Chicago Center for Literature and Photography (Karl Wolff)
"Sharp's debut is a frame narrative of impressive scope and quality... the novel unfolds by means of colorful dialogue and pungent observations typical of Henry James...some readers may find the novel's irreverence on par with Joseph Heller's. .... sassy and bold"
"A novel too good to be ignored".
KIRKUS Reviews. Kirkus Listing: Best of 2012 Indie Books.
"Between two great generations, the seeds of change came. 'The Duke Don't Dance'' is a novel from Richard Sharp as he presents a story of seven of the Silent Generation...Through the triumphs and failures, Richard Sharp presents an enticing read...'The Duke Don't Dance'is not to be overlooked." The Midwest Book Review
"Author Richard Sharp has a unique writing style... 'The Duke Don't Dance' is solid... a good read. There isn't a lot of 'fluff' within the story ... Sharp transitions seamlessly through the various timelines. ...a darn good read."
RebeccasReads (Charline Ratcliff)
Rating 5.0 stars. In "The Duke Don't Dance" we meet a group of seven friends and follow them from young adults through adulthood. We watch as they face the Cold War, the early drug culture, peace rallies and much more...Sharp combines humor, romance and intrigue ... [He] gave a voice to the Silent Generation.
Readers Favorite (Anne B.)
From the Author
"The Duke," specifically, is influenced by the songs and poetry of Jim Morrison, the humor of Joseph Heller, the dramatic physicality of Bertolt Brecht and the music and popular culture of the Silent Generation. The novel seeks to give authenticity to wholly fictional characters by placing them in situations that are accurate in fine detail, so that, for example, if you were actually present at the Beach Boys 1981 concert on the National Mall you would think "my god, that episode could have happened just like that during the playing of 'Don't Worry Baby'." The hope is those little touches also can transport a reader born in, say, 1990, back to that time; not just appeal to the nostalgia of af a fading generation.
The Duke Don't Dance's protagonists are highly fallible and resolutely unprepentent, not wasting time on "what could have been," not dwelling on regrets. They are defiantly themselves, learning from the past or laughing at it, accepting its permanence, enjoying the moment and perhaps the future. I hope that is contagious to the reader.