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LONDON. THE STANHOPE HOTEL, PARK LANE. 16.00 A normal afternoon.THE MANAGERNewly engaged Elena Serenko has just made the life-changing decision to quit her job and start a new life in Australia.THE GUESTSUpstairs, a young woman waits for her lover; a visiting family prepare for an evening out; and a sick man contemplates his own mortality.THE ASSASSINHigh up amongst the peLONDON. THE STANHOPE HOTEL, PARK LANE. 16.00 A normal afternoon.THE MANAGERNewly engaged Elena Serenko has just made the life-changing decision to quit her job and start a new life in Australia.THE GUESTSUpstairs, a young woman waits for her lover; a visiting family prepare for an evening out; and a sick man contemplates his own mortality.THE ASSASSINHigh up amongst the penthouse suites, a skilled and dangerous killer is hunting a quarry who's eluded him for far too long.THE SIEGEWhat none of them know is that a group of ruthless gunmen are about to burst into the Stanhope, shooting indiscriminately, and seizing hostages.As darkness falls and the gunmen become increasingly violent, only one thing matters. Who will survive?...

Title : Siege
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ISBN : 9780099567783
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Number of Pages : 499 Pages
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Siege Reviews

  • Best Crime Books & More
    2019-03-17 04:35

    I am a huge Kernick fan and love his style of writing. I can only compare reading his books to driving a Ferrari at full speed and no brake pedal in sight! This book was no different for each of the 368 pages. The awful thing about this book is that the world we live in today presents many situations like this one. This situation is where people are held hostage fearing for their lives; while others fight their own war.From the very beginning of the story we are plunged into the horrific situation that many will find themselves in. You are quickly introduced to quite a lot of characters and in the beginning I wondered why there were so many. However, pretty soon you realise that all these people are going to collide in the most horrific of circumstances.The short sharp chapters kept me turning the pages until I realised it was past my bedtime and I had demolished over half the book in one sitting! The characters in the book seem to grab at your emotions for one reason or another and there are so many different stories about why people are there you become intrigued to the point of distraction. One character named Scope really caught my eye and I would just love to see him feature in other books, but who knows what My Kernick will bring us next.There are plot twists and surprises by the bucket load, so you won't be disappointed in that sense. The only un-nerving thing for me is that this is all too much of a reality. Working in any major city on the world you will feel all too easily the reality bursting through the seams of the pages. Simon Kernick has once again released a book that will have you on the edge of your seat and as ever I end up disappointed that I have to wait so long for the next one!

  • Nick Brett
    2019-03-14 04:41

    I’ve always enjoyed Simon Kernick’s gritty London based thrillers, and this one was a new direction for the author. Maintaining the London setting Simon Kernick appeared to have deserted his usual character options (until Tina Boyd appears half way through!) for a hotel siege story. A fancy central London hotel is the target for an audacious terrorist plan (the author tries hard to avoid the standard Muslim fundamentalist route here with some interesting dynamics and viewpoints) and becomes the subject of the siege of the books title. I have to confess it took me a while to get into it and I initially felt slightly dis-engaged – it felt like a typical disaster movie where you are introduced to many characters who will be affected, but have minimal emotional engagement with any of them. But then it really kicks in and your perception of some of the characters changes and you finally join the dots that the author has gently been putting in front of you. Once we get into the siege the action really takes off, as do the twists and the characters and, where the book could have slowed down, it actually speeds up.From my initial slight dis-engagement I ended up spinning the pages late into the night. To date Simon Kernick has never let me down and this book is no exception.

  • Trev Twinem
    2019-03-07 01:32

    I really enjoyed this fast exciting thriller. It kept me entertained from the first page and and although the character development never went deep the pace of the story and the sheer excitement of the read was excellent. I will be reading many more books by Simon Kernick in the near future.

  • Marian
    2019-03-05 23:36

    This book got me right from the get go.Of course thou,if you don't like reading stuff like this,dont read it.But me..I loved it!!You know when you watch one of those movies on Tv with a lot of blow ups,terrorists and action?..well,this book was like a movie for me,from page to page to page.I devoured this book and my reward was,a 5/5 great read.Sort of reminded me of Die Hard a way.

  • Dave
    2019-03-14 23:43

    This was a fast moving, intense thrill ride. This was my first book from this author but I will definitely be reading more of his books.

