Blues Highway Blues (A Crossroads Thriller Book 1)

By Eyre Price

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★
rose jermusyk
Note: all page references below refer to the review copy, uncorrected proof.

Note re bad words: Yes, there are bad words in this book. If they disturb or offend you, please read something else.

Note re violence: Yes, there is violence in this book. It's a book about violence, the whys and wherefores thereof.

Note re rating: When I first reviewed this book, I gave it a wimpish four stars. I have since read the second book in the series, "Rock Island Rock" and have upped the rating to five stars for both of them. Excellent books that should become American classics. Highly recommended.


First off, I think "Blues Highway Blues" is a terrific story and enjoyed it enormously. It's interesting (with a topic like the evolution of rock'n'roll, how can you miss?), it's exciting, and it's fun. Hope you agree.


"Blues Highway Blues," the first of a three-book series, is a big, long (408 pages) rollicking romp through the history and evolution of rock'n'roll. The "Blues Highway" of the title refers to US 61 which runs through the heart of America's blues country, which is where the real quest in this story begins. Our hero, Danny Erickson is in debt to a Las Vegas-based Russian Mafioso, which, though seemingly unlikely, actually works quite well when we learn how this particular debt was created. To pay the mobster, Danny has to raid his "rainy day" stash in his home back in Malibu. But when he opens the safe, the money is gone, replaced by a single CD which turns out to contain the first of a series of musical clues. The clues drive the story back and forth across the country, tracing the development of rock'n'roll from its beginnings in the delta blues. Each time Danny finds a clue, it leads him to another location and another clue, but he knows that the final clue, when he finds it, will lead to his money, his redemption from the Russian mob, and the safety of the people he loves.

Naturally, nothing is ever simple. Not only is he burdened with the Russian mobster, but same mobster has sent him on his way saddled with two of the most delightfully vicious villains we've seen since Carl Hiaasen's "Native Tongue." Moog and Rabidoso are the newest odd couple in the murder business, and Moog's killer-with-a-heart-of-gold is pitted against his unwanted partner's slavering, over-the-top sadism. Naturally, one of them will have to go.

Along the way, Danny acquires a kind of bluesman-guardian-angel named Mr. Atibon, who accounts for most of the magic in the story. And magic, ranging from the mundane to the sublime, is as inseparable from the story as is the soul of rock. The same song, for example, appears regardless of where the characters spin the car's radio dial. (p. 407) Traumatic wounds heal overnight; life-or-death situations seem to dissolve like mist over the delta. Some reviewers dislike this apparent "dues ex machina" (god out of the machine) approach, but it's part and parcel of the book's magical-mystery-tour adventure. If you take the words too literally, you lose the magic. After all, once you accept the idea of a music promoter being dangled by his ankles sixty-five stories over the Las Vegas strip by a henchman of a Russian mobster to whom he owes one million dollars for a debt born out of shared drinks and drunken stories after a disastrous craps game, you've already gone down the rabbit hole; you might as well enjoy the ride.

Throw in a few nightmares and hallucinations (real and otherwise), and you have a very nice magical-realism/musical-mystery with plenty of blood'n'guts violence that's an integral part of any story dealing with the Russian (or any other) mob. And, yes, sigh, there are Bad Words in this book. After all, if you're going to depict truly nasty, violent people, you have to show them being truly nasty and violent, in word as well as deed. So, if Bad Words make you uncomfortable, stop reading right now and find yourself a nice Masterpiece Mystery (note: this is not knocking Masterpiece Mystery; I'm a big fan. Just a different genre.).


If you've read some of my other reviews, you know that I'm always going to get to the author's style: the way he says what he says and the effect of that style on the story. And you'd be right. Mr. Price writes with a firm, sure hand; this is one fine debut novel. And it starts off with a couple of great opening sentences:

"It takes more than two hundred million lights and over fifteen thousand miles of neon tubing to create the you-can-see-it-from-space light show known as the Las Vegas Strip. Against the ebony abyss of the desert night it twinkles and shines like God's own Lite-Brite set." (p. 1)

Along the way, Mr. Price dispenses more gems, such as:

"Even for a Saturday night the [casino] floor was crowded. High rollers and low riders. Those with money to burn and some with nothing left to lose." (p. 17)


"Life changes. On a dime. One minute you got it all and the next it's all got you." (p. 31)

Then there's the line from the blurb that convinced me to read the book in the first place: "Before you go and throw your life away, just once ... when they try to push you `round, be a Push Back Man." (p. 371)

