The Pineville Heist

The Pineville Heist

by Lee Chambers

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Overview

The Pineville Heist is a #1 Bestselling Amazon Thriller.

Seventeen year old Aaron Stevens 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780986494314
Publisher: MISFP
Publication date: 03/28/2012
Pages: 196
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range: 1 - 17 Years

About the Author

Lee Chambers is an award-winning writer and director. Born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, Chambers now makes Thunder Bay his home after living in Los Angeles and England.

www.leechambers.com

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The Pineville Heist 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Sharn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hmmm, this was book was over-the-top suspenseful but I thought some of the characters were over developed while some of them were under developed. The book was a little amateurish to me with the way things were worded or the use of underlining, bold and exclamation points to make a statement appear more intense when it didn't need it. It also felt rushed.With that said, I did like the book and I was caught up in the suspense and twists.The book is about a boy, Aaron, and his friends who witness a murder after a bank robbery. They flee back to the school and get caught inside with the bad guys. It was a mess.
Sugarpeach on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What caught my eye about The Pineville Heist was its cover. The cover is very cartoon-like and I assumed that this book would be a simple read although it is in the thriller and mystery genres. The story consists of less than 190 pages, and it wasn¿t as thrilling as I had expected it to be since it was labeled as being in the thriller genre.Nevertheless, the mystery itself is good. There are twists in the story and the most entertaining twist of all was the unexpected one at the near end of the story. I did not see it coming and it truly merits a ¿wow¿. The twists and the big question mark of whodunnit was the reason why I kept reading The Pineville Heist. I was also mildly amused and annoyed at the ludicrousness of the police¿s stupidity. It was almost like in movies when the police are so stupid, you get really frustrated at their inaction.I had another problem with The Pineville Heist besides the fact that the story wasn¿t thrilling enough. There were too many unnecessary explicit words used. The main character in the story is a teenager. His predicaments are very alike those of other teenagers nowadays. I thought that the book could be for teens if not for the explicit words used. I can pass an explicit word or two used for emphasis, but some were totally not necessary and seemed forced on the characters.
plappen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This novel is about your average teenager caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. He might just pay with his life.Pineville is a small town in Ontario that has seen better days. Its last remaining bit of industry, a mill, has been bought by Derek Stevens, a corporate-raider type. The expectation is that he will close the mill, turning Pineville into a ghost town. Anticipating your town's demise can make people do strange things. That makes Aaron, his son, not the most popular person at the local high school.Cutting class one day, Aaron and a couple of friends head for the woods just beyond the high school, and come upon a bank robbery gone bad. Hiding under a canoe, Aaron sees a couple of the robbers shot point blank by an unknown person. Grabbing a knapsack full of money from the bank that was robbed, Aaron makes it back to the school. Steve, one of his freinds, wasn't so lucky.The school day is over, so the school is deserted. Aaron runs into Miss Becker, his drama teacher, only a few years older than Aaron. She becomes convinced that he is telling the truth when "Mr. Big," the person who did the shooting, enters the school. He makes it clear that he wants the money, and that he does not plan to leave witnesses. Mr. Big has smashed the school's electrical circuit breakers, plunging the school into darkness. Earlier, the principal made the school a "no cell phone" area, so there is no way to call for help. They are also locked in for the evening.The three fight several pitched battles all over the school. Every time Aaron and Miss Becker think that Mr. Big is no longer a threat, he wakes up, meaner and more upset than ever. Do Aaron and Miss becker survive the night? Is Mr. Big taken care of, once and for all?I read the entire second half of this book in one sitting, it's that good. The book is somewhere in the process of being made into a movie. If it is anywhere near as thrilling as this novel, it is recommended for teens and adults.
Allizabeth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Description: Aaron Stevens is a wealthy teen who has a very rocky relationship with his money/ business-oriented father. But business hasn't been great lately, so the Mill that his family owns may be shut down, forcing people out of jobs and killing the town's livelihood. Suffice to say, people aren't exactly happy about it. So when Aaron hears about a $5 million robbery at the local bank, he decides to find the culprits and get it back, not for him, but for the town. Unfortunately, after Aaron and his friends find the money, they become the targets of dangerous crooks who will stop at nothing, (even murder), to get the money back. Review: I haven't enjoyed a teen read this much since high-school! This book is a fast-paced, action-packed, thrill ride that will have the reader glued to the pages. I honestly couldn't put it down the first day I got it because I never hit a dull point that I wanted to stop at. This book has well-developed characters, a tight-knit plot that kept me guessing, believable dialogue, comedic interludes, blood, guts, dead bodies, gunfights, and it flows pretty well. The only problems I had were with the drastic, and sometimes unnoticed, point of view changes. There are many characters, so keeping tabs on who is thinking or speaking is important, section dividers may have