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Ray Ryan

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Ray Ryan is a normal boy growing up in Nottingham, dreaming of becoming a writer, but one day his best friend makes some dangerous enemies and things begin to change. The road to happiness is a rough one, and it becomes even harder to traverse when the people you care about have lost their way. Tense and surprising, Ray Ryan tells the story of the joys and tragedies that ...more
Kindle Edition, 210 pages
Published August 8th 2012 by penpress
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Rob Slaven
I received this book free for review from the Author in exchange for an honest review. Despite the privilege of receiving a free book, I'm absolutely candid about it below because I believe authors and readers will benefit most from honest reviews rather than vacuous 5-star reviews.

The two-second summary of this is that it is essentially a biographical sketch of the main character from childhood through early adulthood. Each chapter section is a year starting with 1994 and extending to 2022. Dur
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An engaging contemporary coming of age story, Ray Ryan by Aiden Riley, follows and is narrated by the main character, Ray. The writing style is quite conversational and very British in its syntax. As the novel progresses through Ray’s life from childhood to mid-30s, the reader will learn of Ray’s challenges and fears, hopes and dreams that create the choices he must make to find his own way.

The reader is first introduced to Ray in the year 1994 when he is still in grade school. Riley drops the r
Ebook Planet
Mar 06, 2015 Ebook Planet rated it really liked it
Ray Ryan is a great drama telling of the tribulations of a young man growing up in Nottingham, England, with the dream of becoming a writer. Far from the dull reality of sitting at a desk, scribbling and tearing out strands of hair, the protagonist finds himself facing unexpected obstacles and dangerous enemies. There is a gritty feel to the story and the profanity in the dialogue helps set the tone perfectly. The events are complex and unlikely, yet plausible enough to suspend disbelief as the ...more
Jada Dubya
May 22, 2014 Jada Dubya rated it really liked it
After delving into Ray Ryan, I found myself comparing it to the book Lionel Asbo. There were similarities between Ray Ryan of the former, and Desmond Pepperdine of the latter. Both experienced a challenging upbringing where key family members were absent. Desmond’s parents were gone while Ray’s father was mostly absent. And, both had negative external influences that actually made them better individuals. Des’ uncle Lionel consistently presented obstacles to his nephew’s evolution while Ray’s ...more
Michael Provitera
Mar 05, 2014 Michael Provitera rated it it was amazing
Aiden Riley writes with a keen eye. Ray Ryan, from 11 years old - to adulthood - will fascinate the mind and lure the reading in to want more. Once the reader is in, you will be compelled to read on. I read this novel all the way to the end which is something I rarely do. Being such a critical reader, if the plot does not show the proper ARC or Point of View, I stop reading. Not the case with Ray Ryan. From Mr. Coleman when Ray was 11 years-old to his days when tears splashed off of Terry's ...more
Aug 10, 2016 Melinda rated it it was amazing
First I just have to say I LOVE this book! I was ecstatic to learn that this was the Aiden Riley’s first novel because it truly doesn’t feel like it. Ray Ryan is a great story and the main character actually reminds me a lot of myself while growing up. Like him, I too aspired to be a writer one day, so I found his character to be completely relatable. My favorite aspect of the book was how Ray Ryan speaks directly to the reader. It really pulled me in and made me feel for this guy. He faces a ...more
Barbara Harris
Apr 04, 2014 Barbara Harris rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books you read when you are in the mood to be tested emotionally while also being entertained. Definitely one of the best coming of age books I have read.

This is one of those books you read when you are in the mood to be tested emotionally while also being entertained. Definitely one of the best coming of age books I have read.

It is about a boy, Ray Ryan, who has aspirations of becoming a writer. Unfortunately some bad decisions made by his best friend Kevin turn his life up
Feb 28, 2014 Joawmeens rated it it was amazing
“Ray Ryan” is a coming of age tale, of a boy in Nottingham, England. Whose mom passes away right in front of him. But wait, it gets even FUNNIER! (I'm kidding, obviously). Ray Ryan has aspirations of being a writer when he grows up. This book wouldn't be interesting at all if everything went great for him, however, so the “coming-of-age” portion has him dealing with many different hardships, peppered with some uplifting points.

This book is a very thoughtful and emotional story, which is exactly
Feb 27, 2014 Kyle rated it it was amazing
Ray Ryan is a normal boy. He dreams of being a writer.

