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The Siege (Alan Gregory #17)

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,896 Ratings  ·  241 Reviews
Stephen White-author of over a dozen New York Times bestsellers- returns with a relentlessly propelled, thriller that will remind readers of his acclaimed Kill Me. Stephen White's Alan Gregory novels are beloved by both fans and critics-the most recent, Dead Time, was a USA Today and Book-Sense bestseller. In The Siege, Gregory's longtime friend Sam Purdy takes center stag ...more
Hardcover, 394 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by Dutton Adult (first published August 1st 2009)
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Ken Nuzum
Jan 23, 2011 Ken Nuzum rated it really liked it
What a thought provoking thriller. The relevance to our lives and times is spooky. It was a good read although I must express some initial confusion with the different voices and timelines. Once I got my reading act in gear, it was fine.
Even though Alan Gregory shows up in the final pages it is a gratuitous reference to the series in which he is the main character. Sam Purdy, a substantial character in the entire series is the lead. The story occurs while Sam is on a trip which takes him way, wa
Aug 15, 2009 Julie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
This was so much more than just a suspense novel. He had a message. Only I can't tell you what it is, because it would spoil the ending. I'm really impressed. He's never gone this far with his books before, but he really pulled it off. And I couldn't put it down. The timeline at first irritated me (chapters flipping back and forth between two days on the same weekend) but I got over it. I hope he continues with this set of characters. They were well-drawn and really interesting. I'm looking forw ...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Compulsively readable. Really lived up to the expression "page-turner" for hundreds of pages. I've really enjoyed the Alan Gregory series, but Stephen White saves his best work for his stand-alone novels. First there was Kill Me, and now The Siege. These two books not only tell a superb and suspenseful story, but they also explore important personal and social ideas. I think The Siege is his best work yet, for exciting plot and food for thought. (Hey, that rhymes!):)

Jul 11, 2009 Patricia rated it it was amazing
Sam Purdy is really down on his luck. His police detective girl friend, Carmen, is pregnant and is on doctor ordered bed rest. Sam is suspended from the Boulder police department and maxed out on his credit cards. Filling in for Carmen, he goes to Miami to attend events planned to honor her daughter, Dolce's, engagement to Andrew Calderon. Sam’s only thought is to just manage to get through the celebrations and get back home.

Sam is approached by Ann Summers Calderon, mother of the groom, who tak
Dec 31, 2015 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally! I made my way through this book. I'm not sure why I stuck with it. I was so disappointed with it. I've read many of Stephen White's book and loved them all. But this was a departure from his usual books. It involves only one character from his past books, all of which have been about psychologist, Alan Gregory. I could have dealt with that, but as the book unfolds it deals with a hostage situation on Yale's campus. The events are told two or three times from the perspective of different ...more
Aug 28, 2010 Janice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a take-off from White's Alan Gregory series, and features Sam Purdy, Alan's close friend and a Boulder Police Officer. This book differend from the Gregory books, since the psychological drama was not the same, without a therapist as the protagonist, but was just as well written. The plot was tightly woven, and suspenseful. The story builds around a possible terrorist/hostage incident on the campus of Yale University; Sam ends up right in the middle of the action, trying to help a ...more
Oct 07, 2009 Katie rated it really liked it
This is a scary book. During a hostage situation on the Yale campus, the reader has no idea what is going on in the mind(s) of the hostage-taker(s). The story is told from different perspectives ... and it is slightly confusing as it goes back and forth in time. The overwhelming feeling I had after finishing the last chapter is that this could happen anytime, anywhere and we are powerless to predict or prevent it. Sam Purdy is a familiar character from previous Stephen White novels. Other charac ...more
Aug 16, 2009 Sandra rated it it was amazing
Stephen White has left Alan Gregory, the Boulder psychologist, and turned to Sam Purdy in this latest novel. Sam is attending an engagement party for the daughter of his girlfriend when he gets caught up in a kidnapping, hostage situation which seems to have some terrorism involved. Told from several points of view the situation worsens, deaths occur with no pattern, and even the elite units of the CIA and FBI seem to be clueless. Readers will find themselves hostage to the book as the action ra ...more
Jan 13, 2011 Allison rated it really liked it
Intriguing plot set on Yale campus. Good character development. Although Alan Gregory makes brief appearance, this is not part of his series. Story focuses on interaction between Boulder Police Det. Sam Purdy, who is asked to help a friend when her daughter is taken hostage; FBI agent Christopher Poe, who survived the bombing of the Murrow Bldg. in Oklahoma City and CIA analyst Deidre Drake. The three are trying desperately to find out who is behind the mysterious siege of one of the tombs on th ...more
Benna Hindle
Oct 10, 2009 Benna Hindle rated it it was amazing
Well written, as usual, but different from other White books I've read in that the main character focus is on Sam Purdy, the detective, rather than Alan Gregory, the psychologist. A very timely plot, which is giving me a lot to think about - sometimes more than I want. Finished the book few days ago. One of White's best!

