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Publisher's Summary

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. Attention quickly focuses on the fortress-like tomb of one of Yale's secret societies. Suspended Boulder police detective Sam Purdy soon finds himself in New Haven, where he is quickly snared by an unlikely pair of Feds: FBI agent Christopher Poe and CIA analyst Deirdre Drake.
Sam, Poe, and Dee join together, desperately trying to solve the riddle of what is going on inside the windowless stone tomb on the edge of campus. The clock is pounding in their ears. The unknown enemy is playing by no known rules...is making no demands...is refusing to communicate with the hostage negotiator...is somehow anticipating every FBI move...is completely unconcerned about getting away...

And...is sending students, one by one, out of the building's front door to die.

©2009 Stephen White (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What listeners say about The Siege

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So-so

I love Stephen White's older books with Alan Gregory. This book focused on Sam Purdy and then two new characters who we have never met (Po and Deirdre) and will probably never see again.

Parts of this book were very good and the premise behind it had a lot of potential but in the end it fell flat. As I found with Stephen White's last book I thought there was way too much dialogue about things that did not move along the story and in the end the main characters really did not affect the outcome of the situation - they were just bystanders and as someone else mentioned just figured out the motives behind the situation before anyone else.

I really noticed a political message coming through from the author in the whole story with regards to 9/11 and the resulting events in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Not a total waste of time but not what I expected from someone who used to be my favorite author.

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Hunh!!!??

Wacky story line and hopelessly poor reader!

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For the first time, I couldn't finish listening

I had to stop listening to this book halfway through. It's the first time I've done that. I don't know what possessed Dick Hill to make the choices he did in his narration, but it was unbearably ponderous and articulated with a bizarre sameness, no matter which region a character was supposed to be from. Purdy sounds as if he ended up in Minnesota by way of New York. Poe's accent is simply a toned-down version of Purdy's. I don't know if Hill thinks this quirk of speech is characteristic of law enforcement generally (although he couldn't seem to break out of these speech patterns for any of the characters), but after over seven hours of it, I was ready to jump out of my skin.

I listened to clips of some of the other books Dick Hill narrates, and he's clearly capable of making entirely different choices.

I don't feel as if I've missed much. The book's premise has a lot of promise, but the first half meanders among the personal woes of angst-ridden cops, with little plot development.

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disappointing

I must agree, a soap opera, thank goodness for fast forward.The protagonist(s)did nothing (little) that altered the outcome. flawed dependent whiny protagonists are not my cup of tea. All they did was understand what the bad guys motives were before anyone else. Very good concept and plot, if cut back on the whining, and worked on the ending some, it could have been a very good story.

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One of his best

Really liked that Sam instead of Allen was the main character in this one. It was also very exciting. Kept me riveted throughout.

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Entertaining and thought provoking story

Suspenseful and very well written. Although I believe it's fictional there probably is some truth in the story. Good book

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White's best yet

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Dick Hill is amazing as usual. After a few chapters I didn't need to hear names, his character's voices remained spot on throughout the story. The plot was amazing. The story has you riveted from the beginning through to the end. Highly recommended.

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Not an Alan Greggory Book

Would you listen to The Siege again? Why?

Yes, it was entertaining

What other book might you compare The Siege to and why?

In line with the rest of the series and keeps you guessing

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Good Listen

What did you love best about The Siege?

This was a good listen, it strikes at the heart of our greatest fears, the only problem is the reason behind it The siege, I am about sick of the big ruthless america theme in so many books. but is well worth your time. Stephen White does a good job here and the narrator was good.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

the siege of course and how it was planned

What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

he always does a good job

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Thought provoking

This book looks at the potential evolution of terrorism into something even more scary and dangerous. For the first half of the book you see the story unfold through three different perspectives. I don't read many like that so I found it interesting. The characters were very real. People whose lives had taken unexpected turns, people who were vulnerable yet very strong. And the narration was superb.