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The Pineville Heist

3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  223 ratings  ·  77 reviews
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 ...more
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Published July 20th 2011 by MISFP Publishing (Pineville Heist Inc.)
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3.5 Stars


The Three Investigators meets Die Hard

Aaron stumbles into a bank robbers hideout in the woods and while there he witnesses the murder of one of them. With their loot and on the run he heads to school where he finds himself trapped with his drama teacher while one of the robbers hunts them down.

When I was maybe 10 or 11, my father brought home an entire box of second hand Three Investigators novels. I was completely obsessed with those books, with Jupiter Jones, Pete Crenshaw and Bob An
The Pineville Heist is a super fast paced, action packed, to the point read. I was glued to the pages from start to finish and even managed to finish the book in one sitting. It was tense, surprising at every twist and turn and had me on the edge of my seat throughout. Lee Chambers has done an exceptional job with this thrilling read.

Aaron is the seventeen year old son of the most richest and most powerful man in Pineville. That doesn't really sit well with people as his dad is public enemy numb
Giselle at Book Nerd Canada
Once this review pitch landed in my in-box, I was intrigued. Here was a story that had so much action it could punch you in the face. I was glad that was true. This book is most definitely for boys. There’s tons of action, flirting, murder, and violence. Oh and did I mention how fast paced it was? It pretty much reads like a movie. (Think Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code), so I wasn’t too surprised that Lee Chambers adapted it from his screen-play. And did I mention it was also being made into a mo ...more
I don’t feel like I know the characters. I don’t care much what happens to them initially. They are just people running around doing something which I’m supposed to care about, but don’t. A few instances occur where sentences are chopped. They should continue with a few more words but don’t. It makes following the story more difficult as I have no idea what a particular character is saying since they don’t finish their sentence.
The writing is simple; almost so simple I’m not captivated by it. I
Cassandra (The Huge Anime Fan)
Full, non-spoiler review at Book & Movie Dimension a Blog

Aaron Stevens an increasingly rich boy has had rocky relationship with his town because of his father, Derek Stevens, being called out for keeping all the wealth he has to himself while the town of Pineville where Aaron lives deteriorates. Aaron himself isn't the biggest fan of his dad. Even so, when Aaron overhears a murder that is over stealing his dad's money, he steps in to try to stop it. But the robbers are money greedy and will
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
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
A book full of action packed fast paced scenes. Running, fighting and near death moments that made this novel an super fast read.

When a large amount of money is stolen, Aaron takes it upon himself to find the money and get it to the rightful owner. But in his escape he is tracked down by some very dangerous men. He is able to get his teacher Amanda trapped in the school with the gunman as well. And loses some friends along the way.

The story takes many several twists as Aaron beings to learn th
Scarlett Jensen
Masterful Usage of the English Language : A Guide for Young Adults
By Scarlett Jensen

This review is from: The Pineville Heist (Kindle Edition)

Lee Chambers ' talent gives the reader a kaleidoscope of words fit to complete a dictionary. It is a lesson on how to write and it will serve any young adult to develop his imagination and storytelling skills, ability to display clear-cut descriptions. We know that this novel was developed from a screenplay written earlier and is now to be released as a fil
Goodreads Synopsis: 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 psyc ...more
Wanda Hartzenberg
I received a print copy of this book for review.
Aaron is a brat. Truly he is spoiled but at breakneck speed our hero goes from a zero to a hero really fast.

This book is amazing in as much as it is part of a big void in the literature world. YA Books aimed but not exclusive to YA males.

The character development is continuous and fun as well as deep and profound at times. By the end of the book our hero sure has done a busload of growing up all running like an unseen wi-fi signal throughout the
Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading)
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 hi
Beverly McClure
Take a wealthy, seventeen-year-old kid with an attitude, a robbery, and cops with secrets, add missing bodies, a pretty teacher who may or may not be involved in the crime, stir, and you have an adventure story with twists and turns that will keep you guessing who the bad guys are until the end.

In Author Lee Chambers’ debut novel, The Pineville Heist, seventeen-year-old Aaron Stevens accidentally finds a backpack from PINEVILLE SAVINGS AND LOAN full of stolen money. When he hears Tremblay, Sheri
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
Aaron is the son of the wealthiest man in Pineville - who everyone in town despises, due to their own less than admirable financial circumstances. While skipping class one day with a few friends, Aaron stumbles onto a shootout between the robbers who heisted five million from the town's bank. Hidden under a canoe, Aaron watches while one of the robbers murders the two others and than goes after his friends, who aren't as well hidden. Trying to get help and return the money, Aaron tells his drama ...more
Pineville Heist is a fast paced action packed read, aimed at the young adult (YA) market.

When I first got this request through, I have to say I wasn’t really looking forward to it. I was, however, really pleasantly surprised; the story grabbed me from the off and very quickly developed into a brilliant who-dunnit style mystery. The front cover of the book reminds me of Scooby-Do, and I suppose the twist at the end of the ‘bad guy’ is reminiscent of a Scooby-Do mystery.

