Reviewed by: BigAl
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Approximate word count: 70-75,000 words
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A native of New Jersey, Michael Scott Miller lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three kids. He “works with numbers by day in the business world” and with words at night. Miller’s work appeared previously in what is now called Philadelphia Weekly. He also reviewed music for the Wharton Journal. Miller shares most of his name with one of my favorite songwriters. (I know, this isn’t pertinent, but I like to get my plugs in when I can.)
For more, visit Miller’s blog.
Once a successful executive in the music industry, Bert Ingram’s life started a downhill slide that didn’t stop until he hit rock bottom. Now he’s looking for redemption. His plan, to make a comeback with a band made up of musicians as hungry and in need of redemption as Bert.
Ladies and Gentleman … is the adult version of a bunch of kids saying, “let’s start a band,” which sounds like an entertaining read to me for that reason alone. However, it is also (as this line stolen from the book puts it), “a lesson in persistence, perseverance, salesmanship, and faith.”
The main characters in this book are much different (which is where a fair portion of the story conflict comes from), but each needs “redemption” for different reasons. Even the wild card in the band needs something, although he doesn’t realize it, and what it is isn’t readily apparent. A fun, feel good story.
Only one bad word. That shouldn’t be a big deal, right?
No significant issues; however, the few there were included confusion about the last name of one minor character, using two different last names equally as often.
Rating: **** Four stars