The Pineville Heist by Lee ChambersThe Pineville Heist by Lee Chambers

The Pineville Heist

byLee Chambers

Paperback | September 16, 2011

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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, based on the award-winning screenplay by Lee Chambers and Todd Gordon, "is a young adult thriller with a slick plot, believable characters, and a breakneck pace that will no doubt appeal to adults as much as teens," noted Walleye Magazine's Amy Jones. "An enthusiastic five stars!"

"The Pineville Heist is the very definition of thrill, energized with edge-of-your-seat action and suspense!" claims US Review of Books reviewer Mihir Shah.
Title:The Pineville HeistFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8 × 5 × 0.68 inPublished:September 16, 2011Publisher:MISFP Publishing (Pineville Heist Inc.)Language:English

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Awfull This book is so bad it made me go blind
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Action Packed!! Right from the get go this book sucks you into it twists and turns as you follow Aaron's journey.  An exhilarating read that cannot be put down until the very last page. Recommended to anyone who wants to escape reality and experience the trepidation of the hunted and the thrill of victory or so they think.  Looking forward to seeing all the action on the big screen.
Date published: 2014-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really enjoyed, it great story telling! I really enjoyed it great story telling, really neat plot twists (I can generally see what's coming before I read it) no telegraphing, thank you for that. You managed to combine a coming of age film with a heist gone wrong. I don't know which came first script or book but I can your cinematic vision and pacing. I've often said, "I have to be able to see the movie in my minds eye as I read and if that happens I know it'll make for a wonderful film." You've achieved that, Bravo! Had to write and let you know as soon I read it. Great visuals, Lee!
Date published: 2014-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Action Packed Thriller Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. Loved it! Tons of non-stop action and surprises. Believable characters, intense plot and well written. Lots of great twists and turns...especially the ending. Would love to read more from this author. I hope there's a sequel.
Date published: 2013-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a fun read! With so many twists and turns, this high paced action novel was impossible to put down. It's the perfect Christmas gift for any Twilight/Hunger Games fan.
Date published: 2012-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing read This novel is a great, easy read. Great for all ages and plot twists around every corner. When you think you know how the story will end, you're hit with another surprise. Can't wait for the next Lee Chambers book!
Date published: 2012-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic book This young adult book is fast paced and action packed that got me hooked from the very beginning. I started reading this yesterday and I could not put it down.Now I can't wait for the movie. I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2012-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Edge of Seat Mystery!!!! Aaron Stevens is a typical high school student, who argues with his father, and likes to skip the occasional class. Aaron’s father is very wealthy, and that wealth sometimes becomes a thorn in Aaron’s side, and gives other students a reason to raze him. On an ordinary day, Aaron and two of his friends get caught in the middle of a bank heist; a bank heist that now includes guns, murder, lost friendships, and death. This kind of excitement is more than Aaron and his friends bargained for. Aaron quickly becomes the key, the centre of an intricate plot that captures the reader’s attention, and keeps hold until the final paragraph. The story moves at a quick pace; sometimes taking wonderful gigantic leaps! The reader will want to keep up – and quite possibly read the book in one sitting. The book is classed as “Middle Grade” reading, but I recommend that any adult who likes adventure and mystery, pick up “The Pineville Heist” soon! It is definitely a good read! Middle Grade students will no doubt enjoy “The Pineville Heist”; my only comment is a caution, with respect to the use of swear words. While it is likely that Middle Grade students will pass by this language without a thought, I found it unnecessary in a book of the calibre of “The Pineville Heist”. The author, Lee Chambers, keeps situation and character description to a minimum. Action and dialogue take centre stage, treating the reader to mind-spinning and mind-boggling twists and turns. In Aaron Stevens, Chambers has created a very likeable hero, who remains through it all, an ordinary guy who exhibits extraordinary courage, someone the reader will care about and cheer on until the last page. This is a fabulous adventure and mystery novel, sent to me by Lee Chambers, in exchange for an impartial review. A review I am very happy to post.
Date published: 2012-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really exciting mystery thriller for teens and adults This is one heck of a fun book and anybody who is interested in a really well-written young adult mystery would be wise to pick it up now while the price is so low. Chambers' writing is pitch-perfect at every moment, creating a cast of well drawn out characters and a series of twists and turns that's so engaging you can hardly stand to break from reading. According to the author's website, there is a movie in production, and rightly so. This book will make an absolutely fantastic movie and I can't wait to see it when it gets released. Grab yourself a copy now.
