Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: October 2, 2017
“Invisible in the night, a drone swooped down from its bird’s-eye view. A mini-helicopter stalked the right-side rear of the vehicle 10 feet above its roof. Alone on the road, a pitch-black van, with a raven colored drone hovering above it, blended uniformly between the stars. The only object visible was the stadium lights. The light formed a crescent cutting into the field near the road in the distance. The isolated passenger hunkered down in the front, left side seat of a squarish, tall van. The vehicle was never intended to be driven in U.S.. The tense passenger chanted silently to himself. No, no, no, no no… He repeated the word with more and more emphasis the closer the black van came to the floodlights. His fists got tighter and tighter. He vicariously pulled away from the lights, and leaned into the door, shoving himself into the seat’s crevice.”
The lives and loves of several characters involved with the intricacies of the music business dominate this novel with careful delineation of their motivations and ambitions as well as their faults. The tangle of their relationships at work and personally enables the reader to envision their triumphs and setbacks as they contend with each and the vicissitudes of an exacting field of activity. Each character comes across vividly. One learns about the craft of songwriting as well as the inspirations that led to their creation. Seeing some of the specific lyrics evolved provides an excellent insight into the creative process. Concerts, tours, recording sessions, music videos, instruments-including a “wind harp”, marketing and public relations all help to sustain the plot as the characters seek to mark their own personal performance. The action takes place in both the U.S. and Ireland. Police work also enters the picture with a band taken into custody. A séance scene is particularly fascinating.
-- Judge, 25th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.