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A 'hardened' Journalist brought to tears

Many thanks for your kind words with your advice, and your words  with your signature.  

At 2-24 this afternoon, I finished  reading One Last Concert having had to split my reading to about four sessions, due to a heavy commitment to other matters of late.

 I have found it a delightful story.  As a journo I have seen dead bodies — some even decaying— and covered tragedy stories, but have been able to handle these.   

 But I have to admit, tears come to me easily when I read about, or witness, happenings which reflect mass reaction to goodness, such as reflected in your book. That happened to me in particular around chapter 20, when matters were really building.  I think it was then I had to stop and wipe away tears in order to continue.

 Christopher, one initial  reaction to the story was a disbelief that so much could happen in such a short space of time!  Of course I came to realise that help was coming from elsewhere, but the immediacy of responses from everyone helping rather astounded me.  

 Of course it managed to condense matters to an exciting but obvious  conclusion.

 On your writing style, congratulations on your technique of telling 90 percent of the story in direct quotes, carefully constructed. Sometimes it seemed to me that you were cramming a lot of detail into these quotes, but somehow they seemed to work.   We the readers I think  probably spotted early the  success of the whole deal, but we still needed to read about it—even though it was an over-the-top finale.

Robert Suggett

South Melbourne

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'Dream Fuel' For An Adventure

I enjoyed A Rite of Passage, it was probably the best Scott Morrow book yet.

Its more challenging and I felt it really spoke for itself, as well as making me yearn to go on an adventure. 

I felt that this was more ‘in’ the real world in comparison to the others and it comes from a different angle, but none the less it has a vivid way to illustrate the landscapes in your mind.

I strongly recommend this book to anyone who needs something to do when the wifi is broken, or when its rainy. 

I have to say I was a member of Scouts and I read this book when I was on the Australian Scouts Jamboree. It was very wet, so when we weren’t playing some ridiculous card game I would read in my tent with some mates, also great dream fuel …

All in all a 8/10 book!!!

 

 

Hugo Biddlecombe

Scout, 15,

Sydney

 

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The Importance Of 'Planning'

 

 

'Canyon' has gripped me and kept me immersed in the wonders of adventure and danger.

This book is one of a kind in painting the picture of scouting and has left me without words.

I thoroughly enjoyed it and feel like I have truly been on an adventure.

It has also showed me the importance of planning as Christopher has yet again pumped his book full of information and guided you through the paragraphs without hesitation.

Canyon is a must read for all young teenagers who want a true thrill.

Hugo Biddlecombe

Scout, 14,

Sydney

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USEFUL INFORMATION 'HIDDEN BETWEEN THE PAGES'

 

Christopher J. Holcroft’s book Only The Brave Dare is a gripping adventure of Scott, a young male who has joined Venturers (a level in scouting for teenagers aged 14-18) and is deeply captivating.

It is full of adventure and imagination just radiating from the pages of the book.

Only The Brave Dare innocently depicts the fun and games of being in scouts and working as a team. It is full of very useful information that is hidden between the pages.

I would honestly rate it 8 out of 10! If you enjoy thrills it is a must read!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hugo Biddlecombe

Scout, 14,

Sydney

 

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WARNING: TISSUES NEEDED

 

 

 

 

 

Finished reading this wonderful book (One Last Concert) on Friday, started it on Wednesday! It should come with a warning to have tissues near at all times.

The characters are so believable I was wanting to Google the details of the accident and I will buy a copy of the CD from the concert!

Thanks for a great read.

Megan Van de Weyer, Sydney, NSW

 

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'My Interest Grew With Each Page I Read'

 

Christopher J Holcroft captured my imagination from the very first chapter of One Last Concert and my interest continued to grow with each page I read.

What a beautiful story with an unexpected twist at the end!

Thank you Christopher it truly is a 'feel good' story.  

 

 

 

Robyn Dunn, Tarot reader and Tarot teacher

Bendigo, Victoria

 

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One Last Concert 'Gave Me Goosebumps'

 

I thoroughly enjoyed reading One Last Concert.

It had me laughing, in tears, gave me goosebumps and the twist at the end surprised me.

A heartwarming tale of newcomers fitting in, community spirit and connection; how a sense of purpose brings people together.

Nikki Kelly

Renown Australian Children's Author

 

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Finding Thomas Was Hard To Put Down


I was far too engrossed to put this book down even for a short period of time.

