Book Review: The Boys from Manchester by: J.T. Holden

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Kuro Books

Publication Date: April 26, 2013

Origins:  From Kuro Books for Review

Format: E-book

Order Links:  Amazon

Synopsis: 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.

Review: ‘The Boys From Manchester’ is about two boys who are best friends and whose abilities complement each other. I thought the first part of the story went a bit slow after a spectacular prologue, but the action picked up tremendously in the second half. Daniel and Brandon’s relationship is complex, deeply authentic, and at times inspirational. I really felt as if I were watching a movie or reading a graphic novel as ‘The Boys From Manchester’ has a forceful presence. J.T. Holden has written a stunningly poignant and magical coming of age story!


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