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. (from amazon.com)
Aaron Stevens is a typical high school student, who argues with his father, and likes to skip the occasional class. Aaron’s father is very wealthy, and that wealth sometimes becomes a thorn in Aaron’s side, and gives other students a reason to raze him.
On an ordinary day, Aaron and two of his friends get caught in the middle of a bank heist; a bank heist that now includes guns, murder, lost friendships, and death. This kind of excitement is more than Aaron and his friends bargained for. Aaron quickly becomes the key, the centre of an intricate plot that captures the reader’s attention, and keeps hold until the final paragraph.
The story moves at a quick pace; sometimes taking wonderful gigantic leaps! The reader will want to keep up – and quite possibly read the book in one sitting. The book is classed as “Middle Grade” reading, but I recommend that any adult who likes adventure and mystery, pick up “The Pineville Heist” soon! It is definitely a good read!
Middle Grade students will no doubt enjoy “The Pineville Heist”. My only comment is a word of caution, with respect to the occasional injection of swearing into the conversation. While it is likely that Middle Grade students will pass by this language without a thought, I found it unnecessary in a book of the calibre of “The Pineville Heist”.
The author, Lee Chambers, keeps situation and character description to a minimum. Action and dialogue take centre stage, treating the reader to mind-spinning and mind-boggling twists and turns. In Aaron Stevens, Chambers has created a very likeable hero, who remains through it all, an ordinary guy who exhibits extraordinary courage, someone the reader will care about and cheer on until the last page.
This is a fabulous adventure and mystery novel, sent to me by Lee Chambers, in exchange for an impartial review. A review I am very happy to post.
“The Joy of the Written Word” was exemplified as I smiled and gasped my way through “The Pineville Heist”! Definitely a wonderful read.