Finding Thomas was well researched and true to my beliefs on mediums and the afterlife.

I can't recommend it highly enough!

Well done Christopher J Holcroft. I can't wait to read the next one.

 

Robyn Dunn, Tarot reader and Tarot teacher

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It Could Have Happened To Me

 

I liked One Last Concert very much and it brought back memories of lost friends.

The plot Holcroft lays out could have happened to me after I lost some dear friends in tragic circumstances. It was believable to read about the spirits of people stuck between heaven and earth - it's not something totally fiction.

The idea of having a number of people perform songs throughout the book was very captivating. It makes the story more interesting and believable.

One Last Concert gives us hope of a link between us and the loved ones that have left us on this earthly journey.

The book left me with hope and I recommend it for everyone.

Luke Bigovic

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Finding Thomas - A Top Read!

 

Finding Thomas was a lot more interesting than I at first thought it would be as I thought there may be a lot more fiction and I'm not too much into fiction.

Holcroft has drawn on real life to construct and build up his story and I like his constant referring to reality as it could happen in our own lives.

This book reads more like reality than fiction. I enjoyed the story and Holcroft's inspiration for writing it.

I was lucky being at the book launch and I really love the book. It is top reading and I recommend it.

Holcroft's idea of people having a 'near death experience' is interesting and should, from a scientific point of view, be investigated.

 

Luke Bigovic

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'Spine Tingling And Full Of Surprises'

 

One Last Concert by Christopher J. Holcroft is an interesting read that keeps the reader wanting to know more.

Holcroft uses his military background to share with us his leadership skills and teamwork as a village and then nation pulls together to help others.

The journey we go on in One Last Concert is also a spiritual one as we learn how those who haven't crossed over communicate with us and how some are left with unfinished business.

One Last Concert is a delightful read that is heartwarming, spine tingling and full of surprises till the end
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Allana-May Cunneen.

 

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BOOK EXPLORES LIFE AND DEATH

 

 

St George and Sutherland Shire Leader

30th May 2013

By Monica Heary

FIVE-TIMES novelist Christopher J. Holcroft used a simple theory when he wrote his latest book.

The theory was along the lines of how it was that so often a person enters a room feels a shiver down their spine - only to find out someone has died in the room.

It was this sort of experience and a theme of exploring what happens to the "spirits" of those that have died that has fascinated Mr Holcroft for some time.

After writing a trilogy of books in the genre of adventure for youth he wrote a book for adults about the "afterlife" with Finding Thomas about a near-death experience.

The former Fairfax Journalist said that following that book "the next logical theme was to look at what if you die suddenly or out of your time."

The result is One Last Concert that takes his interest in the spiritual to a different level.

The backdrop centres on 45 teenage boys from an English village who are on their way to Australia when they meet their end.

All the villagers had a son in the choir and the book looks at the effect of the tragedy on the village.

"What I have done is look at an entire community and how they can be helped to move on and to satisfy the grieving, how one must help bring about the moving on of spirit," Mr Holcroft said.

He took almost a year writing the book which included consulting several mediums.

One Last Concert will be launched tomorrow 7 - 10pm, at St Jospeh's Catholic church hall, Parker Street Rockdale.

The book is published by Infinity Publishing (US) and costs $20 from buybooksontheweb.com

Details: christopherholcroft.net/concert.html

http://www.theleader.com.au/story/1536063/book-explores-life-and-death/?cs=1255

 

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Emotionally Moving And A Wonderful Escape

 

Once you start reading One Last Concert, you get straight into the story line, the characters are brought to life with wonderful sensitivity.  

This is a feel good book, and great for someone who has lost someone, as it gives you hope there is life outside of what we know. I found the book to be emotionally moving and it was a wonderful escape from life as we know.  

A book filled with hope, community spirit and love. 

Anjie Lal

 

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Very Enjoyable And Uplifting

 

 

I found One Last Concert a pleasure to read and a book that makes you really think about the afterlife.

It was quite intriguing how the new owner of the old church brought a whole community together to help realise his dream.

The book is an easy read and one that will make the reader think about life after death and what heaven could be like.

I found One Last Concert  a joy to read and highly recommend it.

 

Betty Sullivan

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On the Edge Of My Seat!

 

So I finished your Finding Thomas last week and you asked for my opinion ... well I think you did a fantastic job!!!!

