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December 2016 Book of the Month A non-stop, action packed, thrilling tale of a race to save humanity from a deadly virus. 15 year old Rebecca Eden and 16 year old Joe Fontana tell their own tales in alternate very short punchy chapters. Each has suffered heartache and each has experienced loss, yet dealt with it in very different ways. They meet in unusual circumstances and soon find themselves battling for their lives. The introduction set me on high alert, it took me a few seconds to understand what I was looking at, it was certainly intriguing and I immediately wanted to know more. Matt Dickinson doesn't shy away from difficult subjects, he exposes pain, corruption, loss, fear and meets them head on, yet with undeniable sensitivity. Well suited to both young men and women, ‘Lie Kill Walk Away’ is an exciting, adventurous and captivating tale. ~ Liz Robinson
Matt Dickinson is known as the Everest climber – which is possibly the most extreme form of adventure there is – but did writing Lie Kill Walk Away allow him to explore a different kind of adventure?
Matt says: Yes, probably I am best known for my Everest adventures, but I have plenty of other themes that I want to explore. In my previous series Mortal Chaos, I based the stories around chaos theory and the chain reactions that cause disasters. With Lie Kill Walk Away I wanted to create a very different form of adventure, a thriller environment in which two teenage protagonists are trying, quite literally, to save the world. It’s a big story but I have loved the challenge and I hope that readers will identify with my two heroes.
We think this is great book for reluctant readers and Matt agrees..he always keeps ‘reluctant readers’ in mind when writing, ‘I really like it when reluctant readers identify with my books and enjoy reading them. It’s a special feeling because it might inspire a new reading hobby that will last a lifetime. Reluctant readers are often boys with short attention spans. That’s why my books have very short chapters and are generally fast paced. I am the same in my reading habits; I strongly dislike books that are overwritten or just way too slow. I can promise readers of Lie Kill Walk Away that they will be in for a very fast read.’
LIE: 'I check the Range Rover dash. The keys are in there. The sirens are closing in. There's a police helicopter coming over the hospital.'
KILL: 'I have to decide. Decide right now. I can keep out of trouble. Not get involved. Just run away through the park and go home and pretend none of this has happened. Or I can help Becca.'
WALK AWAY: 'I stare into her eyes. Those deep blue eyes. Just for a split second. I tell her, get in the car .'
Joe and Becca uncover a deadly secret. A lethal bioweapon is about to be unleashed. Millions will suffer a terrible death. Now they are being hunted down. And their problems have only just begun ...Lie Kill Walk Away is the latest teen thriller from Matt Dickinson, author of The Everest Files and Mortal Chaos.
Praise for The Everest Files
‘ Matt Dickinson, who made a successful ascent of Everest’s perilous North Face in 1996, has followed up his excellent Mortal Chaos YA trilogy with the first of what will be a trio of thrillers set in Nepal. The Everest Files, a gripping and touching story, is a fine start.’ – Martin Chilton, The Telegraph
|Publication date:||6th October 2016|
|Publisher:||Vertebrate Publishing an imprint of Vertebrate Graphics Ltd|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4|
|Topics:||Romance / Relationship Stories, Thrillers|
Matt Dickinson is an award-winning writer and filmmaker with a passion for climbing and adventure. During his filmmaking career he has worked as a director/cameraman for National Geographic television, the Discovery Channel, the BBC and Channel 4. His film projects have taken him to Antarctica, Africa and the Himalaya, often in the company of the world’s leading climbers and expeditioners. His most notable film success was ‘Summit Fever’ in which Matt reached the summit of Everest via the treacherous North Face. His book The Death Zone tells the true story of that ascent and ...More About Matt Dickinson