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The Dancing Boy

The Dancing Boy [Kindle Edition]

Roy E Stolworthy
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Having edited Roy’s third novel, The Dancing Boy, I have once again been impressed by his exceptional talent as a writer.

With its shockingly honest, disturbing depiction of ‘dancing boys’ in Afghanistan, the reader is drawn into a world of child exploitation and sexual slavery and abuse at the hands of the rich and powerful. Alongside this is the protagonist, Gillet, a man who has been discharged from the army and is thought to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. In his attempt to put things right and put to rest some of his own demons, Gillet takes it upon himself to help one particular dancing boy who once saved his life, and offer him the chance to live a life free from sexual slavery in the UK. But the UK has its own demons, and he discovers that corruption is in fact everywhere. His mind is in turmoil and he won’t settle until he has won this last battle, and in effect it becomes his own personal war. A war that he cannot win regardless of how much he tries to make things right.

The powerful language and sensory experiences in this book take the reader on an uncomfortable, but mind-blowing journey to the heart of the corruption, made all the more disturbing since it is a reality closer to the truth than we would perhaps like to admit. At times we want to withdraw and return to our ignorance, but the story and its characters pull you back, almost forcing you to persevere in the hope of a resolution. Some may consider it controversial reading, but it helps us to understand that we have a responsibility as human beings to acknowledge that the issues we face in the world today do exist, even though sometimes we might prefer to believe otherwise.

This is a novel that leaves you shocked but enlightened, despairing but with hope for a better world; a novel that deserves to be read.

Sarah Cheeseman, proofreader and editor, BA with HONS in English and American literature.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2892 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1478193204
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087KI142
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #71,088 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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After spending nine years with the Royal Air Force I worked in the Middle East for five years. Retiring to a life of boredom interupted by the odd round of golf, I decide to slap the dust from my pants, empty the sand from my boots and sit down to write a book. I was fortunate enough to have my first book, 'Coming Home' trad/pubbed after short listed to final 140 out of 24,000 entries of the 2010 Brit Awards in London. It is now available in UK libraries in paperback, hardback and audio. After which I decided to self/pub. Since,I have written in various genres and produced four novels which I'm happy to say have been well received by readers. To date I have completed my fifth novel set during 1916 and WW1 titled 'Echoes of Madness' which is now on release for the 100th anniversary of WW1. I have almost completed a novel that examines the minefield of love the second time around, and the difficulties of dealing with past baggage including the disapproval of a grown-up family. A real humdinger and boy do the sparks fly in this one. Titled 'Loving Muriel' I hope to publish in Jan-Feb 2015. Should you wish to know more or leave a message or query please visit my website at or my e-mail address

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A riveting story 30 July 2012
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Although the subject matter is hardly pleasant, this tale is very well told. The individuals are certainly not glamorized - every wart and character flaw is shown, which makes the story totally believable and compelling. Tom Gillet returns to Afghanistan to rescue a young boy. The boy, who saved Tom's life, has been sold into child sex slavery. Although the mission itself is laudable, Tom's methods are not always legal or moral. But given the corruption, oppression, and fanaticism of the region, he is often left with little choice if he is to succeed and survive. Not only does he face impossible odds, he must battle his own demons at the same time.

