A struggling rock band on the verge of breaking up is touring in the American Southwest when they are noticed by a damaged Iraq War veteran. This crossing of paths changes all their lives.
"McCammon leaves the familiar turf of his Matthew Corbett historical thrillers to explore the artistic boundary between creating music and making money in this story of a rock 'n' roll band. Members include raging lead singer Nomad and belated flower child Ariel as well as keyboardist Terry and their preppy road manager, who both want out after this tour. A homicidal stalker may make it a final tour for all of them. Lesbian drummer Berke wants no part of songwriting, but a chance meeting with farmworkers inspires the beginning of a new song in which the musicians confront their understanding of the possible extraworldly influences working on them. From the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the effects of web streaming on popular music, including rock history, McCammon treats all contemporary culture as fair game for examination. He clearly loves the thriller format and employs its tension to keep readers turning the pages. A special treat for boomer music fans may lie in seeing how many bands they recognize among th. Thanks and Dedications. --Bensen, Arle. Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"McCammon (Mister Slaughter) delivers a complex, mind-blowing story of a rock band's last days. The Five-rage-filled frontman Nomad, lesbian drummer Berke, retro-inspired keyboardist Terry, self-possessed bassist Mike, and mellow vocalist/guitarist Ariel-are winding down a tour in the Southwest. Both Terry and their manager want out, so this looks to be their last tour. Inspired by a chance meeting with a mysterious woman, they decide to write one final song as a team. What they don't know is that an unstable ex-Marine is stalking them, driven to assassinate them all. After he kills a band member, the remaining four of the Five dodge from gig to gig, pawns in a supernatural struggle far beyond their comprehension. Steeped in rock history, infused with power and passion, and laced with psychological horror and razor-sharp tension, this is not an easy read, but a memorable one. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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