Today’s team review comes from Noelle, she blogs at http://saylingaway.wordpress.com
Noelle chose to read and review Dream On by Terry Tyler
Book Review: Dream On by Terry Tyler
I will admit at the outset I have enjoyed three other Terry Tyler books: The Last Child, Kings and Queens, Round and Round. So I was looking forward to reading Dream On. I found Dream On only slightly less compelling than the other books – it is a sobering look at the effect of one young man’s pursuit and dream of being in a commercially successful rock band on the people in his life. As Ms. Tyler describes the ups and downs of David Bentley’s life, she hints he will probably never be more than a minor musician in the rock world and as a result, his life will be unfulfilled. Or will it? As usual for her books, the characters, who are developed with richness and depth, stayed with me long after I finished the book – the hallmark of a great read.
Dave Bentley works at part time jobs, fully believing he is destined to be a rock star. Married to Janice, a kind, warm girlfriend who truly loves him and who is the mother of his small son, he has been dropped from his latest band gig. His ensuing depression and drinking has led Janice to throw him out of their home, and he is squatting with a friend when he has an epiphany – he’s a reincarnated Viking warrior! Propelled by his enthusiasm for a new, Viking named group he calls Thor, Dave gathers bandmates and they start playing gigs, hopefully leading to the big break. Just as the band is picking up steam, singer songwriter Ariel Swan, Dave’s true love, who had left him to have a career in London, returns. Dave can’t help himself and he resumes his relationship with Ariel, lying to Janice. When Ariel and her friend Melodie, low on talent but high in looks, decided to enter a TV talent completion, Dave and his bandmates in Thor decide to enter as well. This proves to be a fateful decision, which leads to big changes in the lives of all the competitors and not necessarily for the better.
Ms. Tyler captures the language and tempo of the time period and the retro bands, as well as the craziness of the rock world, and the highs and lows of the life of a musician. The characters are fully developed and the reader can’t help but care about them. Will Dave and Ariel stay together this time? What will happen to Janice? Will Thor and its disparate members become a hit band?
As usual with a Terry Tyler book, this is a good, smooth read that will keep you turning the pages!