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"The Bottom Line: One of the year's most memorable heroes embarks on a high-velocity quest to save the only woman he's ever cared about. Leon's jaw-dropping courage in a world of sleaze and unimaginable danger is pure magic. While Garcia Rose has created a classic quest thriller, he's no less devoted to the art of wordsmithing. Noise features some of the most lush language you'll find in the genre, at times resembling the carefully crafted prose of Cormac McCarthy."
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Named Best Book of 2014: "This could simply have been the literaryequivalent of one of those revenge flicks you curl up with on the couch, a bowl of popcorn and a beer close at hand. But no, we're given a story that's more than popcorn and violence.

Noise is a revenge flickdressed up as art house mystery. Rose juxtaposes brutality withspirited, yet acerbic, prose. Meticulous attention to detail evokesnoirish cinematic imagery. Read the book before Hollywood figures outhow to make the movie."
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The plot is excellently paced, and the author presents a near perfect balance between quiet character moments and over-the-top action.

Noise by Brett Garcia Rose introduces a wealth of emotionally resonant characters via an action-packed vengeance tale that explores the impacts of family and love against isolation.

The prose of Noise is descriptive, evocative, and passionate, raising the novel above its more violent elements. Leon, who ignores society's rules and uses his own brand of do-whatever-it-takes justice, operates in a moral gray area but still manages to evoke empathy, as he does what he does out of an overarching sense of family loyalty and love. Secondary characters also prove to be complex and sympathetic, including a pair of police officers who play a big role in Leon's journey.

Noise is an action-packed story certain to excite those who enjoy thrillers driven by revenge.
Forward Reviews

Brett Garcia Rose's ferocious, action-packed first novel Noise delivers a jet-fueled narrative that pays off from start to finish. The author shows a fine facility for delivering key information with nuance. Scenes are sufficiently descriptive without going overboard, providing just enough detail to paint a picture and keep the action moving. Similarly, Leon's background is doled out early on through action and context. 

Noise has the ruthless speed and efficiency of one of Donald E. Westlake's Parker novels. Like those stories, Rose's book dives deep into pulp when illustrating Leon's adversaries, who wear evil on their sleeves--with overwrought dialogue to match.
Noise is unquestionably a thrilling read. It races along but still finds time for solid characterization, suspense, and metaphorical touches. It's an energetic tale with grit and gravity, and a promising start for a first-time novelist.
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Praise for the writing of Brett Garcia Rose

A staggering, compelling work of fiction...mind-blowingly perfect. It has everything. Exquisite details, world-weary voice, and people worth knowing. It is truly amazing!
MaryAnn Kolton
Author and Editor of This Literary Magazine
Strong, compelling, raw and human in the best sense. Beautifully written.
Susan Tepper
Author of Deer and Other Stories
Perfect, compact and explosive, closing with the gentlest word. No one should miss it.
James Lloyd Davis
Author of Knitting the Unraveled Sleeves
A staggering work of excellence and deserves to see the light of day in the Paris Review or a similar quality publication. It is absolutely worthy of a spot in the New Yorker or Atlantic monthly. It has such an engaging, cinematic quality, and such ferocious language. The quality of this work is so far superior to the best that I can think of.
J. A. Johnson
Author of Falling
The voice here is more sculptor than painter to me--words hammered into place, into the exactly suited shape and shine, and scratches. The fierce language has the smell of metal to it, too, of twisted thoughts fused and rusted with pink water. Dynamite prose. So good it hurts.
Barry Friesen
Author of Hat Trick
Wow. Beautiful and wonderful and sad and real.
Sally Houtman
Author of To Grandma's House, We...Stay
Beautiful and moving, wonderfully sustained.
Rachael J. Fenton
Author of Escape Behaviours
Superbly explosive. The rage escaltes and careens out of control. Amazing.
Ajay Nair
Author of Desi Rap
Gorgeous language. Well travelled, methodically, memorized paths, used up -- such a perfect description of that universal need to connect and its ugliness, rather than the ugliness of desperate people. What people do over and over to not be alone.
Lauren Becker
Editor of Corium Magazine and Author of author of Shut Up/Look Pretty
This feels terribly real. Emotional depth, choice of physical/psychological detail, voice is keen. Wonderful writing and real, vivid people. This work is frighteningly good. 
Meg Pokrass
Author of Bird Envy
The language is unbelievable - heady - took me and pulled me into the drama and intensity of feeling, without being saccharine or syrupy. Well done.
Yvette Wielhouwer Managan
Author and Editor of The Linnet's Wing
Let's talk about a cruise, a cruise you don't want to be on, a cruise recommended to you by your analyst, a cruise as recovery from a marriage gone bad. That's what Rose's "Floater" is about. What makes it so fun, though, is the voice.
Years ago, on first reading Catcher in the Rye, it was the voice that astounded me there. The voice had attitude. Attitude makes for great writing. But it can also make for bad writing, if it's overdone. Finding the balance is harder to achieve than one might initially think. Rosenblatt does that here. And what makes the surly, don't-want-to-be-here voice so much more interesting is that it's happening on vacation. If there's any time to lay off the cynicism, an expensive trip on a ship is it. Not our narrator, though. He really isn't happy to be alive. And somehow we're glad to hear that.
Short Story Reader
In one of the best moments in Rose's story, the narrator recounts how the life of the drummer is one of numbers, of counting. The passage is beautiful, and this concern--with time, with counting, with the beat of the heart--is what the story focuses on. Rose uses the drumming motif throughout the story to tell a sadder, deeper story of a relationship heading south.
Short Story Reader, on The Beat Of Sorrow
"Beautiful and moving, wonderfully sustained."
Rachel J. Fenton
Author of Escape Behaviors
"I'm usually on guard against the extended metaphor, but you pull it off, and more than once, in the course of a few pages, in second person no less. A merciless character study."
John Minichillo
Author of The Snow Whale

