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Posted June 25, 2012
If someone asked me, “what is life?” without doubt I would say that, “it’s the summation of our experiences”; so... what does it mean???. Well it means that day by day we learn new things and that forms our character and personality, in other words we grow in experience. We Change. And this is exactly what is happening with the protagonist of our story “Hero”.
Hero is written by Kovon T. Brown. Kovon is a ‘soon to be...’ graduate and has his interest in literature and history, and it is this interest (or as you may call love) which pushed him to write.
“Hero” follows the life of Timothy Spears who is the Main character of the book. Tim is a regular guy with problems. These problems may not mean a lot to some but to Tim it’s making his life very troublesome. First of all his friends all have planned their future life, and are going to follow their dreams (or father’s footsteps); whereas Tim, he has nothing decided. Tim has to prove himself to his family. By turn of luck and through some (not so decent) decisions, Tim becomes CEO of a company, but as days goes by Tim is changing... he is becoming someone he once used to despise, a man with no moral values.
First of all this book deserves a very long round of applause for creating such an engrossing story. It is a very well written tragedy, and will teach its readers the core values (or morals) which are true across culture and age bar.
Though this is nothing major still, book had some editing errors.
On concluding notes I would say that, author Kevon did a pretty spectacular job with writing this book. He used his experience gained from traveling places and from his study of history and literature, to create a novel which will become a lively experience for its readers. This book deserves 4 of 5 rating.
Posted May 30, 2012
The story of three high school friends, each different in their own way, and what happens to them while in the senior year and after graduation. One who is a very talented football jock, but who also knows that others are important. One who is the son of a politician and believes his father to be different from other politicians. The third being one with a harder life. His mother died, leaving his dad to raise him and his little sister. Teaching him to work hard for what he wants, not to expect things to be handed to you just because you want it, one of the most important lessons in life.
What should have been a good story, seeing what each of the three boys grew up to be, and where their lives took them, became a very difficult book to read. I am hoping it was just my Kindle copy, but unfortunately, I don’t think so. A good mix of characters, three boys who would not seem to be best friends by their personalities. However, it is very annoying to be reading and repeatedly have a series of numbers and either the title of the book, or the author randomly appear, sometimes at the end of a sentence or paragraph, sometimes in the middle of the sentences. In addition, numerous spelling and grammatical errors made for a slower and more complicated read. Run on sentences without any punctuation just seemed to add to the frustration. The book has great potential, but the author needs some editorial/publishing help.
Posted May 29, 2012
Hero, by Kevon Brown, is a story that follows it's main character Timothy Spears through his senior year of high school and then life after. Tim's 2 best friends Byron and Jason are major roles in the story and Tim's development. Tim is the quiet shy guy who doesn't know what he wants to do after high school and feels like he is expected to be something by his family, but what it is, he isn't sure. Byron is a football star, following in his father's footsteps, and Byron aspires to work in politics just as his father does. Their senior year is typical for teenagers; parties, video games, girls, etc. I don't want to give too much away, as I feel that it should be learned through reading the book, but the book follows Tim while he sorts out his life and goals.
Brown does an exceptional job at grabbing his readers attention at the beginning and holding it from start to finish. He makes his characters very easy to relate to, seeing as everyone has felt like Tim at some point or another, or even like Byron and Jason, feeling like they had to grow up to be just like their fathers. There were a few editing errors throughout the book, but not enough to detract from the story. I recommend this book to both teens and adults, as it appeals to both. I found this book to be a very enjoyable read.
Posted May 21, 2012
Hero is a coming of age spiritual novel written by young, up and coming author Kevon Brown. The book centers around a young man, Tim, who tries to live up to his family’s expectations and keeping up with his friends. The book follows Tim’s life as he struggles to figure out what his place is in the world. It’s an in-depth look at the evolution of a boy into a man and all of the changes and values that brings with it. Unfortunately Tim’s values and beliefs don’t necessarily change for the better. A tragic event in his life changes him greatly and we see those changes and how what is important to him becomes different than it had been.
Hero has a great storyline that most people today could feel an affinity with because we’ve all been there in some way. The character of Tim is particularly well written and representative of a confused teenager feeling the pressure to please his family and friends whom he sees as being luckier, smarter, richer, etc. In order to become like them, Tim somewhat loses who he is and becomes like the very people he originally found to be fake. His sister Miley is of particular importance to him and their relationship is very sweet. Tim’s friends are also a huge part of the book and the author manages to give each one a unique voice that makes them very interesting to read about.
I have to admit I did have some problems with the dialogue in the book but I can chalk that up to being a difference in cultures. Once engrossed in the story, particularly after the extremely well written tragedy, I didn’t notice anything about the dialogue at all, just the superb storyline. There were also a few editing problems but nothing major. Overall, Hero is an excellent book and interesting read!
Posted May 21, 2012
Kevon Brown has a lot of ideas - a lot of very good ideas, but I think that he was a bit too ambitious in trying to cover so many important topics in one novel.
The protagonist, Timothy Spears is a nice guy in high school who doesn’t go to college but manages to get a job at a technology magazine whose emphasis is gaming. He has played a lot of games in his life but has no experience in coding and has no charisma, so how he gets and rises to the top at the magazine - other than through long hours and hard work, is a real mystery. He played things safe in high school but had a couple of friends who seemed destined for greater things. One friend has a future in football and another, whose father is already a Senator wants to go into politics. Oddly enough, it is Tim who rises to a CEO position with the gaming magazine (on the coattails of a brilliant guy who his posse ignored in high school) and ends up making tons of money. Although he falls in love with and is engaged to a warm, beautiful woman, he ignores her to work, work and work. Tim’s only truly intimate relationship is with his little sister Miley. Tim betrays both his limited moral code and his fiance on the night she discloses her pregnancy by spending the night in the bed of an old girlfriend. That is definitely not the move of anyone’s hero. The book tries to cover a lot of ground, with allusions to racial inequity, social mores and Tim’s rap idol selling out to the man. Toward the end of the book, the author also brings in the dissolution of the middle class while the wealthy, like Tim himself, make egregious amounts of money through Tim’s personal confrontation with a group like Occupy Wall Street, that is protesting outside his building. The ending tries to pull all of the disparate themes together in a vision that the author thinks is tantamount to Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Unfortunately, his “vision” is incomprehensible babble that falls as short as the rest of the book.
I do understand that Brown was attempting an ethnic stream of consciousness type of format but it takes an extremely gifted writer and editor to successfully pull that off. Because the editing was not done by a highly skilled professional who has worked in stream of consciousness, much of Brown’s passion is lost through the extremely poor editing of the book.
Posted April 12, 2012
I enjoyed reading this book, it was interesting. All kinds of people can relate to this book. I got so into at times, that I would experience the emotions of the characters. It was a page turner.