Review of ‘Drive-By Shouting’

I must mention right off the bat that the publisher was kind enough to give me a free copy for review via Netgalley.

All-round nice guy Gram Kane is down on his luck. A once-promising musician, he let his integrity get in the way of success.

Not that he’s complaining, of course. Even as he’s working for pennies and slim pickings, Matt Man is ruefully happy.

But his erstwhile friend Matt Mann has gone on to become a massive success, and Gram knows all the skeletons in his past.

Matt continues to trample over his friend until one day, Gram has had enough.
This is a simple tale of friendship, betrayal, revenge, hope and dreams.

Mark Chase does an admirable job in keeping the story moving forward.

All the characters, even the so-called negative characters, are wonderfully realized. There are no unsympathetic characters here.

Sure, every character has his or her flaw, even the protagonist, Gram Kane.

But Chase does a superb job of fully fleshing out his characters, a touch so deft you end up feeling for every single character.

Not once during this book did I feel like the story was stretched too thin.

The ending is also very well realized.

Highly recommended, a solid 4.5/5.

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