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Alan Gibbons
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16 Jan 2014
The gun is the coward's fist. The gun is power. Alex and Ethan are growing up on an estate where there are just two choices: sport or crime. Ethan is selected for a football training programme in the US, his chance to escape the gangs that terrorise his neighbourhood. But Alex is drawn into an explosive feud with a gun at its heart. In this gripping and absorbing real life thriller, Alan Gibbons explores the complex issue of gun crime, and the far reaching consequences it can have.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Indigo; Reprint edition (16 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780621272
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780621272
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 224,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alan Gibbons is a full-time writer and a visiting speaker and lecturer at schools, colleges and literary events nationwide, including the major book festivals: Edinburgh, Northern Children's Book Festival, Swansea, Cheltenham, Sheffield and Salford. Alan has recently embarked on a high-profile, nationwide campaign to champion libraries and librarianship and to reevaluate government commitment to educational spending. He lives in Liverpool with his wife and four children.

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"Gibbons has a distinctive short, sharp writing style and his style helps to increase the tension as the book hurtles towards its tense and gripping conclusion." --"Literature for Lads"

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Fast-paced and topical, a tense real life thriller about gun crime in an inner city gangland, by prize-winning author, Alan Gibbons.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Raining Fire 13 Mar 2013
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As soon as we read the opening lines of Alan Gibbon's latest novel, 'The gun is power. The gun can make a weak man strong', we are left with no option but to undertake an uncomfortable journey into a world where violent crime and gang rivalry is commonplace. Based in England's Northwest (where Alan has lived all his life) this book gives a voice to the youths who are often hidden by hoods drawn tight around their heads and scarfs pulled across their faces.

The novels two main characters are brothers Alex and Ethan. They live on the Green, a bleak, inner city estate where unemployment and poverty is commonplace and where gangs, not the police make the rules. Alex, older of the two, is a member of 'The Tribe', one of the estates most notorious gangs. Ethan is a promising footballer, training with a Premiership club and sees this as his opportunity to escape the Green.

However the Green, and the gangs that roam this desolate wasteland won't let Ethan go that easily. Drawn into a violent feud between the estates two rival gangs, and with his football career shattered by injury, Ethan must look to a darker and altogether more violent way to escape the clutches of the Green.

Gibbons portrayal of an estate where young men are imprisoned by poverty, joblessness and crime is harsh and powerful. Alex, not academically successful and with no prospect of unemployment sees the gang as giving purpose to his life. He can feel useful, respected and can earn some money, albeit illegally. Ethan dreams of a life beyond the Green. Initially he sees sport as his way out but after an injury setback a relationship with a girl opens his mind to escape via academic success.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Raining fire 24 Aug 2013
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JUST GET THIS AWESOME BOOK I PROMISE YOU WONT BE DISAPPOINTED, simply a brilliant read full off cliffhangers
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 17 April 2013
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This book is very good and I recommend it to 12-16 year olds. This because it has some gruesome events.
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