Date published: 2012-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! A friend recommended this book to me and all I can say is, what a great story! I read a lot of mystery thrillers and none have really drawn me the way The Pineville Heist did, I did not want to put it down. The cover caught my eye first and really intrigued me. I thought it may just be another “teen thriller type” but I was pleasantly surprised! It is an extremely gripping and suspenseful story that anyone would enjoy. You really get sucked into his fast passed, action filled story and feel like you are a part of it. I had never read anything by Lee Chambers before but I definitely would again, he is a great story teller, and for only $0.99 this book was a steal, I’m glad I bought it! Anyone who hasn’t seen the trailer needs to check it out! I can’t wait!
Date published: 2012-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thrilling! Wow. Well this definitely gives shocking, gut-twisting, nerve-racking books a whole new meaning! My stomach was wound so tight it hurt to breathe! The entire way through was exciting and full of bloody action :p I couldn't figure out for the life of me who was beind the heist until it was right in front of my face. And when I did find out, I couldn't believe it! But the excitrement doesn't stop there. Just when I thought the mystery was solved... well, let's just say I was sadly mistaken. :p So, on to characters. I thought all the cgaracters were great! No matter how good or bad they were, I thought they all fit in the storyline perfectly. I loved the main character, Aaron. His emotions were written beautifully. I felt everything he was feeling - his terror, pain, uncertainty, and distress. He was perfect for the story. Overall, teh book was fast-paced and super exciting! From front to back I was always entertained. An amazing mystery thriller, I encourage all to try The Pineville Heist! A huge thank you to Lee CHambers for such a masterpiece! :p
Date published: 2011-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! High school senior Aaron has just found himself in the middle a million dollar robbery, five million to be exact. To stay out of sight Aaron hides under a canoe and witnesses a murder. When the time is right he high tails it to the closest safe haven, his school. There he runs into his English teacher, Amanda Becker (sweet name!), and fills her in on what just happened so they can call for help! But it’s just his luck when the robbers show up at the school looking for the ‘runaway’. Now locked in the school with psycho robbing murders, will Aaron and Amanda make it out alive….and with the millions? What I think about The Pineville Heist: I loved it! At first I was a little put off by all the adjectives. I was like, ‘Seriously? How many ways can you describe the look on his face or the clothes he is wearing?’, but as I read on it didn’t bother me. In fact, it ended up making the story better for me. Lee Chambers creates these images in your head that make you feel like you are right there. I could see everything as it was happening. Don’t you love it when an author paints the picture so clearly for you? Of course I added what I thought the school and characters looked like, but Lee made it easy to get there. The plot twists really got me. Every time I thought I had figured it out…Nope! Wrong…try again! Lee Chambers kept me guessing the entire time, which in my opinion is good. It sucks to read books that become so predictable after the first couple chapters, but like I said The Pineville Heist kept me on my toes for sure. Some changes that I would make (for the movie) would be to make Steve and Mike brothers. From what I read they just seem to have a brotherly banter going on. Also, I know that Aaron has a little crush on his teacher Miss Becker, but I would like to see more of Marissa (the chica at the end that we find out Aaron has also had the hots for). I’m not exactly sure what scenes to put her in, but I just felt like I wanted more meat to her character. I can definitely see why they are working to make The Pineville Heist a movie. It’s a movie that I would pay to see… And like I said before, with the pictures Lee Chambers puts in your head while reading, how could you not see this book as a movie? In fact the book is actually from his award winning screen play, also named, The Pineville Heist.
Date published: 2011-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A quirky, fun, madcap adventure Aaron Stevens is the less than happy son of town magnate Derek and let’s just say it isn’t like ‘The Waltons’ in the Stevens household. When $5 million is stolen from the Pineville Bank, Aaron wants to recover the money. While his friends dream of fantastic cars, elaborate lifestyles etc, Aaron wants to do the right thing and return the money to its rightful owners: the town and - despite their turbulent relationship - his father. Easier said than done though because first Aaron has to actually retrieve the money and with armed robbers running around looking to kill off those blocking their getaway this is a school day that Aaron will never forget. The Pineville Heist was adapted from a screenplay and it does have all the elements of a great madcap comedy. There’s some enjoyable tongue in cheek humour throughout the book, which moves at a fast pace but with a steady rhythm. The characters are larger than life, almost like caricatures but not quite. When I was reading The Pineville Heist, the thing that kept springing to my mind was ‘Scooby Doo meets Fargo’. It’s a good, fun, fast read that’s bound to make you smile and, best of all, it’s not without a twist a two to keep you guessing all the way to the end! Please note, I received this book as a review copy from the author. All opinions are my own.
