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Awaken Destiny [Paperback]

James Holden-White
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30 Oct 2012
King Arthur has rested in Avalon for 1500 years, destined to return in Britain's hour of need. Francis Drake also vowed that at the sounding of his drum he would return when the nation's freedom is threatened..... Their hour has come. Britain's two European Commissioners have conceived a plot to seize power and turn the Island of the Mighty into Europe's rubbish bin. To complete the coup and ensure the country will fall, their Private Secretaries steal the ravens from the Tower of London. Twins, Jess and Max, help the returning heroes make sense of a much altered world and join them in their quest to save the country and their people once again as they did of old.... Destiny is awakened!

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  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: New Generation Publishing (30 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909395498
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909395497
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 15 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 192,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, especially for young teens. 19 Jan 2013
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Teenage twins, Max and Jess, find themselves destined to be in the middle of the action as King Arthur and Francis Drake return to protect Britain's freedom from an unknown threat. James Holden-White draws on history, legend and twenty-first century law to craft the driving narrative of his début novel, Awaken Destiny.

This is a novel peopled with clearly defined, recognisable characters. Holden-White's Drake is hilariously pompous and self-aggrandising counterbalanced with a dignified, modest and egalitarian Arthur. His villains, Hitoadie and Dreadmore, are delightfully nasty and are crafted with a Dahl-like quality. Their civil servant side-kicks, Rindburn and Sludboil are very funny in their self-serving arrogance and unwitting incompetence.

With a strong linear structure, once the plot is established it drives through the novel so compellingly that I found myself attempting to tend to my dinner as it bubbled on the stove without taking my eyes of the page. Holden-White's evident enthusiasm for British history is palpable throughout. He integrates historical context with infectious joy and colour making this book a superb portal into historical learning for its young target audience. With scenes in Glastonbury, Cheddar, Bath, the M4, Whitehall and the Tower of London, Awaken Destiny celebrates Britain's landscape. Through reference to Celts, Romans, Saxons and our multi-cultural society, Holden-White achieves a non-jingoistic patriotism that demonstrates a British identity growing and thriving through change.
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