Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede

Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede

Bradley Denton

Language: English

Publisher: Avon

Published: Jan 1, 1991

Words: 101141
Pages: 401


**Publisher's Weekly** Denton ( Wrack and Roll ) offers pop culture, tabloid headlines and rock 'n' roll in an entertaining blend reminiscent of such quirky films as Repo Man and The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai. Kansas computer salesman Oliver Vale, who was conceived at the very moment that Buddy Holly's plane crashed in Iowa, is surprised when Holly appears suddenly on televisions all over the world, apparently resurrected with his guitar on the bleak surface of Ganymede, with a sign bearing Oliver's name and address. Fleeing angry neighbors and the FCC, who believe he's responsible, Oliver heads for Lubbock, Tex., to visit Holly's grave and learn whether he has indeed been raised. The broadcast continues unabated, and Oliver's pursuers grow to include two groups of space aliens, a cyborg guard dog, a renegade CIA operative and Oliver's own confused therapist, all heading for a transcendental climax at a Kansas drive-in. As the plot gathers momentum, Oliver's memories and his mother's diary entries capture the impulses at the heart of American popular culture. Although the finish doesn't quite come off, Denton's masterful balancing of humor, action and perceptive characterization yields intelligent, moving entertainment. **Library Journal** When televisions worldwide begin broadcasting a nonstop, noninterruptible live performance by Buddy Holly purporting to originate somewhere in the vicinity of Jupiter, Oliver Vale--the apparent object of the broadcasts--finds himself drafted for a mission so secret that even he is not sure of its purpose. Denton ( Wrack and Roll , Warner, 1986) fills this supremely funny novel with warring space aliens disguised as humans, a robot dog, a psychopathic assassin, an overzealous psychologist and her jealous husband, a motorcycle gang, and a messianic televangelist--all to prove that rock 'n' roll never really died. A good supplementary purchase for most general fiction and sf collections.