[review] „The Fight“ by Luke Wordley

© 2014 Tyndale

Title: The Fight

Author: Luke Wordley

ISBN: 978-1-4143-8949-3

Publisher: Tyndale

Publication Date: 01.05.2014

Pages: 400

 

The blurb says:

Sam Pennington’s life has fallen apart. His father is dead. His mum’s started drinking. And now they’ve been dumped in a dismal public-housing complex in East London. Sam’s anger at his circumstances puts him on the brink of expulsion from school and into dangerous conflict with those around him.

Professional boxing trainer Jerry Ambrose has finally gotten everything together. After a turbulent early life, his newfound faith has helped him reconcile with his past and dedicate his life to helping others.

But when a brutal street fight leads Sam to Jerry’s boxing club, both their futures are thrown into question. As Jerry reaches out to Sam, an extraordinary fighting talent emerges—a talent that reopens the wounds of Jerry’s own life. Both find themselves battling what can happen to a man’s soul when his anger is channeled through his fists.

Despite wowing ringside crowds, Sam’s boxing success fails to bring him peace or happiness, while Jerry’s inner struggles threaten the very core of his beliefs. Can Sam be saved from his rage? Or will Jerry’s reawakened ambition tear them both apart?

Sam Pennington’s life has fallen apart. His father is dead. His mum’s started drinking. And now they’ve been dumped in a dismal public-housing complex in East London. Sam’s anger at his circumstances puts him on the brink of expulsion from school and into dangerous conflict with those around him.

Professional boxing trainer Jerry Ambrose has finally gotten everything together. After a turbulent early life, his newfound faith has helped him reconcile with his past and dedicate his life to helping others.

But when a brutal street fight leads Sam to Jerry’s boxing club, both their futures are thrown into question. As Jerry reaches out to Sam, an extraordinary fighting talent emerges—a talent that reopens the wounds of Jerry’s own life. Both find themselves battling what can happen to a man’s soul when his anger is channeled through his fists.

Despite wowing ringside crowds, Sam’s boxing success fails to bring him peace or happiness, while Jerry’s inner struggles threaten the very core of his beliefs. Can Sam be saved from his rage? Or will Jerry’s reawakened ambition tear them both apart? – See more at: http://www.tyndale.com/The-Fight/9781414389493#.U1uIWaLYXxt

Sam Pennington’s life has fallen apart. His father is dead. His mum’s started drinking. And now they’ve been dumped in a dismal public-housing complex in East London. Sam’s anger at his circumstances puts him on the brink of expulsion from school and into dangerous conflict with those around him.

Professional boxing trainer Jerry Ambrose has finally gotten everything together. After a turbulent early life, his newfound faith has helped him reconcile with his past and dedicate his life to helping others.

But when a brutal street fight leads Sam to Jerry’s boxing club, both their futures are thrown into question. As Jerry reaches out to Sam, an extraordinary fighting talent emerges—a talent that reopens the wounds of Jerry’s own life. Both find themselves battling what can happen to a man’s soul when his anger is channeled through his fists.

Despite wowing ringside crowds, Sam’s boxing success fails to bring him peace or happiness, while Jerry’s inner struggles threaten the very core of his beliefs. Can Sam be saved from his rage? Or will Jerry’s reawakened ambition tear them both apart? – See more at: http://www.tyndale.com/The-Fight/9781414389493#.U1uIWaLYXxt

Sam Pennington’s life has fallen apart. His father is dead. His mum’s started drinking. And now they’ve been dumped in a dismal public-housing complex in East London. Sam’s anger at his circumstances puts him on the brink of expulsion from school and into dangerous conflict with those around him.

Professional boxing trainer Jerry Ambrose has finally gotten everything together. After a turbulent early life, his newfound faith has helped him reconcile with his past and dedicate his life to helping others.

But when a brutal street fight leads Sam to Jerry’s boxing club, both their futures are thrown into question. As Jerry reaches out to Sam, an extraordinary fighting talent emerges—a talent that reopens the wounds of Jerry’s own life. Both find themselves battling what can happen to a man’s soul when his anger is channeled through his fists.

Despite wowing ringside crowds, Sam’s boxing success fails to bring him peace or happiness, while Jerry’s inner struggles threaten the very core of his beliefs. Can Sam be saved from his rage? Or will Jerry’s reawakened ambition tear them both apart? – See more at: http://www.tyndale.com/The-Fight/9781414389493#.U1uIWaLYXxt

First of all, let me say that I don’t like boxing whatsoever. You might thus be a little surprised that I picked up this book at all. Quite frankly so am I. I really don’t know what made me want to read it in the first place but…am I glad I did!

The Fight is so much more than just a book about boxing. It’s about life, loss, love, rage, regret, despair, second chances, friendships, broken dreams and ultimately about hope and redemption. The themes in this book are universal ones that anyone can and will relate to.

Sam, Jerry and the other characters are authentic and very well developed. A gifted storyteller, Luke Wordley portrays their struggles in such a real and honest way that it could just as well be a real-life story. He takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions in this fast-paced story that leads up to a breathtaking finale. The Fight is a riveting book that had me hooked from start to finish.

Although it is very much a guy’s kind of book, don’t let that deter you, ladies. Read it anyway – you’ll be glad you did! – and then pass it on to your husband, son, father… In fact, The Fight would make the perfect gift for Father’s Day (29th May if you’re in Germany or 15th June if you’re in the UK or US).

I rate this book with five palm trees, only because that is my highest available rating. But for the record, five palm trees are not enough to do this book justice. It’s definitely one my favourites of 2014, if not the favourite.

My rating:

5 Palmen

 

 

Disclosure of Material Connection:

I received this book for free from Tyndale via NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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