First Review for ‘The Lost Boys of Prometheus City’

Posted: January 10, 2017 in Lost Boys of Prometheus City, Reviews of AJ Kirby's Work
Lost Boys Cover Frontplate AJKAl Devey, an Amazon Reader and the brains behind the Home Defence UK blog-site, has provided the first review of The Lost Boys of Prometheus City. I’ve provided a few highlights below:
After “a bravura first chapter” , the “prose always has a certain energy, a spontaneity, and, at its best, a tendency to barrel along in a way that’s thoroughly engrossing.”
“We meet Neal as an over-privileged hedonist within his three-man gang of Northern England Gordon Gekkos, but their story quickly becomes tense then rapidly unspools from there, with Kirby telling his tale in the first person as he draws us into the fraught, dissatisfied, changeable mental landscape of his easily led protagonist. An atmosphere of regret, amorality and emptiness pervades this fast-paced thriller with its tumbling, freewheeling sentences, full of stream of consciousness left-turns, pop culture references from the time and bracketed asides.”

“The other great character evoked here is the city of Leeds itself, caught in a boom that will prove to be built on sand, and with the penthouse futureplexes of these masters of the universe no more than a stone’s throw from degradation, poverty, filth and the tightening grip of crime networks who often overreach themselves. Perhaps Kirby too, has been guilty of aiming too big in the past, most notably with his controversial Not The Booker nominated ‘Paint This Town Red’ a few years back, but TLBoPC is a very different work, being a novel that is full of real people, not over-plotted, and has something relevant to say about our times. You don’t have to be familiar with that Yorkshire city in which it’s set to enjoy this compelling, fast-read odyssey across its landscape, but if you do know Leeds inside-out the way this author does, that can only add to your reading enjoyment. Recommended.”

The book is available to purchase from here.
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