#BlogTour: The Unlikely Heroics Of Sam Holloway @headlinepg @annecater @rhysthomashello #UnlikelyHeroics #RandomThingsTours


Good evening everyone! I’m thrilled to be on the blog tour for this wonderful book tonight.  Huge thanks to the lovely Anne for understanding when I was unable to post earlier due to one child going on antibiotics, one having potential chicken pox and not being able to type due to a very painful hand with infected excema.  As someone said it never rains it pours.  I’m typing with one finger so apologies for any typos.

Book Synopsis:

Sam Holloway has survived the worst that life can throw at you. But he’s not really living. His meticulous routines keep everything nice and safe – with just one exception…

Three nights a week, Sam dons his superhero costume and patrols the streets. It makes him feel invincible – but his unlikely heroics are getting him into some sticky, and increasingly dangerous, situations.

Then a girl comes into his life, and his ordered world is thrown into chaos … and now Sam needs to decide whether he can be brave enough to finally take off the mask.

Both hilarious and heart-warming, this is a story about love, loneliness, grief, and the life-changing power of kindness.

The Unlikely Heroics Of Sam Holloway is available now in ebook and paperback, you can buy a copy of both here.

My Review:

Wow this was a gorgeous book.  It managed to be heartbreaking and heart warming at the same time.

Firstly it’s hard not to fall in love with Sam.  I knew I liked him from the first page and soon fell in love with his unique personality and his way of looking at things.  He’s such a sweet, geeky character that I just wanted to wrap him in cottonwool and give him a hug.  I loved his misguided attempts to be a superhero and how he ends up helping a few of them as I felt this really showed the type of person he was.  Throughout the book Sam shares some parts of his childhood with the reader which are heartbreaking to read about.  I was always the odd one out at school so I really felt for Sam at these moments.

This is just the perfect book to sink into and lose yourself in for a few hours.  Sam’s fairly organised and normal (superhero antics aside) life is rocked by a girl’s arrival.  It was fantastic to read about his journey into the unknown and his attempts to let his guard down.  This wasn’t a particularly fast paced book but it was a hugely enjoyable one that would make a great book club read as I think there will be lots to discuss.

Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Headline my copy of this book.

About The Author:


Hi, I’m Rhys and it’s nice to meet you. I’m a writer from Wales and have to date published three novels. My most recent is The Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway – a story about a boy called Sam, his superhero alter ego The Phantasm, and a girl called Sarah.

My other two books are The Suicide Club, which is a coming of age story set in 2004, and On The Third Day, an apocalyptic adventure story that imagines a disease that dissolves hope – a kind of old school,  Old Testament kind of apocalypse that exists beyond science.

I live in a city called Cardiff with my partner Amy (who is a much more successful writer than I am) and my three cats, Henry, Sheldon and Aniseed.

In the day time I work at Cardiff University’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, helping the incredible researchers there get the word out about what they’re doing. They inspire me every single day.

Twitter, Insta, FB: @rhysthomashello




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