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The Last Summer of the Death Warriors

The Last Summer of the Death Warriors By Francisco X. Stork The Last Summer of the Death Warriors When Pancho arrives at St Anthony s Home he knows his time there will be short If his plans succeed he ll soon be arrested for the murder of his sister s killer But then he s assigned to help D Q wh

  • Title: The Last Summer of the Death Warriors
  • Author: Francisco X. Stork
  • ISBN: 9780545151337
  • Page: 373
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Last Summer of the Death Warriors By Francisco X. Stork When Pancho arrives at St Anthony s Home, he knows his time there will be short If his plans succeed, he ll soon be arrested for the murder of his sister s killer But then he s assigned to help D.Q whose brain cancer has slowed neither his spirit nor his mouth D.Q tells Pancho all about his Death Warrior s Manifesto, which will help him to live out his last days fWhen Pancho arrives at St Anthony s Home, he knows his time there will be short If his plans succeed, he ll soon be arrested for the murder of his sister s killer But then he s assigned to help D.Q whose brain cancer has slowed neither his spirit nor his mouth D.Q tells Pancho all about his Death Warrior s Manifesto, which will help him to live out his last days fully ideally, he says, with the love of the beautiful Marisol As Pancho tracks down his sister s murderer, he finds himself falling under the influence of D.Q and Marisol, who is everything D.Q said she would be and he is inexorably drawn to a decision to honor his sister and her death, or embrace the way of the Death Warrior and choose life Nuanced in its characters and surprising in its plot developments both soulful and funny Last Summer is a buddy novel of the highest kind the story of a friendship that helps two young men become all they can be.
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    1. Michael Justine on said:

      Update November 29 2016I ll round this up to 5 stars The fact that all the wonderful scenes in the story are still with me, 4 months after I ve read it says a lot about how good the book is.I can only hope Stork s next works can match or surpass what he did here and in The Memory of Light.Update October 25 2016I still can t forget about this book There s something about the characters and the story that just gets me emotional every time I recall everything that happened I think I should re read [...]

    2. Maggie Stiefvater on said:

      I just finished reading Francisco X Stork s latest, THE LAST SUMMER OF THE DEATH WARRIORS, and I think I m going to have a hard time reviewing it I know why I liked it so well, and it s the same reason why I liked his last novel MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD I m just not certain it s the most convincing sounding reason for me to love a novel It makes for a review consisting of mostly emotion and precious little fact But I think I m going to say it anyway.Basically, it s this both of Stork s novels l [...]

    3. Ken on said:

      So you want to be a Death Warrior First you ll have to fully accept your opponent you know, the hooded guy with the rusting scythe even if you re seventeen years old and still a virgin, for chrissakes Then you ll have to repeat after me We re all dying, even if we don t happen to have brain cancer at the moment Finally, you ll need your weapons Love and time Can t get enough of those for the daily wars, I ll tell you Tempus fugit ain t the beginning of it when you finally are one with your body [...]

    4. Milly on said:

      Audible Review Though I love Francisco X Stork and the last book I read from him Marcelo and the Real World I wasn t as excited to read his newest book After reading the book jacket for The Last Summer of The Death Warriors, I was reluctant to read it during the holiday season thinking it would be another downer, a definite no no for me this time of the year But after reading Maggie Stiefvater s review of it, I thought of giving it another chance And good thing I did because it delivered the emo [...]

    5. Ahmad Sharabiani on said:

      The Last Summer of the Death Warriors, Francisco X Stork

    6. Abby on said:

      Another great ya realistic fiction coming of age story from Stork, author of the great Marcelo in the Real World Strangely enough, this is the second teen book I ve read in recent months that pays homage to Don Quixote and in which the teen character based on Don Quixote is dying from a neurodegenerative condition Libba Bray s Going Bovine was the other one Unlike Bray s book which I found incredibly maudlin and poorly written , Stork tackles heavy issues like confronting death as a young person [...]

