Title: Enter Oblivion
Author: C.M. Harris
Publisher: Casperian Books
Characters: Vince, Nigel, John, Jik, Ian and Jezabel
Cover Rating: 3
Every thug needs a fairy godmother
Meet Vince, a young, moody boxer from Brooklyn with an oozing bullet wound and a spot awaiting him in the Narducci crime family–if he weren’t on the run…
Through a series of events that begins with Vince returning travelers’ checks he’s stolen from a British tourist, he finds himself in 1980s London, the epicenter of New Wave culture, unsure whether he will become a rock star, a rent boy, or a laughingstock.
Vince’s journey brings an awkward friendship with a glamorous drag queen, a stint in a post-punk rock band, a frustrating romance with a Bowie-esque pop star, and bloody quarrels with a misfit skinhead–Vince’s own cracked reflection.
In this quirky yet charming story of love and family and culture clash, Vince discovers his place in a rapidly changing world.
Vince is a new arrival to London from over the pond in Brooklyn, staying with Nigel and his boyfriend John and is commonly referred to as one of Nigel’s strays. Nigel is known for bringing home any variety of individuals he believes he can help.Vincent is his newest project after he Nigel and John introduce Vince into the 80’s nightclub scene frequented by the stylish Soho crowds with everything from the most popular sounds of the times playing through speakers to the crowded dance floors. A popular haunt for Nigel and John they introduce Vince to their mutual friends, Jik O’blivion lead singer of Elaborate Nothings and Jezebel, Nigel’s best friend and extravagant cabaret singer.
It was a humid August back in the 1984, Vincent a gangster on the run, finds himself journeying to London to return the checks he lifted from unsuspecting Nigel and John who were recently visiting New York. Nigel instantly acquires Vincent as his newest project determined to show the cock-sure lad his potential, worst case scenario he will be good for entertainment purposes. Nigel has long been known for bringing home any variety of individuals. Vincent with his less then savory past has a knack for the drums and perhaps may fit in well with his new acquaintances if he allows himself the chance to reach his potential and can get past his better than them ego.
With his new pet in tow, Nigel and John introduce him into the glitzy nightclub scene frequented by the stylish Soho crowds. “Le Cirque” is a popular haunt for Nigel and John among many others offering the opportunity to hang out with friends while dancing to the popular hits of the time.
Vincent finds himself extremely out of his comfort zone to be rectified by drinking himself into a drunken stupor using whiskey and beer. Shortly thereafter John retrieves Vincent after leaving the dance floor exclaiming “This is one bloke you’ve got to meet.” John leads inebriated Vincent through the tight cloistering crowds of people to a darkened lounge. Already a bit off balance, John releases the hold on his wrist at the same time someone from behind steps on the heal of his sneaker furthering his precarious balance and stumbles into a boy next to him knocking his beer right out of his hands. As he attempts to right his shoe and apologize to the boy who doesn’t even register anything happened, John introduces him to Jik O’blivion, and obviously the one everyone around him is desperately trying to gain attention of. Crouching on one knee trying to readjust his sneaker he lifts his eyes off the floor traveling up from the man’s boots slowly coming eye to eye with the lead singer of Elaborate Nothings. Noticing Jik’s fitted attire and waves of red-gold locks Vincent gulps as he rises to shake hands. With a dry throat Vincent makes the bare minimum of small talk before making a hasty retreat. He convinces himself the instant attraction is only the product of too much whiskey and beer, the question remains will the conviction remain?
Enter Oblivion is a bold and daring journey back into the not so distant past following a variety of colorful and masterfully created characters. Immediately drawn in from the beginning, I found myself laughing and crying alongside, feeling each experience as my own. Intelligently written! C.M. definitely delivers and I look forward to the next installment!
Reviewed By: Kate