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Dory's Avengers

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  11 ratings  ·  9 reviews
In a stifled and oppressed United Kingdom, nothing can be achieved without the approval of the dictatorial Sponsors, at whose head is the malevolent and cruel Lord William St Benedict. In Britain’s cities the Sponsored live narrow, if privileged, lives, while the Unsponsored are confined to menial roles and to the ‘less desirable’ districts. Among the Sponsors’ many victim ...more
Hardcover, 570 pages
Published August 22nd 2013 by Book Guild
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Marni
Feb 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
First I would like to thank the author for providing me a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review.

The Sponsorship Scheme, exactly what it sounds like, a total scheme. The rich get richer and those that aren’t sponsored find roadblocks at every turn. To not be sponsored is considered a total shun of those that matter in the financial world. You might as well kiss your endeavors goodbye.

This book center on two men, Louis and Theodore aka Dory, once childhood friends and now one is confi
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Georgia Rose
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I do not fit into the target audience for this novel, not being YA (a young adult) nor male, however I still enjoyed Dory’s Avengers which just goes to show that you should always be willing to try new things.

This is an original and interesting read with the main character, Louis, being an albino gymnast trained by the bad-tempered past champion, Gideon, who is now in a wheelchair. They live among a colourful cast in the fictional village of Blenthwaite in the Lake District.

There are some mentio
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Debbie Young
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
An interesting alternative history book that kicks off with a great preface, setting the scene of a present-day Britain in which not long before the 2012 Olympics, society has become dominated by commercial sponsorship, which has now become so powerful that the country has been split between the Sponsored (wealthy, high-achieving but with little freedom) and the Unsponsored (impoverished, badly used and oppressed). The preface is particularly well-written, reminding me a little of the class-focu ...more
Dan Thompson
Dory's Avengers is a novel unlike anything I've ever read before. Part Machiavellian, it is set in an alternate United Kingdom where the whole country is ran by the Sponsorship Scheme. If you are Unsponsored then you are considered the lowest of society, unable to have a career and take part in what society has to offer. And yet if you are Sponsored, you are expected to abide by the rules and etiquette the scheme sets out. Its an interesting concept and intelligently thought out too.

It's a mammo
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Sharon
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it

“Dory’s Avengers”
Posted on July 1, 2014 by mainemuse

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The review for today is “Dory’s Avengers” by Alison Jack.

Imagine a place where your choices are few and your freedoms limited by a corporation. A company that makes sure that if you don’t become a sponsor, it won’t bode well for you. The setting is London, England. The company is run by William St. Benedict who has come up with the Sponsorship Scheme. One that people are flocking to be a part off. It makes him and his company millions as p
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Jo Hughes
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I first started reading this book I want sure I would like it...... Was I wrong I found myself loving Louis and his electic mix of friends, Louis is an easily likeable character who at the beginning of the book it is predicted he would bring down the Sponsership Scheme run by the evil Lord William St Benedict.
The book is set years later and Louis is a promising gymnast trained by the once great gymnast Gideon Wallis, who was injured in a car crash years earlier and retired to the Lake Distr
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Bob Atkinson
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In Dory's Avengers Alison Jack reminds us that tyrants don't necessarily need a military coup to come to power. Control can be achieved through something as innocuous as a national sponsorship scheme.
Set in an alternate version of the UK, William St Benedict is the dictatorial head of 'The Sponsors', whose members enjoy the privileges and prestige afforded to the elite. Those individuals who choose not to be sponsored become the underclass; allowed to carry out only menial work, living on the fr
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Emma Long
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am an avid reader, and enjoy immersing myself in books from differing genres. Having been somewhat disappointed recently in a few publications by some of my favourite writers, I decided to choose a new author, namely Alison Jack and her debut novel "Dory's Avengers".
The story is beautifully crafted and contains a beginning, middle, and an end; a feature so many books lack these days. The central character Louis is the hero of the story, albeit a reluctant one. You want him to succeed and conqu
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Bookalicious Trav...: Dory's Avengers -- Book Giveaway 1 5 Feb 03, 2014 02:35AM  
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Alison has lived most of her life in and around the beautiful University city of Cambridge. Her début novel, DORY'S AVENGERS, viewBook.at/Dory, was originally published by Book Guild on 29 August 2013. It has since undergone an extensive re-edit and was re-released in September 2016. Alison describes writing as her passion, and she is delighted to earn her living working with independent authors a ...more

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