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Author: Mark Dawson
ISBN13: 978-0333904503
Title: The Art of Falling Apart
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Language: English
Category: Action and Adventure
Publisher: Macmillan (April 20, 2001)
Pages: 352

The Art of Falling Apart by Mark Dawson

Mark Dawson was born in Lowestoft and grew up in Manchester and Chicago. He has worked as a lawyer and currently works in the London film industry. He is currently writing two series. Soho Noir is set in the West End of London between 1940 and 1970.

A story of greed, duplicity and death in the flamboyant, super-ego world of rock and roll. Dystopia have rocketed up the charts in Europe, so now it’s time to crack America. The opening concert in Las Vegas is a sell-out success - but secret envy and open animosity have begun to tear the group apart. Whether you are a vinyl junkie or you watch the pop world in fascinated horror, you will find The Art of Falling Apart as bewitching as the world it depicts. Other books in the Stand Alone series. I never anticipated enjoying this book so much! Fantastic. Definitely recommended for anyone interested in a little thrill. Phil G. Great read, really enjoyed this book.

Publisher: Pan Books. A story of greed, duplicity and death in the flamboyant, super-ego world of rock celebrities. Dystopia have rocketed up the charts in Europe, so now it’s time to crack the American market. The opening concert in Las Vegas is a huge success - but secret envy and open animosity have begun to tear the group apart.

Mark Dawson has worked as a lawyer and in the London film industry. He is currently writing three series. The John Milton series features a disgruntled assassin who aims to help people make amends for the things that he has done. The Beatrix Rose series features the headlong fight for justice of a wronged mother-who happens to be an assassin-against the six names on her Kill List. Soho Noir is set in the West End of London between 1940 and 1970

The Art of Falling Apart tells a seedy story rife with all the tawdriness we have come to expect from drug and alchohol affected rockers struggling for a foothold on the celebrity ladder. Replete with the psychotic stalker fan, this book tells the story of a bunch of likely lads and their so called minders who crash and burn in spectacular fashion. There are some that might say this is a stereotypical rendering of the rock and roll lifestyle but it does have some redeeming features. Mark Dawson's book is not for those who would see all redeemed in the closing pages. If you are one who doesn't like to read about drugs, addicts, dealers and filth, then don't read this. Nor would it suit those who believe that women should be respected rather than exploited. Its characters are damaged people about whom we might learn more than we care to know.

London, 1940: the Luftwaffe blitzes London every night for fifty-seven nights. Siobian Minish 'A first class historical mystery. Luke Walker 'This book is worth it for the arcane London slang alone. If want to get a feel for what it was like during the early part of WWII this will knock you out.

Mark Dawson is the author of several fiction and non-fiction titles, and has worked as a lawyer and in the London film industry. He is currently writing three series of books, including the John Milton books, which have made the USA Today and Audible bestseller lists. He currently lives in Wiltshire, ., with his wife and two children.

On another Art Of Falling Apart song, 'Numbers', the similarity was even starker, evincing all the brutal honesty of a jaded queen: "You're looking so thin these days are you doing speed? Have you seen your face, now you've really gone to seed. There was yet another film reference on 'Heat', 1941's Mamoulion-directed matador epic Blood And Sand. But just as Douglas Coupland acknowledged the literary clout of Morrissey's lyrics with his books, so did Mark Dawson with a book named after The Art Of Falling Apart. Appropriately enough it was a dystopic novel about the rockstar lifestyle. Like true children of art school and glam rock, Soft Cell mixed high and low like they mixed music styles.

One man, Mark Dawson, has a queue of wannabe writers lining up to speak to him as we sit down for an interview. But Dawson’s success isn’t down to simply publishing his crime-thriller series and hoping for the best. Dawson has become an entrepreneur. He actually had a book published by Pan Books called "The Art of Falling Apart in 2000, which completely bombed. He got so desperate to boost sales that he’d visit a bookstore and move his book to a shelf where it was more visible.

Mark Dawson is an English author of thriller novels. He writes the John Milton, Soho Noir and Beatrix Rose series. Born in Lowestoft, Suffolk, England, Mark grew up in Manchester and Chicago, Illinois. Before becoming a novelist, he worked as a lawyer, working in the City of London and Soho (in London’s West End). As a lawyer, he pursued money launderers and later as a lawyer for celebrities who were suing newspapers for libel. Mark Dawson became a published novelist in 2001 with the novels The Art of Falling Apart and Subpoena Colada. After that, he would not have a new novel until 2013 when the floodgates opened with his novels The Cleaner, Saint Death, The Black Mile and The Imposter.

