Remember when you were a kid and you had that one magical summer that seemed to last a lifetime? Cooper, Gooby, Chuck, Cliff and Bolo don't know it, but they are in the midst of a summer they will never forget. Their small town is paralyzed with fear as a serial killer preys upon children and The Golden Boys seem to be the only ones who have a chance to stop him. A life-long bond is forged between them as they confront each other, their worst fears and a killer that is more than anyone could possibly imagine.
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About the Author
Phil Taylor is a father of three, husband to one, and life-long smart ass to many. He has been well trained by his two dogs and a cat and is a loyal servant to them all. Phil is an excellent ping-pong player and claims to make the best grilled cheese sandwiches in the world, bar none. He has a Master's degree in Psychology and spent many years working in the field of mental health before realizing that stringing words together might be a little bit more fun. His first two fiction novels, White Picket Prisons and The Sneaker Tree are dedicated to the life-long friends that shaped his life.
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The Sneaker Tree based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Reviewed by Paul Johnson for Readers' Favorite It’s summer and what’s on the mind of a group of kids nicknamed The Golden Boys? Little League Baseball and hanging out. Cooper, Gooby, Chuck, Cliff, Bolo, and Scooter are friends, actually closer than friends. Just a normal summer, right? Suddenly, with one swing of the bat, everything changes as tragedy strikes this group of friends. But, that’s not all. Soon their small town is paralyzed with fear as a serial killer preys upon children. The boys soon realize the killer celebrates his kills by nailing one sneaker for each kill to an old tree in the woods near where they live. The Golden Boys decide they will be the ones to stop him. Things soon move from bad to worse as one of their group is targeted by the killer. Can they stop him and save their friend before it’s too late…. The Sneaker Tree by Phil Taylor is an excellent story. I would have to classify it as a young adult, paranormal mystery. Although it is told by a 12-year-old boy, adult readers will find it enjoyable as well. For adults, the behavior of this group during this particular summer will have them recalling their own summer experiences. What could be better than baseball and enjoying the company of friends? The author’s characterization of the group is well thought out and the dialogue of this group of pre-teens is spot on. The author brings the story nicely along as the suspense grows to a strong exciting climax. The book is a great read and thoroughly entertaining.
The Sneaker Tree reminded me of several of Stephen King's books -- it has the obligatory group of childhood friends, the nameless, lurking evil that threatens the town, and help that comes from unexpected sources. However, the narrative tone is very different from King, and I enjoyed the often witty first person narrative and the references to 80s pop culture. It was a strong point, as was the easy, supportive relationship between the boys even as they hacked on each other about their weaknesses. That said, stories about nameless, lurking, evils are my least favorite supernatural/horror stories. I want to have more of an explanation for why that thing (whatever it is) is lurking around, even if it's a stupid and unbelievable explanation.So, my enjoyment factor went down on that score. However, I enjoyed the book, and if you enjoy some humor and lack of gore in your horror stories, you will probably enjoy it, too.
I liked this book as much as I like most horror stories that are about scary, probably supernatural threats to a group of kids. I enjoyed the interaction between the kids, and I also liked the main character who told the story. He was often funny and insightful about what it's like being a kid. If you like stories about kids in danger from supernatural forces, you will probably like it, too. Although the characters are young (12), this isn't a kid's book. It has a lot of death and stuff that would be too scary for kids younger than 12 to 13 or so. I got this book for free in exchange for my unbiased review.