  • Lettersalad
    2019-03-06 05:36

    Das Buch beginnt für jeden eingefleischten Leser schon mit einem Schlag ins Gesicht: Zwei als Postboten verkleidete Männer erschießen ohne jegliche Skrupel eine Frau an ihrer Haustüre, nachdem sie vorgaben, ihr ein Amazon Paket liefern wollten. Da läuft es einem als Leser doch direkt mal eiskalt den Rücken runter, oder? Der Spannung ist dieser Auftakt allerdings nichts anderes als förderlich, denn es folgen nervenaufreibende gut zehn Stunden bzw. knapp 500 Seiten, die zu keiner Zeit an Intensität verlieren. Immer mehr Personen werden in die Geschichte eingebunden, in der eine Gruppe islamistischer Terroristen ein Londoner Hotel in ihre Gewalt bringen, zahlreiche Geiseln nehmen und dabei äußerst brutal hinter ihren gewaltigen Forderungen stehen.Wie vom Autor selber befürchtet, geschieht es oft dass in Büchern, in denen eine Geiselnahme der zentrale Plot ist, die Geschichte und damit auch der Spannungsbogen im Mittelteil nahezu zum Stillstand kommen. Doch nicht so hier! Zahlreiche, weitere Handlungsstränge greifen nacheinander in die Geschichte ein und fügen sich am Schluss zu einem Großen Ganzen zusammen.Während des Lesens kommt es so nicht selten vor, dass man das Gefühl hat, dass die Lage zu eskalieren droht. Anspannung und Angst sind zum Greifen nah. Äußerst geschickt spielt Simon Kernick dabei kontinuierlich mit der Erzählperspektive, bleibt stets am selben Ort zur selben Zeit, erzählt aber plötzlich durch die Augen einer anderen Person die Geschichte chronologisch weiter.Großes Talent hat Simon Kernick dabei auch in der Gestaltung seiner Figuren bewiesen, die sich in jeder Situation logisch und nachvollziehbar verhalten. Nichts wirkt hier übertrieben oder künstlich dramatisiert. Der Autor lässt seinen Lesern den Raum selber mitzudenken, eigene Vermutungen anzustellen, selber einen Ausweg aus dieser lebensgefährlichen Pattsituation zu suchen.Sehr interessant fand ich, wie der Autor im Nachwort sich zu seinem Werk äußerst. Wie er auf die Idee kam (durch die Geiselnahme in einem Hotel in Mumbai im Jahr 2008), wie sich die Geschichte und vor allem auch seine Figuren während des Schreibens verändert haben. Seltene Einblicke, die Autoren ihren Lesern gewähren und vor allem auch durch dieses Hintergrundwissen lässt sich schlussendlich sagen, dass Simon Kernick genau den richtigen Weg für seine Geschichte gewählt hat; dabei ein Thema aufgegriffen hat, das für uns allgegenwärtig geworden ist ohne dabei irgendwelche Personen, Gruppen oder Organisationen anzugreifen.

  • David Dalton
    2019-03-19 00:52

    I was very impressed by Simon Kernick's Siege. This was my first Kernick book and it certainly will not be my last. I picked Siege to read first because I am a total "Die Hard" junkie. "Die Hard" is my All-Time Favorite book. I love all the "Die-Hard" movies, except for the last one. That said, to relate Siege to "Die Hard" is not really fair. Siege can stand on it's own in terms of action, excitement, and suspense.I thought Siege was different enough from "Die Hard" in many different ways. For one thing, no single central character. Simon has several key characters involved in various plots/sub-plots, so we as readers get involved in the story from different points of view. I kept grinning thorough the book as the author kept introducing new plot twists. Just when you think he will follow a formula, the story veers off. Bad-guys as bad guys, bad-guys as good guys (or a killer with a conscience), some folks caught in the wrong place wrong time, and a couple of gritty female characters (one is a disgraced cop (who gets things done) and the other is the Deputy Assistant Commissioner (DAC), in charge at the site (who is also deeply involved in other plot threads). On and on it goes. I loved the action and the way Simon brought a new approach to the "Die Hard" type storyline.I plan to pick up his next book coming out on Jul 29th, "Stay Alive: A Thriller". And then have plans to pick up another new title in September, "Ultimatum: A Thriller". I'll get both of these books via my Entitle subscription service and read them on my 1st Gen Kindle Fire and/or HTC-One (and save a few bucks as well). I found two more Kendrick older books available at my digital library that I will add to my "Wish List". I also plan to order at least two more Kernick books from Amazon: "Relentless: A Thriller" and "The Last 10 Seconds: A Thriller". He still has several more books I will get to if I break down and spent over $7 a book( like "The Business of Dying: A Novel (Dennis Milne Series)". Sigh, I probably will because I can tell I will want to read all of his books. Just picked up "The Debt" today, a free 32-page digital book. I think I skimmed over his titles in the past, but this time I slowed down enough to give Siege a serious look. Been awhile since I got this excited about an author, kind of like reading your first Matt Reilly action thriller ("Ice Station (Shane Schofield Book 1)" for me). 5-Stars easy.