And the lines that will probably be quoted in every newspaper and magazine review:

"A dozen more girls circulated in the bar area ... like exotic zoo animals in lingerie ... He gestured at the strippers, who'd all stopped their gyrations and were staring at their patron like so many heavily medicated fawns caught in high beams." (p. 377)

Mr. Price is such a good writer that one could quote the great lines all night. There is, for example, his description of a car in mud: "The Kia lurched forward once, but soon the throaty growl of tires clawing through dirt turned to the high-pitched whine of wheels spinning through mud but going nowhere: the unmistakable sound of stuck." (p. 109)

And finally (on page 382 of the review copy), the story cycles back to the image with which it began: "He looked out at the lights of the city below and the stars up above, marveling at their brilliance and wondering which were brighter." This return to the opening description of the city lights of Las Vegas is evidence of a writer with a firm command of his style, and capable of neat and tight construction. And that's why style matters so much. Because how you tell the story defines the story you tell.

I'm looking forward to the remaining books in the series. I expect Mr. Price has a long and successful future ahead of him.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kim badger yerkes
From the first paragraph I was hooked had to know where this crazy trip was gone to take us. I wanted to know just what Eyre Price had cooked up next. Glad to know there are more books in this series. This one is going to be hard to top.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
I recently took a trip to Memphis and the Mississippi Delta to eat BBQ and see where some of the greatest early Rock n Roll was created. I thoroughly enjoyed this murder mayhem tour following Rock roots from the blues to modern times. It was a fun read-good different.
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★ ★ ★ ★ ★
john devlin
Let me start by saying that BLUES HIGHWAY BLUES isn't the type of book I normally read. The books I peruse usually have strong female main characters.
I was unexpectedly captivated from the first page by Eyre Price's gift of the pen. I don't think I've ever picked up a book and been so impressed with the writing so lyrical, almost poetic. I even found myself rereading paragraphs, sometimes out loud just to hear the beauty of the words.
The main character, Daniel Erickson is on the run from multiple unsavory thugs, who, for different reasons want Daniel dead, after he gives up the money they think he has with him.
Daniel wants to save his 19 year old son, before the mobster, or one of the hit men or the the unethical FBI agent can get to the young man.
Music history plays into the plot and as a background for this one of a kind story.
I probably won't read other books in this genre, but will read Eyre's next book, no matter the genre. I hope that's soon.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
One-time music industry executive Daniel Erickson is in the worst mess imaginable. A major deal -- really, his last hope -- has fallen through, and now he owes big money to a Russian mobster who has absolutely no sense of morality. But when Daniel makes his way to his home safe and his private stash of $1M cash, all he finds in its place is a music CD. What the -- ?!?

The song on the recording contains a lyrical clue about the money's whereabouts. Daniel follows it from California to the course of the Blues Highway, Route 61 in Middle America. From there he eventually has to travel from one end of the country to the other, as subsequent blues clues (!) lead him from the roots of American rock (starting at that famous "crossroads" in Mississippi) all the way to the music of today. And it's a sure bet that Eric Clapton's "Crossroads" and a number of other tunes will resound through your own head as you accompany Daniel on his musical journey.

But it's not THAT easy. Hot on his trail are a duo of bad guys who keep finding him at every turn. While Moog is a monster of a man that shows hints of being human, Rabidoso is simply psychotic and insane. He kills, kills, kills, and kills again. There's no doubt that he'll kill Daniel as soon as the money is found. It won't even take much for him to off him beforehand. Only Moog's intervention can save Daniel from that trigger-happy, knife-slicing Mexican piranha.

I quite enjoyed the basic premise of the musical history treasure hunt. Blues, country, and rock music fans will find both familiar and new information about their favorites here. The mystical aspects of the hero's journey are delightful. Author Price is also at his best in his crafty characterizations of Daniel's trailside helpers and their dialogues -- especially in his depiction of Mr. Atibon in Mississippi. He's also got a quirky but workable dynamic going between Moog and Rabidoso. It's obvious that Price not only knows about music, but also about personalities and personal interactions.

But I just couldn't take all the blood and gore. The ENORMOUS amount of blood and gore. It's off the charts, there's so much of it. Eventually I exercised my right as the reader to choose to skim over pages that had too much of it. I could handle the street language, but not the violence. Violence for the sake of merely being possible to be violent. It was too, too much.