I enjoyed how this story followed Ray Ryan's life by using years instead of chapter numbers. For example, one chapter was titles "2001" and Ray describes his life and drama in that year. Ray lives in England. This is Aiden Riley's first published book. I was surprised by the emotional journey he takes us through. It is narrated in a unique way, and very good for a first time author. This book draws you in at the beginning and keeps your atten
Kerrie McLoughlin
May 13, 2014 Kerrie McLoughlin rated it it was amazing
Talk about a book that is going to be made into a movie. I love how this book is told from the point of view of the main character, the protagonist, Ray Ryan, and how he tells it in a way that is very introspective and full of hindsight. It’s an emotion-filled tale of a boy who grew up in Nottingham and wanted to be a writer. Of course, nothing is ever easy for the main character in a really juicy story, so Ray has to go through many different things before getting to adulthood, which is also ...more
Mar 02, 2014 Chameleon rated it it was amazing
Ray Ryan was a very powerful book that moved me emotionally. Our protagonist is defeated, discouraged, met with obstacles, and we get to witness his experience first hand. I think his perspective lent so much to the overall development of the story. As a coming-of-age novel, it managed to balance themes of nostalgia of youth and being thrust into adulthood really well. In a sense, many of Ray Ryan's struggles are his own rites of passage.

Aiden Riley composed his book with such finesse - Ray Ryan
Jay Douglass
Mar 03, 2014 Jay Douglass rated it really liked it
Life sometimes derails us from our aspirations,and such is the case in Ray Ryan.

Except here, it is a young lad whose career path is interrupted by a close friend who makes a bad decision.

While this may not seem so out of the ordinary that it is a young man who gets derailed, it still makes one's journey more difficult.

In other words, this diverted path could and does happen to many of us,regardless of age.

What made this story work for me, was that I was vicariously part of the characters experie
Peter Crooks (Dalibor)
Apr 05, 2014 Peter Crooks (Dalibor) rated it it was amazing
'Ray Ryan' is an inspiring and motivational book which focused a life story of a young boy who wants to be a writer. The lifestyle, troubles, challenges & his passion for the dream - all focused so nicely throughout the book.

As an author, Aiden did a great job. His writing is simply fabulous. The story composition left me speechless and I completed reading in one seat.

Mostly, the vibes of the story impressed me. All the unique characters are well set. One thing I learned from this book - "
Ben Flanke
Feb 28, 2014 Ben Flanke rated it it was amazing
I truly appreciate the hero, Ray Ryan, and I felt that I could truly unite and identify with him all around most of the book because of the conversational nature of his portrayal - something that I can't say in regards to most peruses that I have stumble upon recently. Despite the fact that he experiences numerous obstructions and bear numerous battles all around the story, I feel that the general subject and message is one of trust and the knowledge of seeing him progressing makes this book a ...more
Mar 08, 2014 Anne rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It's an honest, compelling, and engaging tale of a young man who wants desperately to become a successful writer but who encounters plenty of obstacles along the way. I don't want to give too much away, but the plot of Ray Ryan includes enough twists that I read it in just a couple of sittings because I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. Hope to see more from this talented writer!
Apr 26, 2014 Lyricalgenius rated it it was amazing
I love this book its definitely a hidden gem , but it is well worth the reader i fell in love with the main character of the story and reading as the story progressed kept my stomach turning and my head burning for the next page, it was an overall great plot behind the story that really compelled me to read this book more and more if your looking for a good dramatic tale to read then this one is definitely for you it will have you happy and sad and crazy all at once well worth the read.!
Jessica Lorraine
Mar 01, 2014 Jessica Lorraine rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. The story focuses on a young boy in England, Ray Ryan, who aspires to be a writer. Life being the way it is, throws him some obstacles in his path as he leaves childhood and becomes an adult. The novel was a well written and engaging story, complete with good dynamic characters and strong dialogue. Highly recommend this book. The author Aiden Riley is undoubtedly an author to watch.
Kevin Lintner
Aug 26, 2014 Kevin Lintner rated it it was amazing
First novels that are so well written are a rarity indeed, and Ray Ryan is the rarest of the rare. The characters are fine tuned to near perfection, the protagonist is so incredibly likable that his narrative feels like sitting at a table with an old friend catching up on his life. It's an exciting tale about a young man who wants to be a writer and all of the almost overwhelming obstacles he encounters on his journey to reaching his dream. This would make a great movie.
Mar 01, 2014 Zen1098 rated it it was amazing
This book is exceptional and vivid and it truly caught my attention, I remained engrained in my memory long after I completed the story. Be ready for a story that isn't all 'tall tale'. It's quite genuine. Tragic now and again, inspiring at others. I thought that it was intriguing and I'm so upbeat my best friend took the time to influence me to peruse it. An extremely delightful to have read it.
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Hii, well, first off, I have been writing since I was eleven, the things that I love about writing the list could go on but I will only say a few things, there's no boss, no bounderies, its your world and you're building it from scratch, bringing characters to life is magical and every word you write is like a paint brush on a blank canvas, every flicker is creating something new.

I grew up in Not
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