1969. In a town where nothing happens, a gang of kids uncover a kidnapping plot.
In the days following the excitement of the moon landings, a group of criminals plan to kidnap the son of a Government rocket engineer – but they don’t expect a gang of kids to get in the way…
Sam Todd dreams of adventure and longs for something exciting to happen for him and his friends. When he and the gang try to add a touch of excitement to their lives by stealing empty bottles from a pop factory, they are easily caught. But the consequences lead them back to the factory where they begin to uncover a villainous scheme.
THE DEVIL’S PORRIDGE GANG is book #1 in this Sixties adventure series.
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I loved this old fashioned, children’s adventure story that reminded me a lot of The Famous Five books. I felt completely transported back to my own childhood when my sister and I would play outside pretty much all day making up adventures for ourselves. The scene when the children sneak in to the factory was partially good as I remember us trying to sneak into an abandoned house when we were younger and all the thrill it brought us.
The story is told from multiple points of view which I found very interesting as it was great to learn about things not only from the gang’s perspective but also their neighbours and at one point the detective. It helped broaden my understanding of what was happening and helped me form an unbiased view of the gang themselves.
The author does a great job of setting the scene in this book which lots of references to what life was like back in the 60’s. It was quite a unpoliticaly correct time so some of these had me cringing and laughing in equal measures. The attitudes towards girls and black people were shocking to read about and made me quite glad that I live in a more understanding time.
Overall I would really recently this book to anyone kid who loves adventure stories as it’s an absolutely cracking read. The story is very addictive and I found it hard to out the book down at times. There was always something happening to keep my interest and I enjoyed following the kids as they tried to solve the mystery. I’ve actually already passed my copy onto my god daughter to read as I thought it was so enjoyable.
Huge thanks to Emma from Damp Pebbles tours for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book.
About The Author:
Colin Garrow grew up in a former mining town in Northumberland. He has worked in a plethora of professions including: taxi driver, antiques dealer, drama facilitator, theatre director and fish processor, and has occasionally masqueraded as a pirate. All Colin’s books are available as eBooks and most are also out in paperback, too. His short stories have appeared in several literary mags, including: SN Review, Flash Fiction Magazine, Word Bohemia, Every Day Fiction, The Grind, A3 Review, 1,000 Words, Inkapture and Scribble Magazine. He currently lives in a humble cottage in North East Scotland where he writes novels, stories, poems and the occasional song. He also makes rather nice cakes.