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Garage Band: Nothing to do with Music. Everything to do with Getting Even Paperback – March 13, 2016
"Children of Blood and Bone"
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Adam Rabinowitz is an entrepreneur, educator and author with a passion for helping small businesses, and for good coffee. He is the founder and Chief Imaginator at Imagin8, where his passion for creating solutions to solve other people’s problems characterizes the services Imagin8 delivers. He is big on vision and dreams, and in his role as guest faculty for Duke Corporate Education and University of Stellenbosch you’ll hear his powerful and inspiring story as he lectures middle management and business owners in Entrepreneurship, and encourages people to do all the things they’ve always wanted to do. Adam is multi-talented and highly creative. Apart from being an accomplished writer and entrepreneur, he draws, sings, plays guitar, and writes songs as a hobby.
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Over the last 17 years, Trilby has loyally worked for South Africa’s largest insurance company, Eastland. He has given them his all without question, day in, day out, (and some nights too) after which he then returns home to a nagging, dissatisfied wife and 2 cheerless teens who prefer to behave like he doesn’t exist.
But on the day that Lanthus is unceremoniously told that he is about to become superfluous to the company’s needs, something inside him snaps. He is sick and tired of being a nobody, fed up with being ignored, and has had quite enough of being taken for granted. He decides that the time has come to strike back, and he knows exactly how and where to do it!
It is quite fortuitous that while he is down at the local pub drowning his sorrows and pondering his next move he happens to meet Reyno, an explosives expert (we should all have one of these in our lives – I can see you all heading off to the nearest bar to find one!). Reyno fully understands his new acquaintance’s predicament and willingly assists Lanthus in putting together what could probably be considered a rather unconventional, although highly skilled, team consisting of a hacker, a female cage fighter, and a pair of acrobats pilfered from the popular Madame Zingara travelling circus!
What follows is a riveting, roller-coaster of a romp as our quirky crew endeavour to pursue justice at all costs. Lanthus and the hacker, Jason, are the only members of the group whose characters we learn any background about – purely because they’re the only ones whose backgrounds bear any relevance to the storyline. However, I became so involved with the action and everyone involved that by the end I really wanted to know more about all of them.
The plot is skilful and clever, and most of all, it’s based on a theme that so many of us will easily identify with. Joburg locals will get an added kick from the inclusion of many recognised landmarks, most notably, Sandton City (which you’ll look at with new eyes after reading this; I know I do!).
This book is an extremely exciting entry onto the South African fiction landscape. I know that I always preach the mantra ‘Be Bold’ to all SA authors I interact with, and I’m going to be exceptionally bold here and I’m going to mention two little words … FILM RIGHTS … (I’ve even put them in bold – see?) I’ll just leave that there, then.
Oh, and also, I do think a sequel would be very brilliant … please!!
Many thanks to the author, Adam Rabinowitz, for sending me an advance copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Garage Band is due for publication on 1 April 2016. Get it. Read it. You’ll enjoy it!
Lanthus Trilby was such an employee. For seventeen years, he was a dedicated employee, rarely missing a day of work, keeping a low profile, always complying to the tasks given to him. Lanthus, husband to a complacent wife, and father of two teenagers full of angst has reached his limit when the company that he has dedicated his entire life to decides his services are no longer needed. Lanthus has reached the very limit of his patience.
And that's when he starts his plot for revenge. Together with a team, Lanthus has decided to take down the large insurance company.
Having personally been through a similar situation as Lanthus, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story unfold. To me, it was a very relatable experience, and I found myself cheering him on every step of the way, imagining myself in Lanthus' place and his company was mine.
Plenty of dark humor, yet light hearted suspense makes this a compelling read.
I received this ARC for an honest review.
South Africa has produced some fantastic crime writers, but has been sorely lacking in what I call “West Coast” crime – books seated in crime, but on a chair of humour.
Eccentric and quirky characters, including an actuary, a female cage fighter and a husband-and-wife acrobat team, populate a story that moves as quickly as a Hollywood blockbuster. Rabinowitz has created a tight, well-planned heist that his characters execute in a believable manner. Even more importantly, the plot evolves smoothly with the reader skilfully directed and misdirected by Rabinowitz’s talented writing.
Perhaps what I enjoyed most about “Garage Band” is how the novel remains witty and amusing, without degenerating into slapstick and, similarly, how the intricacies of the plotting never collapse into a reading experience characterised by endless mental notes.
Rather, “Garage Band” is simply a thundering good caper filled with crime and good fun.
Lanthus is an ordinary man putting in all the hours required in order to provide for his family. His children are typical teenagers, and his wife is caught up in her own world. When fate steps in and turns his world upside down, in order to wreak his revenge he finds the strength and courage he never knew he had, as well as an unexpected chance to bond with his son. The story is fast paced with many twists and turns, and I loved that I never quite knew what would happen next.
A thoroughly enjoyable read. Garage Band would make a great action movie.
Thank you to Adam Rabonowitz for the opportunity to read and review this book. It was indeed a privilege.