July 20, 2011
MISFP Publishing (Pineville Heist Inc.)
ebook, 147 pages
Accepted review pitch from Lee Chambers
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.
The Pineville Heist was developed from the award winning screenplay of the same name Lee co-wrote with Todd Gordon. Having already attracted a Distribution and LA Sales Agent, The Pineville Heist is currently in the funding stages of being developed into a major feature movie starring Booboo Stewart (Twilight saga fame) in the main lead role, exciting times!
Writer, producer and director Lee Chambers has been lecturing and producing award-winning films and education film production workshops for over ten years. Expanding his creative talents and feeding his love for story-telling, Lee decided to turn his attention to novel writing, his debut novel The Pineville Heist becoming a Number 1 Best Selling Thriller.
Born in Canada, Lee’s roots are in Yorkshire and he moved to England in 1995 where he completed his post-graduate diploma in Film Production at the Leeds Metropolitan University. Lee has worked professionally in London and Los Angeles in the film, music videos and television industries before returning to Canada in 2004 to take up a post as a Professor in the Film Production Program at Confederation College. In 2005 Lee developed the Make It Short Film Project (MISFP), a project which allows Lee to share his passion for film, while educating communities in the art of film production. MISFP has attracted Academy Award Winners such as Paul Haggis and Roger Corman, coming on board as Executive Producers; Vincenzo Natali, Genie nominated Director of Splice lent his support as Executive Producer for Lee’s Australian produced 2011 Eyes on the Road. Recognising Lee’s talents as a screenwriter, he was awarded Screenwriter of the Year at the 2012 Ontario Music and Film Awards, for his Australian short, Hugh Jackman Saves the World.
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 movie?!
Aaron is your typical teenage boy, trying to get by at school, trying not to be attracted to his hottie drama teacher, and trying to keep out of trouble from his father’s very demanding and sometimes bullying ways. After his dad rudely kicks him out of the car on his way to school, he witnesses a murder. A murderer running rampant on the school grounds and he has to find the killer and bring him to justice.
There’s a lot of twists and turns in this one. Mostly predictable, but it was also a very enjoyable read. I did mention there’s a lot of action right? Hardly any dialogue, very little character development and a ton of plot twists. There’s one scene where Aaron’s horny thoughts felt completely out of context, but then again hormones run wild at that age and he’s a boy. Enough said.
Pick this best-selling thriller on Kobo or Amazon if you love action-packed books, you won’t be disappointed.