helped. I didn't realize that it was originally a screenplay until after I read it, but I think it would make a great movie! Overall, I was very impressed with Lee Chambers first novel, and I recommend it to teens and adults who enjoy action, violence, and an unlikely hero who has to grow up to save the day.Rating: On the Run (4.5/5)*** I received this eBook from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite The Pineville Heist by Lee Chambers portrays a group of young male teens who discover a backpack full of money and decide to try to hunt down the thieves. They all get more than they bargained for when the local sheriff and his deputy get involved. In their attempts to hide from the robbers, the teens in turn, become the hunted. One of the boys is shot and another disappears. His friend Aaron has no idea what has happened to the two boys, but he doggedly pursues the robbers despite common sense telling him they are dangerous. Aaron and his drama teacher are trapped in the school and there is then one bloody and gory scene after another as they attempt to escape while holding the robbers accountable. I felt the aggressive, ongoing pursuit was oftentimes at the expense of real character development. Some young adults reading the book may attempt to identify with Aaron but most will consider his attempts to play the hero a bit far-fetched. There were enough clues that most readers will know well in advance who the real bad guys are. The underlying theme is one which some teens will recognize in their own lives; attempting to gain the support and respect of a distant parent. In this respect, Lee Chambers' The Pineville Heist accomplished its goal in admirable fashion. Given the sophistication of modern communication and ongoing security surveillance, it was a bit of a stretch that the teens were seemingly in the fray alone, but for the most part, the story was one which will captivate the young mind.
KelliN More than 1 year ago
This was a neat book, and very different from my usual reads. For someone who doesn't read a lot of thrillers, I've read two good ones lately: The Pineville Heist and The Girl in the Wall. Both were YA thrillers, a new genre for me, and I really enjoyed them. The Pineville Heist starts with the entire town of Pineville abuzz with the news of a bank robbery: five million dollars has been stolen from the town's only bank. While hiding in the woods, Aaron sees two of the robbers and watches them hide the money. He goes back to the site with his two best friends, but they're caught by the robbers, who turn out to be murderers as well. The three boys run, and Aaron ends up hiding under a canoe. While hiding, terrified for his life, Aaron witnesses one of the robbers murder another robber. He does not see the killer, except for his boots, since he's hiding under the canoe when it happens. Aaron discovers the money is hidden under the canoe with him. He picks it up and runs for his life, towards his school. His hope is to get help for his friends, one of whom he knows has been shot, and to turn the money in to the authorities. But, when Aaron gets inside his school, things go awry. He can't find anyone to take him seriously and when someone finally does listen to him, no one believes his story. What follows is one really intense night of Aaron fighting to stay alive. He is trapped in his school, with only his teacher as an ally (and really she's a burden since he feels the need to protect her) and the murderer is after them both. What I liked about The Pineville Heist was the fast pace and the plot twists. Chambers took things in a direction I wasn't expecting and I loved that. Especially considering who the villians were---that was a nice surprise! There were some times that Aaron did the dumbest things. He had chances to kill the murderer and didn't take them. I know that he was trying to do the right thing by maiming and not killing, but the repetition of him letting the killer get away got a little old for me. Overall, though, I did really enjoy this book and would definitely recommend it, especially to fans of thrillers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was definitely one of the best stories I have read in a long time. I had never really been into thrillers or novels with a lot of action, but this book made me change my mind about the genre. It had the ultimate thrill to it that kept me reading all night. With its intense action and unexpected plot twists, it's a great story that is an absolute must-read; especially for people out there looking for an exciting book. This novel is excitement, suspense, action, and thrill all packed into one! So I'd recommend this book to just about anyone looking for something that will have them craving to read more each time they put it down. It's a very "addicting" book, I finished it in one day! The great detail and descriptions really made me feel like I was there with the characters. It's really just an amazing story that you won't be able to put down once you pick it up, so definitely be sure to check out this great read; I give it five stars. Also, it is an upcoming film, so be sure to check out the trailer online and follow @pinevilleheist on twitter for updates on the film :)
Madley93 More than 1 year ago
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 caution, with respect to the use of swear words. 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.
plappen More than 1 year ago