  • Karen
    2019-03-13 02:54

    I’ve read all of Simon Kernick’s previous books and have enjoyed each one. Some have hit the spot more than others and it sounds a bit of a clique but this one is a real page turner. The action starts with a cold blooded murder on the first page and the tension doesn’t let up. The main action takes place over several hours at the fictional Stanhope Hotel in London but there are other simultaneous distraction events taking place all over the capital – the terrorists’ planning has been meticulous.The newly engaged hotel manager about to hand in her notice and emigrate, the man dying of a terminal illness, these are just two of the characters who find themselves caught up in the siege. Some of the finer detail may have been a bit far fetched but that didn’t really matter, it all adds to the tension.I was pleased to see the return of Tina Boyd, albeit in a more minor role. She is a strong character and whenever she’s involved in a storyline there is always action. The various sub-plots all eventually come together to reach an exciting climax. The chapters are short, each told with alternating viewpoints – from the hostages, terrorists and the police. I really couldn’t put this book down and would highly recommend it.

  • Jean Perrin
    2019-03-06 22:30

    If you like thrillers, this is for you It's the best book I've read for months. A lot of strangers stuck in a hotel taken hostage by a bunch of terrorists. What are they all doing there and who will get out alive.

  • Martin Sharp
    2019-03-04 01:30

    Yet another brilliant book from Simon Kernick. So gripping I didn't want to put it down........kept reading whilst trying to shave, clean my teeth and tie my shoelaces!!

  • Bev
    2019-03-05 03:31

    Really enjoyed this. Fast paced and characters the reader cared about. A situation one could see happening in reality.

  • Lauren J
    2019-03-06 23:47

    A brilliant thriller with a relentless pace. A real page turner. I loved it!

  • Sue Brantigan
    2019-03-21 03:40

    Started off with action and continued with action all the way through, couldn't put it down!

  • Steph
    2019-03-23 05:24

    Reading a Simon Kernick makes me remember that he is one of my favourite thriller writers. I always want to read more books by him after I finish one.This book was no exception...I loved it from the first page to the last. It was fast paced,always something happening whether in the hotel with the hostages and terrorists or outside with the police and SAS. I flew through the book so quickly,I just wanted to keep reading.There were a lot of characters from the hotel and the siege, I liked that we got to know them all a little bit before it all kicked off. I liked them all a bit but especially Elena and Martin who became a much larger part of it than even he thought possible. I enjoyed the part of Scope who found himself in the middle of a hostage situation whilst doing something underhand himself and then becoming a bit of a vigilante for the other side.Naturally I didn't like any of the terrorists, they all seemed rather evil and lacking in any human traits,Bear was perhaps the most decent of the lot and even then he'd give Ted Bundy a run for his money!On the police side things take an unexpected twist for DCI Arley Dale and the whole plot. I kinda liked her but didn't at the same time,nothing that I could put my finger on other than there were a lot more interesting characters than her around.I liked the way it played out,with no idea who would make it out alive. I would have liked to see Elena reunited with her fiancé Rod,I know they obviously did but there was no mention of him or Elena straight after and we know he would have been out there waiting on her to hopefully come out alive.Otherwise a brilliant engaging read that I'd highly recommend.

