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Compression: A Novel of Sex, Drugs, Punk Rock and Dark Hidden Secrets [Paperback]

Tim Cundle

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Book Description

July 2005
In one furious, brutal split second the lives of Michael Flanagan and his high school friends are changed forever. The event leaves Michael’s friend Elliot guilty of an unspeakable crime, and Michael and his friends all accomplices. In that split second Elliot shows his true colors and makes a pact that will pull the strings of all of his friends for the rest of their lives, no matter how far apart they become or where life takes them.

Ten years later Michael and Elliot are punk rock celebrities. Michael, now simply known as "Flanagan" must face his demons as the duo returns to their home town for their high school reunion and he confronts his former friends.

Michael has a choice. Continue with the status quo under Elliot’s thumb, or see just how much he can change his life in the span of 24 hours.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Open Book Press (OBP) (July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897290217
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897290217
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1 x 23 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g

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5.0 out of 5 stars DIY For Life! Oct. 8 2012
By Timothy K. Schwader - Published on
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As an ardent supporter of all things independent, I can say with authority that this is as punk as it gets. Tim Cundle is a DIY guy who has been a champion of the underground through his involvement in fanzines, promoting shows and records, and similar activities for many, many years. 'Compression' is his first novel, and it's a doozy! There aren't a lot of books out there focusing on the experiences of the daily lives of true punks, and of those that do exist, very few (if any - at least in terms of works of fiction) actually get it right. Cundle has lived the life for, I'd say, all of his life - or at least as much of it as can be considered after discounting those early childhood years when he (like all of us) was just growing up and trying to find his place in the world. Cundle found his place in the DIY underground world of punk rock, which is the world explored in this book. It's all here: drama, tension, action, adventure, heartache, longing, loss, fulfillment - and, as Legs McNeil might point out, sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. Cundle and I have run in the same circles, and have many similar experiences as a result. To say that this book touched a nerve - in a very good way - is putting it lightly. Highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars Washed up? No way dude! May 12 2007
By James E. Dodge Jr. - Published on
Tim's book is amazing, especially if you've ever been an aspiring rock star. Here we meet a character who has fame and fortune but no happiness and has to reconcile his past with his present. The tale is well told with a spark that many books lack. This is a winner for sure!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Toptastic must for all book worms Jan. 24 2006
By P. J. Williams - Published on
This book was an awesome and gripping read. One that you won't want to put down once you started. The story, characters and situations are realistic enough for you to get engrossed in them and you can't help but create images in your head while you're reading it.

Awesome stuff and can't wait for this author to write / release his next book

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