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VINE VOICEon 22 September 2013
This is a story about inevitability.

A story which through the eyes of the narrator takes us into the barrios of Medellin, places where it is very unwise to venture without heavyweight protection. The narrator is the boy, a 12 year-old, short of stature but with a genuinely heavyweight, if slightly older, very good friend who looks out for him all the time.

By a quirk of happenstance the two boys unintentionally come to the aid of their local corner shopkeeper. This results in the older boy being given a gun to look after.

Of course, from this point, their lives are changed forever. To survive in the barrios you do what you have to do. Bodies abound, drug masters run the community with only one rule: defy me and you're dead. In these barrios youngsters are used as guns for hire, since, if caught, they are too young to prosecute.

So, we can see where all this will lead. The author paints a very believable picture of the grim lives which barely exist on what little money can be eked out, unless and until, they take the money for payment for pulling a trigger.

It's a story which has an inevitable ending. Indeed, pretty much everything surrounding the poor lives of the youngsters is inevitable. Where the author pulls a masterstroke is exactly how the inevitability pans out. I suspect very few readers will be prepared for the ending. The narrator tells it like it is.
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on 30 November 2012
A gripping tale about young lives drawn into a world of drugs, guns, crime and corruption. Boy Kills Man is a story that will stay with you long after thrilling and dramatic conclusion. A truly powerful novel.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 26 March 2014
A heartbreaking novel, short but perfectly formed, about a twelve year old Colombian boy who becomes an assassin for a drug gang. Although it's not a long book, I very quickly came to care for the protagonist and his best friend, as they were drawn into a world they were ill equipped to survive in. Some parts are particularly shocking, although this is not a novel that glorifies violence or wallows in brutality. The most moving and hard hitting incidents are often the simplest ones.

The subject area is not one I knew about or was even aware of, so it was an eye-opening book in that sense - it is apparently based on true events. At its heart, it's a story about a friendship between two boys, and about the desire to grow up and be in control of your life. These are universal themes which everyone can relate to, and it's tragically easy to see how in the circumstances of the protagonists, those factors lead to the extreme of shooting people on behalf of a shadowy godfather type figure.

The main character is immediately likeable and easy to empathise with, and the characters around him are believable. The bond between the point of view character, Sonny, and is best friend Alfredo is very well realised and provides the beating heart of the novel which lends it much of its power. Despite the fact these characters are murderers, it is possible to entirely sympathise with them and their predicament. It is clear they are as much victims as the men they are required to kill.

It's not a cheering story and if you're looking for some light relief then go elsewhere, but it's easy to read and it is certainly effective in packing an emotional punch. Well worth reading.
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on 14 December 2012
Amazing book with an ending I did not expect. This book has a gripping story line which drags you in. A must read .
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on 3 February 2013
Well written, a shocking insight into the lives of the children of a drug riddled city.
Based on fact it shows what some need to do to survive.
Highly recommended.
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on 24 January 2013
Excellent seller. Item ordered arrived speedily, in excellent condition at a very reasonable price and was exactly as described. Will buy again from this seller.
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on 20 October 2014
A fabulous book that will help to engage reluctant teenage boy readers. It's a shame it is out of print but thanks to Amazon it's still available.
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on 29 November 2012
Sorry but I did not like this book. I found it dull and a little predictable if I am honest.
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