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Can veteran Rock Casualty and unwitting National Treasure Geordie Selwyn save the world from the invisible foe that is threatening humankind? Fast paced and rich with period detail and unforgettable characters, APPETITE FOR CORRUPTION takes the reader from the gritty music scene in 1960's North East England to the corporate multi-million dollar Mega-Festivals and glitterin Can veteran Rock Casualty and unwitting National Treasure Geordie Selwyn save the world from the invisible foe that is threatening humankind? Fast paced and rich with period detail and unforgettable characters, APPETITE FOR CORRUPTION takes the reader from the gritty music scene in 1960's North East England to the corporate multi-million dollar Mega-Festivals and glittering Awards Ceremonies of the Twenty First Century. It travels from the sleazy glamour of Hollywood's Sunset Strip in the late 1980's to the gracious stately homes of the English countryside where unbreakable bargains and pacts are made in exchange for undying fame and adoration. In the late 1960's Geordie Selwyn and his band Church unwittingly set into play a series of events that will have repercussions on the world of rock music and on humanity in general. Geordie Selwyn doesn't realise that a ruthless and mysterious force with an insatiable appetite has cast its eye on the hearts and minds of his fans until it is almost too late to stop them. In the end it's down to the battle-scarred old rocker, together with his unlikely band of brothers-in-arms - a burnt out 1990's rock idol, a traumatised teenage survivor of a shattering rock tragedy, a powerful rock impresario and a rock loving middle aged tattoo artist to save the world for rock and roll and humanity. Ride with our characters on the Rockline and you will discover that there is no success without heartbreaking sacrifice, no hope of a happy ending without shattering secrets being revealed.


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Can veteran Rock Casualty and unwitting National Treasure Geordie Selwyn save the world from the invisible foe that is threatening humankind? Fast paced and rich with period detail and unforgettable characters, APPETITE FOR CORRUPTION takes the reader from the gritty music scene in 1960's North East England to the corporate multi-million dollar Mega-Festivals and glitterin Can veteran Rock Casualty and unwitting National Treasure Geordie Selwyn save the world from the invisible foe that is threatening humankind? Fast paced and rich with period detail and unforgettable characters, APPETITE FOR CORRUPTION takes the reader from the gritty music scene in 1960's North East England to the corporate multi-million dollar Mega-Festivals and glittering Awards Ceremonies of the Twenty First Century. It travels from the sleazy glamour of Hollywood's Sunset Strip in the late 1980's to the gracious stately homes of the English countryside where unbreakable bargains and pacts are made in exchange for undying fame and adoration. In the late 1960's Geordie Selwyn and his band Church unwittingly set into play a series of events that will have repercussions on the world of rock music and on humanity in general. Geordie Selwyn doesn't realise that a ruthless and mysterious force with an insatiable appetite has cast its eye on the hearts and minds of his fans until it is almost too late to stop them. In the end it's down to the battle-scarred old rocker, together with his unlikely band of brothers-in-arms - a burnt out 1990's rock idol, a traumatised teenage survivor of a shattering rock tragedy, a powerful rock impresario and a rock loving middle aged tattoo artist to save the world for rock and roll and humanity. Ride with our characters on the Rockline and you will discover that there is no success without heartbreaking sacrifice, no hope of a happy ending without shattering secrets being revealed.

30 review for Appetite for Corruption

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jules

    Appetite for Corruption is an interesting mix of rock and roll meets science fiction weirdness. I actually read a free sample of this book early last year, and yesterday I finally got round to reading the whole book from beginning to end. I’m so pleased I did, as this is both a fun and nostalgic read. This is a great book for fans of rock music, bands, gigs and festivals. I’ve been going to rock gigs since I was 14 years old, so it was hard not to get completely drawn into this story. One thing t Appetite for Corruption is an interesting mix of rock and roll meets science fiction weirdness. I actually read a free sample of this book early last year, and yesterday I finally got round to reading the whole book from beginning to end. I’m so pleased I did, as this is both a fun and nostalgic read. This is a great book for fans of rock music, bands, gigs and festivals. I’ve been going to rock gigs since I was 14 years old, so it was hard not to get completely drawn into this story. One thing that made this book stand out from other rockstar books I’ve read is that it wasn’t full of swearing. I’ve been put off other books due to them including far too much bad language, and not a lot else. This thankfully didn’t have that. The following quote made me giggle, mostly because I think all country bumpkin petrol stations are run by deranged cannibals, having watched too many films like The Hills Have Eyes. Living down in West Cornwall feels a lot like The Wicker Man sometimes, so I enjoyed this spooky country reference in the book: “A confirmed ‘townie’, Melly did not trust the countryside – she had watched one too many Hammer Horror films in her youth and half believed that picturesque country villages were all havens for covens of devil worshippers and vampires.” Although I was entertained by some of the rockstar characters, my favourite character was Audrey. I loved it when she said the following to Geordie: “You NEVER remember me. It must be really good to be off your face all the time – you get to meet so many new people.” British sarcasm at its best. I love it. Ever wondered why you feel so rough after a rock festival? Well, this book might just have the answer!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dianne

