Rock & Roll, Sex, and Fools

The Slow Fade to Black of Mr. Joe Kool Jack

Fiction - Humor/Comedy
279 Pages
Reviewed on 05/02/2014
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Author Biography

Book writing is a new arena for Paul Bibbins. He says though that by completing his first novel he developed an instant appreciation for the level of effort it takes to be an author.

About twelve years ago he started writing a hi-tech sci-fi thriller; but he says that he never got past the first chapter on that one—he didn’t have the fortitude at the time to go through with it. He says that he’ll probably revisit the sci-fi thriller idea in the near future.

It took Paul almost six years to complete his debut novel, Rock & Roll, Sex, and Fools …The Slow Fade to Black of Mr. Joe Kool Jack. Having to work a day job contributed to that length of time; as did the fact that he often concentrated more on his music and guitar playing than on the writing of his novel. At the beginning of 2013 he forced himself to get really serious about writing…and he was therefore able to get the novel finally finished.

Paul is somewhat a rock ‘n roll history buff; which played a significant role in why he chose to make Rock & Roll, Sex, and Fools be about a fictional guy who deviously twists great moments in documented rock history to create his own fictional history.

Paul currently works as a network engineer at a large university, and he is a longtime rock ‘n roll enthusiast. His favorite activities are, book reading, book writing, guitar playing, and song writing. His favorite book genres are science fiction (as in Ray Bradbury), crime drama mystery (as in Walter Mosley), and books about rock ‘n roll.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lorena Sanqui for Readers' Favorite

Joe Kool Jack got kicked out of his parents’ home when he was 18 years old. Trying to get back on his feet, he decided to stay a while with his cousin in Memphis. To get there he would have to get a ride from someone; luckily he found a couple who was willing to give him one to his destination. Unfortunately for Joe, these two are criminals and he got unwillingly tangled in their unlawful activities. So he ran and he has been running for 11 years. In that time he has helped find and nurture some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Elvis Presley. Join Joe Kool Jack in his adventure of a lifetime in Rock & Roll, Sex, and Fools ... The Slow Fade to Black of Mr. Joe Kool Jack by Paul Bibbins.

Without the author’s comments at the end of every chapter, I would have believed everything that Joe said. Maybe because Joe believed in his story he was convincing as a storyteller; some stories were far-fetched but it was so funny that it didn't seem unbelievable while I was reading it. I enjoyed Paul Bibbins’ writing, his imagination is very vast, the whole of Joe’s journey was entertaining. It was amusing how everything was connected and how Joe was always in a mess. I also learned a lot about the history of music. I think some of Joe’s stories are even more interesting than what really happened in real life. The writing was exceptional and the characters are colorful. Never a dull moment in Joe’s life.