  • Silvia Molinari
    2019-03-02 03:42

    Simon Kernick è stata una scoperta recente: ho letto per caso "Staying alive", il secondo romanzo della serie dedicata a Scope (di cui questo romanzo rappresenta il primo "volume"), e sono rimasta affascinata dal ritmo incalzante della trama. Fin dalle prime pagine, Kernick riesce a coinvolgere il lettore nel susseguirsi incalzante di eventi, introducendo nuovi personaggi, nuove situazioni e trame parallele che finiscono inevitabilmente per intrecciarsi, regalando alla storia un climax sempre rinvigorito. L'autore riesce a non essere mai scontato anche se, a dirla tutta, il desiderio di coinvolgere e meravigliare il lettore a volte lo spinge a "calcare la mano" con sequenze incessanti di colpi di scena che, a volte, risultano quantomeno poco realistici. Malgrado ciò, lo consiglio perché ha tutti gli ingredienti per essere un buon thriller.

  • Barbara Cannon
    2019-03-24 02:33

    A fast moving story about the guests and staff of a hotel being held hostage for ransom by a terrorist group. The author engaged me by skillfully developing the characters of the gunman, hotel staff and hostages. I found reading this book addictive as is travels at pace and continues to develop story lines and the end isn't a disappointment either.

  • Raymond
    2019-03-13 03:50

    Slow and a bit frustrating in the beginning as there are many characters to keep straight as the short chapters keep switching through them. Then it gets going and I was ready to give it five stars until the end completely ignores what happens to Tina Boyd as a result of her actions. I won’t say what actions because I’m not a spoiler.

  • Mark Allen
    2019-02-27 04:48

    Really fast paced and full of action. Not usually type of fiction I go for but I really enjoyed it from start to finish. My first novel by Simon Kernwick but it definitely wont be my last. 4 out of 5 stars

  • Steve
    2019-03-14 22:44

    Not his best but still good.

  • Matthew Schultz
    2019-02-22 00:48

    Moved along nicely - a solid set of characters, all in all well executed

  • Ceej47
    2019-03-03 03:40

    Fast paced thriller

  • Suzie Rice
    2019-03-01 06:53

    At 7:45 on a Thursday morning, two code named killers carry out a meticulously planned kidnapping and vanish into the depths of London. Seven hours later a series of bombs go up in public spaces, and the emergency services spring into action. Unfortunately they are reacting to the wrong crisis; at that very moment a gang of mercenaries are launching an attack on their real target, and it’s a target they take with chilling ease.But there’s a catch. The Stanhope Hotel, a building that fell into their hands relatively smoothly, is already home to an unknown killer. He’s a man with a background not all that far removed from that of the terrorists, and it isn’t long before he’s pulled into the mess. What is more, the DCI that is supposedly under the terrorist’s thumbs isn’t about to let her Children, or her Country, down without a fight, and she knows just the person to put on the case…‘SIEGE’ starts out with a lot of scene and character jumps, and even a brief change in person, which makes it quite difficult to get into. It also has a relatively slow start – not the best for less patient readers – but as time goes on it become clear that this was necessary to consolidate later parts of the book. Each early character jump serves to emphasise the organisation of the antagonists or provide reasons for us to invest in those who will be caught up in the ensuing chaos, eventually increasing the stakes of the book as a whole. More than this, they also lay out the threads for the various subplots and illustrate the potential for chaos, making it that much more powerful when our terrorist heads – ‘Wolf’ and ‘Fox’ – illustrate that they can keep just about everything under control.Mostly.It is at a little under the hundredth page that the terrorist’s plans begin to go awry, and the plot starts to pick up steam. At this point certain of the individual character threads converge, making for fewer scene jumps, but it also becomes apparent that the antagonists aren’t quite on the same page. This is a recipe for disaster, and it doesn’t take long for the group to make certain avoidable mistakes that could bring about an early SAS assault and put all their hard work to waste. ‘Fortunately’ Fox and Wolf are on hand to get things back on track, and it quickly begins to seem as if there is nothing that might undo them.Until, of course, the DCI decides to play by her own set of rules, and the mystery killer joins the game. From then on the whole matter is a race against time for everyone involved; there are death threats, loose cannons, timed bombs and diabetics to contend with, and once the SAS get involve everything will be lost. The British Government will be destroyed. The Hostages will be dead. The Terrorists will be scot free and, of course, a woman will have lost both her career and family. But perhaps the most masterful part of this book is the fact that Simon Kernick manages to make readers invest in both the hostages and certain amongst their captors. Some amongst them are completely unredeemable, but others, such as Fox and his old military ally, seem to be just human enough to garner a little support. The book follows their parts in the storyline just as closely as it does that of the main hostages, meaning that we get plenty of opportunity to piece together their motives and some idea of their personalities – see, too, that the government that they are so intent on humiliating could quite easily have kept them from turning extremist in the first place. In the end it all comes down to the question of humanity: the governments’ humanity, the mystery killers humanity, the response teams humanity, even the terrorists humanity. And therein lies the true power of the book.Of course, mere humanity isn’t enough to solve the conflict – violence, sacrifice and a little luck is needed for that – but it certainly does raise a few questions about just what people are capable of under volatile situations, and gives one reason to think. More troublingly, it also illustrates just how effective terrorists could be if they planned with the care of the Stanhope siegers, or operated under someone as level-headed as Fox. After reading SIEGE, it doesn’t take much stretch of the imagination to see how a handful of mercenaries might plunge a country into irreparable chaos. It is for these reasons that I would recommend reading Simon Kernick’s SIEGE, despite its slower start, and that jarring foray into the second person. Once you develop an interest in the characters the book becomes something of a page turner, with plenty of little problems and questions floating by to keep you hooked. What is more, it as an excellent choice for anyone who likes reading about more three dimensional antagonists, and it doesn’t do too bad a job with its protagonists (particularly that mystery killer), either.

