The Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway
A superhero story with a big heart
By Rhys Thomas
A laugh-out-loud feelgood novel about an unlikely hero and the woman who saves him.
This is not an ordinary love story, and Sam Holloway is not your typical hero. But he is a hero...
Sam Holloway is 26 years old, and since a terrible tragedy struck in his life, he's lost faith in the world. As a means of keeping his grief at bay, he needs everything to be just so - he has a strict routine, from which he rarely deviates, and if he focuses on this, and on his mundane job at a Japanese electronics office, he can just about avoid confronting the unbearable loneliness of his life.
But, three nights a week, Sam leaves his small insignificant life behind, dons his carefully constructed superhero costume, and patrols the streets of his community - preventing crime, protecting the vulnerable, an acting as a power for good.
When Sam is wearing his superhero costume, he feels invincible. But his superhero activities are getting him into some sticky, and increasingly dangerous situations.
And when a girl comes into his life - a beautiful, perfect girl who actually thinks he is worth talking to - it throws his careful routines into chaos.
Sam needs to decide whether he can be brave enough to take a chance on love. And believing that something good can come after all the pain.
This is a heart-breaking story about grief, loss and loneliness. But it's also a heart-warming story about love, and the great power of kindness.
Rhys Thomas lives in Cardiff with his partner, fellow writer Amy Lloyd, as well as three cats - Aniseed, Henry VIII and Sheldon Tillikum Cooper. THE UNLIKELY HEROICS OF SAM HOLLOWAY is his third novel.
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09 Aug 2018
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Possibly the best book about a geek written for geeks ever written. Sam is one of us. By the time Sam's adventures have come to an end, your heart will have broken - but then it will swell with joy. This book is bloody lovely. Read it. — SFX Magazine
It's the kind of story that will have you tearing up with empathy for Sam one moment, and crying with laughter at his haphazard heroics the next. One thing's for certain, we need more Sam Holloways - in literature and life. — Culturefly
Thomas' warmth and compassion shine through in The Unlikely Heroics - it's a book to make you consider the hidden drives and issues that can shape a person's behaviour. It's also funny, warm and ultimately full of hope. — Western Mail
Be aware... this book will own your heart! It's a funny yet touching human voyage of discovery with an unlikely hero... You'll be cheering him on! — Peterborough Telegraph