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Paperback Details
  • 09/2018
  • 0692172319
  • 276 pages
  • $11.99
Ebook Details
  • 09/2018
  • 0692172319 B07HL9B6S8
  • 241 pages
  • $0.99
Raised on Rock
Thomas Drago, Author
Music inspires. Defines who we are. Taps and unlocks the essence of what makes us human. Restless in small-town North Carolina, Dante Rose breathes rock and roll. Has done so since the early days. Since forming his garage band in high school. The band now broken and apart. The one he fights to put back together. His devoted wife Penny, supporting every career move, hopes Dante can make something big happen for them. Something real. But she harbors a secret. The sacrifice she made when they were young. The choice almost nobody knew about. Not even Dante. Lead guitarist Joe Mars knew. And now he’s the only thing standing in Dante’s way.
Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 10 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 9.50 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: The plot here is, unfortunately, an emotionally downhill ride from beginning to end. Nevertheless, readers will become invested in Dante, who is basically a "good guy" archetype who loves his wife. Overall, the storyline is strong, if disheartening, but where it falls short is with the subplots. 

Prose: Drago is a talented writer who uses language discerningly and does a great job with composing dialogue, perfectly matching it to his characters and their distinctive personalities.

Originality: A has-been rocker struggling to survive is not your average subject matter, and readers will delight in this emotional roller coaster ride. Drago creates a unique setting populated with distinct and original characters that transport the reader into a whole new world.

Character Development: The author does a superb job with characterization. Dante is more than a stereotypical former rocker who gets drunk, picks fights, and writes songs, although he does engage in all of those activities. He's also a multifaceted and compassionate man who cares deeply about his wife. Ancillary characters, particularly Clark, are also well-defined.

Date Submitted: August 15, 2018

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 09/2018
  • 0692172319
  • 276 pages
  • $11.99
Ebook Details
  • 09/2018
  • 0692172319 B07HL9B6S8
  • 241 pages
  • $0.99

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