    7. xtina on said:

      Wow It has been a long time since I ve come across a YA book with as much depth as this one Frankly, it completely floored me.The Last Summer of the Death Warriors is a modern day adaptation of Cervantes Don Quixote But you don t need to be at all familiar with that work in order to appreciate this novel.Pancho is a robust young man 17 yrs old , driven by the desire to avenge the murder of his sister D.Q is also 17, but seems ageless, wise beyond his years, and is dying of cancer On the surface [...]

    8. Kate on said:

      How exactly does an author follow up on a title as incredible as MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD After reading an ARC of Francisco X Stork s THE LAST SUMMER OF THE DEATH WARRIORS, I think I ve found the answer It s a different book different in voice, different in setting and mood but it has that same magical something that breathes life into the characters so that the people who inhabit these pages Pancho and D.Q and Marisol feel every bit as real and vivid as Marcelo did in Stork s first book.Withou [...]

    9. Donalyn on said:

      I really liked this book until the end, when the climax of the story seemed abrupt and unsatisfying Pancho s conflict over the death of his sister seemed resolved too neatly and other conflicts in the story were left open at the end.I do enjoy Franciso X Stork s writing, though, and I will look for books from him in the future.

    10. Marija on said:

      I respect the themes Francisco X Stork explores in this novel, namely that this book is a modern day version of the film Boys Town, the story of Father Flanagan and those boys, and I especially liked the concept of the death warriors feeling gratitude and loving life at all times and in all circumstances, fighting to experience the marrow of life carpe diem I also truly loved D.Q But, there s one technical aspect of this novel that just doesn t really work for me, and unfortunately, it happens t [...]

    11. Eva Mitnick on said:

      What do people see when they look at you Do different people see different things Do any of them see the real you Can anyone see a complete picture Is there a real you at all, and how do you find out what it is These are the sorts of questions that arose as I read this excellent coming of age novel Pancho is a New Mexico teenager to whom several awful things have happened all at once his dad died in an accident, his older simple sister died in what Pancho considers to be suspicious and sordid ci [...]

    12. Jeremy on said:

      No one else in YA fiction is doing what Francisco X Stork is doing right now Perhaps no one else can And that is writing beautiful coming of age novels, that involve teens who deal with their immediate personal struggles, by grappling with the eternal and the universal In Death Warriors , Stork s terminally ill character D.Q explains that the immediate and the eternal are one in the same Being a part of that other dimension is like being with Marisol We feel as if everything matters We don t wan [...]

    13. Sarah on said:

      When I read Marcelo in the Real World, I messed up and called this book its sequel The books look similar and probably had the same designer, but aren t related.Pancho is an angry teenager forced to move into an orphanage because his parents are dead and his older sister was just possibly murdered He s obsessed with finding the man who caused her death, mainly because she was a mentally challenged woman who couldn t defend herself But Pancho is forced into an almost servant relationship with D.Q [...]

    14. Lisa Mandina on said:

      This is one of the books I read to help with selecting next year s Gateway Award nominees I did really enjoy it Didn t think I would, again, like many of the titles on the list this year, it is not my normal type of book But I really liked the story, and got involved with the characters At first I was irritated with the main character, Pancho, as he just didn t want to connect with anyone Just pushed everyone away in his search for vengeance for his sister s death I totally understood though, hi [...]

    15. Kris Springer on said:

      I enjoyed Marcelo in the Real World but really admire this book It s so good it seems like it was easy to write, which means it was probably really really hard Stork writes small moments big moments equally well capturing dialogue and expressions and humor Stork created very real characters in Pancho and DQ, and their dialogue and actions are completely believable and worth reading about This is a book that s very similar to Going Bovine by Bray another book I love about the meaning of life what [...]

    16. Kim Zarins on said:

      Wow, I d been holding off on this book for some reason, and I m so glad I finally could enjoy it on audio book Basically, I started cleaning my office compulsively to justify listening to a terrific story well told If you liked MARCELO for its focus on nuanced characters who have to make difficult choices, you ll definitely love this book This is the kind of book that makes me reaffirm my faith in young adult literature It s uplifting and life affirming without being fake That s not easy to do I [...]

