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- Print Length: 92 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Fight Card Books (August 14, 2013)
- Publication Date: August 14, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EKTX9MI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,992,715 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If you are looking for a solid coming of age boxing story, it simply doesn't get any better than this. The author nails the narrator's voice. Move over Oliver Twist, here's an orphan who knows the sweet science of boxing.
The lessons that he learns in boxing serves him well when he is sent to Korea to face the enemy in, not a boxing match, but a fight for his very life. This story places you in the middle of what soldiers must face. Though nothing can replace the live experience of the horrors of war, the author is able to give you, at least, a small sense of it.
The ups and downs of learning one's craft, especially a physical one like boxing, resembles the tests that life puts before us. Almost Rocky-esque in a way, Barefoot Bones is a character that anyone can relate to, and it would take a heart of cold stone to not root for the guy.
I came away from "Fightcard: Barefoot Bones" very inspired. For that, I have the author, Jack Tunney to thank. This will not be the last book of his that I read!
If you've never read a boxing tale, you might be inclined to think that they are all the same, that they all deal with attaining some goal with one's fist. Or you might have Rocky playing past your mind's eye. Sure, this is all part of the fight genre but this also just the tip of the iceberg. Much like the Western, boxing tales allow writers a huge canvas (pun intended) to explore a wide range of plots and themes.
Bobby Nash's BAREFOOT BONES is a prime example of this. In the tale we are introduced to James "Barefoot Bones" Mason, a poor kid who struggles with his mother to make ends meet in rural Georgia. The victim of bullies, poverty, the system and the desire to do the right thing in a world gone wrong, BAREFOOT BONES is a fascinating character study with fists, featuring a hero you can't help but root for.
The story kicks off in Korea. The year is 1951 and Bones is in the Army, doing what he does best: boxing. An enemy attack imperils him and the reader is treated to his life passing before his eyes. We see him growing up hard, his prospects limited. Until he meets "Old Man" Winter who teaches him how to stand tall no matter what the world throws at him as well as how to defend himself against the class bullies. Armed with this new knowledge of himself and his abilities, Bones seems set to make some changes in his life for the better when tragedy strikes. He finds himself alone, friendless, drifting and winds up at St. Vincent's Asylum for boys where Father Tim Brophy (a former practitioner of the sweet science) hopes to set Bones back on the right path.
BAREFOOT BONES is a great coming of age tale. It's about finding one's way in the world and facing the challenges of that journey. It's a quick, great read that will stay with you. It may even inspire you. At the very least, it will entertain you. I enjoyed the heck out of the book. It's a tale filled with heart, populated by characters who live and breathe. Once you think you know where the story is going, it takes an unexpected turn that keeps you turning pages. For fight fiction fans, this one is a no-brainer. But for you newcomers, stopping by to see what all the fuss is about with fight fiction, then this Fight Card entry is as good a place to start as any. Stick this one on your Kindle, or stick the paperback in your back pocket. BAREFOOT BONES delivers! Don't miss it!