April Skies

  • Title: April Skies
  • Author: IanAyris
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  • Page: 121
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • April Skies Sometimes you don t know what sort of man you are until you are called upon to protect your family Bethnal Green East London Nineteen ninety one John Sissons is out of work out of friends and out
    Sometimes, you don t know what sort of man you are until you are called upon to protect your family.Bethnal Green, East London Nineteen ninety one.John Sissons is out of work, out of friends, and out of luck Fortune soon smiles upon him, though, and he gets a job in a door factory.It s not much, but it s something.But as the days go by in the factory, and the layers areSometimes, you don t know what sort of man you are until you are called upon to protect your family.Bethnal Green, East London Nineteen ninety one.John Sissons is out of work, out of friends, and out of luck Fortune soon smiles upon him, though, and he gets a job in a door factory.It s not much, but it s something.But as the days go by in the factory, and the layers are peeled away, John realises he didn t get this job by accident.His past is exploding in front of his eyes And when you have a past like the one John has, he knows he ll be lucky if he makes it out alive.Every fibre in his body is telling him to run But John s had a lifetime of running Running is no longer an option.When his sister goes missing, John knows it s only a matter of time before they come for him.But he won t be going down without a fight.Not this time.

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    About IanAyris


    1. Ian Ayris is the author of two novels and a novella, as well as forty short stories published online and in print His debut novel Abide With Me was published in 2012 by Caffeine Nights Publishing and his novella One Day in the Life of Jason Dean was published later that year by Byker Books, and reissued in Feb 2016 by Near to the Knuckle The sequel to Abide With Me April Skies was published in April 2016.Ian is a qualified counsellor, a creative writing tutor and runs his own editing business.At weekends he works in a care home for adults with learning difficulties and mental health issues, whilst also indulging in his lifelong passion for the Mighty Dagenham and Redbridge Football Club.


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    1. Its 1991 and John has got out of prison and he is trying to get back to 'normal' or what he sees as normal. He is helping his stepfather on his market stall, a job he hates and visiting his old mate Thommo who is locked in a nuthouse. It's heartwarming to see him being so concerned for his friend and I began to like John. He baby sister has grown up now and he can't help feeling he should be checking up on what she is doing and even though he has a stepfather he can't help feeling responsibility [...]

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    2. I read this book in less than two hours because it was that good. In fact I was travelling home and had to stop reading due to the rain between the station & my flat. I don't think I've ever walked faster, with mere pages to go I simply had to find out what was going to happen.You can of course read this book as a standalone but I urge you to read Abide With Me first. Another powerfully emotional book, it sets up the lay of the land for you. You begin with an emotional connection to the fami [...]

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    3. I was worried as I started reading April Skies, the follow-up to Abide With Me, because I loved the latter so much. And I know from experience how hard it is to write a sequel. But it only took a few pages for my worries to melt away. The second installment contained the exact same aspects that I loved about the first: an endearing protagonist with a heart of gold and a heart-breaking style of writing that is raw and full of emotion. Which is how I envision Ayris, an author who wears his heart o [...]

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    4. Synopsis/blurb.An East End tale to tear your heart outSometimes, you don’t know what sort of man you are until you are called upon to protect your family.Bethnal Green, East London. Nineteen-ninety-one.John Sissons is out of work, out of friends, and out of luck. Fortune soon smiles upon him, though, and he gets a job in a door factory.It’s not much, but it’s something.But as the days go by in the factory, and the layers are peeled away, John realises he didn’t get this job by accident.H [...]

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    5. Yet another gripping, hard-to-put-down read. 'April Skies' does work as a standalone but it's far more fulfilling to read 'Abide With Me' first.As with the first book, It's hard not to feel fully invested in the emotional ride that John Sissons is going through and once you're over the halfway point I can't see anyone being able to put the book down. Yes, there is a lot of swearing but it is in first-person POV complete with the vernacular of the time (1991) and the area (the East End), it fits [...]

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    6. This book follows on from Abide With Me. Although it is not necessary to read that first as all you need to know is recapped in this book, I believe that it would enhance your enjoyment of this one if you do read that first. And it's great so, why not?As with AWM, this book is written in the first person and wholly in the East End vernacular. It also contains a fair amount of swearing and "football rivalry comments" but this is completely in keeping with the character, setting and era of the boo [...]

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    7. A huge nostalgic read for me! East London displayed in all its glory, Upton Park, Claret & Blue - West Ham United Football Club, Green Street. One of the most vivid descriptions of a football fans experience. I felt the excitement, the atmosphere, I was there, I was part of the crowd, I could hear the chants, feel the crowd coming together, absolutely bloody brilliant, tears in my eyes & I'm not a supporter!Ultimately for me, it's a story of love & loss, almost unbearable loss, a you [...]

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    8. Got this book from #TBC to be reviewed. The main character is trying to start a new life for himself after leaving prison. But it turns out it's not that easy. Really enjoyed reading this book. The characters are so believable and you feel like you slot into their world really easily. If you don't like swearing in a book I would say this is not necessarily for you, but I thought it was a wonderful book, with a decent storyline and humour thrown in there too. Would definitely recommend

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    9. April Skies by Ian Ayris is a brit grit classic. Sometimes, you don't know what sort of man you are until you are called upon to protect your family. Absolutely fantastic read.Simply unputdownable.Devoured in less than 24 hours.I loved John. He was my favourite character. There was nothing I disliked about this bookHighly recommended. Definitely worth more than 5*.Thanks to the book club on fb for the arc to review.

