Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Hockey Saint: a lesson in celebrity idols

The Hockey Saint by Howard Shaprio is a graphic novel which is the second book of the Forever Friends Trilogy. It is the unlikely friendship between Tom Leonard, a struggling college sophomore and hockey great, Jeremiah Jacobson. The events that occur will change the lives of both Tom and Jeremiah.

The story opens with Tom is awaken from a strange dream about his parents. Tom meets Jeremiah through a twist of fate and the two become fast friends but their friendship is put to the test when Tom discovers the secrets that Jeremiah tries so hard to hide. When Tom confronts Jeremiah about his secrets, Jeremiah must decide to seek help and save his career and his life or go down in flames.

When I requested to review this book, I didn’t realize that it was a graphic novel but I decided to give it a go anyway. The illustrations by Marcia Inoue and color work by Andres Mossa are beautiful and very realistic. The story is very compelling as many people fail to realize that our celebrity idols are human too and they have faults and will make mistakes like any regular person. The graphic novel will appeal to young boys and men who enjoy reading the sequential art of comic books and graphic novels. It is a fast paced story which I was able to read quickly. I recommend The Hockey Saint for its story with a great message.
The Hockey Saint is available on Amazon

in paperback for $13.95