Well, because I'm the author, it's probably better to include the first couple of pre-publication reviews here instead. Go to the website www.roppongiWell, because I'm the author, it's probably better to include the first couple of pre-publication reviews here instead. Go to the website www.roppongithenovel.com for more information.
Roppongi, Tokyo. In a shadowy but glamorous world designed for maximum hedonism, things and people are not always what they seem. In this, his first novel, Nick Vasey deftly portrays the mindset and experiences of a veteran traveller, the happy-go-lucky protagonist, Zack. Woven into this epic tale are the comings and goings of an eclectic array of characters who inhabit the mean-streets and pleasure-domes of Roppongi. In peeling back the layers of personalities and agendas via exploring the working lives of Roppongi insiders in various environments, it seems Vasey has pulled off the difficult job of narrating a multi-faceted novel of good and evil's 'shades of grey,' without becoming overly sentimental, or judgmental. If you have not been to Roppongi, this novel will either encourage or deter you in equal measure, depending on your own predilections. In the meantime, we can certainly salute the emergence of what may yet prove to be a cult adventure-travel novel on a par with Alex Garland's 'The Beach' or Gregory David Roberts's 'Shantaram.'
REVIEW 2 12th January 2012 Review by Fredrik Hjelm - visit his website here: http://thaiboxingchampion.tripod.com/ 2002 US Champion Muay Thai - K1 (Team Andy Hug), & ex Roppongi habitué.
This is an engagingly written and strangely compelling novel. Written by a seasoned industry insider, Roppongi punches through the impossibly glamorous surface of 'High Touch Town' and plunges the reader deep into its seedy underbelly ... showing us a disturbing side of Japan not often written about in the English language. In the same way fatal crocodile-attacks in Australia boost rather than curb tourist numbers, I suspect in years to come that 'Roppongi' will be responsible for ever-greater numbers of wide-eyed thrill-seeking hedonists launching themselves into the alluring but sinister melting-pot which is Roppongi after dark....more