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Tower Bridge

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Bringing the 80s British rock scene to vivid and intriguing life.

  • May 20, 2013
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British rock, evocative dialog, great characters and locations, and a tale that spans a generation—add them together and the result is Tower Bridge by Hannelore Moore.

From dressing rooms at the London Paladium, to the open moor of Glastonbury, to back street flats to old Victorian homes, all the scenes are vividly real, ready made for the movie. The colors of sunset, the liquid notes of a guitar enveloping the crowd, the fear of bombs exploding all over London—the reader’s transported to England in the 80s and all the senses are quickly and powerfully engaged.

Different characters tell their tales with voices each distinct and genuine, each with a viewpoint so clear the reader never struggles to remember who’s who. Perhaps it’s the music in the background that fuels the distinctive timbre in each of their voices. A musician loves to perform “because there’s no need whatsoever to connect with individuals—just the anonymous crowd.” Awkward conversations precede things falling apart when “the rhythm was off or something.” An unromantic lover observes a “scent of roses or something equally as pink.” A girl falls too far in love. And the audience cheers while the reader can see behind the scenes.

Drugs, sex and romance, music and folly, hope and despair all take the stage. A band grows to fame while lives fall apart. Longings are fulfilled then unfulfilled again. What-ifs all to soon become what-is, and time moves on. The character development is convincing and engaging. The storyline’s filled with genuine moments of unexpected joy and pathos. The love affairs of Stan with himself, with his wife, his music, and his child, all revolve and resolve, while the manager looks on, ever faithful to “my boys.”

“So different, each member of Ladbroke Grove, but together they formed a perfect synthesis.” Tower Bridge reads like a synthesis of their different sounds, rendered in words, in story, into something greater than any disagreement or song. It’s a long, enthralling novel, firmly anchored in place and people, and relentlessly moving forward through their window of time.

Disclosure: I won an ecopy of this novel. Lucky me!

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May 21, 2013
These must be great sounds.
 
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