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Nathan Morrell is one of the foremost designers of thrill rides, and for him the occupation is much more than just a career; it’s an undeniable passion. Today is a proud day indeed. The inaugural circuit of Nathan’s latest creation, the world’s newest and most thrilling rollercoaster, is an event that has been long-awaited. The anticipation of the very first ride of the Bl Nathan Morrell is one of the foremost designers of thrill rides, and for him the occupation is much more than just a career; it’s an undeniable passion. Today is a proud day indeed. The inaugural circuit of Nathan’s latest creation, the world’s newest and most thrilling rollercoaster, is an event that has been long-awaited. The anticipation of the very first ride of the Black Mamba has created a buzz in the state of Virginia—for politicians, the public, the favoured first riders, and for Nathan’s company, Flying Machines Inc. But this event is also being watched with interest by others—people lurking in the shadows who see the Black Mamba as a means to an end. There is a spine-tingling truth at stake that involves much more than just a mere ride at an amusement park. A truth that is intended to remain secret. Serpentine is an intoxicating thriller that takes a page right out of today’s headlines. And then it takes those headlines one page further, right to the edge of an ominous and imminent crisis that threatens the world as we know it.

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Nathan Morrell is one of the foremost designers of thrill rides, and for him the occupation is much more than just a career; it’s an undeniable passion. Today is a proud day indeed. The inaugural circuit of Nathan’s latest creation, the world’s newest and most thrilling rollercoaster, is an event that has been long-awaited. The anticipation of the very first ride of the Bl Nathan Morrell is one of the foremost designers of thrill rides, and for him the occupation is much more than just a career; it’s an undeniable passion. Today is a proud day indeed. The inaugural circuit of Nathan’s latest creation, the world’s newest and most thrilling rollercoaster, is an event that has been long-awaited. The anticipation of the very first ride of the Black Mamba has created a buzz in the state of Virginia—for politicians, the public, the favoured first riders, and for Nathan’s company, Flying Machines Inc. But this event is also being watched with interest by others—people lurking in the shadows who see the Black Mamba as a means to an end. There is a spine-tingling truth at stake that involves much more than just a mere ride at an amusement park. A truth that is intended to remain secret. Serpentine is an intoxicating thriller that takes a page right out of today’s headlines. And then it takes those headlines one page further, right to the edge of an ominous and imminent crisis that threatens the world as we know it.

33 review for Serpentine

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shanice Singh

    Nate has a talent for creating terrifying rollercoasters. This book opens with the release of his latest creation, the Black Mamba. But for the first time in his life, one of Nate's innovative designs fail him and 24 people die in a horrific crash. Shelby remains the sole survivor thanks to her wits and Nate's quick response. What follows is an intriguing and complex mystery. Shelby knows exactly what happened on the ride. Nate knows he has tested the rollercoaster beforehand. So what went wrong Nate has a talent for creating terrifying rollercoasters. This book opens with the release of his latest creation, the Black Mamba. But for the first time in his life, one of Nate's innovative designs fail him and 24 people die in a horrific crash. Shelby remains the sole survivor thanks to her wits and Nate's quick response. What follows is an intriguing and complex mystery. Shelby knows exactly what happened on the ride. Nate knows he has tested the rollercoaster beforehand. So what went wrong? I enjoyed this book immensely however there were several mention of physics and engineering terms that, while related to the book, I found them incredibly boring. Apart from that I found this book great. It's a compelling thriller that proves how you really can trust no one.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    In Peter Parkin and Alison Darby's Serpentine, this thriller will take you on a fast-paced thrill ride. Nathan Morrell is the head of Flying Machines Inc., and had designed Serpentine, a brand new roller coaster for Adventureland. On the day of the reveal, something's going awfully wrong when 25 people died. Beyond his shock and awe, he couldn't believe his eyes and rescued the lone survivor. From peer pressure from the brass to file a lawsuit to the NTSB's involvement, they discovered what peop In Peter Parkin and Alison Darby's Serpentine, this thriller will take you on a fast-paced thrill ride. Nathan Morrell is the head of Flying Machines Inc., and had designed Serpentine, a brand new roller coaster for Adventureland. On the day of the reveal, something's going awfully wrong when 25 people died. Beyond his shock and awe, he couldn't believe his eyes and rescued the lone survivor. From peer pressure from the brass to file a lawsuit to the NTSB's involvement, they discovered what people would take to cover up a secret in terms of sabotage and foul play. While it brought Shelby and Nathan together as a couple, it brought them in terms of who would try to thing of something so heinous and sinister in the end with a shocking fallout.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    Serpentine was an interesting book. Not per say one I enjoyed. But interesting. It is a thriller that brings a large number of widespread conspiracy theories into play. I think that is what turned me off.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Darby

