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Book Title: The Boys From Manchester|
Edition: Kuro Books
Date of issue: April 26th 2013
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The author of the book: J.T. Holden
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 4.32 MB
Read full description of the books The Boys From Manchester:Daniel and Brandon appear to be a couple of average teens who like to read comic books, make movies with their camera, skate outside the local video shop with friends, and even play an elaborate version of hide-and-seek on the sprawling grounds of the botanical gardens after dark.
But these two boys from Manchester, England, are anything but average teens. Best mates since they met on their first day of school in the States, they share not only an unbreakable bond but a secret destiny as well — a destiny that is triggered, as if by the hand of fate itself, when all-American jock and fellow classmate Cody is drawn into their circle. And as the fragile facade of boyhood innocence begins to crumble, a slumbering darkness stirs to fulfill a prophecy foretold long ago.
What begins as a simple coming of age story gradually builds into an adventure of epic proportion as past and present intertwine and the tension mounts to a stunning climax that will leave you breathless and pondering the true nature of heroism, friendship, sacrifice, and love long after the final page has been turned.
Where innocence ends, legend begins.
Read information about the authorJ.T. Holden is the author of three books of rhyming poetry: Alice in Verse: The Lost Rhymes of Wonderland ("A compilation of masterful original poetry" —The Children's Book Review), Twilight Tales: A Collection of Chilling Poems ("Filled with atmospheric rhymes...vivid images and palpable tension" —Foreword Reviews), and O The Dark Things You'll See! ("A delightfully dark sendup to Dr. Seuss's Oh The Places You'll Go!" —Teen Reader Review). J.T.'s novels include: The Boys From Manchester ("A richly textured and atmospheric coming-of-age/fantasy tale...hauntingly beautiful and starkly realistic...with an explosive, action-packed finale." —The Midwest Book Review), Three Imaginary Boys ("One of the best Halloween reads I've come across in quite a while" —Goodreads Reviewer), and JB: Or The Unexpected Virtue of Being Swaggy ("This splendid satire is a real page-turner. I couldn't put it down!" —Teen Reader Review).
On his work:
I love coming up with new and different stories to tell. It makes it a little harder (on marketing) when all of your books don't fall into a simple and easily labeled category, but my tastes have always run a bit eclectic (as anyone who has read Twilight Tales can tell you). The one constant, or linking factor, would be that all of my novels center on teenage boys coming-of-age, so there's always a good deal of me in at least one of the main characters. The other constant is that there is never a 'bad guy' in my novels -- at least not in the willful or wanton sense. Even the 'villains' in Manchester and Three Imaginary Boys are not wholly villainous; each has his or her own demons to contend with, forces beyond their control, or comprehension, that made them the way they are. For me, the villain with no redeeming qualities is like the hero with no flaws: bland and uninteresting.
On superpowers in his books:
I've only written two novels that don't feature any characters with superpowers (both set for release in 2016), and though I'm proud of both, I'd have to say that I prefer writing stories about teens with superpowers. But as anyone who has read my books knows, I strive for a more realistic take on the subject. I grew up on DC comics and still love them to this day, but I'm wise enough to recognize that I do not possess the sort of flare it takes for that style of writing. Instead, I do what I do best: telling stories of teens in the early development of their special powers -- which is why there will never be a sequel to The Boys From Manchester. Not because there isn't more to tell, but because I've already told the best part of it. I'll leave it up to the imagination of the readers to decide what happens with Daniel and Brandon and Cody in the future when they're grown up and have realized the full potential of their powers. In experience, the origin story is usually the best, and often the only one worth writing or reading.
Though I've received extremely positive reviews from Foreword, The Midwest Book Review, and The Children's Book Review, my two favourite reviews came not from professional critics but from regular readers. The first came from an Amazon customer named John whose entire review of Manchester consisted of two sentences: "Innovative storytelling, epic story of super powers, great gay romance. Not what I expected in terms of typical gay fiction." The second review was for JB and came from Gayle Slagle on Goodreads, a longer review that she summed up with this statement: "The heart of the book lies in the inner battle between JB and his id, Kid Swaggy; it is the classic battle between good and evil that is waged within each of us on a daily basis."
What I love about these two reviews is that they came from readers who didn't just enjoy my books but truly understood what they were about.
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