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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Century (30 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780890753
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780890753
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.9 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (353 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 218,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"You won’t be able to put it down." (Sunday Mirror)

"More gripping than Action Man's hands" (Mail on Sunday)

"As ever, Kernick’s research is impeccable. The plotting is brilliant and makes for a tense, action-packed read" (Sunday Mirror)

"Simon Kernick writes great plots, great characters, great action." (Lee Child)

"Another Kernick cracker; he never lets you down" (Sunday Sport)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Samson on 11 July 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I am a big fan of Simon Kernick and have read all of his books. I enjoyed the twists and turns and went through a wave of emotions reading this and was excited reading it. I found the characterisation just fine and certainly went through pain with them.

However much I enjoyed the book I can sympathise with some of the negative comments by other reviewers. The book does seem to draw on similar stories or ideas which did not seem that original or polished.

I would love to see this made into a film, it's over the top but rewarding nonetheless.

I just hope I am wrong when I have the feeling Simon Kernick and others such as Peter James (who I avidly read as well) seem to
churn out books like a production line with perhaps a loss of quality and originality.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Maxine (Booklover Catlady) on 2 Aug. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
As a fan of crime and thrillers I feel a bit bad that until now I had not read a Simon Kernick novel. I went into reading this with no expectations at all, a blank page, ready to be filled up with impressions.

Stay Alive kicks off rapidly with a bucket load of killing and action. We are off to a good start I was thinking. I like a book that kicks into first gear by the end of Chapter One. Hooked in, ready to rock and roll.

The book kicks off with Amanda Rowan being witness to her husband's murder as well as his lover, she rebuilds her life after this tragic event. The murder is pinned to a serial killer being hunted called The Disciple, well knows for his gruesome torture techniques and signature wall paintings that go with the death of his victims.

The police are on alert, looking for clues and DNA to find out who The Disciple is in order to catch him and stop his murdering rampage.

The book then flows into a complex storyline of Amanda escaping an attempted abduction and fleeing for her life in the woods of Scotland. This is where MANY characters start to come into play in the book and the plot focuses strongly on the chase to come. Amanda is not alone in the woods, innocent people have got caught up in the hunt for her.

I loved the pace of the book but found the woodland chasing scene went on a bit too long, it took up to much of the story for my liking, lots of detail that could have been cut shorter as I got the general idea already. There is only so much chasing that you can do. I was worn out just reading it!

I really liked some of the characters in this book, and was keen to see the outcome of the whole situation. It's one of those books where as you read you know you are missing something.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By JK TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Feb. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Stay Alive was my first Simon Kernick novel and I'm pleasantly surprised.

The central plot revolves around the character of Amanda Rowan who is on the run from a shady past. Just at the point Amanda feels she might be safe is the very moment Kernick ramps up the tension and it becomes very clear her new life is about to come crashing down around her. As Amanda becomes more and more terrified she reaches out to another family in the hope they can help - one way or another.

What results is a fast and often violent cat and mouse chase which sees the past reaching out in an attempt to drag Amanda back to face the consequences but; she's now involved innocent people and there's more than her own life on the line.

Stay Alive is a decent thriller with some really well worked surprises and plenty of tension. It's not the best book I've read in the thriller genre, it does run too close to formula from time to time, but Kernick has certainly produced a fast moving, pacy, meaty adventure with the power to put the reader on the edge of their seat. It's easy to let the tension carry you along which makes for a fast and easy read.

I'd like to see this novel turned into a TV drama or movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gozo Keith on 2 Aug. 2014
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A predictable outcome unbelievable story and characters, written in a schoolboy style. No more Mr Kernick for me.
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Format: Paperback
Another good race against time thriller from Simon Kernick including new all action hero Scope, who like Bruce Willis in Die Hard seems to always be in the wrong place at the wrong time (although not for the people he inevitably saves from the bad guys). Stay Alive starts with another apparent gruesome murder by a serial killer known as The Disciple, who likes to torture and kill unsuspecting couples. Amanda Rowan walks in to her house just as her husband and lover have been slaughtered. She somehow escapes his clutches, but until The Disciple is caught chooses to move to a safe house in remote Scotland. Amanda is tracked down by a group of men determined to kidnap her, but why? She manages to flee and embroils a family on a canoe trek with tragic consequences. The plot shifts in focus to 2 young sisters (one is adopted), who struggle to survive and the eldest views Amanda with suspicion. The group are in grave danger but thankfully Scope has taken a job with the Canoe company and sniffs out the danger to come to the rescue in the nick of time, with the police (detectives Mike Bolt and Mo Khan) always one step behind . The actions scenes are written with great suspense as ever, although the ‘paedophile’ scene was more akin to a horror movie and did not really gel into the plot. Liked the twist at the end, although not sure about how Scope was treated. Not Kernick’s best book by a long way but maintains interest throughout
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