In the midst of reading this book, I had considered giving it away to a local disc jockey when I finished. He's very knowledgeable about the blues and the history of rock. I thought he might like the treasure hunt references. But after I turned the last page, I decided against it. I'd be embarrassed to subject even a casual stranger to the nearly nonstop violence in this story.

While the stakes certainly have to be high for Daniel to keep on his course, I think Price went so far overboard that readers will be stymied into disbelief. And one thing fiction writers should strive for is to be believable, even within the framework of the fictitious world that they have created. By the final chapter, BLUES HIGHWAY BLUES isn't realistic or believable at all. Readers might not even care about what happens to Daniel in the end. And that would be a shame, because there's a great tale hidden inside here.

[This review was based on seeing an Advance Reader's Copy - Uncorrected Proof]
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
corine grant
very interesting concept. grerat the way the music history is weaved into the plot. good fun all a round. look forward to next installment
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sin dee
This thriller,with its music base and excellent research on blues legends, is a fun and quick read. The trips from music city to music city was a blast. The twists were also unpredictable, much better than the average thriller. I highly recommend this, especially to blues and roots aficionados.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
janice janicu
This book is the best thing I have read in a long time. The story was completely original. It was a fun ride with excellent writing that takes you along on the adventure. It has humor, seriousness, sprituality, violence and always the music playing in the background. I won't get this out of my mind.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
margaret chind
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I just finished a fun book that I have to recommend – especially if you are into the history of rock and roll and also a lover of crime novels – which is right up my alley. The book is called “Blues Highway Blues” and is written by Eyre Price. This is Price’s debut novel and his voice is fun to read. His similes come rapid fire like a machine gun in an old combat movie. The story revolves around a washed-up music producer who gets in over-his-head with a Russian mobster who has agreed to finance his television pilot idea – which bombs like a metal balloon (led zeppelin???) Said Russian mobster wants his money back, and although our music producer has it stashed and can repay – it is stolen from his safe and in its place is the first of many CD musical clues that leads him (and the two hit men hot on his trail) on a cross-country journey. The travels have them visiting the many places of legendary significance in the history of contemporary music (Memphis, Chicago, Detroit, New Orleans, Seattle, to name a few…) Add to the mix a maniacal motorcycle club also in pursuit, plus the FBI and your usual (unusual?) local police department, and you have a page-turning, slam-banging fun ride around the country. I devoured this book in half the time I normally take to read one. I highly recommend “Blues Highway Blues.”
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
As a fan of music in general and the blues in particular, the premise of this book intrigued me enough to give it a shot. I liked the way music history was woven into the storyline and that kept me reading. I almost stopped reading a number of times due to the graphic and needless violence. There is not one socially or morally redeeming character in the book, absolutely no one that I cared about at all. I doubt I would recommend this book to anyone.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
There are things I really liked about "Blues Highway Blues". Daniel Erickson, has-been L.A. music promoter, accepts an "investment" by Filat Preezrakevich, expatriate Russian mobster, in his new reality-show project. When the show goes down the tubes, Daniel's only option is to pay Filat from money he's squirreled away (by stealing from clients) in his safe. Unfortunately for Daniel, when he opens the safe, the money is gone, replaced by a CD. The CD has one song, by a group called Dockery Plantation. The lyrics tell Daniel:

"If you wanna earn your soul back, find where your money's hid
Better get down to the crossroads like young Robert did"

Daniel immediately understands the reference, and makes his way to the intersection of Mississippi State Route 8 and Dockery Road. It was at this crossroads that one real-life Robert Johnson supposedly sold his soul in return for the ability to play the guitar like the very devil. Robert Johnson was one of the grandfathers of the Blues, and the Faustian myth is connected to him (see wikipedia).

At the crossroads, Daniel meets Mr. Atibon, who sells him the next CD - for cash, not his soul. However, Mr. Atibon is something unreal, and when he mutters about the man who killed his son with a bottle of whiskey doused with strychnine, which is how Roberts may have died, we get the idea of how unreal he may be.

The new CD has a new clue-in-a-song, sending Daniel to a new location, etc etc. He's taking the Blues Highway, tracing the evolution from early blues to punk rock. I found the music history very interesting. The fact that Daniel is found/escaped/found by two of Filat's goons raises the tension, especially as one of the goons wants to kill Daniel's son as a lesson for lying to him. There is a lot at stake.

Here's examples of Price's good wordsmithing: Daniel is in the pitch dark at the unlighted rural crossroads: "The possibility that the darkness in which he was entombed hid something with a voice left Daniel momentarily paralyzed."