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Velocity Imprints (June 17, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0991549406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0991549405
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,285,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Noise by Brett Garcia Rose is a gripping and intense mystery thriller. From the first page, the story line grabbed my attention and held its grip until the very end. I think the title is spot on as Leon is deaf, but regardless he makes a ton of 'noise' in order to get things done. This is a dark and violent story and although Leon's methods are harsh and brutal, I still rooted for him on in his quest for answers on what happened to Lily. The writing is beautiful and the action is nonstop. This is one book that I would love to see turned into a movie because of its captivating and intriguing plot.
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A man who thought his sister has committed suicide receives a postcard several years after she supposedly died. On the postcard is handwriting that he recognizes as coming from the very girl whom he thought long dead. The postcard came from New York, so the man, Leon, takes his old and rebuilt truck on the road, towards New York and what he hopes will be answers and maybe even his sister, alive and well after all that time. Armed only with an old, faded photograph, Leon's initial investigation leads him to a diner and then to a strip club/brothel where she has supposedly been seen going by the name of Rachel. He attempts to go to the police, only to get no help whatsoever.

Noise is a pretty decent mystery story. Though I wouldn't call it an original concept, the book is nonetheless very entertaining and worth the price tag set on it. I enjoyed reading even if I wasn't "glued to the pages" so to speak. I'm a bit of a mystery buff, so I found some of the plot twists to be somewhat predictable, but I really loved how everything was brought together in the end. All in all, this was a well written story and I'm glad I added it to my reading collection. If you want a decent mystery story then definitely give this book a try.
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A bit of an imponderable for me here…. I never really got an understanding of why Lily left in the first place.

That aside, the efforts by her deaf, adopted brother, Leon to track her down and either rescue and save or revenge her make for a compelling and brutal read. Leon learned to kill as a child in Nigeria, before coming to America. (Any similarities between his journey and that of an Eddie Murphy-esque African prince end now.)

Violent, graphic, uncomfortable, disturbing and dark. I loved it. Not an easy read and those of a sensitive disposition may be better skimming at times, as Leon when he is unable to draw answers from witnesses with his pen and pad and lip-reading is just as adept with his fists, or feet or an item of cutlery.

From a standing start, Leon soon picks up Lily’s trail via a diner and then a strip joint controlled by some Russians. Breaking a few laws to get some answers, Leon comes to the attention of the cops and the Russian mob family that Lily has become involved with, albeit indirectly by her marriage. A video of Lily being raped and beaten by the Russians as her husband looks on, fuels his rage.

A tad of a stretch totally buying the police complicity in allowing Leon to continue to pursue his vendetta in the face of evidence (or strong suspicion at least) linking him to murder and arson, but regardless to that, I read on compulsively.

Bent cops, straight cops, people trafficking, rape, murder, arson, strip clubs, burglary, safe-cracking, videos, underground prison ……..death, destruction, violence, rescue, rage, family, loyalty, revenge. No regrets.

You never doubt the depth of Leon’s love for Lily. In the end we have some answers, but no happy ending.
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Posted first to Blog Critics as Book Review: 'Noise" A Story of Vengeance by Brett Garcia Rose.

In Noise by Brett Garcia Rose we are introduced to Leon. He is deaf but not in any way disabled. He grew up in the streets of Nigeria as a child, fending for himself and surviving in whatever way he could. Having found a home in the states, he becomes a brother, albeit a foster brother, for the first time. Lily dotes on him and helps him to become a part of his new homeland. As they grow up, she is his best friend and he is her protector. Their relationship is symbiotic; there is nothing that can tear them apart.

When she disappears and he receives a suicide note, he is devastated and tries to overcome his pain. He has found his own way, but she is an integral part of who he is. He is strong and strangely adept at reading lips. His background in Nigeria has made him both strong and merciless if necessary.

She was seventeen to his fifteen and he keeps the note even after all the years since she left him. He has moved on, making a life for himself but never forgetting Lily’s kindness. Suddenly his life changes when he receives a post card, one in her handwriting, he is drawn to find her and discover what happened to make her disappear. The heart of New York is cold in the winter, but does not compare to the freeze that begins in his heart as he finds the real reason for her disappearance. Desperate to find her he follows a trail of clues that takes him into the back drops of those who traffic in human flesh.

He now understands he must find the answers and save Lily at all costs. He must find out what happened, but for him to move forward he must make his way through all the danger and corruption thrown in his past.
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