Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Rubber Soul

Friday, June 21, 2013

Book Review - Rubber Soul

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Rubber Soul

About the Book
Greg Kihn continues to pioneer the Rock and Roll thriller genre with his fifth novel, Rubber Soul, featuring The Beatles themselves. Part murder mystery, part coming-of-age story, and a 100% action-packed ride through Beatlemania, Greg Kihn got the idea for Rubber Soul based on his interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Patti Harrison, Yoko Ono and original Beatles drummer Pete Best. With historical details that are 100% accurate, Rubber Soul is a must for every Beatles aficionado. Premier Digital Publishing will release Rubber Soul in both trade paperback and digital formats on September 3, 2013.

Rubber Soul’s protagonist is Bobby Dingle, AKA Dust Bin Bob, who Greg states, was developed when, “I asked where the Beatles got their records, and their answers inspired the central character, Dust Bin Bob, and this novel.”

Dust Bin Bob runs a stall for his father’s second hand shop at Penny Lane Flea Market. He has an extensive collection of American R and B singles that he gets from Merchant Marines returning from America to Albert Dock in Liverpool. The action starts when he befriends four young lads from Liverpool by the names of John, Paul, George, and Ringo and becomes their lifelong friend, sharing the vinyl that will start a revolution. From then on, it’s a rocket ride from The Beatles earliest days in Liverpool to six shows a night in Hamburg to the Cavern Club to The Ed Sullivan Show and full-fledged Beatlemania. Along the way, Dust Bin Bob thwarts a plot by Ferdinand Marcos loyalists in 1966 to assassinate

The Beatles in Manila, Philippines, after they snub the Marcos family, blowing off a reception at the palace and narrowly avoiding an international incident. It could have happened. Download an excerpt of the first chapter FREE at and preorder Rubber Soul at
Greg Kihn

About Greg Kihn
After a lifetime of Rock and Roll, and decades on the road and almost 17-years behind the microphone as San Francisco Bay Area’s #1 Classic Rock FM Morning Man, no one else but Greg Kihn could have written this story.

NBC called Greg Kihn “Rock’s True Renaissance Man.” His career stretches from the dawn of punk and Indie Rock to the discos of the 80’s to the glory days of MTV. As a pioneering recording artist with the legendary Beserkley Records of the 1970’s and 1980’s with chart-topping songs and MTV videos for "Jeopardy" and "The Breakup Song (They Don't Write 'Em Like That)," Greg Kihn helped write the book on revolutionary west coast Rock and Roll. In the 90’s, Greg Kihn turned his attention to writing fiction and FM Radio.

He published four novels, a handful of short stories in various anthologies, and edited a compilation of original fiction by famous musicians. His first novel in 1997, Horror Show, was nominated for the prestigious Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel. Breaking into FM Radio in 1996, Greg is recognized as the longest reigning #1 Classic Rock Radio morning man in the San Francisco Bay Area, broadcasting on KFOX FM 102.1 San Francisco and 98.5 San Jose, until September 2012 when he was inducted into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame. The Greg’s 1983 single "Jeopardy" (above) became Beserkley Records’ biggest hit, peaking on the Billboard Charts at #2, (#1 on Billboard Dance and International Charts), achieving Gold sales status for Kihnspiracy (over 500,000 units sold), and mainstream recognition.

Greg Kihn Band, (represented by Paradise Artists - with his son Ry Kihn on lead guitar, will be performing in major markets throughout the USA in 2013.

My Take on the Book
This was the perfect story for this author to tell and you can tell in the reading of this story that the author lived through this era and was deeply rooted in the culture of the rock-n-roll scene. The book itself was well written and full of action, plot twists and more. The author does a great job at grabbing hold of you and reeling you into the story itself. You are transported back in time and through the authors' literary tools he paints a world of vivid color that allows you to see and experience the world around The Beatles in a way that you would not have expected. The book was well written and one that I would highly recommend to any fan of The Beatles or of Rock-n-Roll in general!

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