Mr. Atibon lectures Daniel on Today music: "Music just being played for the here and now.... Ain't no future in bein' a bluesman. TODAY is all a real bluesman ever has.... They didn't pick up a guitar thinkin' they'd get rich. ... No expectations. So every time they set down to play, they went at it like there weren't no tomorrow - because there weren't. Just today."

When Daniel is finally hauled before Filat in his penthouse, the Russian is having an amphetamine party with a bevy of women. "He gestured at the strippers, who'd all stopped their gyrations and were staring at their patron like so many heavily medicated fawns caught in high beams."

This is a difficult book to categorize for me. It has thriller aspects, but there's a lot of explanation and repetition for a typical thriller. It is supposed to have a mystery at the heart; who stole the money and left the cunning CD trail. But by page 67, the reader knows who stole the money - though it takes Daniel until page 341 to figure it out. There's a supernatural aspect to the plot, but it isn't central and not explained.

Most of all, for me, Daniel's character didn't gel. He was supposed to be a big wheeler-dealer whiz-bang who fell hard, yet, on the Blues Highway he can't dissemble worth a bean, suddenly gets honesty?, and is always caught off guard. That's a change of personality that I don't see happening when the chips are down and people are trying to kill you. However, I did appreciate that he didn't suddenly turn into 007, either.

One aspect of "Blues Highway Blues" is not my cup of tea. The crude language is constant throughout the book. Many readers are not bothered by this. But I thought I'd mention it in case, like me, you prefer dialogue not quite so blue.

Incidentally, Atibon is an alternative name for the Voodou crossroads spirit Papa Legba, and Santa Muerte, or Saint Death, is a deity originating in Mexico.

I am reviewing from the Advance Reader's Copy - Uncorrected Proof.

Happy Reader
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
I listened to most of it and enjoyed the story. It is quite an adventure and the characters are awesome. The descriptions of the locales and the people Daniel meets are so finely done that they with the reader.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
dieu tram
an exciting read from cover to cover. some good rock and roll and country music history,. I would recommend it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
kyle stewart
I enjoyed this book. It was unique and had some interesting plot twists. I also learned somethings about the history of rock and roll that were new to me.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
emmalee pryor
I rated high because it was a lot of fun. Some real bad guys, some music business and music history references, chase scenes, shoot up the joint. I recommend for someone looking for exciting read!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
adele n
This is a great story with compelling and interesting characters, and ton of historical and geographical tidbits. I hat to make comparisons, but this is reminiscent of n Elmore Leonard tale. Like many good stories,the bad guys are as interesting as the good guys. A great read. I am looking forward to the next entry in the series. Outstanding!
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
anita kempf
I've reviewed other books and basically my point is I don't really read much so finding a book that interests me is sometimes difficult. I just got done reading Getting Dunn and enjoyed that book, it was full of action and suspense, great read keeping you interested. Then I flipped over to the Blues Highway Blues and it is a much slower pace, longer book. Blues Highway Blue is still written well, in a style where you can really picture what is going on but I found parts of the book to be slower then I liked and at times found it hard to continue on. Overall the story was good, I enjoyed it but for me the pace just wasn't what I like. One could argue a book with "Blues" in the title really isn't going to be high energy, fast pace. And I've read other slower paced books like The Walk [Deckle Edge] 1st (first) edition Text Only and really enjoyed those far more then I liked Blues Highway Blues.

