Overview

Decades ago, a young rock and blues guitarist and junkie named Niko signed in blood on the dotted line and in return became the stuff of music legend. But when the love of his damned life grows mortally and mysteriously ill, he realizes he has lost more than he bargained for—and that was not part of the deal. So Niko sets out on a harrowing journey from the streets of Los Angeles through the downtown subway tunnels and across the red-lit plain of the most vividly realized hell since Dante to play the gig of his ...
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Mortality Bridge

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Overview

Decades ago, a young rock and blues guitarist and junkie named Niko signed in blood on the dotted line and in return became the stuff of music legend. But when the love of his damned life grows mortally and mysteriously ill, he realizes he has lost more than he bargained for—and that was not part of the deal. So Niko sets out on a harrowing journey from the streets of Los Angeles through the downtown subway tunnels and across the red-lit plain of the most vividly realized hell since Dante to play the gig of his mortgaged life and win back the purloined soul of his lost love. Mortality Bridge remixes Orpheus, Dante, Faust, the Crossroads legend, and more in a beautiful, brutal, and surprisingly funny quest across a Hieronymus Bosch landscape of myth, music, and mayhem, and across an inner terrain of addiction, damnation, and redemption. Winner of the 2011 Emperor Norton Award for best novel by a San Francisco Bay Area writer.
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Publishers Weekly
Dark, grotesque, and eerie, Boyett's behemoth reimagining of Orpheus' descent into the Underworld blends Faust and Dante with Greek myth. Aged rockstar Niko once made a deal with the devil in exchange for fame and fortune, but when the devil takes his lady-love's life, Niko feels cheated. He descends through the streets of modern Los Angeles, its subterranean byways, and the Cerberus-guarded gates into the depths of a monstrous Hell to find the demon at its center and try to win Jenna back. All the while, Niko is tempted by his old addictions, haunted by memories of Jenna and his beloved brother, and tortured by the shades of those he once knew. Through unusual turns of phrase, violent and bloody imagery, heartrending introspection, and mythic tone, Boyett (Elegy Beach) explores themes of betrayal, redemption, and personal sacrifice in a tortured landscape of bedlam and pandemonium. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781497617063
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 426
  • Sales rank: 576,873
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Steven R. Boyett was born in Atlanta, Georgia, grew up all over Florida, and attended the University of Tampa on a writing scholarship before quitting to write his first novel, Ariel, when he was nineteen. Soon after Ariel was published, he moved from Florida to Los Angeles, California, where he continued to write fiction and screenplays, as well as teach college writing courses. He has published articles and comic books, as well as stories in literary, science fiction, fantasy, and horror anthologies and magazines. In the early nineties, his imprint Sneaker Press published chapbooks by the poets Carrie Etter and the late Nancy Lambert. Boyett has also been a martial arts instructor, professional paper marbler, advertising copywriter, proofreader, tyepsetter, writing teacher, website designer, and editor. In 2000, Steve took some time off from writing. He learned to play the didgeridoo and began composing and DJ’ing electronic music. As a DJ, he has played clubs, conventions, parties, Burning Man, and sporting events. He produces three of the world’s most popular music podcasts: Podrunner, Podrunner: Intervals, and Groovelectric.
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  • Posted August 19, 2012

    This was a fun take on the Orpheus story.

    This was a fun take on the Orpheus story.

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