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    10. April Skies is the follow on book to ‘Abide with me’. I hadn’t read the first but that certainly didn’t detract from my absolute enjoyment of this story. So much so, that once started I had to read to the end. Ex-con, John, is a young man struggling to emerge from a violent past that threatens to re-visit him and those he cares about. We see this world through his eyes, experience it through the beat of his heart, and the impact on all those connected is revealed with a sense of forebodi [...]

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    11. John is a young man who has had a past that he appears now to be ashamed of and is trying to make a new path for himself albeit with difficulty. He has demons from the past and lost a good friend in a viscous attack. The attacker is behind bars but John thinks about him and his friend every day. Despite his past and lack of education John is a determined young man and is empathetic, sensitive and very observant which is portrayed by his thoughts and actions. Taking his mentally impaired friend t [...]

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    12. April SkiesApril Skies carries on from Ayris's first book in the John Sissons series, Abide With Me. I haven't read the first book and found I could follow April Skies with no problems.I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from this book when I asked TBC if I could review it. I just really liked the blurb because it was a bit different and I wasn't disappointed. April Skies follows the life of John Sissons after his release from prison. He's trying, in his own way, to make a fresh start of thing [...]

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    13. This sequel keeps up the high storytelling standards that Ian Ayris established with "Abide with Me". The authentic East London voice of John Sissons shines through, as do those of his family, friends, and enemies. Yes, the f-bombs and other choice epithets carpet the story thickly, but they're not gratuitous; they're an integral part of the voice.There are a lot of themes here to enjoy. The hard life of the common man and the meaning of loyalty are the two most prominent. (The latter includes n [...]

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    14. April Skies can be read as a standalone, but I read it straight after Abide With Me, the first in the John Sissons series. The first was a real emotional rollercoaster and this is no different. John, the narrator, has such a strong authentic voice, and the author manages to weave some beautiful terminology and phrasing throughout the book, despite the expletive- filled language of the narrator. April Skies is a slightly slower burner than Abide With Me but builds to a dramatic climax, with all t [...]

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    15. In ’90s London, John Sissons – the protagonist of Ian Ayris‘ brilliant debut Abide With Me– is out of the slammer and trying to get by, working at a market stall. When he loses his job, he gets a job at a door factory and his luck starts to change. But is it for the better?Ian Ayris’ April Skies is marvelous. Full of realistic, well-drawn characters, great dialogue, sharp twists and turns, and with a strong sense of place and time. Nerve-wracking and heartbreaking, tense and touching [...]

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    16. I enjoyed this book. It's written in the first person which makes a good change. It's an easy read that flows really well and reels you in to Johns life

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    17. After reading this story I now need to read Abide with me. I was asked to review this by#TBConFB. Not my usual type of genre but I found myself liking John. It took a bit of getting used to as it is written in a colloquial voice, which I think, added to the storyline. Just as you think things are finally looking up for him, they take a turn for the worse and you find yourself hoping against hope that he will manage to walk away in tact. Ayris has captured a snapshot of what life could be like wh [...]

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    18. John Sissons is working hard to put the events of the past behind him, events that landed him in prison for a seven-year stretch. (Abide With Me) Out for two years, he’s been working at a market stall several days a week selling produce.When that job dries up, John signs on with a job placement agency that gets him in working at a door factory. It’s dreary, repetitive, soul-crushing work, but twenty-five years old and knowing it’s time to get on with being a man, John sucks it up and stick [...]

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    19. 'Ronnie Swordfish getting killed has got me radar bangin through the roof, like all them eyes I see in the shadows, everywhere I go, they're all opened up at once - all at the same time.'Abide With Me is a special book by a special writer. That was released way back in 2012. It excited the hell out of me when I read it, so when I sat down with the sequel I was a little nervous.April Skies continues the story of John Sissons. There’s a big jump in time from when he was last on the page and ther [...]

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    20. To use the oldest of clichés they say the pen is mightier than the sword. In the case of April Skies this holds true. Such is the power of Ian's writing I found myself deeply affected by main character, John’s, thought train. The novel picks up after the tragic events that concluded the first novel, Abide with Me. The first 50% of the novel was for me a dark and quite depressing read, almost a stream of consciousness as we follow John's day-to-day struggles and believe me it is a struggle for [...]

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    21. Wow, Wow, Wow what can I say but I absolutely loved this book it's freaking amazing!!! and to top it off I have found myself a new author.Set in Bethnal Green,East London 1991 we meet Ex-con John Sissons who is totally out of look. having no job and no friends.until one day things change, he gets a job in a factory. But has time goes on he realises he didn't get this job by accident with a past exploding in front of his eyes. John needs to run but after a lifetime of running it is no longer an o [...]

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    22. We pick up the life of John Sissons after his release from a prison sentence. I can’t be the only reader of Abide With Me who wondered what the future held for him. He manages to get a job in a factory, though it’s bleak and soul destroying – repetitious and uninspiring. He needs the money, though. His ‘baby sister’ Becky, now seventeen, has a boyfriend and John’s not impressed. A few more characters from his past catch up with him and he finds himself in dire need of friends. He’s [...]

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    23. A brilliantly written book which stayed with me long after finishing it. The storyline is pacy, the characters well developed and so believable that I cared about them. Told in the first person, you get a real feel of what is happening and how the protagonist John is affected. Highly recommended!I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers copy of this book.

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    24. Great SequelI enjoyed Abide With Me, the first book, but this is even better. You can feel the loss and emptiness in John's life, as he struggles to make something of himself; you feel the desolation within. I don;t want to give anything away but this is a very well written and observed story. Read it, you won't be sorry.

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