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Siege | [Simon Kernick]

Siege

London is under attack. People are dead. Many more lives hang in the balance as a group of highly trained gunmen storm the historic Lanchester Hotel on Park Lane. The gunmen have given the government just five hours to meet their demands before they blow up the building. Shots ring out. Some guests panic. Others text their loved ones. Still more try to escape. All are united by one thing: fear for their lives.
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Publisher's Summary

London is under attack.

People are dead. Many more lives hang in the balance as a group of highly trained gunmen storm the historic Lanchester Hotel on Park Lane.

The gunmen have given the government just five hours to meet their demands before they blow up the building. Shots ring out. Some guests panic. Others text their loved ones. Still more try to escape. All are united by one thing: fear for their lives. All - except one man who has information so dangerous that it must be kept safe - at any price.

Darkness falls. The gunmen become increasingly violent. One question is in everybody's minds. Will they survive the night?

©2012 Simon Kernick (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"The writing in Siege is tight and fast-paced, and the action comes thick and fast from the very first line, if you're up for a bit of action, there's plenty of excitement to be found here." (Trucking News)

"The master of the race-against-time thriller has pulled off another cracker with this tense tale of London under terrorist attack...it's great, fast moving fun." (Sunday Mirror )

"The author is one of Britain's top thriller writers and his latest yarn is another page turner - pacy, violent and gripping" (The Sun)

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    Kirstine Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom 29/02/2012
    Kirstine Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom 29/02/2012 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow! what a fast-paced thriller"

    I'd meant to listen to this book over a week or so but was so gripped by the story I kept returning to the recording eager to find out what happened next. I felt I was witnessing the siege in real-time as the events only span about 15 hours. There are twists and turns and surprises along the way and moral dilemmas for the characters to wrestle with. Paul Thornley's narration is excellent and help to jack-up the tension. Great stuff!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Aidan Sligo, Ireland 17/03/2012
    Aidan Sligo, Ireland 17/03/2012 Member Since 2014
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    "Siege"

    Paul Thornley is a great narrator -wolf hall a masterpiece of narration as well as literature.
    The book however is 3rd rate creative writing drivel and not worth the investment in time. Cliche riddled teenage boy level plot and obviously churned out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Yamina Torpoint, United Kingdom 13/02/2012
    Yamina Torpoint, United Kingdom 13/02/2012 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent!"

    My commute to work took longer than normal last week due to public transport issues but instead of berating being stuck on a bus in slow moving traffic, I willed the traffic to all but come to a standstill so that I could enjoy as much of Siege as possible before the daily grind at work began.

    Siege is narrated by Paul Thornley. Paul Thornley is pure listening gold and if Paul Thornley has escaped your radar up until now then this is something you should immediately rectify.

    Siege tells the tale of just another day in a top hotel in London except the day is far from ordinary and for the staff and guests of the hotel, it will be a day they will never forget.

    Right from the get go, this book grabs you and doesn't let you go until 10 odd hours later, you are left bewildered and stunned. I almost felt I was there languishing with the other guests whilst chaos reigned all around.

    I highly recommend Siege. I have no complaints about this book other than I have now finished it :( and I would have liked more background as to the whys and wherefores. Also an interview with the author would have been nice.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Whitstable, United Kingdom 31/01/2012
    Chris Whitstable, United Kingdom 31/01/2012 Member Since 2009

    Wouldn't be without my trusty MP3, so many books 'read' to and from work and out on my runs, many more than actually read in the last 4 year

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    "Up all night"

    The disparate motivation and aims of the group that take over the hotel ( The Stanhope not The Lanchester for some reason) are a bit vague, but the shocking body count certainly isn't and Simon Kernick has done a tremendous job here. Having the action take place in real time over the course of one day works well and the pressure is piled on with unexpected twists and turns.
    I went to bed at 11 one night intending to listen to just a little bit more and was still wide awake when the book finished four hours later.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Liverpool, United Kingdom 01/03/2012
    Joe Liverpool, United Kingdom 01/03/2012
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    "Don't believe the hype..."

    I got this because it had 20 ratings of 5 stars. I have not read any reviews, because I couldn't access any. It's a fairly good story, but it is badly written and the narrator, though okay at the accents, only has one (mono)tone of voice. It is too easy to get distracted and miss great swathes of the story because of this. He also has some habits which get annoying when you pick up on them, such as ridiculously long pauses followed by quick intakes of breath before he starts again. Sounds finicky I know, but ten hours of this is enough to put anyone on edge. I used up my monthly credit on it, so I have to listen to it now.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Woodstercj 23/06/2015
    Woodstercj 23/06/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Gripping from start to finish"

    Yet another great book book by an awesome author, once you start you'll what to keep going until the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 21/06/2015 Member Since 2014

    'The other cat!'

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    "full of energy and intrigue "

    Paul Thornley reads Simon Kerinck's book, Siege with pace that adds to the intriguing story of a hotel held by armed raiders.
    The characters are developed quickly and efficiently and hold the interest of the listener.
    I will be reading more by this author and looking out for books narrated by Paul Thornley.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. Thurston East Anglia 21/05/2015
    A. Thurston East Anglia 21/05/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Better than some not as good as others"

    Not that many twists in this book but I have to say it's still kept you in suspense.

    I really like the fact that you ended up siding with some baddies but not with other baddies. I didn't like the fact that all the voices merged into one another

    Overall a good book and well worth the credit

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ian W 30/04/2015
    Ian W 30/04/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Non stop action."

    Terrific pace all the way though.

    This is my third Kernick book and they have all had excellent plots, great characters and great pace.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    weardalelad 18/02/2015
    weardalelad 18/02/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story from the start"

    I enjoyed the plot and the way it tured into a gripping tense thriller. One to read for sure

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    04/04/15
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    "Very Thrilling"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Siege to be better than the print version?

    Not neccessary, but the audio edition is much easier to handle.


    What other book might you compare Siege to and why?

    Must be some other work of Simon Kernick bacause he is a master of that kind of novels.


    What does Paul Thornley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does e great job, indeed, what bring the listener "closer to what happens".


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Every part was on a high level.


    Any additional comments?

    Simon Kernick is the "one and only" master of his kind of writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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