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Escape from Furnace 1: Lockdown by [Smith, Alexander Gordon]
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Book Description

Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith is Book 1 in the Escape from Furnace series, featuring Alex Sawyer.

About the Author

Alexander Gordon Smith is the author of the terrifying Furnace series, as well as The Inventors (shortlisted for the Wow Factor competition) and The Inventors and the City of Stolen Souls. He has also written a number of non-fiction books, as well as hundreds of articles for various magazines. He is the founder of Egg Box Publishing, an independent press that promotes talented new writers and poets, and is the co-owner of Fear Driven Films. He lives in Norwich.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1860 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (7 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004AP9LNS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,005 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Quite simply this is one of the best books I have ever read. Be warned-not for the faint of heart. It is an amazing thriller and the pace is continuasly strong throughout. I couldn't put it down and, even though I would tell myself to stop, the pages just kept on turning.
BUY THIS BOOK NOW!
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Some books just immediately impress you, either by their concept, the writing, or the overall skill in storytelling. This book does all three. Alexander Gordon Smith has started a series that looks to be amazing if this first book is any indication. It has been about 10 years since I got this excited about a series by the first book, and that time it was The Traveler by John Twelve Hawks.

The back story. At some point in the near future youth crime reaches epic heights. The populace responds strongly after the summer of slaughter, a period where youth murder rates soar. They create a new super max prison for young offenders, carved below the earth: Furnace. They say that below heaven is hell and below hell is furnace. There is now a zero tolerance policy on youth felons.

The story written in the first person narrative style, is the story of Alex Sawyer, a young criminal mostly responsible for break and enters and petty theft. Alex is framed for the murder of his criminal partner. Even though he is innocent, he is convicted and sent to Furnace. He arrives in Furnace, a terrifying dark hole carved from the earth, a place ruled by vicious gangs, and even more brutal guards. A place filled with horrifying creatures who come and steal boys from their cells in the night. A place with no hope and no future. Yet Alex struggles to maintain hope - that hope is escape, something believed to be impossible.

Alexander Gordon Smith does an amazing job of capturing the brutality of a prison environment, without going into too much gore. He tells a dark tale without becoming overly depressing. It is very well written.

The story is very well written for a first novel.
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This book is one heck of an adventure. It is a rollercoaster ride of emotions from the suffocating feeling of imprisonment to the fuzzy feeling of great friends and all that's inbetween.
Alexander Gordon Smith has a writing style that'll sweep you into the story and make you feel as though you are right there with the characters and Furnace is no exception.
I couldn't put this book down and am now waiting with baited breath for the second in the series, currently teetering at the edge of the cliffhanger of this one!
Brilliant.
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It's been a while since I've been wanting to read this book. Finally snapped it up on Kindle. Glad I did.

The book starts up a bit slow, but once it picks up - it totally picks up.

I liked the different characters in the book. Donovan came across as the silent hard guy; Zee was portrayed as tough in the early part; Gary's entrance was class.

The book itself flows well and engages the reader. You begin to wonder, what will happen next? will it work? It has you on the edge.

And Monty...well
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I downloaded this book never having heard of Alexander Gordon Smith. Once I read it I was blown away. A G S has that enviable ability to create stories right outside the box and yet keep them utterly believable. The story is well paced, thoroughly exciting and kept me reading way past a sensible hour. The story ends in a cliff hanger which left me desperate for more. I immediately downloaded the whole Furnace series and every book is a winner. I loved them so much I had to squeeze every last smidgeon out of the experience and eagerly went on Alexander's website where you can read a 19 page epilogue to the final Furnace book. A great way to round off what has been a brilliant roller coaster ride. If you like horror thrillers I thoroughly recommend this series.
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The cover and the first paragraph called to me on this one and I was very excited to get busy on reading it.
So Lockdown is all based around a penitentiary for those that break the law the thing of it is, is that this penitentiary is underground I mean there is nothing but rock surrounding people. There is no way out but only one way in. The boys that are in it are young they have all been found guilty of a crime and this is their punishment.
So we are introduced to the character Alex. He had a decent life that is until he followed the wrong path, his path was stealing and breaking and entering homes. Well it all catches up to him one day and now he finds himself in the Furnace Penitentiary. It isn't like he doesn't know what it is because they have all been told about it. Though now that he is on the inside of the fence he knows that it is not a place he wants to be in.
The Furnace is not like any other place, the guards are very fast and weird looking, the wheezer's are horrible, the dogs that they have roaming around are even worse, lets not even talk about the food that is served.
There are rules in place and you need to follow them to survive, no one is promised tomorrow and Alex is learning this first hand. His bunk mate Donovan educates Alex the best he can on how everything is ran but you can see Alex doesn't want to truly follow the rules.
Now as I enjoyed this story and I would have given it a straight up 5 because it does deserve it I feel as though something was missing within the story. I am not sure if it was because I didn't know where all this was taken place at or maybe the year. It just felt off to me.
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