Wish You Were Here, Badfinger

A Rock Fantasy

Fiction - Fantasy - Epic
354 Pages
Reviewed on 07/24/2018
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Wish You Were Here, Badfinger: A Rock Fantasy is a whimsical speculative novel by author Joyce Isaacson. Set predominantly in the afterlife, our central character is the ne’er-do-well Tommy Evans, who has recently passed on to the Pearly Gates. Tommy’s band, the epic Badfinger, lost one of its members too early, and Tommy was haunted by depression for years before he moved on into the afterlife. Now Tommy, genuinely surprised, finds himself in Heaven with the chance to reunite with Pete Ham, his lost lead singer, but the journey’s not as easy as it seems. Tommy must travel through the strata of the afterlife, encountering a veritable feast of rock royalty along the way, to find the solace that he couldn’t when he was alive on Earth.

Although Wish You Were Here, Badfinger: A Rock Fantasy is titled as a fantasy genre novel, I found it far more speculative in nature, and it’s certainly a heartfelt drama about self-discovery and the bonds we have with others. I enjoyed the unusual premise and the allusions to Dante’s journey, and whilst the cameos from real-life rock stars of a bygone time were fun, they did sometimes make the plot a little woolly. That being said, author Joyce Isaacson writes with simplistic beauty that lifts her characters off the page, and Tommy is a really relatable hero with a great deal of soul and emotion poured in. If you’re looking for a redeeming, positive drama with lots of quirky fun, give Wish You Were Here, Badfinger a read.

Donna Thompson

Joyce Issacson is a true visionary in her way of honoring the past and people who still impact us to this day.
Thank you Joyce!


Excellent story really draws you in. Looking forward to the next book!

Irma Atlas

Still reading this book. So far I really like it. For me, it's a fun book. I love rock music, and it's interesting to see a different take on heaven. It's just plain fun and enjoyable for me.

Michael Maris

WISH YOU WERE HERE Badfinger A Rock Fantasy, by Joyce Sharon Isaacson, is a well written touching story with a unique blend of fantasy, the paranormal and unforgettable exploration of the power of love and the monumental questions of life, death, and the afterlife. It awakens a sense of the mystery of the afterlife in heaven and the supernatural in readers where the lead character in this journey, former “Badfinger” rock star Tommy Evans,travels through the various levels of heaven in search of his band member and close friend Pete Ham. Both had died 8 years apart andare pulled toward each other in a magnetic kind of way aided by a guardian angel and other famous souls like Jim Morrison,Gilda Radner, Keith Moon, Andy Kauffman, Lucile Ball and many more he encounters along the way while avoiding Demons on his desperate search to reunite. It becomes a powerful journey of emotional discovery and a test of belief in his anxious search. Artfully and skillfully written with warmth, an intricate plot and sophisticated characters written with depth, richness and sensitivity, It will keep readers spellbound as they read on and evident from the creative writing that one has the gift of sustaining the reader’s interest throughout this story written with lively dialogues and vivid descriptions.

WISH YOU WERE HERE Badfinger A rock Fantasy is one of those books that readers will find hard to put down. It's a real pageturner that gives you an unbelievable almost realistic look at what the afterlife in heaven could be like. It's not your regular paranormal story and I can see the probability of more episodes, a possible movie or an interesting series may be on the way in the future !!!

Michael Maris


Extra marks for originality! I love it when an artist does something different. Something that I don't feel like I've seen or heard many times before. Joyce has come up with a story just like that. A story full of adventures; with many familiar faces along the way. A book I can keep with me and pick up whenever I have a few minutes and know I'm in for a treat.