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- Print Length: 372 pages
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- Publisher: Virtual Pulp Press (December 5, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 5, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00H5B7REE
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,049 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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That’s why Michael Kayser’s newest book, Fast Cars and Rock & Roll is such a gratifying read. It is a 452-page trip through the southwest with rebel, aspiring rock guitarist, and certified gearhead Deke Jones. The reader is treated to a fair amount of musical history coupled with a heaping helping of hot rodding and a dash of romance sprinkled in for good measure. It’s a tasty dish that leaves most any reader satisfied and even a little hungry for more.
The young Jones, a bit of a loaner, gets the break of a lifetime playing with an accomplished band on a whirlwind tour. A versatile guitarist who is as comfortable licking out BB King as he is Aerosmith, Jones is thrilled to get the chance to play with the well-known “Stormin’ Norman” and a bunch of other talented rockers. Even more so, he’s in the hunt to win the vaunted Conquistador, a Power-Tour-meets-Cannonball-Run style event that involves races at different tracks every day with the winner calculated by cumulative score.
Jones is a talented mechanic and tuner who manages to keep his blown 1972 Pontiac Ventura near the top of the standings despite being outgunned and underfunded against a number of rich white collars throttling exotic sports cars. He is also an unsuspecting ladies man, weighing his options between the drop-dead gorgeous (but high maintenance) Lena Castillo and the more practical but still beautiful Amy Ketchum.
Jones is barely able to keep pace with his competition on stage, on the track, and in his love life—but his efforts are admirable and remind us all that sometimes chasing our dreams really is eight parts will, one part talent, and one part luck. While avoiding the cops, dodging girlfriends’ exes, and struggling to keep pace with a grueling race and performance schedule, Jones manages to figure out what really matters. It is the classic coming-of-age story set to a backdrop of driving kickdrum and wailing blower whine.
Kayser does a great job of weaving a broad and diverse cast of characters into an engaging tale that is hard to put down. Although Jones is not without his flaws, he’s an approachable hero who is easy to root for. He’s been given nothing in life, and through little more than iron-willed resolve and hard work, he manages to hang with racers with incredible machines and deep, deep pockets.
Fast Cars and Rock & Roll is a rip-roaring good time. Check it out today!
Thank you Michael Kayser for taking me back to a world that I had all but forgotten. This is a world of Cars, Girls and music. A world that at times I had starred in. Been a player, the fastest, the most talented and always done with a soundtrack of screaming guitars, booming drums and a bass line that made you want to drive fast. Thank you for cultural references that made me laugh and smile. Thank you for reminding me of music that had me searching you tube and listening to the history of me.
This book is well written, not that I really noticed. I enjoyed a protagonist that was moral, but not an angel. A supporting cast of friends that I knew only mine had different names. Lessons learned about girls. I have already learned them (I’ve been married for twenty years) but watching a protagonist that trips and falls figuring them out, then gets back up.
This is American Grafetti 80’s style. If you want to read about life before unleaded gas, musicians that can’t play or sing and cars you can only work on with a computer, this is it. You want to learn why your Dad or Husband takes casual glances at scantily clad young women but damn near wrecks the mini van at the site of a muscle car while shouting specs that you can’t make heads nor tails of? This is the book for you.
Get lost in a delicious slice of Americana, read this book.
Any fan of fast cars, live music, or even film noir (yes, really!) will enjoy this work!
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