The book reinforced the feeling I have that the knot in my stomach, when I think about the safety of our world, is justified and shared by other many people, not just the close f
Nov 02, 2009 Barb rated it it was ok
I'm a long time fan of Stephen White, but I'm beginning to lose interest. I was half way through this book and almost abandoned it. Sam Purdy, the Boulder detective, who is usually the side kick of Alan Gregory, Boulder psychotherapist and usually the central character of White's books, is the main character this time around. It deals with terrorism linked to the secret societies of Yale and the wars in Afghanistan & Iraq, and the dilemma of choosing what is good for us personally vs. what i ...more
Simone Sinna
Oct 19, 2014 Simone Sinna rated it really liked it
This book takes a step away from the Alan Gregory novels (around two thirds through I think) in Boulder, following Sam Purdy (Alan’s cop friend) on a trip to the east coast where he is meant to be at a party with his pregnant girlfriend Carmen but she’s on bed rest so he’s there alone. A little far-fetched, he gets roped into helping the hostess through hostage crisis (she has loads of money and I think she’d have picked someone other than a cop she doesn’t know who has been suspended, and Sam l ...more
Jul 10, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it
In The Siege, Gregory's longtime friend Sam Purdy takes center stage in a story that feels ripped from tomorrow's headlines. From the first page on, readers need to be buckled in for a nonstop ride full of terror and pathos. As a lovely weekend approaches on the Yale campus it appears that a number of students-including the sons of both the Secretary of the Army and newest Supreme Court justice-may have gone missing. Kidnapping? Terrorism? The authorities aren't sure. But the high-profile disapp ...more
Sep 21, 2009 Bill rated it really liked it
A departure from the Alan Gregory series the book focuses on suspended Boulder, Co., police detective, Sam Purdy, and his efforts to find the daughter of a missing future in-law. Most of the action takes place at Yale, where a suspected terrorist has taken an unknown number of students as hostages. Sam gets caught up with the CIA, FBI, local and state law enforcement personnel in trying to figure out what is actually taking place. It is a great story, well told, and kept me guessing right to the ...more
I struggled with this review much like I struggled with the novel.

I wanted to like this book even more since it takes place in New Haven, CT at Yale University. I live a few miles from the University and have many friends and acquaintances that are employed there.

The concept for the story stirred my interest. Someone takes over a building where one of the Yale secret societies is housed. Numerous Yale students are held hostage as the hostage taker proves that they mean business and then make the
Oct 07, 2009 Herzog rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series, mystery
This is pretty much a stand alone rather than part of the Alan Gregory series despite the presence of series regular Sam Purdy. It's interesting how some current mystery authors are working present day political issues into their work and this one fits right in. The plot was gripping and chilling even if it didn't have quite the same level of human interest due to the absence of the regular characters. Still, all in all, a very enjoyable book.
Kate Davis
Aug 24, 2009 Kate Davis rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure if Sam Purdy would carry a whole book without Alex, but he does. Suspended from the Boulder police department and so with time on his hands Sam travels to Miami for a pre-wedding party. Soon after arriving the groom's mother asks Sam if he is trustworthy, we know he is. From here on out this read is a real page-turner that poses timely questions about who is a terrorist. Thumbs up for Sam.
E Wilson

