Book review: The Pineville Heist - Lee Chambers
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Book review: The Pineville Heist - Lee Chambers

Huddersfield : United Kingdom | Sep 22, 2011 at 11:44 AM PDT
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Book blurb: 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.

Review: Aaron Stevens is the less than happy son of town magnate Derek and let’s just say it isn’t like ‘The Waltons’ in the Stevens household. When $5 million is stolen from the Pineville Bank, Aaron wants to recover the money. While his friends dream of fantastic cars, elaborate lifestyles etc, Aaron wants to do the right thing and return the money to its rightful owners: the town and – despite their turbulent relationship – his father.

Easier said than done though because first Aaron has to actually retrieve the money and with armed robbers running around looking to kill off those blocking their getaway this is a school day that Aaron will never forget.

The Pineville Heist was adapted from a screenplay and it does have all the elements of a great madcap comedy. There’s some enjoyable tongue in cheek humour throughout the book, which moves at a fast pace but with a steady rhythm. The characters are larger than life, almost like caricatures but not quite.

When I was reading The Pineville Heist, the thing that kept springing to my mind was ‘Scooby Doo meets Fargo’. It’s a good, fun, fast read that’s bound to make you smile and, best of all, it’s not without a twist a two to keep you guessing all the way to the end!

Donna Brown is based in Huddersfield, England, United Kingdom, and is a Stringer for Allvoices.
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