  • Henri Moreaux
    2019-03-08 06:39

    A group of terrorists execute multiple attacks in London with the main thrust being taking over an entire hotel and holding the guests as hostage. Good plausible plot, plenty of action, well structured chapters that keeps the drama flowing at a good pace.

  • Ian King
    2019-02-22 23:31

    Now this is better from Simon Kernick. After reading The Last 10 Seconds and being disappointed with it, I was given this book in the hope that I would find it better.And find it better I did, much better.Reading Siege, you can tell it’s by the same author as The Last 10 Seconds because the writing style is the same, but it seemed as though a lot was learnt between writing these two books; I was mightily surprised to find that they were both published in 2010, such is the difference between them.First off, I noted that The Last 10 Seconds contained a large amount of unnecessary exposition, sometimes explaining something the reader didn’t need to know, sometimes being there for the sake of it. I was, therefore, glad to find Siege lacked this type of exposition. The exposition it did include was short, sharp, and most importantly, was there for a purpose. One part near the end involving Scope I was a little irritated to read at the time, mostly because I wanted the character to remain mysterious, but I can see a number of readers would have preferred it this way, and while it was a gripe to me I would not deduct points on the overall score of the book because an author is never going to please everyone with his decisions.The same goes with the ending. I had other ideas in mind for the finale of the hotel’s siege but, as Simon explains in his notes at the end (and his original ending was what I had hoped for), he chose it because he felt it was the ending he wanted.Siege was a fast-paced thriller, never really letting up on the action until the closing chapters (aided by the fact that there was so little exposition), and I enjoyed the fact that so many characters were involved.Another of my criticisms of The Last 10 Seconds was that the character development was stale, particularly with the POV character. As there are so many characters involved in Siege you do not spend a vast amount of time in each one’s head (all characters are followed from a close third-person POV with feelings being described and sometimes thoughts included) and I think this is to the benefit of the book.We’re constantly changing, never spending too much time with any one character, but unlike The Last 10 Seconds, I did remember the names and who each character was and what they were doing. They were quietly memorable characters, I would say.We never really know who the main character is, concentrating on Arley as Bronze Commander of the Met and steering towards Scope as we get half-way through the novel (Goodreads tells me that this is number one in a Scope series) and how he is going to escape the hotel under siege (see what I did there).Out of the two, I found myself wanting to know more about Scope, and am looking forward to what Simon Kernick has in store for him.The language the author employs is largely simple, used to ensure that the pace of the story never lets up. There are the occasional words requiring a dictionary to hand, but nothing that really stumps the reader, or seems out of place thankfully, it can be a major flaw when writers use sophisticated words to show-off, but ultimately ruin the flow of the story.Mistakes were also nowhere to be found; his editors are clearly good at their jobs.Overall, I found Siege an enjoyable read; one that isn’t taxing to the reader, keeps them edge, but isn’t head-aching in its plot.It is simple, but sometimes simple is all you need for a good story.Verdict: Worth a go.

