Conceived in the backseat of a car on the day Buddy Holly died, Oliver Vale turns on the TV one day to find Buddy Holly on every channel, and soon he is on the run from a pursuing mob of religious fanatics.
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A ruckus race of rock and roll revival
This has been my favorite book of all time from the first time I read it back in 1994 and I haven't gone wrong with a Bradley Denton novel. His fun style is hard to put down after you start and this is his best work (well, Blackburn is just as good.)
I love the back and forth of the story between Oliver's mother's diary, the different characters telling the story from their points of views, the larger-than-life circumstances and "chance" meetups that keep building until the climax explodes into existence with great satisfaction.
Oliver Vale is so real, so humble and unassuming that you can't help but fall in love with him. Ringo, to me, is the most powerful character in this story. Yes, Ringo. The dog. He has a narrative part too.
Yes, yes, yes. In fact, I may listen to it a second time right now that I finished it the first time.
Did you write the book of love
And do you have faith in God above
If the Bible tells you so?
Now do you believe in rock and roll?
Can music save your mortal soul?
And can you teach me how to dance real slow?
- Tony E.
Hilarious and Rock & Roll
- Tina Coleman