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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Action Packed and Engaging
This is the third of Simon Wood's books which I have read in a very short space of time, each of which have been absorbing reading. The author specialises in writing about people under pressure. On this occasion the unfortunate recipient is Scott Fleetwood, a journalist in California, married with two young sons.

Eight years ago Scott was contacted by the...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too familiar a Tune
Simon Wood has enough titles - and enough awards - to his credit to know that he has a loyal readership. Perhaps they will welcome Paying the Piper but someone new to this author may feel uninspired by a familiar plot, some cardboard characters and clichéd writing: "... in this day and age" on only the second page.

Scott Fleetwood is a journalist who...
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Action Packed and Engaging, 28 Jan. 2013
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Brett H "pentangle" (Brighton) - See all my reviews
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This is the third of Simon Wood's books which I have read in a very short space of time, each of which have been absorbing reading. The author specialises in writing about people under pressure. On this occasion the unfortunate recipient is Scott Fleetwood, a journalist in California, married with two young sons.

Eight years ago Scott was contacted by the kidnapper known as the Piper. His ill thought out involvement eventually resulted in the death of the latest kidnapping victim. This time round it is Scott's own family who are on the receiving end of the Piper's attention. However, there is an important difference. The motive is not just money. It's personal.

This is a well written and it is easy for the reader to share Scott's emotions of helplessness and desperation as he is prepared to go to any lengths for his family. He is rather short of allies as the FBI team are led by Tom Shiels who was involved eight years ago, and who makes no secret of his antagonism towards Scott whom he blames for the debacle on the previous occasion. Others who were also involved before, particularly the families of the Piper's previous victims, also have little sympathy for him. Scott is very much on his own.

There are many twists and turns along the way, particularly latterly as this story races towards its action packed conclusion. This is a cleverly plotted story and an engaging read.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good thriller with enough clout to keep you gripped, 23 Nov. 2012
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Paying the Piper is an extremely good thriller packed with enough twists, turns and nastiness to keep you hooked from the start. There's a little bit of everything going on as the characters become engaged in abduction, serial murder, revenge, betrayal, blackmail and much more. I enjoyed the lead character of Scott Fleetwood, San Francisco crime reporter. Fleetwood is written with an inner strength, toughness, you don't have to suspend belief too far when the real cat and mouse chase begins and Fleetwood goes full out to save his child, Sammy, from the serial murderer/kidnapper known as the Piper. Simon Wood spins a complex, difficult plot with a great deal of skill and has an excellent standard of writing. However; reviews are based on personal opinion and I do have a couple of minor niggles:-

* For all the complexity I didn't find the ending difficult to guess, there are some enormous clues, maybe too many.

* By half way through the novel I found dialogue between Fleetwood and the Piper blending into one voice, the same voice, when they're face to face. I lost track of who was who on a couple of occasions. I'm reading a book, I can't see what's going on, and it's not enough to mention one of the characters has a gun and rely on that as the only identifier when they're having a one to one conversation.

That's all I have to say. I'm happy to recommend Paying the Piper and will certainly read more Simon Wood in the future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paying The Piper, 24 May 2014
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WOW!

Another incredibly intense thriller from master storyteller Simon Wood, that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Scott Fleetwood is a journalist who shot to fame, with his correspondence with a serial kidnapper calling himself 'The Piper'. Later it is discovered that he not been dealing with 'The Piper', just someone looking for their fifteen minutes of fame. As a result the real kidnapper kills a young boy because the ransom wasn't paid and escapes.

That was 8 years ago and now Scott gets a call from a man purporting to be the real Piper and advising him that he has kidnapped one of his sons. Terrified, Scott calls in the FBI and is reunited with Agent Tom Shiels. Agent Shiels still holds Scott responsible for the death of the kidnappers last victim and knows that it will be difficult for them to work together. That said and done, they both know that they must work together if they are to have any hope of finding the boy alive or bringing the Piper to justice......

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As with all Simon Wood books, 'Paying The Piper' moves at an incredible pace and has many twists and turns, that will certainly keep you guessing until the very end.

If you're a fan of crime thrillers, then you've GOT TO READ THIS BOOK.......
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too familiar a Tune, 25 Nov. 2012
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Simon Wood has enough titles - and enough awards - to his credit to know that he has a loyal readership. Perhaps they will welcome Paying the Piper but someone new to this author may feel uninspired by a familiar plot, some cardboard characters and clichéd writing: "... in this day and age" on only the second page.

Scott Fleetwood is a journalist who covered past kidnappings by 'The Piper.' Now his own child has been snatched. Tom Shiels, the FBI agent assigned to the case, also has personal issues to settle. Jane, Fleetwood's wife, fluctuates between bursting into tears and being a fierce mother demanding action. And this is the problem. Characters change personality in order to drive the plot.

Provided that is no bar to enjoyment, indulgent readers may travel with a convoluted plot to its somewhat predictable conclusion. It is not too demanding - except in requiring belief in the people involved.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense at it's best!, 6 Aug. 2011
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Juniper Grove Blog (South Carolina, USA) - See all my reviews
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If you're looking to get pulled in and pumped up by a truly kick-ass suspense novel, then this book is for you! Simon Wood's Paying the Piper is a pure adrenaline rush that will have you hanging by the edge of your seat while clawing at your heartstrings. Mr. Wood tells the tale of a parent's worst nightmare, the kidnapping of a child and the unrelenting attempts to get them back! The excitement begins as soon as you open the book, the story moving along at a swift and thrilling pace. The storyline is fantastic and the characters are complex and diverse. I saw and felt this novel come to life as I'm sure many readers have and will!

