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Other writers labour long and hard to achieve the fevered intrigue that comes so naturally to David Lake and there's no mistaking that his novel Tears Of Glass is one of a kind. A story of fascinating scope and suspense, it's rich in the kind of piquant detail that will stand up well to the repeat readings it will undoubtedly receive and in no small measure because of its trove of musical milestones. Much reference will be made to Bafta winning songwriter Paul Millns' tracks, but what really sets Lake's dark and humorous thriller apart is his ability to tell a grounded story that focuses on his characters. There is no wasted prose, no limp plot threads nor does he deliver shock solely for its own sake and on this level he proves highly adept at controlling the attention of his readers. More, despite being based on real events, the line between reality and fiction is blurred from a panoramic perspective which gives his plot a wholly original and above all authentic feel. An exceptional novel that entertains on multiple levels, Tears Of Glass is a must read for the year ahead and is recommended without reservation.
I'll admit, the first few pages were hard for me to follow. There was a lot of jumping back an forth so I was having trouble keeping up. I guess I kind of have a one track mind. But once I got through that, it was magical. David Lake really has a way with words. Really immersing you in the story with every nuance. Setting the stage for an epic adventure. The addition of the soundtrack created an edgy atmosphere that was hard to leave. A raw gritty voice hooking you into the story. My favorite has to have been chapter 3s Drowning in the Deep end. It was like I was transported into this smokey, almost empty bar and the band was playing just for me.
I was born at the tail-end of the 60s, but I have a nostalgic feeling for that time. This book accurately captures the essence of the period, as well as the 70s and 80s. It was a walk down memory lane—while holding hands with David Lynch and Raymond Chandler. “Tears of Glass” is the story of Morgan, who has essentially failed at nearly everything he’s done in his past, from football to songwriting. And of course, his relationships have never been that great, either. A lover of the music of his era, he acquires a rejected demo tape of a blues pianist and suddenly his friends start to meet their demise in rather mysterious and bizarre accidents. Fleeing across the California desert, he picks up a girl and unwittingly becomes intwined in a huge conspiracy that signals Nuclear War. Yes, it sounds like a lot, but author David Lake makes it all work with fluid, fast-paced prose that’s laced with dark humor and violence. His descriptions are vivid and poetic, yet not always pretty. His characters are likable, but flawed. Morgan carries a lot of baggage!
The book’s website has some rave reviews from some pretty influential people — as a Star Wars geek, the name Irvin Kershner grabbed me—and they’re right to praise Lake’s novel. It is indeed entertaining. And it’s also interactive, with a link to 14 soundtrack song that will help you completely immerse yourself in Morgan’s crazy life. A must-read for anyone who loves the 60s, conspiracies, or just plain and simply good storytelling.
I was hooked from the very first chapter and was kept mesmerized by the fantastic characters and flow of the story. The author has gone above and beyond with his elaborate show of both book and musical all rolled into one, I loved it. Finally, an interactive book for adults that is both stimulating to the mind, calming to the heart and soothing to the ears. Kudos to Mr. Lake for his wonderful creation, please give us more!!!
Tears Of Glass by David Lake isn't like any book I have read before. The story line is so different and unique it really kept me intrigued. Morgan is our main character who has been through so much yet hasn't been very successful. It seems everything in his life from relationships to careers have failed. But when he gets ahold of an old rejected demo tape his friends all start kicking the bucket. This book is like a combination of a horror story and a conspiracy novel.
What I really loved was David Lake's attention to detail. He is fabulous and uses the perfect amount of detail. Once I started this book I seriously couldn't put it down, I needed to know how it was going to end, and trust me it will not disappoint!
What an exciting read this was, plus the music by Paul Millns made it that much more fun. The author David Lake has a real talent for not only writing but for choosing great music. One of my favorite lines from the story. “and the week had brought a couple of deaths and a demolished office, without Morgan receiving so much as a scratch.” It appears that Morgan has knowledge about something that the government really doesn't want his to know. Death appears all around him. People who are involved with Morgan are showing up dead. Paul Millns, Sara, and Morgan end up together after the fight at the bar. The story is one of adventure and excitement. Well written and a fun read. Another line that I thought was great. “A number of emotions battled to settle on her face. Disgust came out the winner.” I will definitely look forward to reading more by this very talented author. Rated 5 out of 5 Stars.
If I read 10 books, I finish them all, regardless of whether I like them or not ... hoping that it will get better usually leads me to the end. I read on average, two to three books a week, I've done this for almost 50 years. It's rare for me not to finish, or to give up on a book before the first chapter; sad to say, not only could I not get through the first chapter, I gave up before I got there. The story, from what I could divine, was all over the place and there was nothing in it that would catch my interest. Even re-reading the description and comments didn't help. Normally, having not finished, I wouldn't leave a review, but this one was so poorly begun, I felt as though I must warn others, before they spend their hard earned income. Sorry, Mr. Lake, I tried.
I was hooked on the idea of finding redemption through music but was more than a little dubious as to how a soundtrack and novel could be dovetailed in a way that genuinely lifted a story. I stand corrected. Writing, plot and soundtrack come together to deliver a highly original media experience that elevates 'the novel' to another level.