  • Ornella (Nyx)
    2019-02-23 22:26

    2.5 StarsI usual don't pick up books like these. Only once in a blue moon, and it was Siege's turn this time. I picked this one up because I thought it would be really suspenseful and I'm a sucker for awesome thrillers. With a line like this:"Shots ring out. Some guests panic. Others text their loved ones. A few try to escape. All are united by their desire to live. And at the center of it all is one man who has information so dangerous that it must be kept safe—at any price." How could I not pick it up?Unfortunately it didn't quite live up to my expectations. While I was still fully engaged in the book and the story that was being told, it somehow lacked that suspense I had been craving. Maybe it was all just too predictable? I could tell there would be no real tragedies, no real out of control moments where it would all go to hell. Because even though it did have it's moments it all felt entirely too choreographed. The plot line about the man with dangerous information felt cheap. It was over and done with so quickly that Kernick might as well not have put it in at all. So for a book that was supposed to bring about a sense of suspense and thrill it fell short. But this isn't just about a cheap thrill. It's supposed to be about the terror these people felt and about how one seemingly incongruous decision could completely alter their lives. How they were able to eventually overcome their terror and save themselves and learnt to truly live. But, somehow, it fell short again. Yes it did convey this message at the end, but the feelings weren't quite there. The terror and worry that I was supposed to feel towards all these people just wasn't there. I just couldn't muster much of anything towards these characters except a sense of irony towards the wannabe suicide victim. Actually the whole thing was pretty ironic, because if it weren't for the outcasts of society, none of them would have made it out. I just found that to be pretty funny.So, for a book that's categorized as a thriller, I'm gonna have to say it failed at it. Not completely, but not enough either. It was still an interesting and engaging read nonetheless.

  • Toni Osborne
    2019-03-17 06:54

    This is not my first novel by this author and once again I was not disappointed. The fast paced, action packed, tight plotting provided a high-speed thrill ride with all its ups and downs, engaging to the very last page. The storyline played my mind like a white-knuckled action film with ruthless violence executed by rogue ex-military specialists. The scenario in “Siege” was inspired by the brutal Mumbai attacks in 2008 when terrorists stormed predetermined strategic locations, indiscriminately slaughtering anyone in their path leaving behind a trail of destruction in order to shock the world. The author leads by introducing a fascinating list of characters and their credentials before getting to the meat of the action, a 24 hour period when all hell erupts into a day to remember. The intense drama starts with the brutal killing of a young maid who innocently opens the door to her master’s domain. Simultaneous attacks are launched at railway stations and shopping centers in an effort to divert attention from the main target the prestigious fictional Stanhope Hotel in central London. The terrorists’ goal is to shock and intimidate the rest of the world by holding hotel guests and staff as hostages and threaten to murder them one by one if their demands are not met. The captors strongly underestimate their victims will to live and the ensuing mayhem is a real adrenalin rush. The author adds colour to the drama by entering into the psyche and the past history of each character involved. As time progresses and darkness falls, the gunmen become increasingly violent and the captors more and more determined to increase their chance of survival.In one of the sub-plots, we see how Arley Dale multi tasks as head detective overseeing the police operation at the hotel and how she handles a personal crisis that arises when she learns her family is one of the terrorists’ distractive measures. This is another exciting thriller that gave me many hours of reading pleasure.

  • Sarah
    2019-02-27 04:33

    This is not a book that I would ever read. My favourite genre is fantasy, and I like this genre because it is far from my real life, I do not really like books that are set in 'real-life', that have very 'real' problems, that make me live in 'real-life'. I read this book because it is for my 2015 Reading Challenge, and this week is a book that your mum loves! So my mother picked this book out for me, as it is one that she has enjoyed. But I'm glad my mum chose a book that is not one I would have read otherwise, as it makes it more interesting! And I did like this book! Right from the start it is horrifying, it gets right into the nitty gritty of terrorism, murder straight from the get go. And the killings do not stop there, there are plenty and of all varieties from bloody and cruel to careless and unfeeling.The most terrible and frightening is that it seems so real (all it takes is for highly organised people with weapons, the knowledge of how to use them and rich 'friends'.) Everyone has witnessed terrorist attacks, no one can have missed the news over the years, and it really feels that you are watching this progress on a TV, waiting for more information to arrive. It feels very real, and you cannot hide from this. You really cannot put this book down, as you are desperate to find out the ending. And of course it is bitter sweet. There are many, many different characters in this book and the author makes you care about each one, and manages to keep track of them without letting the reader get lost.I am glad my mum chose this book, it was great-ish to be thrust into the horrible reality of life, where there is horror but also heroism from the most un-looked areas.I read this for my 2015 Reading Challenge, this weeks category was to read a book your um loves.

