#BlogTour #Review – The Rise And Fall of The Miraculous Vespas by David F. Ross

The Rise And Fall of The Miraculous Vespas

by David F. Ross

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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Orenda Books; 2 edition (15 Feb. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1910633372
  • ISBN-13: 978-1910633373

Rock ‘n’ Roll doesn’t necessarily mean a band. It doesn’t mean a singer, and it doesn’t mean a lyric, really. It’s that question of trying to be immortal.                                                                                 Malcolm McLaren


The Rise and Fall of the Miraculous Vespas is the timeless story of the quest for such pop immortality. When a young Ayrshire band miraculously hits the big time with the smash hit record of 1984, international stardom beckons. That’s despite having a delusional teenage manager guided by malevolent voices… Can Max Mojo’s band of talented band of social misfits repeat their success and pay back an increasingly agitated cartel of local gangsters? Or will they have to kidnap Boy George and hope for the best? Features much loved characters from The Last Days of Disco, this is an absurdly funny, riotously ambitious and deeply human story of small-town rivalries, music, confused adolescence and, above all, hope, from one of Scotland’s finest new voices.

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About the Author

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David F. Ross was born in Glasgow in 1964, and he lived in various part of the city until the late ‘70s. He subsequently moved to Kilmarnock, where he has lived since. He was educated at James Hamilton Academy until being politely asked to leave.
 (Expulsion is such a harsh word, isn’t it?)
 Following a frankly ludicrous early foray into sporadic employment (Undertakers, Ice Cream Parlour, Tennis Groundsman, DJ … he’ll save these stories until he knows you better), David found himself at Glasgow School of Art, studying architecture.
In 1992, he graduated from the Mackintosh School of Architecture.

David’s most prized possession is a signed Joe Strummer LP, and The Last Days of Disco was his first novel, The Rise And Fall Of The Miraculous Vespas his second. He is currently working on the the third and final instalment The Man Who Loved Islands.



My Review

This is the second book in a trilogy .. I haven’t read the first, The Last Days of Disco but I truly don’t believe that reduced my enjoyment of this book. I am a sucker for the 80’s so anything that transports me back to what could be described as a happier time is instantly attractive.

This is set in Scotland so be prepared for the associated dialect, luckily I am familiar with it but if you are not allow longer to read and understand it! Totally quirky, brash, vulgar, humorous and nostalgic an awesome mixture for a story.
It revolves around a few families .. you may want to familiarise yourself with all the names in ‘The Principle Players’ list at the front, useful to refer back to until you slot each person into place. Basically we follow Max Mojo and his desire to form the teenage band The Miraculous Vespas. He struggles with his mental health and some sections are particularly poignant, however Max infuriated me and endeared himself to me in equal measures. Add in debt, violence, gangsters and dark gritty references .. you get the picture?!
The inclusion of Boy George (I used to adore him in his heyday) is a classic edition. The whole vibe is spot on, music, TV, food, films they all get mentioned and instantly spark recognition. I had totally forgotten the absolute hype of appearing on Top of the Pops. Almost innocent days of perfection before all the modern social media that is taken for granted so much these days. For all the wannabe musicians/band members this shows how tough the whole scene can be and the elation if the pinacle is reached.
Don’t expect pure, sickly sweet characters .. these are all hard and realistic of the area and the time. I really enjoyed it and will add the previous book to my wishlist in the hope of reading it before the next instalment. 
Thanks to the author and Karen at Orenda Books for the opportunity to read this in exchange for my honest opinion. stars-4-0._V192197091_

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