    Rollercoaster of a read with scary truths about the world we live in. Would highly recommend for anyone that likes mystery thrillers, fast pace!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary Standeven

    I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review This book races along helter-skelter like the Black Mamba rollercoaster that is its subject. There are some moments of almost calm before the next hill is topped, and then a vertiginous plummet down the next piece of track as the fate of Flying Machines spins out of control again. I never go on rollercoasters – and after reading this book (and watching Final Destination 3) I never will. I don’t see this as a sp I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review This book races along helter-skelter like the Black Mamba rollercoaster that is its subject. There are some moments of almost calm before the next hill is topped, and then a vertiginous plummet down the next piece of track as the fate of Flying Machines spins out of control again. I never go on rollercoasters – and after reading this book (and watching Final Destination 3) I never will. I don’t see this as a spoiler, as you cannot put a rollercoaster in the centre of a story and then not have an accident. So it is really no surprise when it all goes horribly pear-shaped. The real surprise is how and why the accident happened, especially as Nathan’s Flying Machine company prides itself on its high quality engineering and safety record. Nathan and his two best friends and colleagues, Tom and Ron, are at a loss to understand it, and no-one is making it easy for them. None of the normal rules seem to apply, and someone is obviously orchestrating a cover-up. Again, why? The book doesn’t mention JFK or the supposedly fake moon landing, but all the other great conspiracy theories are there. In a country where no-one trusts the government, and where there is a plethora of shady security agencies, it is only to be expected that a new dastardly conspiracy will be conceived. The story line deftly straddles the line between reality and fantasy. If you like your thrillers firmly anchored in the real world, this may not be for you, but you would be missing out on a whale of a good ride. The prose isn’t always the best, and some of the situations are verging on the really incredible. But, if you are willing to suspend your disbelief, and some literary criticism, you will be amazed at what a wonderful and compelling thriller this is, to keep conspiracy theorists and thriller aficionados alike enthralled

  6. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Scott

    I got this ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Serpentine is one of the most original thrillers I’ve ever read. The dramatic opening caught my attention and it was held all the way to the final page. Serpentine is unlike any thrillers I’ve ever read which usually involve a serial killer, lone murderers or crazed stalkers. Serpentine is very different than the usual thriller fare – for all the good reasons. This thriller has all the elements of a great read – pol I got this ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Serpentine is one of the most original thrillers I’ve ever read. The dramatic opening caught my attention and it was held all the way to the final page. Serpentine is unlike any thrillers I’ve ever read which usually involve a serial killer, lone murderers or crazed stalkers. Serpentine is very different than the usual thriller fare – for all the good reasons. This thriller has all the elements of a great read – political espionage, conspiracy theories, shady men in suits making ominous threats, blackmail, murder and dodgy secret agencies acting suspiciously. My head was full of questions as I read this highly original thriller. One question would be answered then I would read two page and have another fifteen questions. And another twenty. Then a couple more. Serpentine gave me the right kinds of chills. There are some pretty dark moments in the book but these moments are executed so well my jaw literally hit the floor. I’d highly recommend Serpentine for someone who wants a great thriller offering something different and original.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ruby

    Begin with the ultimate thrill ride, throw in every conspiracy theory of the last few decades, and then cap it all off with a mysterious group planning the ultimate disaster. The Black Mamba is the greatest roller coaster to ever be built in the great state of Virginia For Nathan, it's even more excellent because the coaster is not only new and thrilling, it is also his own design. All will go well or so everyone thought.... Serpentine is almost liken to a creature feature for me, the creature be Begin with the ultimate thrill ride, throw in every conspiracy theory of the last few decades, and then cap it all off with a mysterious group planning the ultimate disaster. The Black Mamba is the greatest roller coaster to ever be built in the great state of Virginia For Nathan, it's even more excellent because the coaster is not only new and thrilling, it is also his own design. All will go well or so everyone thought.... Serpentine is almost liken to a creature feature for me, the creature being the epic metal monster that seems to gain a mind of its own and the epic suspense built around it. I loved every scary detail in this story from the shadowy figures planning disaster, . to our hero trying to solve exactly why things happened the way they do. If you love Conspiracy theories of just need a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat, this is definitely for you.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Earl

