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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 2007
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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 2010
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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 2009
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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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    Jacky Brighton, United Kingdom 21/10/2013
    Jacky Brighton, United Kingdom 21/10/2013 Member Since 2013

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    "Thriller to the end"

    Great book well read long but really worth the effort to listen to it. I got to the stage when I just could not stop listening. This would be a wonderful book for a long and boring flight or train journey. The plot is well constructed and moves along at a good pace - the characters are beautifully crafted. The twist at the end is good. Happy listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D Southampton, United Kingdom 13/04/2013
    D Southampton, United Kingdom 13/04/2013
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    "Absorbing & Fast Plot"

    Siege is a great book with a good plot, believable 3 dimensional characters and a fast pace.



    The author gets the readers immediate attention and holds it throughout the book, which is full of intrigue, action and emotion that results in real concern for the characters.



    Firstly the hostages: It is the first time I have been rooting for a man I know has murdered 3 people, without knowing why! The book draws you into the feelings and rational of the hostage's, explaining why they take the actions they do. Normal people caught up in extraordinary circumstances.



    The Rescuers: An insight in to the pressures on police, armed forces and negotiators that has you shouting advice at the characters.



    The Perpetrators: A chance to read the views of those responsible.



    Great book - enjoy



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SIMON United Kingdom 07/04/2013
    SIMON United Kingdom 07/04/2013 Member Since 2010
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    "Fast paced non stop action"

    I really enjoy reading Simons books always delivering an edge of your seat non stop listen! Siege is no exception to that rule more please!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United Kingdom 23/12/2012
    Amazon Customer United Kingdom 23/12/2012

    carray

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    "Book club surprise"

    Had to read one of this Authors books for my book club and I chose this one. A first for me but will not be the last.

    A good thriller that is bang up to date.

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    A Sheffield, United Kingdom 20/06/2012
    A Sheffield, United Kingdom 20/06/2012 Member Since 2011

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    "run of the mill thriller"

    It was hard to say whether i enjoyed this or not as i found it a run of the mill, linear and predictable thriller book and not in the same league as a Tom Clancy or Utopia by Lincoln Child. It was formulaic to the point where i just wanted to skip to the end. If you like James Patterson then it is in a similiar vein and will probably enjoy this too, otherwise skip it and use your credit elsewhere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    martin belfast, United Kingdom 03/06/2012
    martin belfast, United Kingdom 03/06/2012
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    "good thriller"

    Looking at the negative reviews on this book I ask myself were we dealing with the same story. Of course it's nonsense - it's entertainment - a way of passing the time in an enjoyable manner. And I enjoyed this book thoroughly. Tightly paced, admittedly cliched characters and a plotline which stretches credulity but, one of those stories you can't wait to see what happens next. Oh yes - and very good narration.




    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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