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BANDWAGON, the showbiz thriller — REVIEWS (at 21 July 2020)

I dare you to put this down
Can’t remember when I last devoured a book at such pace. If I had to go anywhere in the house or garden during this particular lockdown day, Bandwagon came with me. I couldn’t let it out of my sight, feeling such a responsibility for the safety and welfare of the good guys and girls, and such fear and contempt for the bad guys. And believe me, they are really bad! In his debut novel Richard Cobourne shows us behind the scenes in the production of a very high profile touring show. That would be fascinating enough, but he manages to collide with global criminals, people smuggling, kidnapping, blackmail and murder. The twists and turns come thick and fast.

Hard to put down!
A great read, fast paced and very current. Good twists and turns but with no detail left out. Very easy to read style. Hard to believe it’s a first book, more like one from a seasoned best-selling author.

A gripping show business thriller
This accomplished novel is compelling and I recommend it highly. An investigative journalist explores the murky side of showbiz in a fast-paced novel that is well-informed, explores topical global crime issues, is gripping and tense, whilst managing to throw in much wit and good humour as well as romance. Get onto (the) Bandwagon!

Read it in a day! Gripping!
Great book, very well written with plenty of knowledge of the subject matter. Lots of interesting places, scenes and detail. Very hard to put down!

A real page turner. Enjoyed every minute of it
The main characters of Danny and Daisy felt like real people, I loved the interaction between them – and the story couldn’t be more current. It also felt like a good inside look at how these big events by touring artists are actually staged and their relationship with the all-important press. I liked all the twists and turns and enjoyed the references to many of the clubs and venues in London. Enjoyable crime thriller with a really human touch and I’m hoping Danny and Daisy have more adventures to come. Really perfect holiday read.

Gripping page turner
A great (and authoritative) read – and bang up to date.

4* NetGalley
From the off I knew I was going to enjoy this book
A great debut novel about the music industry and the ‘circus’ surrounding it. From the off, I knew I was going to enjoy this book. It does flip backwards and forwards to explain the back story… All these stories are essential for the novel to coalesce and they segue seamlessly without detracting from the pace of the novel. It’s a fast-paced book, without feeling rushed and the ending left me wanting more – I let out an audible aargh as I read the final words of the final chapter! The links that the writer so obviously has to this world are used to great effect and adds to the authenticity of the whole thing. All in all, a very enjoyable debut novel and I was glad to see that Daisy and Danny are set to return – I will be watching for that.

Absolutely loved it
– Started and finished Band Wagon in the week and absolutely loved it. You’ve done such a fantastic job – I can’t believe this is your debut novel. I really connected with your style – especially the intricate attention to detail that so many people gloss over, forgetting that it’s often the small details which help to very powerfully build the world the characters are inhabiting in the reader’s mind. Your extensive research and connections with the industry paid dividends – lending the work an authenticity and helping to ground the fiction in a real-world sense.

4* NetGalley / Kobo
Mystery/Back Stage of a Rock Concert: Yes, Please
What a fun read, full of interesting characters and some details on the work that takes place behind the scenes of a rock concert tour. The book moves at a quick pace which is accomplished in part by the short chapters and the short sentence structure that help the reader increase their reading speed. The intrigue pulls the reader along without relying on unnecessary cliff-hangers and tension to maintain interest in the book. It is easy to read, and the writing encourages the reader to read ‘just one more chapter’ before putting the book down. Overall, it is an interesting, well written action thriller. It is easy for the reader to see the places as well as experience the action, which increases the enjoyment of the book. The descriptions of the characters are more detailed in terms of emotions and behaviours than specific appearances, allowing the reader to create their own image of the various people in the book.

3* (USA)
International Intrigue with a Rock’n’Roll Backdrop
Bandwagon takes you behind the scenes of the music industry as the Martha Movin’ Out tour heads into its final week of rehearsals with lots of logistics, lingo and a little name dropping. But the book moves into thriller territory when Martha herself disappears and several shady characters enter stage left. Danny returns to his investigative reporter roots, and with the help of Daisy, the show’s PR manager, begins digging into real story behind Martha’s disappearance and the Movin’ Out tour. Is Martha in danger or is she just in over her head? Danny and Daisy are on the case. If you like international thrillers, you’ll find plenty of intrigue in this book with a Casablanca connection that runs to the UK and back. With the kind of money that goes into putting on a concert tour of this magnitude, it’s easy to see where people might be persuaded to do things they might not normally do just to pay the bills. If … you like international thrillers, give Bandwagon a try.

Fun thriller set convincingly in the world of showbiz
– This is a great fun read, full of lots of well-informed detail about the world of showbiz, clearly written by an insider. The star goes missing, can the show go on? Investigative journalist turned celebrity radio reporter Danny Owen is a likeable and believable lead character, who soon finds himself drawing on his old skills as he struggles to find the star and save the tour, along with the star’s PR Daisy DeVilliers. The villains the pair encounter are nastily realistic and keep the suspense ticking over nicely until the last page. Danny likes his smart London clubs and his food and is all the more appealing for that.

A look at the murkier side of show business
A great read, romping along through London, Wales and Europe, giving so much detail that I imagined I was right there with Danny, Daisy and the other characters. A world of the music business, radio, TV and the high life, all expertly portrayed in a good story… really enjoyed it, and I’m looking forward to the follow up!

Like good food, you want to come back for seconds! More Please!
A very enjoyable fast paced read, you will not want to put it down! The technical detail, on The Entertainment Industry is spot on. Having worked in ‘the game’ for some time I understand the pressures. Very well portrayed, and current in its storytelling. Fully recommended and well worth a read.

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