Wee Rockets

Wee Rockets Wee Rockets does for Belfast what Irvine Welsh did for Edinburgh A gang of fourteen year old hoods rampage through West Belfast indulging in violent street crime and mugging pensioners to pay for cid

  • Title: Wee Rockets
  • Author: Gerard Brennan
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 412
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Wee Rockets does for Belfast what Irvine Welsh did for Edinburgh A gang of fourteen year old hoods rampage through West Belfast, indulging in violent street crime and mugging pensioners to pay for cider, cigarettes and sweets Branded scum by a shocked community and pursued by a dogged local vigilante, the young gangsters antisocial behaviour soon escalates into somethinWee Rockets does for Belfast what Irvine Welsh did for Edinburgh A gang of fourteen year old hoods rampage through West Belfast, indulging in violent street crime and mugging pensioners to pay for cider, cigarettes and sweets Branded scum by a shocked community and pursued by a dogged local vigilante, the young gangsters antisocial behaviour soon escalates into something much worse.

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    1. This is a novel from a young writer in Northern Ireland. It's the story of a gang of young Belfast thugs - kids around the age of 14 from a West Belfast low income neighborhood, Beechmount. The gang - the Wee Rockets - start off mugging senior citizens and move on to more and more violent crimes. The main character, 14 year old Joe lives with his mother. At the beginning of the novel, Stephen Mc Veigh, a 30-something resident of Beechmount decides he wants to do something about the gang. It was [...]

    2. Youthful unrest and angst surface through a gritty street gang called the Wee Rockets in West Belfast. The Irish fourteen-year-olds engage in narcotics, auto theft, and armed robbery where violence and death are often the outcome. I got caught up in their life stories, enjoying their snappy dialogue, proud independence, and brazen capers. Joe Phillips and his mate Wee Danny get each other's back, a good thing we see whenever the chips are down. I don't think I'll ever drink another Dr. Pepper. I [...]

    3. Wee Rockets follows a gang of teenagers as they rampage through Belfast, Northern Ireland. The gang is led by Joe and his sidekick Danny as they undertake ‘petty’ crime. But Joe decides to step aside and Liam takes his place. However, Liam isn’t interested in small time crime that only generates beer money, his is a plan with much higher stakes.This is a cleverly plotted story with many subtle and not-so-subtle aspects. First Wee Rockets is set just after The Troubles that so wracked the c [...]

    4. Gerard Brennan is one hell of a talented writer. His new novel, Wee Rockets, is proof of this. It’s a step up again from his hugely enjoyable novella The Point and I suspect is another stone along a path destined for big things.The subject of the book is a gang of kids on a Belfast estate. They’ve been lead by Joe and his sidekick Danny to mugging local pensioners in order to raise money for fags and booze.When a local Bruce Lee fan (Stephen McVeigh) decides to take on the gang, Joe and Dann [...]

    5. The product description for Wee Rockets put me off reading the book for several months. "Does for Belfast what Irvine Welsh did for Edinburgh." For me, this wasn't a great endorsement and puts Brennan's book into a category of book in one's mind that it simply doesn't merit being in. Welsh is skilled in putting detestable people in crass and darkly humorous situations and making you cringe and laugh at their exploits, the whole while knowing that you're sharing in their badness, just a little me [...]

    6. My first encounter with Gerard Brennan's work was the excellent Fireproof, and I enjoyed it so much I immediately returned for more of his words. I don't really know what I expected from Wee Rockets, so I entered the realm of young troublemakers, single mothers, tough guy vigilante sportsmen and no-longer-absent dads with an open mind.The characters start out as eminently unlikeable, but intriguing, especially the 'Wee Rockets' gang who beat and rob the elderly to keep themselves in cider and we [...]

    7. Set in Belfast after the peace process, this is a gritty, authentic story of a teenage gang who roam its streets looking for escape. Not from the 'Troubles', which are fading into history, albeit tentatively, but from the universal boredom inflicted on all older teenagers. To paraphrase some other sons of the province, 'They need excitement and they need it fast'. But Brennan doesn’t just throw out some laddish exploits to amuse, though there are some funny moments. No, rather than encouraging [...]

    8. Wee Rockets isn’t an easy read, especially for those of us who have lived in areas where marauding pint-sized and adult-sized yobs have wreaked havoc, making you terrified to leave your own home - just swap Belfast for Glasgow in my case. Yet author Gerard Brennan offers us an insight into the life of these yobs which makes you realise (at least in this case) that there is fear behind all that bravado, despite the fact that the book opens with the mugging of an old lady. The story that emerges [...]

