Friday, November 9, 2012

Writer/Director Lee Chambers' Master Thriller The Pineville Heist

The Pineville Heist has achieved a lot of attention from just word of mouth and without a doubt lives up to every word. The Pineville Heist would fall into the mystery, crime and thriller genre of YA books. It’s got a hefty amount of action that will keep readers attention and the story just never seems to settle with all of its crafty surprises. I applaud Lee Chambers for writing a book that I can recommend to any guy out there. Of course girls can read this and should, but there is no denying that you have to put a bit more effort into finding a book that will appeal to a guy. I mean I would even give this book to my dad to read because I know he’d love it. When a book is that versatile you have to share it, it’s just the right thing to do.

I can’t review The Pineville Heist without talking about the movie that is in the works. Originally this was an award-winning screenplay from Lee Chambers and Todd Gordon that was adapted into a book for Young Adults. It’s received a lot of attention and even Booboo Stewart from the Twilight films has signed on as the lead Aaron Stevens. His character is well written on so many levels. Anyone who has struggled with pleasing their parents and doing the right thing can identify with him. He holds the entire story on his shoulders and does an amazing job because of how much he will surprise you and keep you guessing.


Summary & Trailer:

Seventeen year old Aaron stumbles into the aftermath of a five million dollar bank heist gone wrong. Hiding under a canoe, Aaron partially catches the murder of one of the robbers. In the chaos he sneaks away with the money and heads straight for the closest place of safety, his high school. Terrified, Aaron tells his shocking tale to Amanda Becker, his drama teacher, but it doesn't take long for one of the psychotic robbers to show up. In the locked down school the pair are relentlessly pursued in a quest to get the money back and wipe out the evidence.

Aaron is a teen who is dealing with his relationship with his very powerful father who is in the middle of closing a very important deal in the small town of Pineville. Aaron is currently rehearsing for the school play Hamlet and only hopes that his father will take an interest. The book takes place in the matter of a couple of days so as Aaron is getting chased throughout his high school is when you get an idea of what type of person he is. He’s very honorable and protects what he cares about. He is not someone who backs down from a challenge and while physically having to defend himself he reveals a bit of a daredevil side and then shines with his impressive planning.

Amanda Becker makes a big impression in the book. She’s the young teacher that the boys seem infatuated with and in the same boat as Aaron. She’s the only one who seems to believe Aaron’s story and the only one he can rely on inside the locked down school while being chased by a killer. Lee Chambers wrote Amanda impeccably. I was drawn into her tractor beam of vulnerability and just felt bad for her because she seems like she was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. I was not prepared for Amanda and did not see her coming.

I will not identify the character that does all the chasing in The Pineville Heist but it’s a real doozey. This particular character does not give up. This person is fierce with an added obsession that serves to be very dangerous for Aaron. I love when a writer can surprise me with an unpredictable plot and in this book I was shocked to the point of a gasp. It was full of little land mines, each one offering a possible suspect. I literally want to watch someone finish this book so that I can see their reaction to the ending, it’s that unbelievable.

I say with total faith that anyone can read The Pineville Heist. Ages thirteen and older and any gender will be entertained. It’s a great thrill ride that can be passed among friends and families and can even offer great discussions. The book is great and needs to be talked about. Read The Pineville Heist and prepare for a thrill ride that you will want to share as much as I plan to.

Be sure to stop by on November 12th when 
Writer/Director Lee Chambers stops by for 
The Pineville Heist 
Taking It To The Streets Blog Tour.


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