    Remember hearing Rock music is the Devil’s work? That within its notes and riffs are demonic , subliminal messages? Ah, it should have been so easy, because the truth is, an extra-terrestrial invasion is threatening to overtake humankind’s very life force and Superstar Geordie Selwyn may be the only rocker out to save his fans! Get ready to blast back to the rock scene across the pond, in the late 1960’s, the glitz of the 90’s all the way to the present day corporate takeover in venues that rake Remember hearing Rock music is the Devil’s work? That within its notes and riffs are demonic , subliminal messages? Ah, it should have been so easy, because the truth is, an extra-terrestrial invasion is threatening to overtake humankind’s very life force and Superstar Geordie Selwyn may be the only rocker out to save his fans! Get ready to blast back to the rock scene across the pond, in the late 1960’s, the glitz of the 90’s all the way to the present day corporate takeover in venues that rake in the big bucks and millions of fans. Are they all ripe for the “picking?” Will aliens hold feast days at every rock concert? So maybe our parents had the enemy wrong, but just maybe there was a grain of truth in their anti-rock preaching! Appetite for Corruption by Hilary Mortz calls to both music lovers and science fiction aficionados with an interesting look behind the “behind the scenes” happenings in the world of rock. With great descriptive scenes, fascinatingly unique characters and evil in hot pursuit, Ms. Mortz’ beat goes on, bar after bar, note after note! You may find yourself thinking twice about that concert you NEED to go to, and wondering just how these bands made it to the top in a sea of talented rockers! The Devil or Aliens, do you really want to know?? I received this copy from Hilary Mortz in exchange for my honest review. Publication Date: March 19, 2014 Publisher: Hilary Mortz Genre: Musical Sci-fi-yes, really! Print Length: 327 pages Available from: Amazon |  Barnes & Noble For Reviews and More Check out: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  3. 5 out of 5

