We Are Toten Herzen

Rated 4.50/5 based on 2 reviews
In 1977 all four members of the rock band Toten Herzen were murdered. Thirty five years later an investigation by British music journalist Rob Wallet led him to discover the band still alive in a remote village in southern Germany. He persuaded them to make a comeback. Hoax or strange reality? Find out in the only official account of Toten Herzen's long awaited reappearance. More
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Chris Harrison is the Official Biographer of Toten Herzen. He is also a songwriter, producer and Alien Noise Corporation's in-house liar. Based in Lancashire, England, he can often be found wandering the fells of the Lake District or the country lanes around Pendle, scene of the 17th Century witch trials.

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Audrey Driscoll reviewed on on Sep. 24, 2016

The narrative swirls from place to place and decade to decade. A scene in which the reader is closeted with the band members (three formidable women and one understated guy), is followed by a flurry of tweets and news reports. Twenty-first century music biz honchos have to work out a modus operandi with folks from the 1970s who are pretty touchy about criticism and have their own ways of getting things done — ways that aren’t always pretty. Then there are flashbacks to the band members’ origins and the forces that created Toten Herzen. Rumors abound and tension builds as the first concert of the comeback tour approaches.

Harrison creates memorable scenes with masterly prose and what seems to be a thorough knowledge of the music business. I have to say, I didn’t find the characters terribly likable (they’re definitely not “sparkly” vampires), but they are certainly not cardboard cutouts. Rob Wallet, sometime journalist and general hanger-on, is an odd duck. He has clearly thrown in his lot with the band, but isn’t really “of” them. For the reader, he serves as a point of view character, furnishing “insider” views of the secretive, night-loving band.

An interesting read, even for those who aren't fans of vampires.
(review of free book)
Jason Denness reviewed on on Jan. 2, 2016

What do you want in a vampire book? Blood, history, violence, more blood and Rock music. What DON'T you want? Romance, teen angst, lack of blood and vampires who sparkle. This book ticks all those boxes. I've always been a fan of Anne Rice's vampires and felt a bit let down when Lestat's foray into rock music ended suddenly, Chris Harrison picks up those pieces and creates a vampire universe that surpasses Anne Rice. I've never read a book where an author has put in this much effort into a book, there is a website, featuring bios on the band members, tour dates and even music by the band. Link can be found here....

https://totenherzen.com/

The writing is really well done, it draws you into the story and has you guessing throughout the book. Chris makes clever use of newspaper articles, blogs and tweets, all of which makes it all feel more real.

I'm completely hooked on these books now and will be reading the second book as soon as I get my hands on a copy.
(review of free book)

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