Right off the bat we are introduced to Scott Fleetwood, a crime reporter for the Independent, as he races his way across town to his children's elementary school. His wife had just called with horrible, life-altering news...their son had been kidnapped! Every parent hopes and prays for their children to be kept safe from such a tragedy, but Scott had almost expected it. Just eight years ago Scott had made a terrible mistake and put publicity and a good story above bringing down the bad guy. Scott believed the man on the phone was The Piper, a serial kidnapper contacting him personally to tell his story. This was huge, or it would've been had he really been speaking with The Piper. Scott soon realized he had been duped when the area's highly feared kidnapper became a cold-blooded killer, showing the F.B.I., the news and Scott that they had made a grave mistake in ignoring his demands. A young boy had been killed and Scott has been blamed by all for his death. Now, after eight years his children were being used as pawns in this sick and vengeful game that The Piper had waited long enough to play. Scott wanted his children back and was willing to get them no matter the cost. It was time to pay The Piper.

I highly recommend reading this book to just about anyone! I was completely engaged in this story from the beginning and found myself emotionally vested in the main character's course to get his kids back. There were twists and turns I never saw coming, keeping the storyline fresh and invigorating! Loved this book!

Hazel O'Shea
Written for the Juniper Grove Blog
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great plot, 22 Dec. 2012
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Great twists and turns. Shame I worked it out early on. I will definitely be reading more from Simon Wood.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pay the Piper, 28 Sept. 2012
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Scott Fleetwood was a reporter for the Independent who eight years ago received a call purporting to be the Piper - a man wanted for kidnapping children for ransom. The caller was a fake and the latest child was killed because the ransom wasn't paid on time. The FBI blamed Scott who did not contact them immediately thus delaying them from discovering the caller was a fake.
Now someone has taken one of Scots children , he is asking for a ransom of $2million which Scott and his family haven't got but the Father of the dead boy steps in and offers to pay so that another family doesn't suffer like his did.
The original FBI investigator, Tom Shiels is in charge and still doesn't trust Scott, it all goes from there. When ever they think they are close to getting the boy back the boundaries are changed, then Scott's other son is kidnapped as well.
The story is full of twists and turns, the characters well drawn and totally believable. The build up of tension is tremendous and it is not until the end that you understand who has done what.
A great book, I will definitely be reading Simon woods earlier books and looking forward to the next one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable thriller!, 4 Feb. 2013
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Scott Fleetwood writes for a newspaper and made a huge mistake over 8 years ago. The Piper, who is a serial kidnapper would take children and return them unharmed once his ransom had been paid. Scott fell for the ramblings of a man who claimed to be the Piper. He wanted the story that would make his career. Instead, the focus was moved from the real Piper to the fraud and as punishment, the Piper killed the boy.

Fast forward, and Scott still writes but lives with the guilt of falling for a fraud. He lost his career and everyone blamed him. Now it seems that the Piper is back and wants Scott to pay by carying out hus deeds. He is introduced to the father of the boy who died all those years ago and believes he has an ally - surprising considering Scotts choices cost his son's life all those years ago.

Scott goes through a number of quests to satisfy the Piper and get his children back,. I won't ruin the twist but you could see it coming in a way because some things were too good to be true. Would forgiveness really traverse all those years?

I really liked the style, the twists and the way this book never got boring!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't read if you have other things to do...it's a pageturner, 7 Feb. 2013
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This is my second SW novel and the standard is still as high. Protaganists tend to be regular guys (i.e. no ex-special forces, ex-cop, martial arts master) who get out of their depth when dangerous people get interested in them. In "Paying the Piper", Scott Fleetwood is a journalist who once thought he had a link to a serial kidnapper of children, only for him to turn out to be a fraud. This lead to the death of a child being held by the Piper. Several years on, the Piper kidnaps one of Scott's boys and the fear, tension and anguish is palpable. It becomes impossible to put the book down as there is never a lull and always a new development. The Piper manipulates Scott - this kidnap is personal and not about the money. How far will Scott go to get his son back? I can't reveal more, so as not to spoil the read, but the pressure does crank up.
Simon Wood is a top writer - delivers in spades. Highly recommending this book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Powerfully Paced, 15 Jan. 2013
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There is no doubting the powerful pace of `Paying the Piper' as a roller coaster serial kidnap thriller that is full of action and suspense. As with Simon Wood's other novels there are numerous twists to keep readers engaged with a multi-layered narrative telling the story from viewpoints of the kidnap family, the FBI and the kidnapper plus vindication of their motives. All sounds great - but unfortunately the plot is just too far-fetched. However improbable, the plot continues to bound along, with valiant attempts at making all perspectives receive some sort of explanation, and generally to tie up loose ends. This may be enough to satisfy some readers but the characters lack credibility and the ending is too glib, and worse still outcomes are predictable. `Paying the Piper' is only average - hence 3-star rating.
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