At first I had to get your voice out of my head when I was reading and there are a few times that I was reminded it was a teen fiction book and not for adults.

There was only one part I didn't like, and that was when they were all at the barbecue. I thought what happened was repeated too much in that chapter, but that's just my opinion.

And the ending ... well you had me on the edge of my seat!!

All round a fantastic read and I will recommend it to all I know who like a good read.

Allanna-May Cunneen
 

 

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Genre: Fiction/Young adult
Title: Finding Thomas
Author: Christopher J. Holcroft

           

Thriller Finding Thomas Sheds Light On Death

 

 

Christopher J. Holcroft’s fourth written novel Finding Thomas is a well-tied package of murder, suspense, rescue, and adventure. I strongly recommend this book for teenage boys (around ages 14-15) because of the alluring sense of crime that is woven throughout the entire plot. Girls who enjoy books with danger are also encouraged to try this read.

            Right from the prologue of this book, Finding Thomas grabs your attention. It begins with a phone call, a sobbing mother on one end and her comforting husband who works for a politician on the other. Her shattering cry of her son being dead will immediately bring forward questions. From there on, the story only gets more captivating. The son and also protagonist, Kit Green, is miraculously brought back to life but after his revival, he is not the average teenager that he was before. He now possesses the ability to see and talk to spirits that have passed away. Finding Thomas now diverts the plot so that it has more of a supernatural feel. The deceased son of the politician (that Kit’s father works for) befriends Kit in order to stop their fathers from being killed by a shady police officer. And thus, their thrilling crime adventure begins. There are many twists and turns during plotline and will always keep you wondering what will happen next.

            This book is written in third person and therefore you can understand and read situations from the eyes of different characters, although it mainly is from Kit’s point of view.    As you dwell further into the book, you will start to love Kit Green and his wistful character. Holcroft has added many characters that you may be attached to and will cheer on as the plot progresses. Finding Thomas is one of those intense books that will never bore you. Although it may not be the type of book that you will be forever glued to but you will definitely finish it enjoyably. As mentioned before, typical teenage boys will take a great liking to this book but not all girls will enjoy it as much as I did.

            Christopher J. Holcroft has much experience with journalism, communications, media training, and complex public information planning and implementation. After serving 35 years as Venturer Scout Leader and member of the Australian Army Reserve, he decided to write adventuring boy-like novels, encouraging young men to read more. Finding Thomas is his fourth book, greatly inspired by the passing of his brothers and his belief that there is life after death. He is now married to Yvonne and has three sons. The family enjoys outdoor recreational activities such as camping and scuba diving.

Highly recommended by Reviewer: Iris Park, Allbooks Review Int. www.allbooksreviewint.com

Reviewer: Iris Park

 

 

 

 

 

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St George and Sutherland Shire Leader

Book shines light on death

 

BY KATE CARR

03 May, 2011 01:28 PMChristopher J. Holcroft

THE tragic death of his two brothers just eight weeks apart in 2009 led Christopher Holcroft, of Banksia, to reassess his beliefs about life and death.

One of the results of this difficult time is Mr Holcroft's novel Finding Thomas.

The book is about life, death and everything in between, as seen through the eyes of a teenage boy who had his own near-death experience.

Mr Holcroft had begun researching the novel before his brothers died, but the process took on a far more personal edge following their deaths.

"It has been a very cathartic experience," Mr Holcroft said.

He said his belief in an afterlife was confirmed by a dream he had before his brothers' deaths, along with visits to mediums and conversations with people who had had a near-death experience.

"People with near-death experiences told me about the white light they had experienced when they died," he said.

"They all described it as a place of great joy."

The main character in Finding Thomas is teenager Kit Green, who finds he can see and talk to spirits after dying and coming back to life on the operating table.

Kit teams up with the spirit of another teenager who has died to help uncover government corruption and thwart the murderous plans of a crooked police officer.

Finding Thomas is Mr Holcroft's fourth book, following three novels aimed at Scouts.

The book will be launched at 7pm at St Francis Xavier Church, Arncliffe, on May 5.

