Selo

Rated 3.00/5 based on 3 reviews
Les Kingsley is sixteen, skinny and scared. He spends his days dodging bullies at work, school and home. When he helps a hospital patient, a friendship develops that brings Les courage and strength that he never knew before. But the new friend and mentor make Les a target on both sides of the law. Soon, Les must make hard choices about right, wrong and self-preservation. More

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About Doug Setter

Doug grew up in Surrey, B.C. At 18 years and 120 pounds, he joined the Canadian military. Doug served as a communication researcher, radio operator and paratrooper. He served with the U.N. Protection Force in Croatia in 1993 and later earned a Bachelor of Science. He is the author of Stomach Flattening, Reduce Your Alcohol Craving and Selo. Doug has run five complete marathons, climbed Mt. Rainier and won a welter weight kick-boxing championship. He has been a guest on CKNW and CBC radio.

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Review by: John Francois on May 15, 2012 :
Doug Setter's novella, Selo, is about a tall skinny teen, Les, who learns how to defend himself against bullies. He gains these skills thanks to the help of a mysterious gangland character named Allan Marcus, a.k.a Matt Selo, who we meet in a hospital recovering from injuries received in his "work" in his gangland activities. A relationship develops as Matt become his tutor in standing up for himself, and Les runs various errands for him as his gofer.
I found the story to have much unnecessary dialogue, a story which would move better with good narrative. Some structural errors were found in the story. Matt could have been better developed and made a more sympathetic character, but we don't know what happens to him by the end of the story.
Still, a good read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sandford Tuey on April 20, 2012 : (no rating)
The story is a mix of coming of age, teen literature and suspense thriller. The main character, Les, seems to be a bully's target wherever he goes, the street, work, home and school. A mysterious criminal, Matt Selo, takes the teen under his wing and teaches Les about fist fighting, risk taking and making money. Can bad guys be good and vice versa? Les' new lifestyle brings attention from rival criminals, police and the usual band of bullies. Les is forced into becoming smarter, stronger and more cunning just to survive.

--Sandford Tuey, creator of Galactic Gladiators www.galacticgladiators.com
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Sandford Tuey on April 20, 2012 : (no rating)
The story is a mix of coming of age, teen literature and suspense thriller. The main character, Les, seems to be a bully's target wherever he goes, the street, work, home and school. A mysterious criminal, Matt Selo, takes the teen under his wing and teaches Les about fist fighting, risk taking and making money. Can bad guys be good and vice versa? Les' new lifestyle brings attention from rival criminals, police and the usual band of bullies. Les is forced into becoming smarter, stronger and more cunning just to survive.

--Sandford Tuey, creator of Galactic Gladiators www.galacticgladiators.com
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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