If you want a slower paced book, with a decent story line. Want to have one of those books you can pick up and put down at any time without having a feeling you are missing something then this book might be for you. It's a good casual book when you've read all your other books.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
jessica cave
I admit that the reason that I picked up this book is because of the title. I grew up in the area of US61 and have driven both ways on it for years. I am very familiar with the musical heritage there. For that reason, I was sort of disappointed when the plot of the story started in Las Vegas, NV, then moved on the Malibu, CA. What has all of that to do with real, heart-felt music?
I soon got over the disappointment when I got into the story. Of course there had to be some action in any modern novel, and this had a lot of action. Drug cartels, Russian Mafia, crooked (or incompetent) law enforcement officers provided a lot of violence, car chases, vicious fights and all of the normal "made for movie" type books.
This book also has a lot about music also. It is a light history of American music from Delta Blues, Hip-hop, rock and roll to punk. This is all woven into a heart-stopping violent form of a scavenger hunt. Want to know more about this? Read the book because I am incapable of going further in describing the book without ruining the adventure of reading it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
roy deaver
This book is a Pulp Fiction type adventure all wrapped around the story of the origin of the blues. Price manages to weave a tale of persuit across the deep south with fascinating nuggets of the roots of the American blues. Although the book is set in modern day, it takes a look back at important events of music such as Robert Johnson leaving Mississippi. There's even a Morgan Freeman type character that comes in and out as the "guardian angel" like figure. You don't have to be a fan of the blues to appreciate the book but if you are, it helps make the story that much richer.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
heather miller
Interesting plot line, pretty decent characters and the reader does feel "there" as the author takes us through this tale. However, there's nothing worse than a book that has blocks of SLOW pages and I found that here. Sometimes a story slows down in a natural way for a few pages, and its fine - it might even add to the overall quality. However, other books, and I'd include this one, meander for too many consecutive pages and it drags down the story line. In my opinion, this was unnecessary. Others might not find this to be the case. Regardless, it is a book worth reading, just don't expect too much from it.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
kim couch
The mystery story was ok, but I purchased the book because I'm interested in the Mississippi Delta and thought the story would be rooted in local culture. I was disappointed because it didn't sound as if Mr. Price had spent much time there. He failed to provide much (accurate) geographic background for the Blues Highway in Mississippi.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
I figured out the "twist" about 1/2 way through, but still an entertaining, easy read. I would read more in the series.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
elaine ho
I really liked the idea of a book being influenced by music, helping to drive the plot. I especially like that there is a companion album to go along with the book. But concept aside, this book failed to hook me as much as a thriller should. Parts of it just felt too familiar, like I had read them in other stories. So, cool concept, messy execution.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
This was one of those books which, though lengthy (402 pages), held my interest. I thought the language was a bit too much with an average of 2-3 bad words on nearly every page and the violence goes into too much detail (I can do without every single detail of how Rabidoso killed this person or pet). I found the journey Daniel Erickson is forced to take pretty intriguing with mobster Mr. P's henchmen- big man "Moog" and crazy small Rabidoso. Daniel allegedly owes Mr. P a fortune and when he opens his safe, he finds it empty except for a gun and a mysterious CD. On it is a clue saying his money may be in Mississippi. Then in Mississippi, he finds another clue to head for Memphis, then Nashville, then Chicago and various other musical cities in the USA. All in all, not a bad story and I liked the way music was a big part of the story. Eyre Price shows his love and knowledge for both music and traveling with the story including a lot of both, which is what I enjoyed most about Blues Highway Blues.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
alison alisoncanread
I don't know about the claim that the book is darkly comedic, except only in a very dark way, but I can see how it could be adapted for the screen in such a way, especially since the story does lend itself to movie adaption. The story, a crime thriller, goes on a path which incorporates much music, a tracing of the blues, which fits the story as itself is kind of a metaphor for a blues song. That said, I really like the book. It combines suspense and an interesting assortment of characters, though I would prefer it not have the gory bits of violence it contains, even though I do see how it does fit the story.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
I suppose this book would be better if the climax wasn't predictable right from the start. It was a good idea themewise but not that well executed. If you're looking for a beach read where you don't have to think, it's ok. Otherwise predictable and lacking substance.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
If you like blues and a male oriented tough guy kind of book, this is fun reading. Nice review of the origins of American music
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
karan rajpal
Thanks for the update and for the record I have a good feeling about this one is a little more than I can say is that I have to go to the store and get some rest and
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
michele mckeown
Great Series, fun read
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
A refreshingly different take on the thriller genre with lots of rock and roll musical history. Likeable, relatable characters (even the evil ones!). Decent narration. Can't wait to read the next 2 in the trilogy!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
This was not my usual style of book and I was surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did. The plot is interesting and that is why I hung in there. The violence was a bit more than I would usually tolerate. Good character development.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
jed john edwards
A good read. Blend of music history and thriller. I learned something and was well entertained. I enjoyed this story.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
oh you
Different story line and background vibe. Liked the pace and the haunting nature of the trip from blues to rock
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
scott carnaghi
Love this classic "quest" plot about American music. Like a cross between Least Heat Moon's Blue Highways and something by James Lee I know what I'm getting my old band mates for Christmas.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Good book with a very weird and different plot line. I still don't know if there was any plot line though.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
j v stanley
Interesting, keeps you wanting to read more. Good ending, leaves room for a sequel. Would recommend this book in audio for a long drive
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
shannon white
Started slow, then became quite entertaining when the characters came into focus. As a Blues guy, I have traveled that route.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
mar a luisa
Can't review a book that has missing and out of sequence pages. Where is of22? 5 more words for what? Get the book fixed!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I enjoyed this book so much that I read it in a single sitting! it was a quite a compelling story, and it was very well told. I highly recommend it even for folks like me who don't typically read crime dramas.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jenn walker
Excellent story full of very interesting things about American music. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
katrina helgason
I enjoyed it. It was fun and had a great cast of colorful characters. A musical odyssey from start to finish.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
natalia merk
Truly a fun and suspenseful romp, with a soupçon, of the supernatural, from the first dangling moment to the rock and roll finish. I'm looking forward to his other books.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
So so. It would have been better without the ghost. But not bad for a beginner. Better luck next time
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
megyn blanchard
Not only a good thriller, but also a great music history teaser!
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
tracey bianchi
Loved the music history. Geography evoked many personal memories. Characters became pretty tedious by end of book. Would interested in soundtrack.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This is the first book he wrote & he keeps you wanting more. It's a great storyline that keeps your interest going from page one to the end.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sue ellen
Loved this story. Couldn't put it down. Enjoyed it from beginning to end. Action, suspense, even music history. A different approach that made for an entertaining read. Recommended!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
A good read. A musical performance of America music.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
I had several problems with Eyre Price's "Blues Highway Blues." First, the writing is stilted in places, overly embellished in others, and poorly paced in sections. Price tends to tell too much, cramming in details that should have been clear from context instead of narration. The story seems forced and plodding as a result.