 

Details: christopherholcroft.net

Photo Caption: Crusading spirit: Christopher Holcroft, of Banksia, will launch his new book Finding Thomas, which looks at what happens when you die, on May 11. Picture: Chris Lane

http://www.theleader.com.au/news/local/news/general/book-shines-light-on-death/2151183.aspx 

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A Rite Of Passage - A quick review

 

Review by Venturer Scout James Brown

Georges River Unit

Sydney, Australia

 

James Brown

When Christopher Holcroft gives you a copy of his book “A Rite of Passage” he grasps your hand firmly, looks you in the eye and says “always live the adventure.” Holcroft as a Venturer Scout Leader and as a colonel in the Australian Army Reserve is a person who has experienced his own share of adventure in his life. In “A Rite of Passage” Holcroft draws from his experiences and masterfully engages the reader in a classic adventure story that provides surprise after surprise as the plot unfolds. “A Rite of Passage” challenges young adolescents to put themselves in the characters shoes as they face adversity and challenges the reader to ask themselves whether they would have acted the way the characters had done.

A Rite of Passage is set in a time when Sydney is rife with bikie gangs and a growing antagonism between the “Ravens” and the “Eagles” threatens to open up into an all out turf war. At the same time that the bikie gangs are preparing for war a young group of Venturer Scouts are planning exciting activities including a rather eloquent formal McDonald’s night out with the local Ranger Guides.

But as the book progresses the two stories begin to converge as the Ravens look for an appropriate place to take on the Eagles. They find Cook Island, an abandoned fort that is coincidentally located right next to a dive site popular with the Venturer Scouts. On the day of the battle the Venturer Scouts, caught in the middle, are challenged to perform acts of great daring and bravery to save the Ranger guides, trapped in the middle of the firefight. This is the climax of the book and rightly so. Through the use of highly descriptive imagery, Holcroft paints the scene with great detail and allows for a genuine emotional response from the reader.

In conclusion “A Rite of Passage” is an excellent book for young adolescents both boys and girls. I, myself a Venturer Scout thoroughly enjoyed reading the novel and often found myself glued to my chair as I read in anticipation as the novel came to its thrilling climax.


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Must Read For Venturers

 

Review by Venturer Scout Alex Baehnisch

Georges River Unit

17 November 2010

 A Rite Of Passage

A Rite of Passage is the final novel in Christopher Holcroft's trilogy about the adventures of Scott Morrow and his Venturer Unit. It is set in the harsh realities of the modern world with the story of Scott Morrow interwoven with that of a biker gang turf war which conclude with a gripping and heroic ending.

The novel follows on from Scott Morrow’s other adventures and focuses on him learning to dive and the ensuing dives. Scott is in the last months of his time as a Venturer and the task of courage exhibited by Scott in the climax of the novel can only be described as his rite of passage to rovers.

A Rite of Passage also incorporates the parallel movement of the Girl Guides, specifically the Ranger Guides as they socialise and interact with the Venturer Scouts. The two groups of teenagers are realistically represented participating in activities such as scuba diving and a formal dinner at McDonald’s. These interactions show the blurred lines between the two movements in the 21st century which is highlighted by the Rangers requests for more adventurous activities.

A Rite of Passage has an excellent story relevant to modern society and the challenges which await us, both morally and physically. It, as with the other two books in the trilogy are must reads for anyone interested Venturer Scouting. It has a suspenseful plot which will engross the reader till the very end.

Alex Baehnisch

 

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Rite way to help boys feel good

Author Christopher J. Holcroft

 

BY MARIA GALINOVIC

25 Jun, 2010 12:00 AM

 

KINGS Cross biker gangs are having a turf war and decamp to La Perouse to fight it out in the relative privacy of Botany Bay.

But, the storyline goes, local kids including our hero Scott Morrow witness the violence and a "situation'' develops.

A Rite of Passage is the third book in the Scott Morrow trilogy by Banksia author Christopher J. Holcroft.

Holcroft asks age-old questions about heroism and how it emerges.

Teenage boys are asked if they would stand up and be counted when the chips are down and lives are on the line.

Holcroft, father of three adult sons, a former journalist, an Army reservist, and a long-time Venturer and Scout, understands boys and is perhaps sorry for them.

"We don't praise male teenagers enough,'' he said.

"We are quick to say how terrible they are, when we need to tell them they can be role models.''

Passionate about outdoor adventures as promoted by Scouts and Guides, Holcroft started writing the books because ``nothing was available about Australian Scouts doing Australian things''.

The first, Only the Brave Dare, was published in 2008, the Year of the Scout, introducing Scott Morrow.

Holcroft stresses that the books, aimed at boys aged 11-18, encourages them to read more, become positive and to feel good.

