#Bookreview for Kevin and The Atomic Bomb by Luke Rock #NA #YA #Brexit #EU @GreenWizard62

Kevin and the Atomic e-cover

I’m always impressed when someone manages to publish something topical and Kevin and The Atomic Bomb covers the first ten days following the Brexit vote. There is a note at the back which tells the reader that it has been previously published (back in 2012, with a different title and author name). It was then withdrawn, and has been substantially and significantly rewritten. Only the characters and plot remain intact. The perspective, point of view and prose style has radically changed and there are significant additions.

This book is aimed at the 19-25-year-old market, the vast majority of whom voted Remain and have had the Leave vote thrust upon them. I am not in that age bracket but I thoroughly enjoyed this read. So much so that I couldn’t help but skive off for a bit this afternoon to finish it as the pickle I’d left the characters in was playing on my mind.

Kevin Taylor, the hero of this piece, is sent to London with his best friend Ricky to pick up two secret packages that have been donated to their protest group. He suspects he’s only been sent because Lance, the leader of the protest group, fancies Kevin’s girlfriend, Rachel, and wants him out of the way for a while. However, when they meet up with the mysterious contact, Verna, there are three boxes are waiting for them and their problems are only just beginning.

There are wonderfully descriptive passages throughout this book that capture a setting, a situation, or in this example, a smell perfectly.

‘The Lizard wears an old-fashioned purple smoking jacket sealed with a crimson cord that dangles to his knees. He looks gaunt. The place smells of socks, of urine, of takeaways, of beer, of cigarette smoke, of underpants and six-month-old pieces of battered cod escaped from a fish supper down the back of a sofa. It smells of age; Old furniture and wallpaper. Dead people passing.’

There’s plenty of humour, quick one liners, little pieces as minor characters get to distract and entertain the reader for a while.

But the main joy of this read is in the strength of the characters, all of whom are superbly drawn. Not only in their appearance but in their motivations, reactions, emotions and thought processes. Kevin is my favourite. He is adorable but an innocent. He is so lost when Ricky gets taken ill as they have a close and supportive friendship and when it all starts to go wrong with Rachel he doesn’t know how to deal with his feelings and you just want to give him a hug. Kevin adores his mum who equally dotes on him but she’s ill, which is a worry, and he also has nosey neighbour and his mum’s companion, Mr Fothergill to deal with, as well as the local bullies.

I had absolutely no idea how the author was going to manage to deal with ‘the third package’ and resolve the situation in any believable sense but he did and hands up, he’s done a great job. I highly recommend to all those who like intelligently written story-telling with a terrific cast.

Here are those all important links, go on, you know you want to 😉

Amazon UK

Amazon US

 

About Georgia Rose

Georgia Rose is a writer and the author of The Grayson Trilogy books: A Single Step, Before the Dawn and Thicker than Water. Following completion of the trilogy she has been asked for more and so has written a short story based on a favourite character from the series. Therefore, the latest to join the stable is The Joker and for the first time all her books are available free, with Kindle Unlimited. Georgia has just begun work on her fourth novel, this time it’s a standalone seductively called Project A ever since she found out that the name she wanted for it has been taken for a book about a less than savoury character who has dominated the news for the last few years…so it’s back to the drawing board on that one! She has also recently started running workshops and providing one-to-one support for those wishing to learn how to self-publish and you can find her, under her real name, at www.threeshirespublishing.com. Georgia’s background in countryside living, riding, instructing and working with horses has provided the knowledge needed for some of her storylines; the others are a product of her overactive imagination! Following a long stint working in the law Georgia set up her own business providing administration services for other companies which she does to this day managing to entwine that work along with her writing. Her busy life is set in a tranquil part of rural Cambridgeshire where she lives with her much neglected husband, son and two dogs. Her daughter, having delighted them all for long enough, has eventually moved out and taken her extensive cushion collection with her.
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2 Responses to #Bookreview for Kevin and The Atomic Bomb by Luke Rock #NA #YA #Brexit #EU @GreenWizard62

  1. Brenda Perlin says:

    Great insightful review for a very powerful novel that took a lot of ambition and motivation. I guess with what’s going on in that part of the world, the motivation is understood. Really impressive.

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