Dead Superstar Bar, a review by Di

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Michael J Nohe

Books Go Social
October 6, 2022
243 pages


I’m not sure what I just read! It was part fantasy, part spiritual, part Twilight Zone-ish. None of these are normally part of my wheelhouse but something drew me to this book.

Two friends in Sarasota decide to open a bar in Sarasota Florida that is dedicated strictly to 1960s music by dead singers. They have a house band but one by one, the dead stars start appearing themselves and sing a set or two with the house band. It starts with George Harrison.

The author did copious research into 60s music. Most of the book is basically a playlist of music of the era with background information on the songs and artists. Much of it was very interesting, though I remained confused while reading it.

It’s not a long book but it starts to become repetitive as it progressed. I skimmed a few of the parts.

A huge twist came at the end, one I was not expecting. It was a surprise. To me, it was a nice surprise.

Kudos to the author. Research is intensive work, but presenting facts is relatively easy. But, to have the imagination to twist the story at the end is wonderful. I have no idea how realistic it is, but it gave me a hopeful, warm and fuzzy feeling.

I have deducted one star because I found the repetitive list of facts a bit monotonous. But the premise of the book, the characters, and most of the execution is well worth four stars!

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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