Second, none of the major characters are likable, even his protagonist, and his trio of villains come across as flat, cartoonish foils. Many minor characters seem to exist merely to allow the writer to kill them off in some gruesome manner.

The plot is pretty straightforward, but the story does not sustain enough momentum. More often than not, I just snapped the book shut, either tiring of the off-the-charts gratuitous violence in some passages or the "wink-wink look what I know that you don't" attitude of the narration.

The premise is interesting and promising, but I just did not like very much about this novel and cannot in good faith recommend it.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
stacy golden
good but to much drama and terror for any one person
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kelly darby
Great book! Love the mix of music history and thriller.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
amy gowans
It was a refreshing change of pace from the other story lines I had been reading. But, then being a blues fan helped.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
melinda mills
Very intriguing.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Good suspense, thriller, lots of twist an turns. First time reading a novel by Eyre Price, I was familiar with some of locations. It as an enjoyable journey, never a dull moment. Good read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Great story of the blues history down route 66. Interesting history and some great stories along the way. Characters were exciting to hear
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
katie dee
I haven't read yet but seems interesting.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
linda clark
This story had everything... action, excitement, mystery, twisted hitmen a true thriller!! I felt like I was there with Daniel the entire time, feeling his every emotion through his journey. I would love to see this book turning into a movie in the future! Look forward to more books from Eyre Price.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kholoud mahmoud
It starts a little slowly, but picks up quite nicely. It was fun to read - quite the page turner.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This book starts out on fire, and just keeps going. I loved the walk through rock and roll history. I would highly recommend this book. Very entertaining.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sally epp
This is a very well written a researched book! As a first offering it's very readable and the plot holds attention!!! The other reviews may point out minor flaw but it's totally worth the read! Love the music authenticity!!! My five star is totally based on the entertainment value! I travel and it's a wonderful easy read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
guy haley
Excellent storyline filled with historical facts. Violence a little too graphic at times and most of the characters were believable.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
sarah severson
The story is totally implausible, Not only does the hero get rescued with Deus Ex Machina in every other chapter, he uses spirits of the old Blues Men to help with his escape from the clutches of the evil Russian crime boss who he owes a million bucks. I wouldn't recommend this to anybody other than a hard core history of rock and roll fanatic.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
adhi nugraha
An absolutely spell-binding book. Complete with danger, music, and love; Price has fit the trifecta in his debut novel. An absolute pleasure to read.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
carly mae
Thought not easily offended, the first 5-10 pages of this book had me feeling quite unhappy. The language is overt and unnecessary, yet must have been trying to distract the reader from a "beaten to death" onslaught of action and plot. It was so ridiculous that I returned the book within 30 minutes...maybe it should have been written as a parody!
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
dan jones
All but two of the five-star reviews came from individuals who have written only one review - oddly enough, this book.
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