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A fantasy novel of a modern-day American boy's journey back in time as the reincarnation of John Lennon.

Sixteen-year-old John Palmieri is living an average life in Brooklyn until one day he wakes up as a prince in India, thirty-five years before he was born. Suddenly, he finds himself with riches and power beyond his wildest fantasies.

Brooklyn is readily forgotten. Life b
Paperback, 295 pages
Published June 2018 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Whispering Stories
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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‘Bollywood Invasion’ is a fantasy novel by Chinese-born author, Richardo Alexanders. The story is written in the third person, mainly from the prospective of our main protagonist, John. The chapters are short with explanatory footnotes at the end of each.

Firstly, the reader needs to suspend reality and go with the flow here. John is a sixteen-year-old student has an accident on his bicycle and when he regains consciousness, finds himself transported back
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure what to expect from Bollywood Invasion. The premise is unique, so I decided to try it. It's a very intriguing story. I could imagine the reality of this story, and what a crazy thing it would be! I found the story refreshing and unique, and I enjoyed it. It's a quirky thought provoking look at an alternate reality. I recommend for anyone who wants something different and entertaining. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
Jun 21, 2018 rated it liked it
The reason I said yes to reading this story was because it sounded so different from anything I've read recently. Romance, fiction, time travel, fantasy, and more is packed into a mere 295 pages. 

John is a young sixteen year old teenager in modern-day Brooklyn, NY who winds up in an accident with a bus when he's running late for school one morning. It's when he wakes up that things are significantly... different. 

People around him are calling him Raj and he notices everything has changed. From t
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
At once engaging and cleverly creative, Ricardo Alexanders’ Bollywood Invasion enrapts readers with a fun and fantastical coming of age story, set in a well posed merging of reality and fiction which surpasses the reaches of time and continents.

Instantly the story draws you in, as initially, we meet John Palmieri living in modern times in Brooklyn; he’s a nerd and Beatles lover in high school and unsatisfied with his lower middle class existence. Things start with him in the throes of a dream, o
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The opening pages of Bollywood Invasion present what first appears to be an ordinary story of John Palmieri, a Brooklyn boy who is leading an average life until he's hit by a bus and awakens in another body as Raj Scindia, a prince living in India in 1958. He's suddenly wealthy, privileged, and living quite a different life from modern-day Brooklyn. Only his intense love for The Beatles has survived his transformation as he adapts to an entirely new culture and timeline; and it's that love which ...more
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bollywood Invasion by Ricardo Alexanders is a unique story with a bit of a science fiction parallel universe twist. The author introduces us to a character named John from the beginning. John is a 16-year-old boy who has a crush on the head jock’s chick and he gets picked on. Of course, the jock’s girlfriend sneers at John and things him lower than gum on her shoe. Well, one morning Fate has a little twist in mind for John and with the help of a major accident…he finds himself thrown back in tim ...more
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanking the author, Ricardo Alexander for sending me a copy of the ebook, in exchange for an honest review. I actually wanted to read this book, since it was completely different from what I have read before. It was actually like watching a Bollywood movie. A well written, wonderful and unique story, filled with love, passion and humour. It was such fun in reading the book. It can be simply put as where the past meets the future.

As I mentioned earlier, I am so glad that I got the opportunity to
Lynn (Ellesea Loves Reading)
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
John is a typical teenager who loves listening to music and secretly lusts after a girl at school until his tardiness and lack of concentration lead him into the path of an oncoming bus. He wakes and everyone calls him Raj. He's now in India, it's 1958 and he's a prince!

This is probably the most adventurous book I've picked up this year from a reading perspective. It's an intriguing mix of time-travel, romance and history. Unlike anything I've read before, I enjoyed the inventiveness of the narr
Ileana Renfroe
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fantasy novel about a modern-day American boy who wakes up in 1958 India as the reincarnation of John Lennon.

Bollywood Invasion opens when the protagonist, a sixteen-years-old boy from Brooklyn, finds himself with riches and power beyond his wildest fantasies in India, thirty-five years before he was born.

