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Stay Alive

Stay Alive [Kindle Edition]

Simon Kernick
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (268 customer reviews)

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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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The gripping new race-against-time thriller by the best-selling author of Relentless, The Last 10 Seconds, Siege and Ultimatum.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1117 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1780890753
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (30 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (268 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,233 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Crime Thriller with Loads of Action 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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars wrong time wrong place....wrong wrong wrong!!! 17 Jun 2014
By Cat
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Have enjoyed all of Simon Kernick novels until now. What a disappointment! It seems that he clumped together previous characters and slim plot lines that didn't quite work in his previous books & tried to make it into an exciting story. Sketchy under developed & unsympathetic characters, unbelievable plot line (& my imagination soars when engaged!) Wouldn't even recommend this 'book' as a free download......& I've read some duffers.....DO NOT PAY HARD EARNED MONEY ON THIS....if you must, at least borrow it or wait to see if it becomes a's too short & there are many many more worthy books...
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hold on to your chair! 30 Jan 2014
By Best Crime Books TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Holy S*it! You know that feeling you get when you’re watching some really intense thriller and the music gets a bit slower, and the tension mounts…..that sick feeling in the pit of your stomach…do I watch? Do I turn away? Yep that one! Well this started from page 1 and finished pretty much when I had finished. If you haven’t read Simon Kernick before (first of all where on earth have you been) then you can compare his work to one of those movies! Sometimes SK books are hit or miss for me, some people (I agree occasionally) think that they are too unrealistic. Other times they are amazing. To date my favourite read has always been Relentless, until now! Although it may be a joint winner this latest book is certainly up there with his best stuff!

Amanda Rowan finds herself in a dangerous situation and is forced to flee her home. When she moves away she figures that her life is relatively safe and she can go about her normal day to day life. When she realises that this couldn’t be further from the truth she inadvertently drags a family into her mess. Jess is the elder sister up visiting her sister when Amanda Rowan drags her and her family into her dangerous world. From the moment this part of the story begins my heart was racing even faster than it had been up until that point. Mike Bolt makes a welcome return, although in my opinion we didn't see nearly enough of him. Having said that I was so wrapped up in the story I soon forgot that!

Kernick has certainly exceeded my expectations and has produced an absolute heart thumping page turner. It was a book that I literally couldn’t put down. Every time I picked it back up that all too familiar sick feeling in the pit of my stomach returned. You almost feel like you are taking the journey with them.
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