"Boys will stand up and be counted if they feel confident that they have the right training, and that they are supported by adults,'' he said.

The book will be launched at 7pm on Wednesday, June 30, at St Francis Xavier Church hall, Arncliffe.

http://www.theleader.com.au/news/local/news/general/boost-for-teens/1868875.aspx

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A Rite Of Passage

 

 

Review by Jordan Aitken

1st Engadine Venturer Unit

 

 

Jordan AitkenA Rite of Passage details the latest exploits of Venturer Scott Morrow and his unit, his latest endeavour; learning to dive. Scott is already famousA Rite Of Passage for his escapades with the Russian Mafia after they captured his unit, and furthermore from his daring and brave rescue of a fellow Venturer and then a Rover during a canyoning accident.

A Rite of Passage is aimed at teenage boys to encourage them to read and experience more of life by getting outdoors and living the adventure. It should surely achieve this, because it is easy and pleasant to read and provides a simple to understand, yet highly insightful look into perspectives we wouldn’t usually see which could only be formulated by someone with great experience and knowledge.

We are allowed to see into the lives of gang members, which we are not usually exposed to through the media – we get to contrast our existing perceptions, challenging us to think more broadly about what we really know about people who are so often stereotypically portrayed.  We gain a better understanding of what goes on behind the badges in the investigations of police

A Rite of Passage promotes Venturing and Guiding movements in an accurate and positive light (although potential members shouldn’t expect to help fight the Mafia or dispel bike gang wars) by highlighting the different opportunities available through the movements. Not only outdoors activities like scuba diving, but social activities like the formal McDonald’s  which appeal to the target audience as growing, socialising people are featured, exploring the dynamic of the movement and the variety of experiences to be had. The novel also touches on the various formalities within the movements, adding to the accuracy of their representation.

A Rite of Passage touches on issues common to the targeted responder: balance of study and leisure (which Scott is forced to deal with), friendly and romantic relationships (such as those between Scott and his unit, and then that which develops between some of the Unit and the Guides) and growing up (taking on adult actions and responsibilities like leadership and bravery, and acting out of consciousness for others) and through the central character, Scott, we are shown that life can be hard, but manageable and there is no limit to what we can do if we set our minds to it.

Existing members of the Venturing and Guiding movement will enjoy examining this perspective on a part of their lives, Scouts and Guides can look to it as a taste of what they can (within reason) experience in the older sections and outsiders of the movement can see it as a written reason to look up their local group.

Most outstandingly however is the notion that ordinary individuals can, when placed in a situation that demands it, do extraordinary things. We, as responders, may not ever experience the crossfire of warring gangs, but we can, as average, everyday people, embark on our own extraordinary adventures by getting out into the world, challenging ourselves and trying something new – we place ourselves in the situation to achieve. It is within all our capabilities to try something new and it is through Scott Morrow that we can realise that.

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CANYON

 

CANYON by Christopher J. Holcroft

 

 

Poseidon Books, Burleigh, Qld. 2008
ISBN 978 1921406768


(Ages 12+) Told by an expert in the field of real life adventuring, orienteering, outdoor education and Venturer Scouts, this story proves the worth of team work in times of trouble, the importance of training and organisational skills, and the national significance of rescue management.  


A canyoning trip leads to near disaster but, because of the timely formation of a Rover volunteer network, an amazing rescue effort saves young Scott, who was initially instrumental in forming the groups, and his injured friend.


Though the story lacks the imaginative interest of fictional adventures, this true to life account will appeal to the young reader who prefers 'real' stories. Well researched and authoritative, Canyon, for its instructional nature, reads well, providing a good text for outdoor education groups and the like, and applauding the efforts of all Emergency Rescue Services. Mike, the Venturer leader, in instructing the young volunteers says, 'My aim is to ensure you can enjoy the challenges of the activity you choose to do and that if anything happens to you, you are self-reliant enough to get out of most problems or, you can get your mate out'. (p. 7)

Such is the tone of this novel.


Julie Wells
 

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St George and Sutherland Shire Leader

 

The writing was on the wall

BY JIM GAINSFORD

11/12/2008 4:25:00 PM

BANKSIA author Christopher Holcroft did not want to keep his loyal readers hanging in mid-air. Aiming high: Author Christopher Holcroft with St George Rover Scout Chris Gantert, 18. Picture: Elliott Housego

Seven months after publishing Only The Brave Dare, his first adventure novel for young adult readers, he has finished a second book, Canyon.

