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Hard to say what kind of book this is. A YA novel for Baby Boomers? How’s that for a dichotomy?
Jake Johnson on a fishing trip finds a dead body and from then on his life is on a weird, wild ride where things and people are not what they seem on the outside.
The murder mystery happens in the small town of Lakeview in the summer of 1965, where boys tease and play firecracker games, blow up stuff and ogle at girls in the window.
The story was one I could on some level relate to since I was about ten at the time of the novel. The author writes very descriptively. You feel you’re there confronting the surly cop, the deadly Mr. Young or his insane son Ralph. Or the joy of swimming as fast as you can in the lake. Or the terror of such!
There were a few times I felt the story meandered some, but then towards the remaining chapters the story veered to the apparent solution of the murder mystery. Or was it? Jake makes his decision.
Final Thoughts: Recommended for the young and young at heart. A Nancy Drew feel to a novelette that promises a hot summer day and deadly nights.
The story felt very relatable, and brought back fond memories of the way we entertained ourselves.
A great read, keep writing, and I'll keep reading. maw
A small town mystery speeds up one young man's road to maturity in this tale of boyhood friendships and rivalries. I love to read for character and Jake and his cohorts kept me thoroughly entertained from beginning to end. Magnetic personalities and a captivating plot effortlessly carried this story along and compelled me to keep turning those pages. Bayan's sharp, colorful writing style fills each scene with believable action inside visible settings while he strings you along through all types of delicious twists and turns as the mystery unfolds.
Though I was easily able to deduce "who done it" and was left with a couple of unanswered questions at the end, I enjoyed this well enough to possibly re-read again in the future. Highly recommended!
An almost "noir" coming of age, but not for kids.
"The Firecracker King" evokes the nostalgia of a generation that had easier access to mortars, Cherry Bombs, explosives of all sorts, and the open spaces to light them off in. A generation that knew the luxury of escaping to wooded seclusion, of being truly alone. There were no cell phones, and a day might pass where nobody knew where you were. They fired BB guns at each other instead of Nerf guns. Rivals and bullies weren't anonymous and hundreds of miles away in an online world where poorly worded taunts or a player disconnecting from the game at an inopportune time were the worst things a guy had to worry about.
Friendships are vibrant. The bullies and rivalries feel real. The giddy excitement and fear of one's first true attraction are well illustrated. The plot centers around a lake and a boy trying to enjoy summer, and maybe impress a girl who normally would be leagues out of his reach. He is thrown into a mystery he didn't ask for, and could prove deadly to his budding relationship, his future as a free person, or simply fatal to him.