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Review: The Kings of Innocence

December 14, 2008


Roy McGrath is 24 years old, finished with college, and transitioning to the role of adult when he goes back to his hometown to take care of his 17 year old brother while their parents are in Ireland.  While he’s there, he hangs around with his two best friends from childhood, Mark Luna, a police officer, and Jay Cantwell, who’s still trying to find his place in the world.  They do the normal adolescent things – drink too much, flirt with women and even get into a fight. While they’re at the racetrack one day, Mark and Roy discover that Jay owes a huge gambling debt.  They try to help him come up with a solution to his problem, but Jay refuses their help and comes up with an illegal scheme to clear his debt.  Mark and Roy have to decide what to do and see how far they will go in the name of friendship.  Roy says, “People like us, we have so much, yet we take it all for granted.  It’s time to appreciate each friend, each student, each loved one.”

The Kings of Innocence by Michael Burns started a little slow for me – I wanted more detail and character development – but when it did pick up steam, it reeled me in.  This is a coming of age story about friendship, family and love.  It’s about being the age when you have to decide what’s important in life and what values you hold dear.  This is Michael Burns first novel, but I suspect it won’t be his last.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. December 14, 2008 9:05 am

    Wow. What a perfect two sentence review. You manage to say so much with so little. Sounds interesting.

  2. December 14, 2008 10:56 am

    This sounds like an interesting book, Kathy. I am glad it picked up for you after the beginning. Some books do manage to do that and they turn into such a great books.

  3. December 14, 2008 12:31 pm

    I’ve never heard of this one before Kathy but it does sound interesting.

  4. December 14, 2008 5:04 pm

    Did you connect with it because your son is around that age (isn’t he? a few years younger?)

    I hadn’t heard of *The Kings of Innocent* before; I’m glad it ended up working out for you … there are so many stories about -female- friendship.

  5. December 14, 2008 6:55 pm

    It sounds like a really interesting story; good to know that it picks up after a slow start. I love the cover on this one. I’ve just realized recently that I love bright red covers.

  6. December 14, 2008 7:44 pm

    This is the second review I have seen for this, the previous one was positive as well. I’ll have to keep my eye out for it!

  7. December 14, 2008 7:48 pm

    I hadn’t heard of this book before your review – sounds interesting!

  8. December 15, 2008 10:49 pm

    Sounds like a good one, even with the slow start. I’ll be on the lookout for this one!

  9. December 16, 2008 8:14 pm

    Not something I would normally pick up but it sounds just different enough to be intriguing.

  10. December 22, 2008 1:14 pm

    I haven’t heard of this book either. Sounds interesting.

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