Brooklyn is readily forgotten. Life becomes a constant stream of debauchery, coming to a stand-still only when he meets “the one.” However, love doesn’t come easy. He must become a
Dawn Dawn
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I checked this out after reading the author's other book, The Last Resistance: Dragon Tomb.
This is a gripping read through the psyche of this young boy! There is an optimum balance between the reality and a much-desired punch of Bollywood through the book. Just when you start to think the storyline is getting predictable, you are hit with an unexpected plot-changing twist that leaves you wanting to read more. The storyline progresses interestingly with a highlighted authenticity to the Indian-n
Caitlin Farley
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you think this sounds a lot like the upcoming movie Yesterday, you’d be right. The concepts are similar, but not quite the same.

Bollywood Invasion mostly stays true to the Beatles success story, yet the romance between Raj and Ankita is very much a Bollywood style love story. This mix may sound strange, but it works well and I had fun reading Bollywood Invasion.

John’s transition to living Raj’s life is coupled with a lot of confusion and he blatantly takes advantage of the privileges of his
Happy Booker
Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Bollywood invasion is a fictional story about a boy going back in time and living his dream. John Palmieri finds himself as a prince named, Raj Scindia in India.

I particularly enjoyed where Raj starts his own band. His attempt at gaining the attention and love of his girl was also intriguing to read.

Being a prince is not so bad when he gets to do whatever he wants with an endless amount of money, opportunities, and fun.

The story time is set in 1958. John has some learning to do which causes him
Destiny Bridwell
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
 I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I got a copy of this book from the author. I was so happy when it came in the mail. It is a retelling of a tale some of us already know. It follows the adventure of a teen who is late for school that he is hit by a bus and wakes not only in another body but another time. He is a prince in India in 1958. He does not understand it after first and he meets a girl and that changes everything for him. Her father does not approve him and se ...more
Amy Shannon
Dec 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Good and unique read

I found that Bollywood Invasion was a truly unique and interesting read. I'm not sure if it's time-travel or some type of incarnation that allows the main character "John/Raj" transform into a new body, back in time. There are some great Beatle's references, but it isn't what I thought it would be. With that said, the story was unique and interesting, and I enjoyed it. Some parts of the story didn't flow well, or were a bit confusing, but I looked at this story as something v
Michael Poore
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. This book is CRAZY! A wild ride involving royalty, time-travel, and the Beatles, Ricardo Alexanders' Bollywood Invasion is wonderfully trippy, like a cup of psychedelic tea. For a Beatles fan who is also a time travel fan, this was the perfect storm of storytelling!
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Well that was a whirlwind trip I must say. I loved it. This is a must have for any time travelling shelf.

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Don Pedicini Jr.
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I have read in the past 5 years. I honestly could not stop reading it.
Sarah G
Jun 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Quirky time-travel/reincarnation in reverse where we have two lives in one and a Beatles vibe thrown in for good measure. Can both get the happy ending they want or will it be more like souls finding a way back to each other through time? Well it's either that or John has a very creative imagination for an alternate life after hitting his head.

John is a sixteen year old who on the way to school gets into an accident. When he wakes up he has no idea where he is and soon finds out that he is no lo
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Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
What an unusual story. This was very well executed as well as unpredictable. This has a good plot, interesting characters, and good dialog, which check all the boxed for me. Recommended for sci fi and time travel fans.

I really appreciate the ARC for review!!
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Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow, what a flight of fancy has the author taken in this book. I was really amazed by the concept. To be honest when I picked up this book with Bollywood in its title written by a non-Indian sounding author's name, I was sure I was going to come across some misguided and misunderstood concept of Bollywood but it has nothing to do with Bollywood, the Indian movie industry that churns out movies like there is no tomorrow. Instead, this book is a fusion of East and West in an alternate universe. Ju ...more
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Ricardo Alexanders is a descendant of the Great Yyu and an aspiring writer. He is passionate in time-travel fictions that blend fantasy, science, and real history together.

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