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Coyote Jack and the Bluebirds [Kindle Edition]

Paul Bisson
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Book Description

Recently serialised at Buddy Guy's Blues and Music

'a touching and soulful story' Jed Tales, Amazon reviewer

'sharply observed, witty, and often hilarious' Jimston, Amazon reviewer

They woke up this morning...

Famous Texas bluesman Coyote Jack has agreed to join The Bluebirds for a one night gig at their UK home venue. Freshly dumped by his fiancee, singer Charlie French hopes that this is the start of bigger and better things for him and his friends. Alas, the band's blues have only just begun. A series of misfortunes threatens to clip the Bluebirds' wings, and as their eccentric guest staggers from one embarrassing calamity to the next Coyote Jack's credibility is called into question.

Have mercy! - it's not the Texan's fault. The airline lost his damn guitar, the Stetson wouldn't fit in his luggage, these middle class white kids don't know diddly about the's no wonder old Coyote's flustered. Right?

There’s another problem. Charlie’s band – and therefore Charlie’s world - is about to fall apart. Guitarist and old friend Rupert Rathwell-Stubbs is secretly plotting his escape from the Bluebirds, his place among top London act The Molten Few assured if he can pull off one final betrayal of his friends. The demands of motherhood have been proving too much for bass player Anne Marie Pinto, and now the discovery of her husband’s infidelity is about to knock her flat. Unaware of his role in Rupert’s devious designs drummer Oz Watkins awakes smitten with his latest conquest, achingly aware that she’s fallen for the Rock God he no longer wants to be.

The blues, the real blues, are about to hit the Bluebirds. Hard.

Spanning a single Saturday afternoon and culminating in a riotous musical climax the novel traces the disintegration of the band and the gradual unmasking - and redemption - of the clownish Coyote Jack. Forced to face their respective truths the Bluebirds find themselves struggling to make sense of their lives, their loyalties and the blues itself as the clock ticks down and a full house gathers…

Product Details

  • File Size: 1645 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jayplate; 2 edition (December 26, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BND1L3S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,138,712 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm, witty and well worth a read. September 8, 2013
By Lib
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a warm and engaging read, which is also highly amusing! That's not to say the book is not without it's drama, as the whole piece builds to a wonderful crashing crescendo of stories. A great read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice work... April 14, 2013
By Emma
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a warm, witty, engaging read which has kept me company a bit like a group of old friends over the past week, and I'm already missing them! The authors brings to life a diverse range of voices in a narrative which keeps you hooked until the final pages. On the surface, it's about music and performance, but it's also an intelligent and profound reflection on love and resilience and betrayal and and flights of fancy and identity and acceptance. The author's music ear clearly extends to dialogue, which is beautifully rendered, and the female characters were, in my opinion, particularly powerful.

More, please!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This book has no plot. It takes place over about 20 hours, from the arrival on the English channel island of Jersey of the Texan blues singer Coyote Jack to his departure the next day. Jack has contracted to perform with a local blues band, the Bluebirds.
The tale follows each of the Bluebirds (Charlie, Oz,Rupert, and Anne Marie) through the life crises triggered by the imminent performance as well as through the angst of the pub owner where the performance is to take place. And of course, there's Coyote Jack!
Each character is a complete living and breathing entity and their interactions (helpful and hurtful alike) cram the pages of this book till it's impossible to put down.
The spell-check made a few serious mistakes but the yarn is excellent, once you stop looking for some earth-shattering thing to happen!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dang! October 24, 2013
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I guess I have lesbian tastes in music, seeing that Eric Clapton is probably my favorite alltime performer. Have never really been a fan of the true blues, but I absolutely LOVED this book. What a great surprise, and THANK YOU!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly engaging read - more please! July 2, 2013
By Jimston
Format:Kindle Edition
A must read for anyone with a even a passing interest in music and life within a band. Sharply observed, witty, and often hilarious. A thoroughly engaging read which I highly recommend. More please!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A paean to live music May 28, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
"It was a full house--it was always going to be--they've done it!" So begins this paean to the art of live blues music, as Coyote Jack and his new band, the Bluebirds whip the crowd into a frenzy. Or at least, in Charlie and his Bluebirds' dreams...