Date published: 2011-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A terrific tale of twists and turns A book written from a screenplay; not an order I’m used to, but I anticipated what lay within these pages. Sure enough, the scenes were clearly set and a lot of story was told within the first chapter, certainly enough to let the story flow without having to jump back and explain what was going on. Derek Stevens is painted as a typical business tycoon, getting rich from the hard work of others. His son, Aaron, is a bit of a mystery early on; it’s clear he has every material possession he could wish for, and yet he seems to be quite level headed. The animosity he feels towards his father, and what Derek does serves to confirm this observation. The further I delved in to this tale, the more I was enthralled; plot twists kept me hanging, and as events described on the blurb played out, I found I had no chance to resist. It didn’t take long for the drama to begin, and I was caught like a fly in a spider’s web; a web weaved from a fantastic story. The Pineville Heist is an excellent example of no one being quite who they say they are. We all have our secrets, some bigger than others, and they make us who we are. This goes to show that you can’t always trust who you want to, and we must all take care with our hearts and our lives. A terrific tale, I would most definitely watch this on the big screen, despite it being intended for the Young Adult audience.
Date published: 2011-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Overly Suspenseful At Times Aaron Stevens an increasingly rich boy has had rocky relationship with his town because of his father, Derek Stevens, being called out for keeping all the wealth he has to himself while the town of Pineville where Aaron lives deteriorates. Aaron himself isn't the biggest fan of his dad. Even so, when Aaron overhears a murder that is over stealing his dad's money, he steps in to try to stop it. But the robbers are money greedy and will not give it up easily. Every moment in The Pineville Heist is laced with surprises that excite fans of mystery/suspenss so well. Aaron is a neat character that thinks very reasonably but does but springs on us moments of teenage problems that are understandable for a teenage boy. This adds to the realistic feel to the novel overall. As the story progresses we see Aaron learning to grow up. After all when a dangerous unknown killer is after, you hate to. The Pineville Heist is an adrenaline spiked story urging the question of 'To Die or Not to Die' against robbers who are more than willing to murder for greed. Overall: Amazing read! Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Date published: 2011-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thrilling Ride Filled With Mystery and Suspense! I really enjoyed reading this debut novel from Lee Chambers. The characters were well defined so you could easily love or hate any of them. The story revolves around Aaron Stevens, who is the son of the local business tycoon and owner of the Mill. In Pineville, the economy is failing and the mill is the only thing keeping people going. There are rumors that Aaron’s dad is going to sell the mill and destroy what little income the townsfolk have. Aaron stumbles across a strange van parked in the woods and when he later hears about a bank robbery, he talks his friends into going to check the place out. He convinces them that the van he saw must have been the bank robbers and they could find the stolen loot. What Aaron isn’t expecting is a return of the bank robbers! This book was really a thrilling ride filled with mystery and suspense. There were a few places and some police procedural spots where I thought ** not **, but in general it was a very good read. I think our young adult readers who enjoy crime novels or mystery books would enjoy this book. ** I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. There was no chocolate or any other thing given in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2011-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mystery, Murder, Twists and Turns Make for a Great Read Take a wealthy, seventeen-year-old kid with an attitude, a robbery, and cops with secrets, add missing bodies, a pretty teacher who may or may not be involved in the crime, stir, and you have an adventure story with twists and turns that will keep you guessing who the bad guys are until the end. In Author Lee Chambers’ novel, The Pineville Heist, seventeen-year-old Aaron Stevens accidentally finds a backpack from PINEVILLE SAVINGS AND LOAN full of stolen money. When he hears Tremblay, Sheriff of Pineville, and Officer Carl discussing how someone got away with four to five million dollars, Aaron decides to return the money with the help of his friends. Well, the boys have good intentions, but they encounter major problems on the way to do their good deed. Soon Aaron, Mike, and Steve are running for their lives, pursued by a gunman determined to kill them. Aaron escapes to the school where more killing is going on, and a battle ensues between Aaron and one of the robbers. I’m not saying who because that would give away the story. However, the timid boy who was afraid to shoot a deer when he was a child, now faces a choice: kill or be killed. Will Aaron find the courage to not only protect himself but his teacher, Amanda, as well? Readers that like a fast-paced action story will enjoy The Pineville Heist. If you’re a bit squeamish, there are dead bodies, gunfights, and some bloody scenes. This novel is better suited for older teens, 14 and up. I did have a problem with the change in point of view so often. I can see why Mr. Chambers wrote the story this way because so many characters are involved. Maybe space breaks would have warned the reader that we were in a new character’s thoughts. The Pineville Heist is a good story about a young man who faces more challenges in life than most teens and how he deals with the changes in his life. Even though I’m not big on bodies lying around, I enjoyed watching Aaron tackle each situation the way only he could. I think you’ll enjoy the read as well. Perhaps leave the lights on if you read the novel at night.
