Monday, September 30, 2013

Children of the Knight by Michael J Bowler Review

Welcome to my Review of Children of the Knight
According to legend, King Arthur is supposed to return when Britain needs him most. So why does a man claiming to be the once and future king suddenly appear in modern-day Los Angeles?


This charismatic young Arthur creates a new Camelot within the City of Angels to lead a crusade of unwanted kids against an adult society that discards and ignores them. Under his banner of equality, every needy child is welcome, regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation, or gang affiliation.

With the help of his amazing First Knight, homeless fourteen-year-old Lance, Arthur transforms this ragtag band of rejected children and teens into a well-trained army—the Children of the Knight. Through his intervention, they win the hearts and minds of the populace at large, and gain a truer understanding of themselves and their worth to society. But seeking more rights for kids pits Arthur and his children squarely against the rich, the influential, and the self-satisfied politicians who want nothing more than to maintain the status quo. 

Can right truly overcome might? Arthur’s hopeful young knights are about to find out, and the City of Angels will never be the same.



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My Review 
I always enjoy the tale of King Arthur so I was intrigued as to how Michael Bowler would bring this classic tale into the modern day utilizing street children. The children are either homeless or in horrid homes. This is an intensely emotional novel so be prepared to be out of your comfort zone.
A new modern day Camelot is created in Los Angeles when King Arthur returns. The Knights are the unwanted children of the city.
The band of unwanted children are lead on a crusade to save their city from the adults who would use them, ignore them, and mistreat them. Arthur teaches them self worth and chivalry.
I strongly suggest older Teens based on the subject matter and the very realistic characters.

Michael J. Bowler is an award-winning author of three novels––A Boy and His Dragon, A Matter of Time, and Children of the Knight––who grew up in San Rafael, California. 

He majored in English and Theatre at Santa Clara University and earned a master’s in film production from Loyola Marymount and another master's in Special Education from Cal State University Dominguez Hills. 

He partnered with two friends as producer, writer, and/or director on several ultra-low-budget horror films, including “Fatal Images,” “Club Dead,” and “Things II,” the reviews of which are much more fun than the actual movies. Ha!

He taught high school in Hawthorne, California for twenty-five years, both in general education and to students with learning disabilities, in subjects ranging from English and Strength Training to Algebra, Biology, and Yearbook. 

He has also been a volunteer Big Brother to seven different boys with the Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters program and a nearly thirty-year volunteer within the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles.  He is a passionate advocate for the fair treatment of children and teens in California, something that is sorely lacking in this state. 

He has been honored as Probation Volunteer of the Year, YMCA Volunteer of the Year, California Big Brother of the Year, and National Big Brother of the Year. The “National” honor allowed he and three of his Little Brothers to visit the White House and meet the president in the Oval Office.


He has already completed the two continuations of Children of the Knight entitled Running Through A Dark Place & And The Children Shall Lead, and plans to release both in 2014.

ONLINE LINKS:

Website  http://www.michaeljbowler.com/

Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/michaeljbowlerauthor

Twitter  https://twitter.com/BradleyWallaceM


Goodreads  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6938109.Michael_J_Bowler




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