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Prometheus Rebounds: A Fable of Hope Paperback – November, 2003


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  • Paperback: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Borders Personal Publishing (November 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413438326
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413438321
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,245,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 17, 2004
This is a wonderful book. Literally. It's absolutely full of wonder--wonderfully interesting characters, a fresh plot with unusual twists and turns, and an original style that's simply delightful to read. Although the story is very enjoyable and entertaining one on the surface, it's also full of meaning--both subtle and profound. People have been favorably comparing the book to both KARATE KID and the very first of the STAR WARS films. I think it's better than both of them. It's fun to read and thought provoking at the same time. What more can you ask for?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fred James on January 28, 2004
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"Prometheus Rebounds" A Short Novel by Bill Danks
This is Bill Danks' first PUBLISHED novel with a style and readability both smooth and professional. For a poet, novelist, screenwriter and teacher, Danks has given us a light, positive novel that simply leaps off the pages with confidence and seductive passion.
The hero is a 17 year old basketball enthusiast named Prometheus Go, a Japanese-Greek-American kid who shares most of the values of every other kid in the US. It takes place in present day Philadelphia area with the story building around Prometheus' hopes to play basketball on a college scholarship, his meeting a mysterious, old man with one eye who teaches him to become a supremely great player, his counter, a thug named Mr. Zeus and his stooge Durk.
While the reader begins to cheer on Prometheus, we have a ball with the Greek names, his sister Athena, his mother Gaia, the beautiful musician Helen and for a great laugh, the dopey Taxi driver Al Charon. There's also Eris the slut, hired to reduce Prometheus into a crook. There are a lot more characters too!

Beneath the plot are metaphors and allusions to Greek mythology galore, as well as a grand battle between good and evil. While ostensibly a juvenile novel, this is very important business at the root. This is why the novel is so good. It takes the reader on a simple trip through a time in the protagonist's life as he heads for adulthood and at the same time he's giving us good reasons for certain moral beliefs which are oh so gently inserted. The moralizing, frequently too heavy in young novelists, is there, but so subtile that you can miss it if you don' look for it!
I loved this novel. It's only fault is that it's too short. I wanted it to go on forever!
Fred James
Bellingham, WA
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