Dystopia have rocketed up the charts in Europe, so now it's time for this UK band to crack the American market. The opening concert in Las Vegas is a huge success -- but secret envy and open animosity have begun to tear the group apart.The lead singer, Vid, is on a roller-coaster of self-indulgence and egomania ... Jared, the lead guitarist, increasingly resents being shouldered out of the limelight ... Spin, the warm-up DJ, just cannot resist a dangerous extra-marital adventure ... nor can their manager, Alex, resist the lure of personal gain that greed and duplicity could bring him.Then one of them dies, in an apparent accident, and there begins to unravel a chilling saga of dark emotions, cynical manipulation, and murderously ruthless self-interest.
Reviews: 7
Wow! For a debut novel...this puppy rocks. As I began to read this tale, I was immediately reminded of another book I had read, "Black Dog" by Matt Syverson, a book I enjoyed immensely. This book however, morphs into a tome with a much darker theme; there is nothing humorous about this one.

Written in a unique style with a decidedly British bent, this story encompasses the meteoric and short lived rise to fame of the fictional UK rock band, Dystopia. In reality, I can't think of a single character I liked with the possible exception of Astrid, the band's female keyboardist. All the other characters are painted with heavy oils on the "sex and drugs and rock and roll" canvas, and the resulting picture is revolting at best. I think that is why I enjoyed this offering so much. It was a "let's cut the crap and expose the dirty underbelly of the music business" kind of read.
Excessive, depraved, dysfunctional and all too completely believable, this sojurn into the psyche of the beautiful people, those who have "made it", is thoroughly disturbing...and superbly portrayed.

The book has errors and omissions and uses some stunningly unusual verbiage and sentence structure, which I found disconcerting but workable as I became used to it.

All said and done, this book has a lot going for it and the author is obviously quite talented. There are some plot points which were not necessary or perhaps didn't deserve the amount of time spent in developing them without a serious payoff. Que sera sera, not a deal breaker. What is a little more troublesome is the abrupt "ending???" or lack thereof. It felt as if the door was left gaping because of the lack of closure where many characters were concerned. I guess you could call this a stand-alone, but I wouldn't find the appearance of a sequel to be any great shock.

I'm giving this one a solid four stars. Unforgettable!
Let's get my disclaimer out of the way, as cliche as it is, this is not the type of book that I normally read. I'm not sure what that says about me though because this book had, hands down, the best imagery and detail I've experienced in a book. Seriously, this book would be an amazing read for anyone aspiring to be an author....unless of course you're of the "less is more" school of thought, then you just better move on!

I'm ashamed to say but I'm a contemporary romance gal and haven't picked up a book this deep in a long time. But, I have this obsession with all things rock and thought this would be a good read. Notice I didn't say fun read, easy read or hawt read! It was none of those. This was very interesting and while the characters were extremely believable, not every aspect of the story was..but it's fiction.

The book introduces us to a struggling rock band in England that eventually hits it big, their manager, a DJ, a drug dealer, a band member's girlfriend and a few other people get cameos but the death, destruction, music business, sex, drugs, rock n' roll, drugs, (and did I mention drugs?), and thousands of words of detailed description of the world around them focuses on that cast of interesting people. The best part is an obsessive fan and her daily emails to one of the band members. It was highly entertaining but only because you read her insane ramblings and think "there are people out there that do this!"

The author uses intense imagery and while that's great, it wore on me a bit from time to time. Having someone stare out the window and watch planes taking off into the sky and describing them as floating off like a children's balloon was good...a full paragraph to describe the face of a waitress, maybe not so much. There were times I didn't feel like the details were taking me anywhere either. Overall the story does a great job of coming full circle, although there were a few aspects/characters that we spent time with, and more detail, only to have them left somewhat up in the air. Again, not that big of a deal, but I was actually pretty interested in what happened with them, which is a credit to Dawson's writing.
This was a book I picked up mainly do to the fact I needed a book to read. It starts out towards the end, and then jumps back to the beginning of the band. I usually am not a fan of this, but I think it worked in this book. I kept expecting the book to wrap up how I thought it would be from the beginning, and I was incorrect. That was a nice change. There are some storylines that are not totally necessary to the overall path or plot, but I think they were added in just to give a more rounded view of the rock style life (example - the uber-fan, which I wish had a little less time in the book).

The biggest flaw was the ending. It seemed unfinished to me. I don't need everything wrapped up in to a Hollywood ending with everything answered, so that is not my complaint. I could actually see how all the major events wrapped up. The complaint was that I actually was confused if I had an ereader glitch and missed pages. It felt like just an end of the paragraph, not the end of the book.
This started out strong. I was totally immersed in the band and the death of the lead singer. Then the story went to the past. The writing fell apart, some in present tense some in past it was all a mumble.

The whole past thing, which went on and on was just a disaster. I flipped through to the end, but really have no idea what went on. Nor do I care to know
I enjoyed vast sections of this book. Unfortunately, I found it disjointed and had to keep looking back to figure out from whose perspective I was seeing things and where we were in time. The ending was the most unfortunate thing, with no resolution for anything. A character said something, I went to the next page ... nothing. That was very disappointing.