"More irksome than the banal plot, however, are the constant attempts to create African colloquialisms: Readers may grow tired of them 'faster than dust during a harmattan storm' and find themselves 'hungry as a camel four days into the desert' for a reprieve. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Precocious twins, Saharan sandstorms and black-market antiquities are par for the course in this middling adventure story set in Timbuktu, but Kessler somehow breathes new life into recycled themes in this Clive Cussler-esque thriller for teens.
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