    9. Almost a humanitarian study of mislead youths whose appetite for destruction is superseded by their unrelenting need to be part of a family - albeit criminal and dysfunctional. Brennan explores the preteen psyche daring to tread into the sad and dark world that is teenage gang life. Despite the gritty setting and all purpose violence on display, 'Wee Rockets' delivers a soothing voice of hope and a shot at redemption for former gang members and victims alike. In reading 'Wee Rockets' fathers wil [...]

    10. Oh my, what have we done to our children? WEE ROCKETS should be used as a manifesto to bring about change in our society. You might read this brilliant new novel by Gerard Brennan and think that the teenage gang that he writes about is a bit extreme but then think about the riots on the streets of England this summer, think about the boy that was shot and killed on his bike a couple of years back or just listen to the news this Christmas and count the number of teenagers stabbed to death on our [...]

    11. The Wee Rockets are a gang of fourteen year old hoodies/yobbos/scum/etc. - whatever you want to call them. And as the blurb says, they mug pensioners for fag money and booze money and sweet money, later escalating to drug money and more. They spend their time getting pissed on cheap cider, congratulating themselves on their latest ill-gotten gains. They are not nice. But such is the solidity of Brennan's writing, the depth of his prose, even through their most evil of deeds, the fact the Wee Roc [...]

    12. Wee Rockets is not what you expect it to be. Beautifully written, wonderfully crafted and with a really brilliant story and superb characters – all elements which were present in the equally excellent The Point – this book makes you take notice, reading with your eyes wide open.It would have been so easy for Gerard Brennan to write his boy villains into a corner, make them one dimensional and place them in a deprived area within a crime setting, but instead he makes us feel sorry for the lit [...]

    13. Life in post-Troubles West Belfast isn’t pretty. The security points are gone, but so is the security. Fourteen-year-old boys beat up grannies for drinking money and the police seem unconcerned. Joe heads the gang dubbed the Wee Rockets. When he finds out a vigilante (Stephen) is planning to clean up the neighbourhood, he and his mate, Wee Danny, figure it’s time to get out, if only temporarily.They don’t really see anything wrong with mugging old people, although they do think the gang’ [...]

    14. A tale of growing up in a poverty stricken environment yet with a gritty edge seldom seen. Brennan approaches emotive issues fearlessly and rightly so, he does it well.Joe and his best friend Wee Danny have been leading a gang (the 'wee rockets') who had been terrorising older residents of their area in Belfast. The knowledge that someone suspects them and is attempting to make their life harder Joe hands control over to another member. At this point the importance of family and friendship is hi [...]

    15. This was a fun read that took a few twists and turns. What started as an Warriors-meets-Trainspotting tale of youth gone wild quickly turns into a Guy Ritchie-esque multiple-plot crime story. It didn't really get moving for me until the second half of the book, and when the pieces fell into place, I was looking forward to a huge climax that didn't quite arrive. That's not to say this book isn't good, it's tightly written and the characters (scummy as they are) are all captivating. I just felt th [...]

    16. WEE ROCKETS will make you think of legendary names in crimes. Richard Price and THE WIRE to name a few. Its' construction is extremely impressive, but sporting a structure that would've supported a novel of epic length, the conventional format of WEE ROCKET makes it a little disappointing. It's very good but it could've been THAT special novel given just a little more scope. Nonetheless, very VERY impressive effort for a young writers such as Brennan. I am eager to see what's next for him.

    17. Not bad at all - especially as I got it free from for the Kindle. I enjoyed the local speech and use of language as well as the scene setting. Evokes a good sense of the Belfast streets but also what it's like to be a young lad anywhere you are faced with dilemmas about belonging, good v bad, wanting your parents and rejecting your parents. A fast paced read and hard to put down at times.

    18. Another book where reading the blurb covers everything you need to know plot wise.This was a great read. Less gritty than I expected but that worked in its favour. Evenly paced and with all characters given space to live and breathe, it's a winner all the way. Recommended and another feather in Blasted Heaths cap

    19. This is a brutal, desolate tale - and yet it's a joy to read. Brennan is funny but never glib, compassionate but never sentimental, and his characters are so vividly-rendered you might forget they're fictional.

    20. Good read and characters but weak storyI liked some things about this book. The characters were good and even the bad ones were likeable but the story didn't match them.

    21. Wonderful story of disenchanted youth prowling the streets in Northern Ireland. A great sense of humanity interwoven throughout the entire novel.

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