4 out of 5 stars
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To help the starving children in Ethiopia, Geldof thought to have the proceeds from an original song donated to charity. Little did he know he was setting the stage for the biggest musical concert ever, the Live Aid Concert. Meanwhile, Mark left his town, Archer City, for the Live Aid concert. As an ardent fan of Led Zeppelin, it was his last opportunity to witness the legend play on stage. He helps out two hitchhikers, Sheila and Dena, caught in a heavy downpour, and his life changes in tremendous ways. In The Longest Road by Rad Crews, all it may take is one concert for your life to change.
There are so many enjoyable features about this book. This book was exceptionally well edited. I could not find any grammatical errors in the book. The author expertly described the landscape, scenes, and actions that went on in the book. The description of the landscape, particularly in Chapter Four and some other places in the book, is extremely remarkable. It creates clear images in the minds of readers.
The book is all-encompassing and definitely full of surprises. Starting out the book, I expected a story about musical concerts, charities, and rock and roll. Gradually, the scenery inculcates romance, action, and thriller while addressing political, religious, and social issues. Most countries treat the issue of immigration with hostility. Through the struggle and success of O'Reilly's as well as John's family, Sheila plans to raise awareness about the positive effects of immigration. On his road trip to the Live Aid Concert, Mark meets the love of his life. He experiences life in its brightest colors for a short while before it is violently snatched by a life-altering accident. Mark is separated from his love. Who would have seen that coming? Would Mark ever reunite with his love?
Though very much fictional, the author made efforts to add a touch of reality or authenticity. Rad even included popular musical legend Michael Jackson in his writings as a character. However, I disliked the structure of the beginning chapters of the book. At first, I felt the story was disjointed and all over the place, with a lot of subplots. It took the author time to show the common thread underlying the plot. Though it may be an effort by the author to elaborate, I did not appreciate the author delving into the stories of characters who are tangential to the story's plot.
I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars after taking into consideration the flaws mentioned above. I recommend it to anyone who is a huge fan of music or bands, especially rock and roll. I would also recommend it to lovers of romance fiction.
The Longest Road
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