MUSIC FOR LOVE OR WAR
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“Few writers can take you in one breath from the hills of Afghanistan to the gates of the Playboy mansion, and make you believe every crazy word. Martyn Burke has that special talent.”
According to what we’ve been told, the source of all knowledge is somewhere just south of Sunset Boulevard. The problem is that Danny has lost the address.
So begins Martyn Burke’s tragi-comic novel of love and war. Danny, a Canadian sharp-shooter, and Hank, in the US Army, have been stationed in Kandahar, but they are in Los Angeles desperate to find the Hollywood psychic who will reveal the whereabouts of the women they love. Danny is searching for Ariana, the girl he fell in love with in Toronto in the last years of the 20th century; Hank is searching for Annie Boudreau, known in the tabloids as “Annie of the Boo Two” — twins who were briefly in the gravitational pull of Hugh Hefner.
From Grenadier Pond in west end Toronto, to Afghanistan, to the Malibu colony in LA, the novel follows these moments in the lives of Danny and Hank, revealed by a masterful storyteller and commentator on American culture. When in the mountains of Kandahar, Danny and Hank torture the members of al Qaeda and the Taliban with the music and a larger-than-life-size cardboard reproduction of Liberace in satin short shorts, high-kicking as if on Broadway.
PRAISE FOR MUSIC FOR LOVE OR WAR
“Music for Love or War is slash-and-burn funny, but also unexpectedly touching and wise. Few writers can take you in one breath from the hills of Afghanistan to the gates of the Playboy mansion, and make you believe every crazy word. Martyn Burke has that special talent.”
“Gripping, hilarious, otherworldly, brutal, heartbreaking. A transcendental tale of love and hope for a post-911 world.”
—Jon Steele, author of The Angelus trilogy
“Burke finds enduring love amid Afghanistan’s endless war and a magical story emerges from the ashes.”
—Paul Watson, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of Where War Lives
“Martyn Burke gives new meaning to the term ‘muscular prose’… in this entertaining, well-told war story”
“A glorious globetrotting epic spanning class, race, and ethi¬cal borders. Burke’s personal history as a Hollywood filmmaker and combat-zone documentarian makes this book seem less written than lived—it is filled with the crystalline details and hard-earned truths that can only be gained through on-the-ground experience. Burke is a marvel. Read this book.”
—Craig Davidson, author of Giller nominated Cataract City
“Burke has written a beautiful, gripping, and timely story of love, friendship, and war. This is stunning storytelling that will make your heart race, break, then soar.”
—Terry Fallis, author of The Best Laid Plans
ABOUT MARTYN BURKE
Martyn Burke knows war-riddled Afghanistan where he has filmed documentaries. He knows Los Angeles where he lives and works. And he knows about terrorist families based in multi-cultural Toronto, his second home. In 2012, his feature documentary Under Fire: Journalists in Combat won a Peabody and was short-listed for an Academy Award. In 2015, Martyn received the Auteur Award from the International Press Academy. Previous recipients in¬clude Guillermo del Toro, Baz Luhrmann and George Clooney.