The Boys of Summer: A Novel

The Boys of Summer: A Novel

by Richard Cox


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Both a haunting coming-of-age story set in North Texas against the backdrop of a deadly tornado, and a character-driven, deeply-affecting supernatural thriller.

In 1979, a massive tornado devastates the city of Wichita Falls, Texas, leaving scores dead, thousands homeless, and nine-year-old Todd Willis in a coma, fighting for his life.

Four years later, Todd awakens to a world that looks the same but feels different in a way he can’t quite grasp. For Todd, it's a struggle to separate fact from fiction as he battles lingering hallucinations from his long sleep.

The new friends Todd makes in 1983 are fascinated with his experience and become mesmerized by his strange relationship with the world. Together the five boys come of age during a dark, fiery summer where they find first love, betrayal, and a secret so terrible they agree to never speak of it again.

But darkness returns to Wichita Falls twenty-five years later, and the boys—now men—are forced to reunite and confront the wounds from their past. When their memories of that childhood summer refuse to align with reality, the friends embark upon a search for truth that will threaten their lives, and transform their understanding of each other—and the world itself—forever.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597808781
Publisher: Night Shade
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Pages: 436
Sales rank: 187,732
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Richard Cox is the alleged author of three previous novels: Thomas World, The God Particle, and Rift. He claims to lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Then again, you shouldn’t believe everything you read.

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The Boys of Summer: A Novel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very different plot, well written, great characters, a page turner for sure. Heavy dude !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a former resident of Wichita Falls, this book caught my eye and I couldn’t stop reading it until I was finished. My family survived the tornado of 1979 in Wichita Falls and I found the details to be very accurate. The manner in which the characters are woven into to story made this a very good read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting read. Well thought out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book I have read in ages. I loved that it wasn't formulaic and that I couldn't predict the ending, nor the twist(s). I will be checking into other works by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Riviting, from the first page to the last. You are pulled into the story and live it with the people in it. This is a "You-Have-To-Read-This-Book" kind of book !!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reads like a Stephen King novel! Excellent characters and plot! Could not put it down!