, advice and memoir. His adult books include Man or Mouse, Columbia Road, Oink! My Life With Minipigs (published in paperback as Pig in the Middle), and Walking with Sausage Dogs (Hodder). For teens, he is the award-winning author of titles including Superhuman, XY, XY:100, Boy Kills Man, The Wild (Hodder), the So B ...more
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