    The Incredible Pipster

    I must admit I had a bipolar relationship with this book. I was attracted to it because of the rock & roll theme. I suspect a lot of other readers would select it because of this subject matter. Sadly, it is also this link to music which irked me about this book. I started this book and was struck by a very strong sense of deja-vu. I was totally put off reading any further because it seemed to me that if a reader has read "I Am Ozzy", "Slash", "My Appetite For Destruction", "Iron Man" and "Unbre I must admit I had a bipolar relationship with this book. I was attracted to it because of the rock & roll theme. I suspect a lot of other readers would select it because of this subject matter. Sadly, it is also this link to music which irked me about this book. I started this book and was struck by a very strong sense of deja-vu. I was totally put off reading any further because it seemed to me that if a reader has read "I Am Ozzy", "Slash", "My Appetite For Destruction", "Iron Man" and "Unbreakable" then they had no requirement to read any further. I put this book down, disappointed. However, my wife who has not read the rock autobiographies listed above really liked this book and encouraged me to have another go, encouraging me to put down the chip I was carrying on my shoulder and allow myself to simply enjoy the story. I did resist for quite some time, but then picked it back up (after seeing the author's review of "Dark Days" on Amazon). Perhaps the author is a rock fan just like myself? Maybe, just maybe.. I am so grateful that I did pick it up again and approached it with a more open mind. I fully engaged with it and finished in only a matter of days, so gripped was I by the novel's mix of sci-fi, British humour and popular culture. Admittedly, some of the thinly veiled cultural references such as "Dunnington Park" and tales of Geordie Selwyn urinating on The Statue Of Liberty still managed to set my teeth on edge.... but I no longer cared. So engrossed was I by the fast paced and faintly ridiculous comedic plot. And so there you have it: my love/hate (having reached the end of this book I am now so accustomed to oblique references that I feel like I should try and slip in mention of being blacked out in a red room or wasted in America here.) That's my relationship with this book in a nutshell (and not in the Bloodhound Gang sense) a love of the story and an early but totally overcome dislike of some of the references. In summary, it is a good book and I am now really looking forward to reading the sequels. There is certainly a lot of scope for the characters to have many more adventures, I only hope that the similarity to real events and individuals does not constrict the author's clearly very fertile imagination. I think that the very thing that would draw rock music fans to this book (presumably it's intended audience) may be put off by its heavy reliance early on on characters that are just too familiar. Or perhaps I am just a grumpy old man who takes himself and rock music too seriously? I know my wife would encourage you to believe the latter. ;0)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    What a brilliant debut novel and I have to say that Hilary Mortz' great personality came through clearly. I rather enjoy fantasy and whilst I'm not a huge rock fan, I have been to plenty music festivals in my time and have a great love of music. I could relate to the characters whom, I might add, were completely believable and even brought to mind famous idols that have graced us over the years. The story spans over three different time periods-1971, 1990 and 2010 onwards. The story is so well p What a brilliant debut novel and I have to say that Hilary Mortz' great personality came through clearly. I rather enjoy fantasy and whilst I'm not a huge rock fan, I have been to plenty music festivals in my time and have a great love of music. I could relate to the characters whom, I might add, were completely believable and even brought to mind famous idols that have graced us over the years. The story spans over three different time periods-1971, 1990 and 2010 onwards. The story is so well put together that it flows in and out of the changing years effectively and without confusion. Geordie was my favourite character, but the other characters brought their own dynamic identities into the mix. I had lots of fun reading Appetite for Corruption and I'm looking forward to reading the next instalment. Thank you Hils :-) xx

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    I really wasn't sure what this book was going to be about after reading the blurb and glimpsing at reviews! Well...it's a tale of rock n roll, festivals and aliens. Yes, you read that right. Aliens. Aliens are harvesting the energy of festival goers. The characters were familiar to me as were their stories. The author says to take it as a historical novel and I can see what she means. The 90's rock scene was very much on my playlist at the time. I really enjoyed this reminder of my youth and looki I really wasn't sure what this book was going to be about after reading the blurb and glimpsing at reviews! Well...it's a tale of rock n roll, festivals and aliens. Yes, you read that right. Aliens. Aliens are harvesting the energy of festival goers. The characters were familiar to me as were their stories. The author says to take it as a historical novel and I can see what she means. The 90's rock scene was very much on my playlist at the time. I really enjoyed this reminder of my youth and looking forward to the rest in the series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    This brilliant debut features rock star action aplenty, told in a smooth flowing script with wonderful use of descriptive vocabulary. This captivating story hooks you from the very beginning with likeable and endearing characters and a riveting plot. Hilary Mortz's fantastic attention to detail really sets this book apart from it's competitors and propels it into a league of it's own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sally

    So much material to work with and then it is hurried to an unfinished end. The author could use a few commas here and there. Some paragraphs are all one unbroken sentence. The storyline is good, but undeveloped. Perhaps it is revealed in future books.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Chris Harrison

    For fans of rock music it's not just event organisers and ticket touts who feed off everybody. Aliens are up to no good too. That's the premise of Hilary Mortz's bonkers rock romp Appetite for Corruption: A Rockline Novel. Geordie Selwyn, wayward lead singer of rock band Church, has lived up to character and done a disappearing job, which leaves his former bandmates and family with a dilemma. But he's not the only member of the music fraternity turning up at a mysterious manor in the Derbyshire c For fans of rock music it's not just event organisers and ticket touts who feed off everybody. Aliens are up to no good too. That's the premise of Hilary Mortz's bonkers rock romp Appetite for Corruption: A Rockline Novel. Geordie Selwyn, wayward lead singer of rock band Church, has lived up to character and done a disappearing job, which leaves his former bandmates and family with a dilemma. But he's not the only member of the music fraternity turning up at a mysterious manor in the Derbyshire countryside. Band members and fans alike are incapable of resisting the allure of an alien controlled version of Hugh Hefner's Playboy mansion from where extraterrestrial jiggery pokery runs amok. What follows is a tale - a very tall tale - spanning several decades, internecine band squabbles and break ups, and the reinventing of a disasterous rock festival. Missing people reappear, relatives struggle to make sense of the curious 'hoaxes' and one award ceremony receives more publicity than it was anticipating! Within the story Mortz drops references to other bands and personalities concealed by pseudonyms rock fans will have fun identifying: Bovver's sideburned singer, a Yorkshire band called Pet Raptor, the not so subtle Mortallica, and a frankly unbelievable band called Steel Panther! Who are they, what's their purpose, what the hell is going on? If you ever thought the business of rock music was unfathomable the arrival of the Harvesters just made it a whole lot more weird. And no, they're not the support act...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Louise White