The story centres on Aaron,
Allizabeth Collins
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
Read more of my reviews at Falling Books

The Pineville Heist is a short and shocking book. There's only about 200 pages, and in those pages contains kick-butt action and characters oozing with personality. It's a book that will make your heart, literally, stop beating.

This book is based around a bag of money and an unknown killer. When Aaron and his friends go searching through the woods, they stumble across a problem. A man is being shot. Who was the killer? Aaron doesn't know. His friends have
Farah Hanani
Review on blog: Tumbling In Books

This is one helluva thriller!

Now I get why do they categorized this type of books in the thriller genre. ‘Cause it is kind of thrilling. It was so full of adrenaline rush that you can practically feel it running through your veins with the story’s pace.

I usually don’t read thriller books ‘cause they have too many suspense in it and I can’t stand suspense. They made me have that feeling in the pit of my stomach and I can’t stand that feeling. But I somehow, I’d
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 w
Donna Brown
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 r

Review and thoughts...

Aaron and his father just don't get along. Aaron's father and his town don't get along. Aaron's father is basically hated by all in this book, though Aaron's own hatred towards his father, I believe is basically anger acting as hatred as Aaron's father constantly misses Aaron's performance in the school plays, in which he is always the lead. His father can be a jerk, though I don't think he's that bad--except I was second guessing myself when he kicked Aaron out of his lim
3.5 stars.A story about a town called Pineville,a mill business they thought going down south but truly headed up north,how a kid named Aaron save the day & his beloved town from evil doers set out & stole the money,murder,’s all about the money!bloody money!

I like how the plot seems to thicken as the story progress the unexpected turn at the end left me hangin by the tread..Aaron is just like any other teenager,he knows what he wants to pursue, quite careless yet a lucky k
Lynn Worton
Review 7*******

I was given a copy of this book by the author in return for an honest review.

This is an exciting and thrilling YA novel that is a real page turner!

Aaron Stevens is a typical teenager, but living in the small town of Pineville is not easy for him, especially as his father is the main employer in a town suffering in tough economic times.
He goes through huge emotional growth in this story. I loved his character development; he is challenged to use his wits, and his bravery makes him
A Book Vacation
2.5 stars

Rumor has it that this novel is going to be turned into a movie, and that Booboo Stewart (Seth Clearwater from the Twilight Saga) is going to play Aaron. Now, nothing is set in stone, but filming is supposed to start soon, fall of this year, and the movie should release in late 2013. Will I see it? Probably. In theaters? Probably not. Why? I just wasn’t that enamored with the plotline.

Yes, the story is interesting, and I liked the premise, but had this title not been free at the time I
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The Pineville Heist is a quick and entertaining read that may raise your blood pressure just a tiny little bit with its head-spinning action and gripping suspense. The award-winning writer/director, Lee Chambers, delivers a very enjoyable story, and one that you'll easily consume in one sitting. It has its funny moments, as well as thrilling ones, and is about as action
Plot: 17 year old Aaron Stevens becomes the target of a bank robber after stumbling upon their crime.

My Thoughts:

Writing: Not. Good. It was incredibly difficult to keep track of everything that was taking place due to the author thinking it was cute to keep floating back and forth between POVs. by the time something significant happened, it was just a big jumble. It was like trying to watch 5 different shows on 5 different televisions as the same time. And as any rational person would realize, i
Reading and Rising With the Sun
This book was entertaining and kept me reading. At a very short length, this book was read in one sitting, and was a great mystery.

I don't usually pick things like this up, but I was really in the mood for something suspenseful and thought provoking - and that's exactly what I got with this book. Our main character, Aaron, witnesses a murder by a group of bank robbers. Over time, the robbers find out that Aaron knows about them, and know that he took their money, and they set out to get rid of
So, I'm not gonna lie... this book was pretty awful. But! I was nice enough to give it two stars because it wasn't so bad that I gave up on it, which is typically what I save my one star ratings for.

The premise of this book seems like a great one! A bank robbery gone wrong, a student finds the money, and the robbers take the entire school hostage trying to find it. All at less than 200 pages, I was pretty sure this was going to be a really intense, suspenseful story.

Instead, I waited until half
THE PINEVILLE HEIST was sent to me as an e-galley for the purposes of providing a completely honest review. I noticed that other reviews of this novel were generally positive, stating that it was both thrilling and unpredictable. I generally do not gravitate towards the thriller/mystery type genre, but I am most definitely open to giving everything at least a fair shot -- especially when the reviews are so positive!

Basically, THE PINEVILLE HEIST is the story of
Evangeline Han
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
What can I say? The Pineville Heist is a book currently being made into a movie – in fact, according to this the screenplay came first and the book written in the interim whilst awaiting the interminable process of getting the movie into the cinemas.

The book certainly shows signs of this provenance, as the book reads very much in a linear screenplay-like way without the usual interplay of storylines you normally see in a novel (ie all the bits a movie normally strips out are already missing). Us
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