Date published: 2011-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In Pineville, Nothing Is Act It Seems Lee Chambers’ novel The Pineville Heist may have been intended as a teen thriller, but anyone who reads it--regardless of their age--will find it impossible to put down. I know I did, and I absolutely loved it. Seventeen-year-old Aaron Stevens has everything a kid could want. As the son of wealthy mill owner Derek Stevens, he lives in a luxurious mansion, surrounded by hi-tech toys and a designer wardrobe that most people only dream about. But underneath this idyllic surface, Aaron’s life is anything but perfect. He’s lost his mother to cancer, and his relationship with his workaholic father is turbulent, to say the least. To make matters worse, the Recession has taken its toll on the small town of Pineville. Businesses are closing, people are losing their homes, and they’ve begun to look upon Aaron’s father—and Aaron--with a combination of jealousy and distrust. Aaron’s wealth has begun to feel like a prison, and his father, a warden. He finds solace only when he is rehearsing for his lead role in the school production of Hamlet, or when he is walking in the woods on the outskirts of town. One day, after a particularly nasty fight with his father, Aaron is hiking among the trees when he discovers a mysterious white van with two security guard uniforms and two Halloween masks on the seat. He wants to investigate further, but he’s late for play practice and continues to school. It is only after he overhears the sheriff talking about a $5 million heist at Pineville Savings and Loan that he realizes he has found the crooks’ getaway vehicle. Along with his two friends, Mike and Steven, Aaron returns to the forest. But when they get there, the van is gone, along with any proof of Aaron’s story. The boys are about to leave when they stumble upon the robbers’ hideout and are pulled into a web of violence, intrigue and murder that threatens everything that Aaron holds dear. As he races to uncover the truth about the robbery, Aaron is faced with the realization that everything he had believed about his life, his town, and those closest to him may be a lie. For every layer he peels back reveals yet another secret, and Chambers’ tight prose promises—and delivers-- a hairpin turn with every page. The Pineville Heist is based on Chambers’ award-winning screenplay of the same name. Learn more about Chambers’ work at
Date published: 2011-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Completely Suspenseful Awesome Read This book was really good. I can't believe how suspenseful and thrilling this book was. The simple premise of this book made it a great read that had me on the edge of my seat. The main character made you feel for him and you wanted him to be successful and okay in the end. You didn't want him to get hurt, you wanted him to survive. Think about how scary and horrifying it would be to be locked in a school with no way out with someone trying to kill you. That is really terrifying. You just have to read the book to see what happens in the end. The mystery aspect of this book, the who dune it, was so good. I was shocked at the end of this book and that is one of the reasons why I liked reading it. The twists and turns were edge of your seat suspenseful, that I didn't even know what was coming next. The fighting scenes, and there were alot of them, were really good. You never knew if Aaron, the main character, would get out of them alive. If you want a good suspenseful, edge of your seat, terrifying, quick read, I definitely suggest reading this book. It was really a good read. Overall I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I can't wait for the movie to come out. =] Visit more of my reviews at my blog at
Date published: 2011-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Non Stop Twists! I literally JUST finished reading The Pineville Heist cover to cover. This is not my normal read but by recommendation, I picked it up and loved it! There were enough twists and turns to keep my attention which is generally hard. At one point my jaw actually dropped. That's a sign of a good book! The action scenes were nostalgic for lack of better word, but I won't spoil anything for you. Absolutely check this out. Well worth the read!
Date published: 2011-11-24