This novel is about your average teenager caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. He might just pay with his life. Pineville is a small town in Ontario that has seen better days. Its last remaining bit of industry, a mill, has been bought by Derek Stevens, a corporate-raider type. The expectation is that he will close the mill, turning Pineville into a ghost town. Anticipating your town's demise can make people do strange things. That makes Aaron, his son, not the most popular person at the local high school. Cutting class one day, Aaron and a couple of friends head for the woods just beyond the high school, and come upon a bank robbery gone bad. Hiding under a canoe, Aaron sees a couple of the robbers shot point blank by an unknown person. Grabbing a knapsack full of money from the bank that was robbed, Aaron makes it back to the school. Steve, one of his freinds, wasn't so lucky. The school day is over, so the school is deserted. Aaron runs into Miss Becker, his drama teacher, only a few years older than Aaron. She becomes convinced that he is telling the truth when "Mr. Big," the person who did the shooting, enters the school. He makes it clear that he wants the money, and that he does not plan to leave witnesses. Mr. Big has smashed the school's electrical circuit breakers, plunging the school into darkness. Earlier, the principal made the school a "no cell phone" area, so there is no way to call for help. They are also locked in for the evening. The three fight several pitched battles all over the school. Every time Aaron and Miss Becker think that Mr. Big is no longer a threat, he wakes up, meaner and more upset than ever. Do Aaron and Miss becker survive the night? Is Mr. Big taken care of, once and for all? I read the entire second half of this book in one sitting, it's that good. The book is somewhere in the process of being made into a movie. If it is anywhere near as thrilling as this novel, it is recommended for teens and adults.
longstory More than 1 year ago
I'm not big on teen books so I was not excited when one was pushed my way. It's pretty good my friend says. Yeah. Another boring story about teenage life when some idiot robs a bank and the kids find the loot. It's been done, boring, ordinary. Ho Hum. NEXT! So I read it. Nothing's boring or ordinary in this book! Not the teenager fighting for his and his friends lives, not the vengeful tough old sheriff with 9 lives, not the hot drama teacher, not the wealthy business man who can't connect with his son, not the 5 million in stolen money, the murders, nor the high school that becomes a prison of living nightmares at night. Nothing's ordinary about this thriller, nope, not at all. Not the action and suspense that kept me on the edge of my seat while I tried to navigate twist after twist after twist. Nothing's ordinary about this unusual plot that kept me off track and guessing to the very last sentence. And what an ending it was! I was so into this book that when I got to the end I was like, Huh? No this isn't the ending!!! This book is so well written, so smooth and flows so well that I couldn't stop reading. It's like an addiction and a speeding train, with each page the addiction to the suspense gets stronger and the pace kicks up a notch and before I knew it I was at the edge of my seat reading as fast as I could. This thriller is absolutely fantastic! I highly recommend it, even if you're not a teenager (or a young one that is).
DaniB26 More than 1 year ago
A friend recommended this book to me and all I can say is, what a great story! I read a lot of mystery thrillers and none have really drawn me the way The Pineville Heist did, I did not want to put it down. The cover caught my eye first and really intrigued me. I thought it may just be another “teen thriller type” but I was pleasantly surprised! It is an extremely gripping and suspenseful story that anyone would enjoy. You really get sucked into his fast passed, action filled story and feel like you are a part of it. I had never read anything by Lee Chambers before but I definitely would again, he is a great story teller, and for only $0.99 this book was a steal, I’m glad I bought it! Anyone who hasn’t seen the trailer needs to check it out! I can’t wait!
Evangeline_Han More than 1 year ago
What caught my eye about The Pineville Heist was its cover. The cover is very cartoon-like and I assumed that this book would be a simple read although it is in the thriller and mystery genres. The story consists of less than 190 pages, and it wasn¿t as thrilling as I had expected it to be since it was labeled as being in the thriller genre. Nevertheless, the mystery itself is good. There are twists in the story and the most entertaining twist of all was the unexpected one at the near end of the story. I did not see it coming and it truly merits a ¿wow¿. The twists and the big question mark of whodunnit was the reason why I kept reading The Pineville Heist. I was also mildly amused and annoyed at the ludicrousness of the police¿s stupidity. It was almost like in movies when the police are so stupid, you get really frustrated at their inaction. I had another problem with The Pineville Heist besides the fact that the story wasn¿t thrilling enough. There were too many unnecessary explicit words used. The main character in the story is a teenager. His predicaments are very alike those of other teenagers nowadays. I thought that the book could be for teens if not for the explicit words used. I can pass an explicit word or two used for emphasis, but some were totally not necessary and seemed forced on the characters.
Phoenix_Reviews More than 1 year ago
A book written from a screenplay; not an order I'm used to, but I anticipated what lay within these pages. Sure enough, the scenes were clearly set and a lot of story was told within the first chapter, certainly enough to let the story flow without having to jump back and explain what was going on. Derek Stevens is painted as a typical business tycoon, getting rich from the hard work of others. His son, Aaron, is a bit of a mystery early on; it's clear he has every material possession he could wish for, and yet he seems to be quite level headed. The animosity he feels towards his father, and what Derek does serves to confirm this observation. The further I delved in to this tale, the more I was enthralled; plot twists kept me hanging, and as events described on the blurb played out, I found I had no chance to resist. It didn't take long for the drama to begin, and I was caught like a fly in a spider's web; a web weaved from a fantastic story. The Pineville Heist is an excellent example of no one being quite who they say they are. We all have our secrets, some bigger than others, and they make us who we are. This goes to show that you can't always trust who you want to, and we must all take care with our hearts and our lives. A terrific tale, I would most definitely watch this on the big screen, despite it being intended for the Young Adult audience.