    17. Laurie on said:

      I really enjoyed Stork s Marcello in the Real World and thought I would give another of his books a try I was not disappointed Although the premise is pretty sad, the journey the characters take is gripping and interesting DJ is battling cancer, and Pancho just lost his family They cross path s in an orphanage, and that is where the story begins Together, this unlikely pair go through a last chemo trial for DJ, and a search for the man who was with Pancho s sister when she died Stork has a beaut [...]

    18. Kara Belden on said:

      I didn t expect to like this book as much as I did It was at the bottom of the stack of books on my nightstand, and I randomly read a chapter one night After that, I kept wanting to read it over the others I had already started Though nothing in the book was necessarily life changing or magical, I do think that the characters are going to linger with me for awhile I actually really appreciate and enjoy the fact that nothing was too over the top The story was realistic and believable There was on [...]

    19. Elianny.0405gmail.com on said:

      I just finished reading The Last Summer of Death Warriors, and I did not like it at the very beginning but as I pass chapters the book became interesting It present different characters but the main two are D.Q and Pancho Pancho s father had die of cancer and his sister was murder in a hotel D.Q has cancer and everyone think that he is planing his death in a journal, but what he really does is wanted to survive and bit cancer They both felt like falling in love with the same girl name marisol, [...]

    20. Ellen on said:

      I really wanted to like this book since I enjoyed Marcelo in the Real World and this book got great reviewsHowever, this one just didn t ring true for me I cannot imagine any kid talking the way D.Q did or even the smartest teen being so worldly wise The situations are forced and the ending just didn t work Also, it was way too didactic to be appealing to any teen I can t imagine any teen to whom I could recommend this book Very disappointing.

    21. Heather on said:

      Pancho s days are numbered He has just arrived at the orphanage, after his sisters death but knows he won t stay long, as he plans to murder the man that killed his sister But as he is paired to accompany DQ, a teenager at the orphanage with terminal brain cancer, he begins to question the anger that is consuming him DQ and the others he meets along his quest will teach him the true meaning of becoming a Death Warrior.

    22. Jamie on said:

      Stork has got to be one of the unique YA writers today This book couldn t be different than Marcelo His characters are so individual I actually set the book down with about 40 pages to go so I could savor the ending Too bad about the preachy speech towards the end.

    23. First Second Books on said:

      Stork writes excellent people who are full of life even if they re about to die I m beginning to think that his cover designer is obsessed with trees, though not a bad thing, but puzzling

    24. Rachel Seigel on said:

      A complex and beautiful book about life and how we choose to live it.

    25. Kristen Chandler on said:

      I loved this book It s a story that sounds like a downer, but it s one of those precious books that is so well written, that I couldn t stop reading, no matter where the story took me.

    26. elissa on said:

      I love, love, love Stork I read this slowly, so I could savor it Not quite as good as last year s MARCELO, but still excellent 4 1 2 stars.

    27. Natalie on said:

      It can be a struggle to get invested in Stork s work, but he has a beautiful way with imagery and world construction.

    28. Daniel Adam Garwood on said:

      Pancho Sanchez is a seventeen year old Hispanic youth, born to Mexican parents in the City of Las Cruces, New Mexico, U.S.A His mother died when he was five years old, after which he was raised by his father and elder sister, Rosa When Pancho was sixteen, his father was crushed to death at work Although Rosa had the mental age of a ten year old, she found gainful employment as a waitress She and Pancho continued to live in their trailer for three months after their father s death, until Rosa was [...]

    29. Katie Hutchison Irion on said:

      I really think this deserves 3.5 stars I mean, it is a good story but it just didn t do it for me Plus, I really, really love STork s other book, Marcelo and the Read World and had high expectations for this and it just didn t live up to my thoughts This story centers around two boys DQ and Pancho Pancho lost his father, mother, and very recently his sister He believes that his sister was unintentionally murdered but no policeman will listen to him His quest is to find the last man who was with [...]

    30. Marlene Scholfield on said:

      I found this book off a recommendation from another avid reader and I am so glad to have found this little nugget This was a sweet story about two boys who fall in love with the same girl But there is a problem that both boys must go through D.Q Is working on his death manifesto and his side kick Pancho is working through his sisters death This book made me want to become a Death Warrior myself don t waste time on hating but rather on loving the time that we have been given.

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