Puget Sound Council
"Brouwer once again succeeds in combining a sports themed book with an action packed dangerous situation requiring the high school-aged characters to make ethical and moral decisions. Written at a 3.2 RL, reluctant and struggling readers into the high school years will find themes that resonate and provide good conversations or writing responses for class work."
"[Sigmund Brouwer's] knowledge of sports and deft writing style flawlessly carry the story along - a page-turner in fact!"
The Bookmark (BCTLA)
"Brouwer's writing technique encourages young readers to read on, as he only gives hints of what 'might' happen...Hitmen Triumph triumphs both on the ice and off."
"Brouwer is certain to capture the reluctant reader's attention with this story that is both enjoyable and a real page turner! Recommended."
Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
Nolan and Nate are twins with talent as hockey players. They are both part of the Calgary Hitmen hockey team, and they have an almost ESP-like connection with one another on the ice. However, Nolan, who is hearing impaired, has grown distant from Nate. Nolan is confused by what he believes are criminal actions on the part of his brother. He shadows Nate and is drawn into a dangerous web of anger, shame, and violence. Meanwhile, the growing distance in his relationship with his brother leads to Nolan's struggles on the ice. His play suffers as a result. In the end, Nolan discovers his brother's secret. In doing so, he faces danger and even death. This book combines a sports story with a mystery. In telling this tale, author Sigmund Brouwer does some very good and some somewhat superficial things. On the positive side of the ledger, this is a novel that moves at a fast pace. Action sequences abound and are written in such a way that they will catch a reader's interest. Conversely, the characters in this book appear as cardboard cutouts rather than as fully-developed entities. Further, critical elements of the plot are resolved in somewhat contrived ways. These factors make the book a mixed blessing, but one that will appeal to readers interested in hockey or mystery thrillers. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
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The rumbling didn't come as noise. It came as a vibration that hummed in my chest. Even thought I was blindfolded, I turned my head, as if I needed my eyes to tell me what I already knew. The train was close and coming fast. With me stuck on the tracks...