Part one of the series told the story of a Venturer Scouts unit, led by the unassuming hero Scott Morrow, which encounters the Russian Mafia while diving in a submarine wreck.

In the second book, Scott Morrow and the Venturer Scouts have an abseiling accident while on a canyoning trip in the Blue Mountains. Morrow must hold together the unit members while army commandos and Rover Scouts race to save them.

Mr Holcroft describes his series as "pure escapism'' and draws on his experience as a lieutenant-colonel in the Army Reserve, serving in the Middle East, Timor and Papua New Guinea, and 30 years heading Venturer Scouts units.

He hopes the page-turning yarn will encourage those aged 17-26 to undertake emergency training with the SES.

"The message is that it does not take a hero but it takes training to be aware of the dangers of the wild, and how to overcome them,'' he said.

The third part of the series will be available next year.

Details: www.poseidonbooks.com

St George and Sutherland Shire Leader 

 

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When the Brave Dare to Canyon

 

Review by Michael Lee, 18 of Hurstville,

New South Wales, Australia

CANYON by Christopher J. Holcroft

Michael LeeCANYON by Christopher J Holcroft, is the second instalment in a series that follows the adventures of Scott Morrow and his Venturer Unit. The novel tells the story of a canyoning trip that places the Venturer Unit against the elements and forces them to make a life and death decision.

The book begins with the characters practicing their abseiling skills, as they learn to trust each other, in a controlled environment before they have to put these skills into practice in the most extreme weather conditions.

With meticulous detail the author impeccably describes the scene, painting a picture in the reader’s mind.  As the story builds in intensity the author switches between characters at different locations keeping the reader’s intrigue.

The book shows the important connections between the different sections of the scouting family, particularly the bond between Venturers and Rovers. 

Like Only the Brave Dare, the book is targeted towards teenage readers with a passion for adventure.

Throughout the adventures of the Venturer Unit the author highlights the importance of team work.

The novel is a suspenseful and entertaining read that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

CANYON is an adrenaline filled story that will be thoroughly enjoyed by all teenagers.

CANYON is available through Poseidon Books at www.poseidonbooks.com/

 

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St George and Sutherland Shire Leader

'Dare to be brave'                           

 

REVIEW BY CHRISTOPHER GANTERT,

TEEN AND AVID READER.

29/04/2008 3:00:18 AM
 

Venturer Christopher GantertOnly The Brave Dare, by Christopher Holcroft, is a novel about Venturers on a camping trip who cross paths with the Russian Mafia.

The book begins with a Queens Scout presentation and then introduces the main character.

The world of Scouting and Venturing is described as the novel incorporates an emotional touch to the characters' interactions.

The novel switches between different characters in different locations with different roles in a fashion that is simple to understand.

Although there is the occasional violence, the author's description is acceptable for teenage readers.

Only The Brave Dare portrays the Scouts as an organised, independent unit with some of their feats and routines seeming almost unbelievable.

However, their feats and routines are plausible with the Venturers' training and experience.

With the novel being set for a younger age, and using younger characters as the main role players, Only The Brave Dare is a gripping read for any teenager.

Although the novel has several corny pages at the start, overall, it is a suspenseful and entertaining read.

The novel is definitely a decent, educational experience for any teenager.

Venturer Christopher Gantert

Phtoto by Carlos Furtado

http://stgeorge.yourguide.com.au/news/local/news/general/dare-to-be-brave/365738.aspx

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Review Blog

Jun 17 2008

Only The Brave Dare

 by Christopher Holcroft

Poseidon Books, 2008 ( www.poseidonbooks.com )


(Age 12+) Described by the author as a modern Biggles, Only The Brave Dare is the story of a group of Venturers who uncover a drug deal by the Russian Mafia while exploring a wrecked submarine. Taken captive by the gang, it is up to Scott, an unassuming Venturer, to find a way to save his mates.


The action switches from the Venturers to the Russian Mafia in alternate chapters or sections, helping to identify the characters and what is happening. A more sophisticated reader may find the italics for different speakers distracting and the conversation rather heavy handed.


A fast paced adventure story, this will appeal to boys who are in the Scouting movement and the descriptions of the advantages of being a Venturer would perhaps encourage young boys to join the group.

                                                                                                     

Pat Pledger


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