Saturday, October 17, 2009

Review: The Siege by Stephen White

Book Info:
The Siege by Stephen White
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Dutton Adult (August 4, 2009)
ISBN-13: 9780525951223
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Source: My Shelves
Rating: 3.5/5

In The Siege, Gregory's longtime friend Sam Purdy takes center stage in a story that feels ripped from tomorrow's headlines. As a lovely weekend approaches on the Yale campus it appears that a number of students -- including the sons of both the Secretary of the Army and newest Supreme Court justice -- may have gone missing. Kidnapping? Terrorism? The authorities aren't sure. But the high-profile disappearances draw the attention of the CIA and the FBI's vaunted Hostage Rescue Team.

I recently participated in a series reading challenge on Paperback Swap. The goal of the challenge was to get caught up on some of the series that I seem to be forever behind on. I didn't start any new series but did get caught up on 3-4 of my existing series.

I had recently read Dead Time (review) and took the opportunity of the challenge to rush out and purchase The Siege, which was listed as the next book in the Alan Gregory series. Dead Time ended with some marital strife between Alan and Lauren and I was looking forward to continuing with this story line. If I'd paid a little more attention, I'd have noticed that The Siege didn't focus on Alan. In fact, Alan made a 2 page appearance at the end of the book and that was it.

While I was disappointed that The Siege was a true Alan Gregory book, The Siege was very good. It was one of those books that makes you wonder if the situation in the book could really be carried out. The Siege is a solid mystery, but I wish it hadn't been listed as a Gregory book. While Purdy is familiar to series readers he could have been replaced by anyone and the story wouldn't be any different. 3.5 stars


Sandy Nawrot said...

You know, you think you've read all the series to the point where you feel you can't get anything done. But what I am realizing is that there are a few hundred out there I've never heard of! This is one of them! Sounds like a good, action-packed read!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Great honest review Melissa. I read Kill Me by him recently (4/5). He has several thrillers out I believe.

Zibilee said...

I am not sure that this would be a series I would like, but I enjoyed your review and think that I know someone who would really like this book, and this series. Thanks!