Mr. Stolworthy has a beautiful gift for setting the scenes and describing his characters. He does a superb job of detailing the evil and madness in this dark account of human depravity. Although the original publication had a few editing issues, I understand it has gone through a complete re-edit. Even with the proofing errors, it is a powerful story that will hold you in your grasp until you finish. Five stars for a fabulous job!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you engrossed 21 April 2014
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This novel really grabs you right from the start. The story has a topical aspect, Afghanistan. You led around by writer and I found no problem following him. His descriptions are wonderful and full. The reader has to keep reading, you have no choice. If you get upset by violence, this is not for you. As the violence is very descriptive, but is essential for the story. Once again the writer has put a twist to the end of the story. Looking forward to the next book
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5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating read 3 Jan 2014
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Watched a documentary few years ago about this subject-it does exist so when I saw this book was read more.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping 22 July 2012
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This book was recommended to me by a friend, she had read Going Home to Ruby and raved about it, unfortunately (for me) I was too late to download this as it is being published in October. I shall have to wait for that but meanwhile downloaded 2 more books by the same author.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I read it in 2 sittings, the characters became very real, I was carried away by the whole story, I loved the way that the author portrayed PTSD. The story had several twists and turns and was never as expected. I particularly liked the fact that it is definitely not a happy ever story. There are some very thought provoking issues which have been extremely well related. There are also some potentially controversial issues which were very well handled.The ending wasn't as I expected but this didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book in any way.
This is the second book that I have read by the same author, both very different subjects but I love the writing style of both.
Now I can't wait for Coming Home in October.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent book by Roy (fab) Stolworty 16 July 2012
By margo b
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Like "Going home to Ruby" I could not put this book down. It is a gripping read. I really like Roy's style of writing, the way the plot develops, the character development and the twists and turns.
The only minor flaw is quite a few typos particularly in the latter part of the book, that distract a little as you have to re read the sentence and use your judgement to work out what is being written. Otherwise I would have given this 5 stars.
Again keep up the good work Roy. Looking forward to "All in " now.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read 20 Feb 2013
By J Malin
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Having thoroughly enjoyed Roy Stolworthy's book Coming Home I was really looking forward to reading Dancing Boy. Could Roy follow up Coming Home with another great read.
The short answer is yes. This is a book with many layers of message, carefully woven into a gripping, well researched and at times moving story.
Beware - you wont be able to put it down once started!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dance through hell and back 6 Aug 2012
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There are two types of books. There are TELL books, which fill you with information and there are SHOW books which take you through the story making you experience the heat, see the room, hear the sounds of the scenario and feel the main character's pain. All five senses become alert.
The Dancing Boy is a Show and Tell book.

Roy E. Stolworthy introduced me to the life of a man named Gillet and let me feel the longing he had for his former wholeness as a man before he was a soldier in a war he hated. His writing style is clearly distinctive, making you forget you're reading a book.

Stolworthy takes you to the Middle East describing the conditions and way of life I never imagined possible, and yet this story makes my life seem like a fragile gift, given the possibilities. His writing style is also refreshing. I mostly enjoyed feeling sensation from the wind that "came softly over tree tops" and saw the "yellow moon that climbed and hovered overhead and shadows that moved and crept like living things." Roy Stolworthy lets you hear whisperings in the tall pines with graceful clarity as it delights and feeds your poetic need. Writings that will rank very high on the literary scale because of the way he strings words together describing such things as dawn.

"Dawn arrived on time, its gouging fingers greedily seeking every crevice to chase away the shadows and worm out all that remained of unwanted darkness."

This author makes writings that describe nature seem simple to write. "Overhead the stars appeared like a host of illuminated raindrops, waiting to fall to earth to form glittering puddles.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book
Gillet, pensioned off from the army after losing a foot in Afghanistan struggles with several demons. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Catherine
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great.
Gillet, ex-soldier, and suffering from post traumatic stress disorder returns to afghanistan to rescue a young afghan boy, who had previously saved his life, from being used as a... Read more
Published 16 months ago by freesia
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
A thoroughly enjoyable book. Realistic , comparable to Andy Mcnab. Highly recommended. Look forward to reading other books by this author.
Published 16 months ago by Alan john
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow what a read...
Loved this book, what a fantastic read. Ready for the next book Roy. Really looking forward to your other ones. This is a very gripping book, couldn't put it down. :-) x
Published on 24 Oct 2012 by lauren
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, dramatic story
Roy Stolworthy has a powerful and evocative style of writing.
His story of Tom Gillet who returns from the war in Afghanistan is riveting. Read more
Published on 16 Oct 2012 by Margaret Tanner
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful Read
I have read through the other reviews concerning this book, and yes, this a very well written story indeed, and the author deserves much merit for a masterful read. Read more
Published on 12 Oct 2012 by Bookworm
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read but not wholly to my taste
I proofread The Dancing Boy before an earlier re-edit. I imagine that the story I read is substantially unchanged. Read more
Published on 17 Sep 2012 by Prints of Whales
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Gripping Tale of Afghanistan
This novel is a real experience. It is the well written and gripping story of Tom Gillet, an ex-British army soldier who lost a leg through an IED explosion in Afghanistan. Read more
Published on 27 July 2012 by James A. Anderson
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