A St. Louis native, I write exclusively about the Gateway City. I prefer the style of fiction deemed transgressive fiction. That is my stories protagonists generally find a solution to their problems through either illicit or illegal means. I personally prefer stories told through a criminal's point-of-view. It is never the crime that fascinates me so much as the motivation to do it and the terrible, almost predictable outcomes to such actions. Just as I have an expectation of writing to be read I believe that it is as important, if not more so, that you as a reader should have the expectation of being entertained as you read. Anything less is such a disappointment.
Adam Wolf and the Cook Brothers (A Tale of Sex, Drugs, and Rock&Roll)
Ever dreamed of joining a rock band, getting rich, getting famous, and seeing the world through a private jet plane’s window?
Ladies and Gentleman: Adam Wolf and the Cook Brothers – A Tale of Sex, Drugs, and Rock&Roll is your personal invitation to tune in, turn on, and drop out as you ride the tour bus through the night and into the next town with Paul, Ronnie, Adam and Mark.
Paul is old school rock ‘n’ roll but he knows a hit song when he hears one. When he gets a demo from a St. Louis metal band, he is not impressed until he hears a track unlike all the others. He may have to make a deal with the devil to find the kid for his last chance ticket to rock glory.
Ronnie is a brutal, delusional alcoholic and prescription fiend. In spite of his amazing technical guitar style, he has no talent. He can never be an original like Adam. For vengeance, Ronnie will follow a dark path of violence and destruction to the bitter end.
Adam is a musical prodigy. He simply hears music in his mind while the notes naturally come through his guitar. Young and utterly naïve, music will change his life but his regret is a wound that will never heal.
Mark couldn’t play a piano if it had only one key, but he doesn’t need to. Unlike Ronnie and Adam, Mark is hoping he can find the balance between his brothers though a musical bridge connecting them all forever.
Paul, Ronnie, Adam, and Mark all have one thing in common – they would rather die than give up on their rock ‘n’ roll dreams. Walking down this wicked, twisted road each man will realize one important thing – this music can save them all.
Ladies and Gentlemen: Adam Wolf and the Cook Brothers – A Tale of Sex, Drugs, and Rock&Roll will leave your ears ringing long after you’ve read it for the first time!
What people are saying...
"If possible, I would gladly hang 10-stars on this novel! This is one gripping, deep, and descriptive novel. Schwartz works the same magic with his pen as young Adam Wolf with his guitar. After finishing this novel last night, there are many, many complimentary comments swirling inside my head, but maybe less is best...so, for those of you who enjoy compelling stories about real life, family, struggles, love, disappointment, and a few victories with a sprinkle of spiritual...then 'please' read this novel. I promise, you'll not be sorry.
Schwartz is blessed with an excellent talent to spin a story using music as the vehicle to touch your heart, evoke your emotions, and leave you believing that you personally 'know' Paul, Ronnie, Mark, Adam, Holly,and several others. Amazing!
Skillfully, Schwartz utilizes a POV switch with his main characters, giving the reader a 'complete view', from their standpoint...this technique is very beneficial, and Schwartz pulls it off as smoothly as silk sliding on glass.
The dialogue, pace, descriptions, and his similes are awesome and well done, not too much, just right. And the ending...well...this grown man swiped tears for a while.
I hope you are fortunate enough to meet: Adam Wolf and the Cook Brothers. "Thank you, Joe, for this 'top-shelf' read that I won't forget for a very long time. Keep writin' and smilin'..."