Quotes, Reviews and Features
From Maya Fleischmann, IndieReader.com
"Back Kicks And Broken Promises is an insightful and pertinent novel..."
"Bas skillfully interweaves the aspects of Ricky's life, family, social and his personal growth through his Tae Kwon Do; developing the main themes while setting up plot twists."
"Bas's narrative flows smoothly..."
"Back Kicks is rich with multi-cultural details..."
Click here for the full review in IndieReader.com.
From Hope Chernov, actor, Tadpole, As The World Turns, Law & Order, Third Watch, NYPD Blue
"...WONDERFUL! I enjoyed it thoroughly...it would make a kick-ass movie too!"
From the judges of the 2012 Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards
"The story is interesting, well-written, and inspiring. The themes of identity, father-son relationships, and coming-of-age are nicely woven into the martial arts metaphor that serves as the organizing principle of the book."
From Matt de la Peña, Newbery Medal Winner, author of Last Stop On Market Street, Ball Don't Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We We Here, and I Will Save You
“Juan does a nice job creating a world and putting us in it and a great job with action-packed scenes. I really like the cultural issues - racial identity and martial arts - Back Kicks explores.”
From Audrey Enriquez, professor of English Literature
"From one who lived in Singapore...it's authentic...good writing..."
"I'm officially sucked in."
"Didn't get much sleep...was engrossed in my love for hating Colette, had to keep reading her."
"Done. And I'm crying. Crazy! Thanks for a good read."
From Jenny Turner Hall, writer
"The voice reminds me of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time."
From Ryan Songalia, The Filipino Reporter
"...more than being your typical 'action hero kicks bad guys in the face and saves girl' story Back Kicks (serves) as an outlet for the social commentary that...America still suffers from the same xenophobia that followed Bruce Lee..."
Click here for the full story from The Filipino Reporter.
From Lauren Lola of The Wind-Up Books Chronicle.
Review of Back Kicks and Broken Promises. Click here for the review.
From Raelee Chapman, Asian Books Blog (Singapore)
Click the link below.
Indie Spotlight: Juan Rader Bas
From K. C. Liquette, Schools and Campus Bulletin, The Manila Bulletin
Click here for my interview in The Manila Bulletin newspaper.
From G. Justin Hulog, Hyphen Magazine
"...Back Kicks has the kernel of a great Filipino American coming-of-age story."
"...Ricky is a physically attractive jock, a welcome relief from the emasculated nerds that dominate the media’s portrayal of Asian Americans."
"There are some admirable things about Bas’s book. Voice is one of them. Whether he is in Singapore, New Jersey or the Philippines, Ricky’s voice is matter-of-fact and casually stoic. It stays true to the voice of an adolescent boy while avoiding self-exoticization."
Click here for the full review.
A Novel Approach by Abigail Licad (Hyphen Magazine, Issue 26, Spring 2013)
Interviewed for and featured in Abigail's article about self-published Asian-American authors. Click here to read Abi's article.