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Smashwords book reviews by Helen Rose
on Sep. 06, 2011
Three boys go to play in the forest and only two return.
It is the biggest and the bravest friend that is captured by a rival gang who are bigger and have more boys in it. The two boys find out their friend is a captive and to get him back they have to give up their prized possesions. They have to confront the gang and exchange the captive for the possessions. The boys have to outsmart the bigger gang. My son liked this book even though Harry Potter was nowhere in sight. It was good enough that I'll read the others by this author.
- Archie's Gold
on Sep. 06, 2011
Archie, the main character is a brave young man who must struggle through some great problems to rejoin his father. The story has good imagery of the streets and characters. At times there is a sense of hopelessness as the boy gets in so much trouble he doesn't know what to do. The kid has a heart of gold and manages to pull up his socks and get things done. My son read it and liked it,especially some of the quirky characters like Boogie. I read it, too and thinks its a pretty good read especially about life in the 60's. Shoeshine boys are hard to find these days but apparently used to be everywhere so its a bit of history, too. Archie is a fighter, a brave boy. I read the other book by this writer Ransom and liked it, too so I'm a fan now.
- Old Flames
on Sep. 12, 2011
A firefighter novel wasn't the first pick. My family is familiar with this writer's juvenile novels and I decided to give his adult story a read. The downloaded sample convinced me as I enjoyed the fire and the intrigue that's set up in the first chapter. There is a broad spectrum in this book regarding characters and situations like arson, murder, fire investigation. Surprising me was his romance with an 'old flame' and two other women who drive this guy around the bend. There's What I really liked was the heroism angles that the author examines and figure every firefighter might think something like that. The main character is a firefighter but is still a man, a flawed man. And the setting is a small city in Canada, not NY or LA, which are tiresome as life does go on elsewhere. It's a satisfying read that I think a lot of people would like as the story moves along well.