BLUES BOOZE and the BOMB
TEARS OF GLASS Kindle Edition
by DAVID LAKE (Author)
5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
New on Kindle
A failed quarterback, failed husband and failed human being, finds redemption through the music of a failed songwriter.
This darkly humorous thriller is based on real events, including the ‚ Accidental ‚ deaths of twenty two UK scientists all working on US missile systems.
Morgan, a drinking, smoking, womaniser, is drawn to the iconic music of the seventies – Dylan, Carole King, Neil Young, Led Zep – but when he acquires a rejected demo tape by a bluesy pianist, his friends start to meet with bizarre, ‚ Accidental ‚ deaths. It eventually dawns that HE is the target . Running to the Californian desert, picking up the inevitable girl en-route, he has no idea that he has stumbled. literally, upon the biggest conspiracy the Intelligence Services have tried to hide since The Wall came down.
An imminent Nuclear Armageddon.
The contrast between those who rule our lives and those who try to live by the rules, is brought into sharp focus through a collection of disparate characters, all having their own agenda. The underlying darkness of the message is almost totally masked by the nature of the ‚ Ripping Yarn.‘ The reader rides a wave of action, humour, pathos, passion, violence and even enlightenment.
‚Easy Rider meets Dr. Strangelove ‚ – BBC Radio, sums up the narrative neatly and ‚ The Pioneering Paranoia California Thriller ‚ – Sunday Times, together with ‚ Three parts Big Sleep, Two parts Wilt – The Independent, hint at the manic undertones.
‚ Lake’s Timeless Masterpiece‘ – Hush Hush Biz. Arts and Entertainment News
‚An exciting Mystery- Thriller, but with a lyrical quality, even in the midst of mayhem ‚- BBC Radio.
The whole is driven by THE MUSIC
‚ The World’s First Interactive Book ‚ – Publishing News. The book contains a link to fourteen tracks by Bafta winning songwriter Paul Millns and these form an integral part of the narrative. The link can be used independently of the device on which the book is read so there is no problem accessing the music.
The book evokes vivid visual images and along with the music, provides an almost Cinematic experience.
‚ I WANT TO MAKE THIS MOVIE ! ‚ – Irvin Kershner Director – Star Wars, Empire Strike Back
‚ A wonderful, scintillating package, in which words and music speak to the heart and mind about the importance of truth and of love and of honesty ‚ – BBC TV , The Slate/ Late Show
More About the Author
› Visit Amazon’s David Lake Page
David Lake has a background in both Scientific research and the Music Industry. Both these elements are present in Tears Of Glass and are interwoven within the narrative.
He was the marketing manager for Virgin in the seventies and also contributed to the live music scene in the UK, promoting major artists including Vangelis at the Royal Albert Hall and Tangerine Dream at Coventry, Liverpool and Yorkminster Cathedrals.
Rock concerts in a Cathedral was a first for the UK and Tears of Glass is also a first.
‚The World’s First Interactive Book‘ – Publishing News. The eBook contains a link to blusey ballads by Paul Millns, a Bafta winning songwriter with covers by Elkie Brooks and Bonnie Tyler.
The music can be accessed, even though the reading device may not have this function.
The songs are an integral part of the narrative and are a device to draw the reader into the emotional situation of the main characters.
Lake has produced many music videos as well as a number of TV specials. A short cinematic piece went out with a Bond movie in the UK and the visual quality of Tears of Glass excited film directors such as Irvin Kershner, Star Wars – The Empire Strikes Back, to write
‚ I WANT TO MAKE THIS MOVIE ‚
A must for anyone’s collection.
THIS JUST HAS TO BE IN YOUR COLLECTION
TEARS OF GLASS
The World’s First Interactive Book
The Pioneering Paranoia Califonrnia Thriller
THE BOOK WITH THE SOUNDTRACK
You MUST read this. A first for the publishing industry and a project unique to the world of literature. When have a few bars of music come into your head and then memories flooded in after it ? This book combines the intense pleasures of reading and listening in a brilliant and seamless narrative, the original tracks enhancing the moods and direction of the plot.
The music can be played at the same time the characters hear it and you become drawn into their world -within the page, not just on it.
[ Some devices cannot play music and therefore it is now available on the website as well as from ebook links ]
The main character, Morgan, a directionless, shallow individual, finds redemption in the songs of a struggling songwriter and the love of a stranger on a train. But underscoring this road to self -discovery is a fast- moving chase and run thriller based on real events and the premise that the USA and Western Europe is about to face a nuclear armageddon.
This book works on many levels in addition to its unique literary concept.
