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Coyote Jack and the Bluebirds [Kindle Edition]

Paul Bisson
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Recently serialised at Buddy Guy's Blues and Music

'a touching and soulful story' Jed Tales, Amazon reviewer

'sharply observed, witty, and often hilarious' Jimston, Amazon reviewer

They woke up this morning...

Famous Texas bluesman Coyote Jack has agreed to join The Bluebirds for a one night gig at their UK home venue. Freshly dumped by his fiancee, singer Charlie French hopes that this is the start of bigger and better things for him and his friends. Alas, the band's blues have only just begun. A series of misfortunes threatens to clip the Bluebirds' wings, and as their eccentric guest staggers from one embarrassing calamity to the next Coyote Jack's credibility is called into question.

Have mercy! - it's not the Texan's fault. The airline lost his damn guitar, the Stetson wouldn't fit in his luggage, these middle class white kids don't know diddly about the's no wonder old Coyote's flustered. Right?

There’s another problem. Charlie’s band – and therefore Charlie’s world - is about to fall apart. Guitarist and old friend Rupert Rathwell-Stubbs is secretly plotting his escape from the Bluebirds, his place among top London act The Molten Few assured if he can pull off one final betrayal of his friends. The demands of motherhood have been proving too much for bass player Anne Marie Pinto, and now the discovery of her husband’s infidelity is about to knock her flat. Unaware of his role in Rupert’s devious designs drummer Oz Watkins awakes smitten with his latest conquest, achingly aware that she’s fallen for the Rock God he no longer wants to be.

The blues, the real blues, are about to hit the Bluebirds. Hard.

Spanning a single Saturday afternoon and culminating in a riotous musical climax the novel traces the disintegration of the band and the gradual unmasking - and redemption - of the clownish Coyote Jack. Forced to face their respective truths the Bluebirds find themselves struggling to make sense of their lives, their loyalties and the blues itself as the clock ticks down and a full house gathers…

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1645 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jayplate; 2 edition (26 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BND1L3S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #293,627 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Paul Bisson was born in 1976 on the Channel Island of Jersey. Having attended Liverpool University he spent five years teaching English at a secondary school in North London, before returning to Jersey in 2002, where he currently works as a college lecturer and semi-professional musician. He has contributed stories to various local anthologies, and has written two novels; Coyote Jack and the Bluebirds (2013) and Marigold Dark (2015). Paul is married with three children.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice work! 14 April 2013
By Emma
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This is a warm, witty, engaging read which has kept me company a bit like a group of old friends over the past week, and I'm already missing them! The authors brings to life a diverse range of voices in a narrative which keeps you hooked until the final pages. On the surface, it's about music and performance, but it's also an intelligent and profound reflection on love and resilience and betrayal and and flights of fancy and identity and acceptance. The author's music ear clearly extends to dialogue, which is beautifully rendered, and the female characters were, in my opinion, particularly powerful.

More, please!
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5.0 out of 5 stars High enjoyable 19 July 2013
By Japes
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A highly enjoyable read, with great characterisation, and a good balance of humour and pathos. You'll be rooting for them by the end!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jersey blues 29 May 2013
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Texan blues man Coyote Jack is super cool. He's a music legend; but can lesser light Charlie entice him to join his band for a gig at The Kicking Mule, on the little island of Jersey?

The blues is truth: your soul turned to sound. The author clearly groks this blues philosophy, and as a consequence, 'Coyote Jack and the Bluebirds' is a touching and soulful story. Also, it's obvious that he has lived a similar story, and his repertoire of anecdotes and cute depictions of life in a band is worth a read, even if it weren't attached to a story. The story itself is also good; Charlie is a sympathetic character, and his anticipation reaches a feverish pitch as the plot winds up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A paean to live music 28 May 2013
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"It was a full house--it was always going to be--they've done it!" So begins this paean to the art of live blues music, as Coyote Jack and his new band, the Bluebirds whip the crowd into a frenzy. Or at least, in Charlie and his Bluebirds' dreams...

The music business is known for chewing up young artists and spitting them out. Even when they get a contract, it often fails to turn them a profit. So, the amitious young musician who tries to realise his dream is a great premise for a story, and Paul Bisson's novel delivers the goods. I recommend it to anyone at all, but especially those who love the blues. If you've ever cranked up a record by BB King, or tried to emulate the great Buddy Guy on drums, you'll find much to love in "Coyote Jack and the Bluebirds".
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5.0 out of 5 stars A genuinely great read! 23 May 2013
By Matt
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Brilliant read that made me laugh out loud on multiple occasions! Anyone that has ever had any experience of playing in a band will be able to immediately relate to the characters and their experiences in this book. Great light-hearted realistic humour. I look forward to (hopefully) future instalments of The Bluebirds' antics =)

Would recommend to anyone!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly entertaining 16 April 2013
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This was a wonderfully entertaining read. The story is based on events during one day in the life of The Bluebirds, a blues band who are trying to get their big break in the world of music, that is wrapped up in manufactured 'Pop Idols'. Their hope comes from a true 'Blues Man' straight from Texas "Coyote Jack". I don't want to give too much away, but the book unfolds each character, who you will form your very own relationship with. You will love, hate or empathise with each and every person who is involved in the story. I cannot recommend it enough!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and touching 27 Mar. 2013
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Wonderfully rich characters had me loving this really absorbing book - Great writing style, touching at times and brutal at others. Thoroughly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 17 Mar. 2013
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I absolutely loved this novel. The style is fast paced and funny; a young blues band are duped into hosting a 'celebrity' blues guitarist who turns out to be anything but, with major consequences for all of them. The individual band members' stories weave together in the first part of the book and then all come together when Coyote Jack finally arrives. The last third of the book features the big gig, with enough twists and turns to keep you hooked until the end. There's a lot of funny dialogue and this reminded me of the Commitments a little, with all the bickering and backstabbing going on between the band members. Not really all that up on my blues music so didn't get all the references but so what, this was great fun and definitely worth a read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful read
So much can happen in one day, a whole book! This is an engaging read from start to finish. A day in the life of a Bluebird blues band member, so much can happen. Read more
Published 14 months ago by D M Andrews
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow burner, excellent depiction of a local blues band
When a Texas bluesman is persuaded to perform with a local blues outfit a memorable occasion is on the cards. And so it transpires in Paul Bisson's novel . Read more
Published 20 months ago by RoyMcC
5.0 out of 5 stars blues-tastic!
Great fun, great exploration of the blues. Coyote Jack is a likeable comic character and by the end of the book I was rooting for him and the band.
Published 20 months ago by tim mapstone
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm, witty and well worth a read.
This is a warm and engaging read, which is also highly amusing! That's not to say the book is not without it's drama, as the whole piece builds to a wonderful crashing crescendo of... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Lib
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to make you smile
A witty and pacey read. The characters are well rounded, the plot original, and a passion for music weaves its way through the book. Well worth reading!
Published 22 months ago by JD
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly enjoyable read
A great read, even for someone who has little true blue knowledge. This is because it is so well written; the story comes alive through the individual characters who between them... Read more
Published 22 months ago by JAlexander
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable fun
Read & enjoyed this tale of dodgy doing in a local music scene. Well written & at times I just had to read the next chapter through my own intrigue. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Clive R Pearce
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly engaging read - more please!
A must read for anyone with a even a passing interest in music and life within a band. Sharply observed, witty, and often hilarious. Read more
Published on 2 July 2013 by Jimston
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read
This is the story of the `Bluebirds', a small-town blues band with big ambitions. Meet the members of the band: singer Charley, heartbroken but motivated to propel the band to... Read more
Published on 20 May 2013 by Thalia
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