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A Boy's Name [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Queen
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Set in a 1920’s Scotland, “A Boy’s Name” is a coming of age story in which a boy becomes a man. When the swirling mists of adolescence take you from childhood to a place where suddenly everything becomes real and somewhat scary. How much grief and heartache can one boy suffer before breaking? What is the big secret lingering in the air around the town of Rockfield? As the mystery unravels, all will become clear, but only time will provide the answers.

This epic story is in turn exciting, dramatic, emotionally charged yet unceasingly entertaining. As all the page-turning elements come together in a race against time, we feel the pain and sorrow of death. We share in the unveiling of a family secret never meant to be heard. Responsibility and reason must prevail before all is lost and the lives of many are shattered forever.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 512 KB
  • Print Length: 392 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Pen Press (21 Oct 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006QZJ71Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #709,782 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Of all the books I've read this year, "A Boy's Name" ranks high among the best so far. Although I found the first few chapters slow, after that it takes off with speed and provides a very enjoyable read. The mixture of emotions this novel provides are suitable for all readers. The life and death issues are written in such a way as to provoke the reader into looking at things from a very different perspective. I particularly liked how this novel ran with many different plots, which rolled together into one explosive and gripping ending. There is little to confuse the reader in the novel. The narrated story takes the reader by the hand through a year in the life of two 1920s boys and shows us just how life can deal us all a strange hand.
When I think about this novel, I have to laugh at the title, although I'm laughing more at myself than anything else. Once you've read and understood this novel you'll know exactly what I mean. This is a novel which I will read again. I'm sure I missed much of what the writer was trying to impart. As a recommendation, this is a great novel to read. It's inspired me in many ways. I look forward to reading more from this writer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good and bad 29 Jan 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The first three quarters of this book kept me fairly gripped and I was keen to find out the solution to the various mysteries. As it approached the end, however, it became somewhat silly, with some giant plot holes. I don't want to give spoilers, but perhaps I might mention that telephones have never run on mains electricity, and that even if they did, a power cut in one town (before the National Grid) would not mean that the only way to communicate would be a long drive. What schools have ever been in session between Christmas and New Year? The revelations of who's who depend on unlikely coincidences of a Dickensian nature.

The author has strange quirks. Hot chocolate (in fact known as cocoa in the 1920s!) and hot baths are particular obsessions of his. Food and drink of all kinds play an extraordinary part, even when of no relevance. For some reason, he doesn't seem to know the word "hymn". The church services he describes have "songs".

The main problem with the book, however, is the author's general lack of knowledge of the 1920s. If you are going to set a book in a bygone period, surely a bit of research, or at least checking, is in order. Teabags? "Exotic" coloured underwear for boys? A hardware shop where the customers wander around with items from the shelves? Young people calling unrelated adults by their first names? Respectable women casually saying "Jesus Christ" in conversation without anyone turning a hair? If we look at some of the other turns of phrase, it starts to become laughable. People greeting each other with "Hi", "What are you like?", "between a rock and a hard place", "we better", "this new technology", etc., etc., etc. (There are also quite a few basic grammar mistakes).

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Debut Novel. 18 July 2005
Format:Paperback
This is a remarkable book. The story has everything a reader could want and a whole lot more. It was a pleasure to be able to read a novel that didn't pick and choose from other writers. Although I'm not sure what it is, there is a certain something about this book that made me want to read it again. I was intrigued by the twisted plot and the constant snippets of clues that lingered throughout the entire story. This is by no means a straight forward novel. The fine detail that have been sewn into this work has been expertly performed. The author has provided a clear view of what he intended, although the majority of the visible content has been described in such a way as to provoke the reader to see the landscape through their own eyes. This lack of description in some areas is also vital for an important issue within the story. When you've read this novel I'm sure you'll see what I mean. As a debut novel, this book is remarkable and well carried off.
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