    Hilary Mortz's Appetite for Corruption was an ideal holiday read, entertaining and exciting. As a lover of fantasy, I'm always keen to see a fresh new slant on the genre - and Mortz certainly delivers! I was intrigued from the beginning as to how the Sci-Fi element would work with this novel that covers so much with the Rock scene in different times and places throughout the world. Mortz managed to make it work so well that I could easily see the story unfolding before my eyes. The characters are Hilary Mortz's Appetite for Corruption was an ideal holiday read, entertaining and exciting. As a lover of fantasy, I'm always keen to see a fresh new slant on the genre - and Mortz certainly delivers! I was intrigued from the beginning as to how the Sci-Fi element would work with this novel that covers so much with the Rock scene in different times and places throughout the world. Mortz managed to make it work so well that I could easily see the story unfolding before my eyes. The characters are very nicely done and memorable, especially Geordie, who shapes up to be an interesting and compelling character. Spoiler alert! I loved the Aliens' sneaky, mostly insidious but sometimes overt involvement in the lives of the characters. I liked the role that the 'Manor' played and the use of the idea of 'harvesting' the energy (and years of life) from the unsuspecting revellers at the concerts. I'll be looking to the sky for those energy sucking helicopters if I'm brave enough to attend another 'T in the Park' or similar event.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Right from the outset, it was very clear that Hilary Mortz is not only a talented author, but also a grass roots rock/metal fan. Yes, her thinly veiled references to bands and locations are verging on shameless, and the plotline is bonkers but oh so slightly plausible (if you’ve been to Monsters of Rock or Download, you will know what I mean), but that just added to the fun for me. I found this a very enjoyable read and the British sarcasm, one-liners and witty comebacks made me laugh out loud a Right from the outset, it was very clear that Hilary Mortz is not only a talented author, but also a grass roots rock/metal fan. Yes, her thinly veiled references to bands and locations are verging on shameless, and the plotline is bonkers but oh so slightly plausible (if you’ve been to Monsters of Rock or Download, you will know what I mean), but that just added to the fun for me. I found this a very enjoyable read and the British sarcasm, one-liners and witty comebacks made me laugh out loud at times, as did the inevitable reference to “double denim”! The story is well put together and effortlessly switches between the three time periods of the 70’s, 90’s and the current decade. An excellent debut from Hilary Mortz, and I can’t wait to read the next two books in the Rockline series. My annual visit to the Download festival will never be quite the same again!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Treena Beavers

    As a Geordie rock chick I loved the connection to the Newcastle rock scene. At times it was like reading a friends diary, it took me back to when town was full of live music venues and the crowds were dressed in denim, fringed waistcoats and there was a permanent cloud of Patchouli in the air. The rock angle admittedly had me hooked from the start, as the story unfolded I couldn't put it down. Rock bands, fans, concerts and aliens draining life force for some reason it just goes so well together. I As a Geordie rock chick I loved the connection to the Newcastle rock scene. At times it was like reading a friends diary, it took me back to when town was full of live music venues and the crowds were dressed in denim, fringed waistcoats and there was a permanent cloud of Patchouli in the air. The rock angle admittedly had me hooked from the start, as the story unfolded I couldn't put it down. Rock bands, fans, concerts and aliens draining life force for some reason it just goes so well together. I look forward to reading the next one in the Rockline series. I was lucky enough to receive this book in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    J. Kahele