The first three quarters of this book were so powerful, so intriguing and so
suspenseful I was waiting for a really blockbuster ending. I was disappointed. The book
seemed to just fizzle out at the end. I don't think the motives of the hostage takers matched
the methods they used or the victims they chose. The final stand off did not seem realistic.
Aug 15, 2009 Diane rated it it was amazing
I love thrillers, and this new one by Stephen White takes place on the Yale University campus. It involves a hostage situation with students who were tapped to join one of the secret societies. The story uses several viewpoints of the police, FBI, CIA and parents. It's a different kind of "terrorist attack" and the book poses some interesting scenarios. I liked it!
Sep 20, 2009 Lois rated it liked it
The beginning of the book starts out with a terrorist threat, but as the story progresses, the reader is pondering the motivations behind the suspected terrorist. An interesting twist to the madness behind killing innocent people and the author attempts to illustrate the way the politics of war can breed hatred and revenge.

Sep 16, 2009 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Even though I missed the presence of Alan Gregory, it was fun getting to know Sam Purdy's character more in depth. The story was intriguing on many levels. As usual, I enjoy the rich details woven throughout the story.

Now..... to be patient until the next story in the series comes out!
Maryellen Woodside
Sep 22, 2009 Maryellen Woodside rated it really liked it
Alan Gregory, protaganist of most of White's novels has only a cameo appearance in "The Siege." This book has Sam Purdy, ex-Boulder Colorado police detective helping a family to recover their daughter who is one of several hostages held in a fortresslike tomb of one of Yale's secret societies. Well plotted and scary!
Sep 21, 2009 Donna rated it it was amazing
The Boulder connection is what originally got me interested in Stephen White. The author got me hooked after that. The Siege has very little to do with Boulder but has to be the most suspenseful book to date. I was holding my breath a lot while reading. I hope White is able to keep churning them out.
Aug 25, 2009 Kay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
A little different from the author's Alan Gregory series, this great book places Sam Purdy at Yale in a hostage/terrorist situation. He introduces some new characters, Poe and Dee, that I hope he brings back. I liked it a lot better than his usual novels and found it one I didn't want to put down.
Oct 02, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it
This is the first book by Stephen White I have read where Alan Gregory was not the main Character -- instead it was his police officer best friend, and he carried it off extremely well. The book carried my interest from start to finish. Well written and enjoyable, and not easy to figure out! Worth reading.
Connie Buran
Mar 15, 2012 Connie Buran rated it really liked it
It was a little hard to follow but once the story developed it was easier to see where the characters belonged. I have read other mysteries by Stephen White that featured the psychologist Allen Gregory as the protagonists. They are always good reads and the mystery isn't too easy to solve...
Oct 20, 2009 Janeene rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2009

very interesting book with Sam Purdy as main character - Sam has always been one of my favs in White's series......

intriguing thought process, and for those of us who question our goverment's actions and the justification for some acts.....a very thought provoking one as well.
Oct 02, 2009 Marcy rated it really liked it
Lots of edge-of-my- seat reading of this tense thriller about a hostage takeover siege at Yale. The story features Detective Sam Purdy (from the Alan Gregory series). I would not recommend this to anyone who currently has students away at college. The possibilities are too real!
Catherine Dover Stetson
Sep 29, 2009 Catherine Dover Stetson rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: suspense fans and friends who went to Yale
Recommended to Catherine by: I follow this series
Great suspense read until the end. That didn't quite come together. The stuff about Yale is great, although it wasn't great that students die.
The book makes more sense if you follow Stephen White's series about Alan Gregory, a clinical psychologist in Boulder, CO.
Sep 25, 2009 Suevw rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
OK but paled I guess next to Infinite Jest for sure. Had not read anything by him for a while and must say I think I liked some of his old characters better- and esp when set in CO vs this one back east. Seemed too thriller and not deep I guess
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