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Chopper Music by [Storey, Jay Allan]
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Editorial Reviews

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"...Deeply Moving, Inspired, Great Writing."
 --Tower Lowe, author of In Zuni Zymotic

"...Jackson Reilly is hardly a man you would want to befriend, but with
Storey's writing it is impossible not to find yourself cheering him on."

--Martin Hill, author of Killing Depths

"...This story is for all of us that want to be offered a second chance,
to make different decisions in our lives"

--Cheryl Stout, Top 1000 reviewer

About the Author

Born in Victoria, BC, Canada, Jay has traveled the world, passing through many places in the news today, including Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and the Swat valley in Pakistan. He has worked at an amazing variety of jobs, from cab driver to land surveyor to accordion salesman to software developer.

Jay is the author of two novels, THE ARX, and ELDORADO, a novella, CHOPPER MUSIC, and a number of short stories. A new novel is due late in 2015, and several other projects are in the works. His stories always skirt close to the edge of believability (but hopefully never cross over). He is attracted to characters who are able to break out of their stereotypes (as Jackson Reilly does in CHOPPER MUSIC) and transform themselves.

He loves both reading and writing, both listening to and playing music, and working with animals. He's crazy for any activity relating to the water, including swimming, surfing, wind-surfing, sailing, snorkeling, and scuba diving.

Jay is married and lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 5092 KB
  • Print Length: 110 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 20, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008WWBE4O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,235 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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By Cheryl Stout TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 6, 2012
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Jackson Reilly is 25 years old, lives in British Columbia and walked away from the life of music that he loved twelve years ago. He is a bouncer in a strip club, rides a rough and tough Norton, drinks heavily, uses drugs, hasn't contacted his mother for years - and then his mother dies.

This wonderful novella tells us how he gets back on track, after reaching a crossroads in his life. He has the choice of continuing to live his life as he has been or he can return to the music that is a part of his soul.

"He'd almost forgotten how much he once loved this music. It was like it came from another planet, or some paradise he'd never seen before or dreamed of."

This story is for all of us that want to be offered a second chance, to make different decisions in our lives, to correct past mistakes. There are family relationships (good and bad), pathos, romance, a good lesson in not judging a book by its cover. I will be looking forward to reading more of Storey's stories (sorry, couldn't resist that).
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WOW, such impressive writing about the inner world of the talented potential performer fighting himself and his potential. The opening writing about the dissipation experienced by one trying very hard to bury himself takes the reader inside his head and his life quickly and distinctly.
As a Vocal Therapist and Voice Teacher of many heavy metal rockers and other singers fighting their battles with their resistances and fears of not being good enough, not experiencing enough success, wondering if all the work -- vocally, emotionally, spiritually & in the music business... -- is really worth it, rings so amazingly, detailedly, heart-wrenchingly true to life. The author's absolute knowledge of "the wrenching roller-coaster journey" to re-developing dangling skills to a reliable level to be become capable of moving forward as a top-level performer shared the deep fears, guilts, worries, self-doubts, brief joys, awkward giving-up attempts, and the delicious little surprising victories along the tenacious way.... His descriptive writing about how music feels to us, is deeply affective, bringing you right into the music itself. His sharings about the jazz and blues performers and lifestyles of earlier times were spot-on. Awesome concise read in one evening, stimulating thought a long time onward, which got me back to progressing in the writing of my own book on vocal & singing develpment.
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Enjoyed the musical aspect of this novella and found the transformation of the main character, Jackson, to be quite satisfying. When one runs from his gifting, he may very well find himself haunted in its absence. On the other hand, it's amazing what can happen when another person comes alongside with sincere love and support. Great study on beginning again. Would have preferred less language but appreciated that it was thought to be fitting for the characters. A good read and well paced. Wonderful theme of redemption.
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Chopper music ,has very little to do with a chopper..having said that it is a fun read, full of
surprises..screaming rides on his motorcycle, hours of practice and a change of life style
I loved the story, perhaps you will as well, Read the book and leave YOUR review. Proof you can make a change in lifestyles if you want.
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I really enjoyed this read which is not a suspense thriller and I am glad. You can only read so many of those, This is the story of life. There is a turning point in everyone's life and for Jackson Reilly that point happens when his mother dies. A bouncer, biker and partier, Jackson finds their is more to life than that when his Aunt Jo comes back into his life and he not only learns lessons on music, but on life. great job on a thoughtful story.
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A lovely tale of a man who returns to something he's loved after walking away from it. I truly enjoyed reading this tale and will most likely end up reading it again. Kudos to the author for creating such a wonderful story. Great inspiration!
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This is an impressive novella, a great first book about twenty-eight year old Jackson Reilly's struggle. He is a bouncer and biker and his struggle is about personal change. I like the tone and atmosphere created by the author's writing. It is simple and concise. You can feel the tension and collision between Jackson's old life and the new life he is heading towards. Some readers may feel uncomfortable when reading the first few pages of the book, but these pages - the language used and the wretchedness of the situations described - are essential if one wants to appreciate Jackson's dilemma. I liked how the author managed to add, often with just a few sentences or paragraphs, aspects of Jackson's past: his painful relationships with his mother and father. And there are two important women in Jackson's life. You would like to meet them, believe me, especially the older one. But I won't give anything away. I liked this book. It has weaknesses of course like many first novels and novellas. Some of the events described are not totally credible. I didn't always feel the depth of emotions of the characters in the book. The ending of the book is powerful and satisfying. Is this a four or a five star book? If the author were an established writer, I would say four stars. But this is his first book, it is well written - five stars. Reviewed by the author of Travelling with Maria.
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