18 September 2018

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Bollywood Invasion: A Novel by Ricardo Alexanders

Blasphemy or Fun Journey: Lennon met with Chapman weeks before his murder…

Bollywood Invasion - Book Cover
Bollywood Invasion - Book Cover
Readers who love the music of the Beatles and time-travel novels won't want to miss Bollywood Invasion by Ricardo Alexanders.  
Inspired by a tribute band playing the Beatles' songs with traditional Indian instruments, this clever new release hits the mark for romance, comedy, and suspense. However, readers will have to decide whether it is a blasphemy to the greatest band in the world or a fun Rock-n-Roll journey in an alternate universe.   
Sixteen-year-old John Palmieri is living an average life in modern-day Brooklyn until one day when he wakes up as the prince of a royal family in India, thirty-five years before he was born. Suddenly, he finds himself with riches and power beyond his wildest fantasies. Brooklyn is readily forgotten. Life becomes a constant stream of debauchery, coming to a stand-still only when he meets "the one." However, love doesn't come easy. He must become a better man, a pursuit ignited by his memories of Beatles songs on his iPod…
With a plot that moves unexpectedly, and popular Beatles songs beautifully integrated with the story development, readers will be engrossed in a new reading experience along the way. 
This enlivening read will take readers on a journey from Brooklyn to India, then England, and finally back to New York City, where everything started.
"An imaginative…rock 'n' roll fantasy." – Kirkus Reviews
"An engrossing saga that excels in unexpected turns of plot." – Midwest Book Review

The Trailer:
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Kirkus Review:
(Via Kirkus Reviews)
"Alexanders (The Last Resistance: Dragon Tomb, 2017) tells the story of a teenager who wakes up in an alternate universe and becomes a rock star in this YA novel.

Sixteen-year-old American John Palmieri feels invisible at his Brooklyn, New York, high school—well, except when he’s getting bullied. Then he gets hit by a bus and is suddenly magically transported to 1958 India, where he’s doted upon by servants who call him “Raj Babu.” After getting over the initial shock, he realizes he isn’t too upset about the change of scenery: “Walking onto the balcony, John saw a swimming pool, a tennis court, and a fleet of vintage cars neatly parked to the side of the lawn….By now, he knew his life in Brooklyn was not coming back, yet he felt no real sadness.” At first, “Raj” is happy to smoke weed, have sex, and make predictions about the future, soon earning the affectionate nickname “Babaji” from friends and admirers. When this gets boring, Raj decides to start a band. They’re called the Beetos and play songs with names like “Yesterday” and “Can’t Buy Me Love,” which “Raj” claims to have written. He forsakes his arranged marriage to pursue the girl of his dreams, then sets out to conquer the world while emulating John Lennon (who, of course, no one in this world has yet heard of). Things go pretty great for a time, but then Raj starts to run into some of the same problems that the real Lennon encountered—and others that he never had to contend with. Alexanders’ prose is smooth, although his attempts to render the Indian accent come off as more than a little clumsy: “John attempted an Indian accent this time. ‘I’am taa’king like I aa’lways do,’ he said, shaking his head like a bobblehead.” The overall concept is certainly promising, and the author delivers some details that Beatles fans are likely to appreciate. He also makes a number of surprising, if not always satisfying, decisions regarding the plot; the ending, for instance, essentially negates all that’s come before it.

An imaginative, if rather shallow, rock ‘n’ roll fantasy."
About the Author:
Ricardo Alexanders is a descendant of the Great Yyu and lives in Massachusetts. He enjoys music, history, and experiencing all kinds of cultures around the world. After obtaining his doctorate in science, he became fascinated with time-travel. 

As an aspiring writer, he loves to write time-travel stories that blend fantasy, science, and real history together.
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