  • Bookworm
    2019-02-23 03:44

    Siege, my latest audible purchase is narrated by Paul Thornley. If you happen to be watching Coppers on (UK) Channel 4 (time of writing Feb 2012) then the same Paul Thornley is voiceover for this fly on the wall documentary series. Paul Thornley is a real gem and its a shame more books have not been narrated by him. I have done a little bit of research on Mr Thornley (and I really hope he is not reading this!) and I am surprised to note that he has been on our tv screens in popular shows such as Ashes to Ashes, Poirot (Hallowe'en Party) and Silk amongst many others.I really enjoyed Siege although on the strength of the plot alone, I would say it is worthy of only 3.75 stars. The narration by Paul Thornley gives it that extra edge which means it can only be awarded the maximum number of stars available.Siege as other reviewers have said revolves around a day in the life of the staff and guests of a top London hotel. Unfortunately some not very nice people are having a rather bad day and chaos ensues as the hotel becomes the focus of some trigger happy gunmen who take the staff and guests hostage. Minute by minute, hour by hour, the day unfolds. Siege is not for the faint hearted but if you are looking for something to liven up your commute to work then I highly recommend that you purchase Siege at the earliest opportunity.My only comment and spoiler here so look away now! is that I feel the book could have been expanded upon to explain the reasoning behind the events of the day. We are drip fed info throughout the book which would suggest not all is as it seems but the author has overlooked filling us in.I would also have liked an interview with the author at the end of the book to give it that cherry on the top of the cake finish.

  • Book Addict Shaun
    2019-03-19 06:40

    4.5 starsWhat an absolutely fantastic book. Simon Kernick fast became one of my favourite crime/thriller authors when I first read Severed a few years ago followed by Relentless, Deadline and Target. His books are usually unputdownable reads with a mystery element which means that you cannot stop reading until all the pieces are put together and the mystery is solved. And this book was no different, I read the first 174 pages in one sitting. The eery thing about the book is how realistic it was and how a situation like this isn't hard to imagine. Horrific to imagine but not impossible. At first you are introduced to quite a lot of characters but weirdly it isn't hard to follow the story and you don't find yourself asking which character is which or having to reread bits you missed, it is very easy to follow.The characters themselves are mostly a good cast, the terrorists are as evil as they could be and the amount of bloodshed was shocking. The book has extremely short chapters which I always enjoy as I feel it makes the book move at a quicker pace however you finish one chapter and tell yourself just one more and before you know it half the book has gone by.The thing with Kernick's novels is they read almost like a TV show or movie and you could definitely imagine his books on the big screen. Overall this is one of the best books Kernick has written and I find that he is an author that just gets better and better with each book he releases. However when you finish a book as great as this you wonder just how he will beat it, and I can't wait to read his new book Ultimatum to find out whether he has. Don't miss this one.

  • Paul Pessolano
    2019-02-28 05:28

    “Siege” by Simon Kernick, published by Atria Books.Category - Mystery/Thriller Publication Date – 06/04/113“Siege” is scary, not because of horror, but because it is so plausible someone may actually try to copy it.A terrorist group, the Pan-Arab Army of God, has just taken over the prestigious Stanhope Hotel in London. They are holding over sixty people hostages, some children. They have cleverly disguised their operation by causing several other diversions around London. The group is made up of people that have no scruples or regard for life. In taking over the hotel they have indiscriminately murdered several people. They have made demands on the British Government that must be carried out within five hours or they will blow up the hotel.Arley Dale, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, has been put in charge of the hostage situation. She not only has to control the hostage situation but she has also found out that the terrorists have also invaded her private life and has put her family at risk.Matters are made worse when it is discovered that a high ranking official of MI6 is in the hotel and has information that must be kept secret. The story takes on deeper meaning when the lives of several of the people trapped in the hotel take form. A man who has committed murder in the hotel and is now trapped because of the hostage situation, and a man who has contemplated suicide in the hotel. These and several other lives come together that provide for excitement and unwanted heroism.An excellent read for the reader looking for action that covers every page of the book.