    Serpentine by Peter Parkin and Alison Darby is a wonderful thriller with a world-threatening conspiracy theory twist included. Exciting from opening to close. Combine the excitement of a super roller coaster (and all of the technology that goes into creating it) with secretive and dangerous conspiracies and you have a thrill ride that beats any physical roller coaster. While the large scale threats keep your mind working the detail given to describing each scene makes your heart race. Make sure y Serpentine by Peter Parkin and Alison Darby is a wonderful thriller with a world-threatening conspiracy theory twist included. Exciting from opening to close. Combine the excitement of a super roller coaster (and all of the technology that goes into creating it) with secretive and dangerous conspiracies and you have a thrill ride that beats any physical roller coaster. While the large scale threats keep your mind working the detail given to describing each scene makes your heart race. Make sure you know what your target heart rate is and remember to breathe. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good thriller, especially techno-thrillers and conspiracy thrillers. The story is exciting and the characters are well developed. Reviewed from an ARC made available by the publisher via NetGalley.

  9. 5 out of 5

    C. Stuchl

    Serpentine Peter Parkin and Alison Darby "Serpentine, a thing in the shape of a winding curve or line, coiled and twisted like a snake." In this case it's a Roller coaster named the Black Mamba" The book cover says it all and once you get on this ride you will not be able to get off until the end. It's that good. The thrills start with the Black Mamba disaster. Written with such vivid prose that you can almost hear the screams and feel the terror as the coaster jumps the tracks and plummets to t Serpentine Peter Parkin and Alison Darby "Serpentine, a thing in the shape of a winding curve or line, coiled and twisted like a snake." In this case it's a Roller coaster named the Black Mamba" The book cover says it all and once you get on this ride you will not be able to get off until the end. It's that good. The thrills start with the Black Mamba disaster. Written with such vivid prose that you can almost hear the screams and feel the terror as the coaster jumps the tracks and plummets to the ground. This is just the first few pages it gets better as Nate and his company try to discover how and why the accident could have happened. This book will have you gripped with it's quick paced action until the last page.

  10. 5 out of 5

    John Johnstone

    Who would think a story about a roller coaster could be so involved in government conspiracy. This is a fantastic thriller that starts with a thrilling ride on a roller coaster doomed to failure and the tragic death of passengers. The ride's designer Nathan Morrell is certain his creation was not at fault and is determined to find out why he and his company is being made into scapegoats. It is always a certainty that when the NSA is involved things will get nasty and the authors make good capita Who would think a story about a roller coaster could be so involved in government conspiracy. This is a fantastic thriller that starts with a thrilling ride on a roller coaster doomed to failure and the tragic death of passengers. The ride's designer Nathan Morrell is certain his creation was not at fault and is determined to find out why he and his company is being made into scapegoats. It is always a certainty that when the NSA is involved things will get nasty and the authors make good capital on this producing a riveting ride, almost as thrilling as being on the Black Mamba ride itself. The whole package is made even better by the easy to read style that flows smoothly and keeps you entertained throughout.

  11. 4 out of 5

    MartyAnne

    Rollercoasters are thrill rides that let you feel fear and exhilaration while knowing you are safe. Yes ...Until you see the tack ahead of you split and your friends plummeting 200 feet or more to certain death. Shelby sees it all in time to put her gymnastics skills to work, to get off and away from the coaster. The hero who saves her from a weakening grip is also the coaster designer. He KNOWS it wasn't a flaw in the design. And when he does find out more, a mere sabotage of his coaster starts Rollercoasters are thrill rides that let you feel fear and exhilaration while knowing you are safe. Yes ...Until you see the tack ahead of you split and your friends plummeting 200 feet or more to certain death. Shelby sees it all in time to put her gymnastics skills to work, to get off and away from the coaster. The hero who saves her from a weakening grip is also the coaster designer. He KNOWS it wasn't a flaw in the design. And when he does find out more, a mere sabotage of his coaster starts looking like something he never suspected. Suspend your disbelief for a little while and enjoy a real page-turner. And be careful, near-death incidents are becoming commonplace!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Arlene Arredondo