Here is a small sample of the media reaction ;
‚ A wonderful, Scintilating, Package in which words and music speak to the heart and mind about the importance of truth and of love and of honesty.‘
BBC TV Arts
‚The Pioeering Paranoia California Thriller ‚
‚ Three parts BIG SLEEP to Two Parts WILT‘
BBC Morning Radio
‚ Easy Rider meets Dr Strangelove ‚
BBC Local Radio
‚Superb Singer/ Songwriter‘
‚ Like eating a particularly nice fruit and smelling it at the same time.‘
BBC TV Arts
‚ Lake’s Timeless Masterpiece ‚
Hush Hush Biz
‚ Deeply involved and impeccably phrased ‚
‚ Darkly humerous, but often lyrical, even in the midst of mayhem‘
BBC Local Radio
‚A seminal work of great importance‘
BBC TV Arts
‚ Full of characters that are almost Dickensian in their extremes . If the central premise is correct, I’m heading for the hills‘
Independent Local radio
‚The central character, Morgan, is a drinking. smoking, womanising, moron, but inside he’s a true romantic, almost a renaissence man. Can’t help liking him, but would never admit to it.‘
Independent Local radio
I WANT TO MAKE THIS MOVIE
Irvin Kershner, Director Star Wars – The Empire Strikes Back
Kershner felt that the two male and one female protagonists in Tears of Glass reflected his trio in the Star Wars series; Solo, Luke and Layla. Both sets are pitted against overwhelming Governmental forces and underpinning the narrative is the possibility of global anihillation.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
David Lake’s incarnations include Scientific Research and the Record Industry. Both influences are apparent in Tears of Glass as well as the fact that he seems to thrive on being the first in a number of fields.
Apart from the fact that Tears of Glass is the ‚World’s first interactive book, ‚ he was the first to produce Rock Concerts in English Cathedrals – Yorkminster, Liverpool and Coventry, Tony Palmer filming the latter for the BBC. He was the first to bring Vangelis to the UK and promnote him at the Royal Albert Hall and also Sparks played their first UK gig at one of his clubs.
He was also instrumental in resurrecting David Crosby’s career by bringing him to London from California and persuading him to perform live and solo for six shows.
He was the Marketing Manager for Virgin Records from Mike Oldfield to the Sex Pistols as well as having a small label of his own and a small Film and TV production company, which received a TV Bafta. The songwriter Paul Millns also has a Bafta for TV Film Music.
David Lake lives near London with his family, but has spent time in the US, Europe and Russia.
The idea for the book, the catalyst which sparked the decision to get down and write, was made up of a number of elements. My long term admiration for the music of Paul Millns, his voice, musicianship and the beautiful songs. He writes and performs from the heart and soul and if you have not yet experienced his work you are in for a treat.
He represents the hopes, fears and loves of the common man and his distaste for those who seek control over our lives.
The world changing events of the eighties were another factor. President Reagan’s drive for a ‚ Star Wars ‚ anti-missile shield was trumpeted in the media, but was never implemented. The Cold War ended and the Berlin Wall came down. Communism was defeated.
In the late eighties, twenty two British scientists all working on ‚Star Wars‘ related projects, met with fatal ‚ Accidents‘ and the Pentagon was worried. These events, together with a conversation overheard in Whitehall, started a fermentation process in my mind which I felt I had to work through. I found myself leaning on the songs of Paul for support and both he and his music ended up on the page.
This book is therefore a very personal journey and I was never sure where it would end up. The publisher liked the immediacy this created and minimal editing took place. Not sure this was a good idea, but I was happy to go along with this approach. I insisted that the recorded tracks were not necessarily the finished product and they mainly consist of Paul’s demos recorded on a small machine in his spare room!
Again, I hope the whole package retains this freshness of the moment and although I wince at some of the passages, there are one or two that I’m pleased with.
Method Writing !
I was interviewing and researching as I was writing, resulting in a growing awareness and unease at the picture being created. The final denouement was profoundly shocking and I hope those in power in the Western World will take steps to render safe, the situation the book exposes.
I’m being deliberately obtuse and therefore ungainly in trying not to reveal the ‚ Big Idea ‚ and I know reviewers to date have done the same. However, this puts me in a Catch 22 situation, in that the book is an expose of a conspiracy the CIA have had in place since the early eighties – BUT I can’t tell you what it is as I don’t want to spoil your journey.
Amazon feel this would make a great Audiobook as it reads almost like a Film treatment. They generally discourage background music or sound effects in their Audiobooks as people find it too distracting. However, in this case , they are excited about the way in which the music and lyrics are integrated into the narrative. The CIA even discover a message in the music. – The message is ALWAYS in the music.
So – we have another FIRST. The first Audiobook to feature a series of music tracks embedded in the storyline. Now you readers are the FIRST to know.
The Audiobook will be available at the end of the year