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The Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway: A superhero story with a big heart

Rhys Thomas

6 Reviews

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A laugh-out-loud feelgood novel about an unlikely hero and the woman who saves him.

--- 'One thing's for certain, we need more Sam Holloways - in literature and in life.' Culturefly ---

This is no ordinary love story and Sam is no typical hero...but he is a hero.

Charming, quirky, and absolutely bursting with heart, this is the perfect read for fans of The Rosie Project, A Man Called Ove, and Eleanor Oliphant.

Sam Holloway has survived the worst that life can throw at you. But he's not really living. His meticulous routines keep everything nice and safe - with just one exception...

Three nights a week, Sam dons his superhero costume and patrols the streets. It makes him feel invincible - but his unlikely heroics are getting him into some sticky, and increasingly dangerous, situations.

Then a girl comes into his life, and his ordered world is thrown into chaos ... and now Sam needs to decide whether he can be brave enough to finally take off the mask.

Both hilarious and heart-warming, this is a story about love, loneliness, grief, and the life-changing power of kindness.

---'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 ---

Find out what readers are saying about Sam Holloway:

'Highly recommend this book. Emotional and inspirational with a dash of action and romance' Goodreads reader

'Brilliant book, well written and gripping from page one' Goodreads reader

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Praise for The Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway: A superhero story with a big heart

  • 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

  • A riveting and often moving read...The narrator's voice compels the narrative - he's a hugely likeable character...this is the best of its type that I've read in a long while. I'll be very interested to see what Thomas writes next.

  • 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

  • The Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway is a joy to read. Rhys Thomas has managed to take everything I like about literary fiction and put it into one book: humor, humanity, action, and redemption. If I'm being 100% honest, I'm actually a little mad at the guy. I wish I'd written this one myself

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Rhys Thomas

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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