Today we're a stop on The Pineville Heist Street Tour!
The Pineville Heist
by Lee Chambers
Published July 20, 2011
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.
This book written from the movie script. A movie that hasn't been made yet -- but will be. It's in the funding stages, and the star role has been cast. (Booboo Stewart - to Twilight fans, you know him as Seth Clearwater.)
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I have to admit, I was a little torn on this one. The premise is great, the story pretty good. I think the movie will be better than the book, though. Since it was based on that movie script, that's not surprising. A lot of meat that books usually have is missing. It just wasn't added in from that streamlined script. Not that there's anything wrong with that, other than the fact that it made it feel like the book wasn't completely developed. And really, from the blurb, I expected the battle at the school to start much sooner.
That said, Mr. Chambers really knows how to portray the teenage boy. I was able to get past my reservations. And overlook the cheesiness.
With it being so streamlined, it was a very quick read. Fast-paced, action-packed.
Did the twists and turns surprise me? Unfortunately, no. Does it matter? Not really. It didn't detract from the story.
I think it'll make a good movie. :)