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Gibbons, Alan: Raining Fire

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Gibbons, Alan: Raining Fire

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Gibbons, Alan

Raining Fire

Indigo, 2013, pp269, 8.99 [pounds sterling]

978 1 78062 027 5

Alan Gibbon's latest novel is a chilling exploration of gang culture and gun crime. The setting is a run-down estate. The outlook for the young men growing up there is bleak. Life is dominated by two rival gangs. They rule by fear.

Unlike his brother Alex, who has low qualifications and finds it hard to get and keep jobs, Ethan has prospects. He is a talented footballer, and is destined for great things. Even so, he finds it hard not to get pulled in by one of the gangs. He is shown a gun at fourteen, and struggles with its attraction and its power. A training programme in the States with his football club opens his eyes to different ways of living. The daughter of the family he stays with there makes him see that intellectual endeavour as well as sporting prowess is worthwhile. …

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