The music business is known for chewing up young artists and spitting them out. Even when they get a contract, it often fails to turn them a profit. So, the ambitious young musician who tries to realise his dream is a great premise for a story, and Paul Bisson's novel delivers on this promise. I recommend it to anyone at all, but especially those who love the blues. If you've ever cranked up a record by BB King, or tried to emulate the great Buddy Guy on drums, you'll find much to love in "Coyote Jack and the Bluebirds".
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars three and a half, actually June 25, 2014
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Good story, for the most part well told. Well told enough to read at night in bed instead of sleeping. However--and it is a big hoewever--the book is in dire need of editing. I do provide such services (lfc04e at my dot fsu dot edu), but there are many others and a good editor is worth her weight in gold! There are times when the story has clearly been changed and a small part (a pronoun or verb tense) has been forgotten. There are times when errors are merely basic editing issues. But the inherent errors make the intentional "mistakes" that make the story work disappear, and for avid readers, they are disruptive.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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"Coyote Jack and the Bluebirds" is a unique story, a suspenseful comedy that follows a small-time English blues group on the day leading up to their performance with Texan superstar Coyote Jack. One by one, however, things begin to go wrong. One of the group's members fears that her husband is cheating on her. Another gets lost. Another has his own agenda for the big night. And just where is this Coyote Jack? Through all of these setbacks, the group only manages to pull through because of their belief in the power and importance of traditional blues.
I'm not a blues fan myself, but it didn't take long for me to become thoroughly enraptured by the struggles and misadventures of these characters. The story is told almost in real time and bounces between the perspectives of each of the major characters, with all of the characters and their goals and motivations for the night lovingly brought to life. The book has a strong message about sticking by your friends and by your art even through the toughest of times so that you can come away better for it. There are a lot of books out there that feature really cheesy depictions of musicians, but this is thankfully not one of them.
This is a quality book, well worth the read to anyone. Would highly recommend.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a Blues thing, y'all...
The fourth star might be only half a star for some readers, but as a long time Blues fan I enjoyed this quite a bit. The author does a great job with character development. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Darrell Ostapek
4.0 out of 5 stars Coyote Jack's Bluebirds Sing
If you love music, if you remember dives where the best blues bit through your soul, if you like intrigue and fascinating characters, this read is for you. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Charlene Diane Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Coyote Jack & the Bleubirds
Great book!
Published 3 months ago by Jumanji
1.0 out of 5 stars Not my cuppa
Couldn't get into this book. No flow.
Published 8 months ago by D&M
1.0 out of 5 stars Not happy
I couldn't even finish it. I did not like it at all.
Published 8 months ago by Cheryl Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars A colorful and unusual story!
I enjoyed the book – couldn’t sleep last night and reading it kept me awake longer than I would have been otherwise. The book leads you to want to reach that climactic scene! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ken Gardner
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
A day in the life of a blues band. But a lot happens. You'll have to read it to find out. I would recommend this book.
Published 10 months ago by Kathy Oros
4.0 out of 5 stars I truly enjoyed Coyote Jack and Bluebirds
I truly enjoyed Coyote Jack and Bluebirds, and the entire time I was reading it, I was thinking, this would make a great movie. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Nanalisarocks
2.0 out of 5 stars Coyote jack
As a gigging musician, this was hard to read. Completely nonsensical. I wanted to like it but it's really pretty silly. Sorry.
Published 10 months ago by GW
1.0 out of 5 stars Never bothered to finish it.
I stopped reading this book at about 13%. I do not do this often. I usually fight my way to the end, but this book had nothing for me. It just rambled and made no sense.
Published 10 months ago by Phillip J. Leipf
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More About the Author

Paul Bisson was born in 1976 on the Channel Island of Jersey. Having attended Liverpool University he spent five years teaching English at a secondary school in North London, before returning to Jersey in 2002, where he currently works as a college lecturer and semi-professional musician. He has contributed stories to various local anthologies, and has written two novels; Coyote Jack and the Bluebirds (2013) and Marigold Dark (2015). Paul is married with three children.

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