    A rollercoaster ride full of unexpected twist and turns that will keep you gripping the handle of this amazing tale. The authors are amazing in describing horrific scenes and difficult situations. This is an excellent written book that would thrill any Jeffrey Deaver or James Patterson fan. The suspense is very high and the plot and background of this story is spine chilling due to the reality of the matter. The characters are well developed and complex. Will definitely be in the lookout for mor A rollercoaster ride full of unexpected twist and turns that will keep you gripping the handle of this amazing tale. The authors are amazing in describing horrific scenes and difficult situations. This is an excellent written book that would thrill any Jeffrey Deaver or James Patterson fan. The suspense is very high and the plot and background of this story is spine chilling due to the reality of the matter. The characters are well developed and complex. Will definitely be in the lookout for more books from these writers. Note: I received an ARC from the publisher for review purposes.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Beverly

    This book was not what I was expecting. I thought it was a story about rollercoasters. Well, it is kind of, but it is so much more. There are thrills and spills, murder, romance, sabotage, and corruption. There are enough up and down thrills to satisfy any rollercoaster junkie. The story is well written and the characters are full of personality. I have never read these authors before, but I'm going to look for more of their books to enjoy. I received this ebook free from NetGalley for an honest This book was not what I was expecting. I thought it was a story about rollercoasters. Well, it is kind of, but it is so much more. There are thrills and spills, murder, romance, sabotage, and corruption. There are enough up and down thrills to satisfy any rollercoaster junkie. The story is well written and the characters are full of personality. I have never read these authors before, but I'm going to look for more of their books to enjoy. I received this ebook free from NetGalley for an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    *I received an ARC copy via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review* Serpentine is a thriller about a rollercoaster that takes an unexpected turn for the worst, sending the characters through a whirlwind of their lives. Throughout the story, I was taken up and down through many twists and turns which is ironically like a rollercoaster. I could hardly put it down! While reading, I pictured the story like a movie. I felt every stomach drop, every scream, every fear that they felt. This is an incr *I received an ARC copy via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review* Serpentine is a thriller about a rollercoaster that takes an unexpected turn for the worst, sending the characters through a whirlwind of their lives. Throughout the story, I was taken up and down through many twists and turns which is ironically like a rollercoaster. I could hardly put it down! While reading, I pictured the story like a movie. I felt every stomach drop, every scream, every fear that they felt. This is an incredible read that I think any mystery/thriller fan would absolutely love. 4/5.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Fungi From Yuggoth

    Review: SERPENTINE by Peter Parkin and Alison Darby With SERPENTINE, readers revel not only in a champion suspenseful thriller/mystery, but conspiracy theory too. TWA 800. World Trade Center. Shades of Edward Snowden. Sneaky quasi-government cover-up. And it all begins with the catastrophic inaugural run of the brand-new Black Mamba roller coaster in Alexandria, Virginia, built by Flying Machines Inc., brainchild of Nathan Morrell, a structural engineer and savant.

  16. 5 out of 5

    D.J.

    This book offers a lot of detail about rollercoaster mechanisms, eidetic memory and more. It is well researched, and the characters are engaging. There are some steamy, detailed sex scenes and graphic violence which makes this unsuitable for advanced MG, beginner YA readers. The ending left a major question unanswered (in my mind) about future retribution in relation to one character but I am unable to go into detail here as I will spoil a major plot twist if I do.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ailyn

    Serpentine is a thriller/ mystery book featuring Nate Morrell, owner and designer of the Black Mamba rollercoaster that had killed 25 people. Serpentine is for those who likes the thrill of riding scary rides and conspiracies.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Trina

    I received this arc from Netgalley. Whew, what a ride!! I enjoyed every bit from start to finish. Lots of action and fast paced. Highly entertaining and definitely recommended.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nettie

    I received a free copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. A good ole fashioned suspense thriller. Easy to read and interesting enough to keep you going.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Linda Seder

  21. 5 out of 5

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  22. 5 out of 5

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  23. 4 out of 5

    Monica Mac

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

  25. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

  26. 5 out of 5

    Stefanie Michelle

  27. 5 out of 5

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  28. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

  29. 4 out of 5

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  30. 5 out of 5

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  31. 5 out of 5

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  32. 4 out of 5

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  33. 5 out of 5

    Nick Weisenberger

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