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A Young Hero   By: (1831-1909)

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A Young Hero by George Manville Fenn is a captivating coming-of-age tale filled with adventure, intrigue, and valiant acts of heroism. Set in the enchanting backdrop of the late 19th century England, the story follows the journey of a young protagonist, Harry, as he navigates through the trials and tribulations of adolescence while embarking on a quest for self-discovery.

Fenn's narrative brilliantly captures the essence of youth and the struggles that accompany it. Harry's character is skillfully developed, with his vulnerabilities and insecurities providing a relatable aspect for readers of all ages. As the story progresses, we witness Harry's gradual transformation, fueled by his determination to surpass the obstacles thrown his way.

The author's attention to detail is commendable, painting a vivid picture of the era's social and economic landscape. From bustling city streets to the quaint English countryside, Fenn's descriptions immerse readers into the heart of his tale, making them feel as though they are experiencing the story firsthand.

One of the novel's strengths lies in its portrayal of friendship. Harry's camaraderie with his peers, especially with the charming and loyal Trevor, adds depth and warmth to the narrative. Their bond symbolizes unwavering support, providing readers with a sense of hope and optimism amidst the various challenges Harry encounters.

Furthermore, A Young Hero is replete with action-packed sequences that keep readers on the edge of their seats. Fenn's ability to seamlessly blend thrilling moments with moments of introspection and self-reflection demonstrates his mastery of storytelling. Whether it be fending off villains, embarking on treacherous expeditions, or navigating secret societies, the story maintains an exciting momentum that continually propels the plot forward.

Though the book offers an engaging narrative, it must be noted that certain aspects may require a suspension of disbelief. Some readers may find themselves questioning the plausibility of certain events or the ease with which Harry overcomes various challenges throughout the story. However, the novel's appeal lies in its ability to transport readers to a world where adventure and heroism reign supreme, allowing for an enjoyable and immersive reading experience.

In conclusion, A Young Hero by George Manville Fenn is a thrilling and heartwarming tale that captures the essence of youth, friendship, and self-discovery. Fenn's eloquent prose and atmospheric descriptions bring the story to life, while his well-developed characters cater to a wide range of readers. Despite moments that may require suspension of disbelief, the novel is an engrossing read that will leave readers rooting for Harry and eagerly turning the pages.

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A Young Hero, by G Manville Fenn.

This is a prettily produced little book. It's not very long and doesn't have anything like the usual Manville Fenn subtle plot.

The plot itself consists of an opening scene in which Doctor Martin, a most learned gentleman, is teaching Phil, the hero, his Latin. Phil is perhaps eight or none years of age, not older then that, Dr Martin is French, while Phil is English.

It is a time in Canada in which war is about to break out between the English, who have colonised most of North America, and the French, who have occupied most of Canada. All of a sudden Phil's father, an officer with the English forces, appears, and requests that Dr Martin should abandon his house, and all his books and papers, and take the boy Phil to him in the English lines. I should say this is a pretty ridiculous idea, but the poor old Doctor did just as he was told, thereby suffering many days of privation, and insult from the farmers whose land they passed through. Eventually they arrive near the English lines, where they are arrested as possible spies.

After a few weeks Phil's father appears, but at that point there is a battle, in which General Wolfe dies, being brought draughts of water in his dying hour by the young hero, Phil... Continue reading book >>

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