    Five well deserved stars! I remember my pastor when I was younger saying that rock is the devils spawn. I am most certain that Father Pat would have definitely not liked this book, but I did, very much. When I think of Rock, I think of women dressed in leather, men with band t-shirts on, a lot of drinking and just being free and having fun. This is exactly what this book did for me, let me relax and enjoy, something we all need to do once in a while. The paranormal part was cleverly written to fit Five well deserved stars! I remember my pastor when I was younger saying that rock is the devils spawn. I am most certain that Father Pat would have definitely not liked this book, but I did, very much. When I think of Rock, I think of women dressed in leather, men with band t-shirts on, a lot of drinking and just being free and having fun. This is exactly what this book did for me, let me relax and enjoy, something we all need to do once in a while. The paranormal part was cleverly written to fit into the theme and I loved that also.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jo Roderick

    An entertaining read for lovers of rock music. The author’s attention to detail allows us to feel part of the period in which each segment of the book is set. The storyline is a curious mix of ‘rock royalty’ and the paranormal. Without giving too much away, there is an interesting twist where the energy of the music is fed upon by unscrupulous entities.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Book Monitor

    As a massive live music fan and a veteran of weather impacted festivals this book is in part a nostalgia trip, and in part a fantasy comedy out of my normal ouvre. It is witty, and original, very well written and very engaging. At first glance I was a bit overwhelmed by the number of characters but they soon fell into place and some are very likeable, if not always for the right reason. The small moments of friendship and caring, that were almost hidden away behind the brashness of the concerts As a massive live music fan and a veteran of weather impacted festivals this book is in part a nostalgia trip, and in part a fantasy comedy out of my normal ouvre. It is witty, and original, very well written and very engaging. At first glance I was a bit overwhelmed by the number of characters but they soon fell into place and some are very likeable, if not always for the right reason. The small moments of friendship and caring, that were almost hidden away behind the brashness of the concerts and rock-stars, kept cropping up, emphasising that most people are basically nice. There are odd moments of dialogue joy throughout this book, sarcastic one-liners, and witty comebacks, and the people portrayed are not one dimensional caricatures. There are also moments of emotional depth touching on grief, love, lost chances, anger and more. I like the fantasy element that was cleverly woven into the reality of people's lives across time, and feel it was a clever idea well accomplished that the story was both rounded off and left hanging for the next. A surprisingly refreshing read. I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest Review via TBConFacebook.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alexander

    Having got a free copy of Appetite for Corruption I omitted devoting much attention to the summary before delving into reading. I was sure glad for doing so by the time ending was in sight. Assuming the novel is some kind of entertaining rock spin off or of similar kind I was left surprised with all the sci-fi elements that started popping out of the plot. If someone asked me now, after reaching the last page, what genre is the book I would probably laugh in view of response. Any kind of classif Having got a free copy of Appetite for Corruption I omitted devoting much attention to the summary before delving into reading. I was sure glad for doing so by the time ending was in sight. Assuming the novel is some kind of entertaining rock spin off or of similar kind I was left surprised with all the sci-fi elements that started popping out of the plot. If someone asked me now, after reaching the last page, what genre is the book I would probably laugh in view of response. Any kind of classification escapes me whatsoever except for perhaps stamping the man-playing-guitar cover with absurd rock entertainment etiquette. Without revealing too much, there’s a band, and set of usual unlikely characters around, there are concerts playing, and hangovers, and fans, of course fans, and then there’s fans being drained of life essence, all your usual weekend night goings on. If every book turned my presumption of it upside down as this one, I would gladly abstain from reading blurbs.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Juta

    If you're looking for something strange and different - this could be it. A Sci-Fi rock of ages. Compelling story, I stopped reading it for awhile but just had to go back to find out what happens. Could definitely do with some editing and proofing: more structured dialogue would be good, to avoid repeating character's names over and over. In the beginning it was quite jarring. Overall a fun read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Colin Mccarthy

  18. 5 out of 5

    blim

  19. 5 out of 5

    david allen

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cyndi

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Seidler

  22. 4 out of 5

    Annie Doll

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bridget McKeown

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jools

  25. 5 out of 5

    Louise White

  26. 5 out of 5

    Aurelia Taylor

  27. 4 out of 5

    Hilary Mortz

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jason Ayres

  29. 4 out of 5

    Chris Taylor

  30. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

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