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Blues Highway Blues (A Crossroads Thriller Book 1) by [Price, Eyre]
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Book 1 of 3 in A Crossroads Thriller (3 Book Series)
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Six Feet of Peace: Songs from and Inspired by Blues Highway Blues

Author Eyre Price drove the Blues Highway as part of the research for this book. The inspiration he found helped create a companion album of original songs, Six Feet of Peace by Tim Miller. Take a taste of the music inspired by that journey.

  1. "Blues Highway Blues"
  2. "Driving You Out of My Mind"
  3. "Your Love is My Addiction"
  4. "Leaving By Degrees"
  5. "Six Feet of Peace"
  6. "Till the End of the Road"
  7. "Push Back Man" [Explicit]
  8. "Heavy Price"
Download the complete Six Feet of Peace album

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"Like a Muscle Shoals guitar lick that you can't get out of your head, Eyre Price has penned a debut novel that you can't put down. You'll want to go down to the crossroads to finish Blues Highway Blues." Rick Robinson, Grand Prize Winner at the London Book Festival for Writ of Mandamus

"A thrilling novel celebrating the Blues as the root of modern American music." -- Dave Beardsley, co-founder National Blues Museum

"Eyre Price deftly weaves page-turning action, suspense, and humor into a top-notch primer on the history of modern American music. As a music lover and reverent fan of great story-telling, I thoroughly enjoyed the Blues Highway Blues thrill-ride, all the way through."-Laura Roppe, award-winning singer-songwriter and author of Rocking the Pink

"By turns heartbreaking, funny, and terrifying, Blues Highway Blues tells the story of a jaded music promoter whose fate is tied to a sadistic Russian mobster, a pair of mismatched hit men, and a mysterious old bluesman who is more than he seems. With pitch-perfect prose, Eyre Price weaves humor, horror, and a touch of magic into an epic adventure that keeps the reader wondering what lies at the end of the Blues Highway-redemption or damnation?"Jaden Terrell, author of the Jared McKean mysteries

Product Details

  • File Size: 4217 KB
  • Print Length: 413 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (June 26, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 26, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007264GVY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,056 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I find that when I pick up a thriller by a first time author, there is always a bit of a gamble. But that's how you find unexpected treasure. As I began Eyre Price's music inspired odyssey "Blues Highway Blues," I was instantly captivated by the premise. The novel starts out with several exceedingly strong action sequences and moves at a breakneck pace. Seriously, within the first sections of the book (probably even extending through the first half), I thought I was getting ready to rave about Price's endeavor. Alas, though, the further the narrative journey progressed--the more repetitive and predictable it became. Price is still an engaging writer, and one that I'd look into again, but "Blues Highway Blues" is one of those books that starts strong and ends decently, but left me stranded somewhere in the middle.

Price introduces a quartet of loathsome characters that I really liked. The central protagonist is a troubled music promoter named Daniel Erickson. Through poor choices (both in life and in business), he finds himself indebted to a Russian mobster with a penchant for violence. The mobster is a colorful character indeed, but his squabbling henchman are an inspired duo. All four of these primary characters are drawn well and made me want to see what would happen next. When Erickson sets out to retrieve money to repay his debt (with the two unpredictable hired hands in tow), he finds it missing and a CD clue in its place. It seems that if he is to have any chance of saving himself, or at least his family, he's going to have to follow the clue provided. Thus, a nationwide scavenger hunt begins with danger lurking around every corner and a million dollar prize waiting to be claimed.
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I am a big fan of the blues and a mystery fan, so I really wanted to love this book. Also, I have done a music/talk show on a noncommercial FM radio station for more than 20 years and blues music has always been a big part of my shows--so the blues aspect really appealed to me. In the end though, I think all I can say is that this was an interesting concept and while I like book, I don't passionately love it.

The book (as you can read in many of the reviews) is a kind of a mix of a road trip and a thriller. Personally, I think Price is better at the road-trip aspect and (so far) less great as a suspense writer. I have no doubt that he'll become a great suspense writer, but in this first effort he's just working it out and needs to shed a lot of predictable situations and dialog and find his own stride, his own confidence. Again, I think he will.

The first few chapters pull you right into the problem (he owes some nefarious characters big bucks and has to go on a road trip to locate the cash) and that road trip takes him on a tour of legendary music stops. The thing was, I kept wanting to hear more about the musical venues and history. I found myself wishing that he had written a nonfiction memoir of visiting all of these cool music-related places. (Maybe he will.) He certainly seems to know a lot about them and obviously has a passion for the blues.

The mystery though was just so-so. Too much push and shove and unnecessary violence and not enough character development. In order for a thriller like this work you *must* make the reader sympathize with the protagonist, you have to make him so likable that the reader feels like they're walking side-by-side with main character. I liked the main character, I was fearful for him and worried with him, but that's about it.
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Nelson DeMille once said, "We're all pilgrims on the same journey -- but some pilgrims have better road maps." It's that sensibility that grounds Eyre Price's debut novel, "Blues Highway Blues," and it's the map of a century of American music that underpins a wild, offbeat, violent and ultimately rewarding journey of reluctant self-discovery for Price's pilgrim, disgraced Los Angeles music promoter Daniel Erickson. In the twisted wreckage of sacrificing his family and nearly his life on the irreparably warped altar of the popular song, Erickson gambles what's left of his future on a doomed dive into reality television production funded by a heartless Russian gangster's million dollars. Erickson's venture fails monumentally, and he'll have to surrender to the Russian the secret cash stashed in Erickson's home safe to buy himself and his estranged son long lives. Ungraciously accompanied by a couple of the Russian's thugs, Erickson opens his safe only to find a compact disc where his own million bucks used to hide. But it's not a total loss -- the CD has a blues song whose peculiar lyrics point Erickson towards the Mississippi Delta crossroads where legendary bluesman Robert Johnson purportedly traded his soul to the devil for guitar mastery. The song hints Johnson's crossroads is where Erickson will discover his heisted treasure. His straits beneath dire and sinking fast, Erickson slips his handlers and begins the long, strange trip to the Delta and beyond, pursued throughout by scary monsters and super creeps.Read more ›
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