Why am I reviewing a nine year old story that is one of the highest rated on SOL? Because it IS one of the best stories on SOL and if you haven't read it, you should.
It is about a band and it starts in 1980 and the only drug they don't take is Quaaludes. Why they don't take ludes is not discussed, the only thing I can think of is that Al Steiner was smart enough not to take them...I wasn't. 1980 was a really easy year for getting laid; I'd be in a club, walk up to some girl and say, "Hi, I have some ludes and coke, wanna fuck?" She would say, "Can I bring a friend?" At least that is how I remember it, I think I forgot all the times I couldn't do anything about it.
This band does not need drugs to get laid, they have groupies. While there is a lot of sex, this is not really a sex story, nor is it just a feel good story about a band. This is an all too accurate story about,among other things, how scummy the music industry is/was.
My suggestion is go read the story and then you will understand why it has such a high rating.
In "Intemperance", Al Steiner introduces us to a dedicated group of musicians from his small city called Heritage, and lets us read along as they make it big. The story is told from the perspective of Jake Kingsley, lead singer and rhythm guitar player for the band. It is set in the early 1980's.
The story isn't about sex, but there is sex in the story. Where present, it is often hot and intense, and sometimes surreal. Each scene fits perfectly into the story, which can be one of the hardest tasks to an author of erotica. The sex isn't written for stroke purposes, but the scenes are worthy of it. From the "don't kiss the groupies" scene, to the "snorting the coke from a girl's ass-crack" scene, to the scenes with a frisky actress, they all work.
The plot is simply brilliant, and extremely realistic. There wasn't a single spot in the story where I felt like I wasn't reading about a real hard rock band coming onto the music scene in the 1980's. Every part of the story made sense, and was immensely entertaining to read.
Technically, like all of Al's work, this story was nearly flawless.
I am consistently amazed that I haven't seen Al Steiner's work showing up in the bookstore. His ability to create vivid and engaging characters that the reader wants to care about is simply amazing. And in reading this story, I cared about Jake, and how events affected him. I laughed. I found my self wringing my hands. I gritted my teeth. And I found myself saying "Yes!" more than a few times.
This story is simply a "Must Read", and has jumped into my own personal "Top 20" list. It didn't quite knock "Doing It All Over" from my #1 spot, but it came close. Now I (and you) just have to wait for the next book in the story.
Al Steiner has another hit on his hands. Although the story is just into its second chapter at the time of this review, I can honestly promise you one of the 2005's/SOL's top ten stories.
Being a big fan of Al's work, I'm not sure I'm the guy who should review this. But, like any other die-hard fan of a someone's work you always hope that his/her next work will be as good or better than the last.
"Intemperance" by Al Steiner is that kind of work. There is so much promise to it that I'm sure he'll have Oliver Stone or one Cameron Crowe browsing through SOL just to steal ideas from this story. I hope you've got this copyrighted Al?!?!?
What is "Intemperance" about? Well, if you're just looking for a stroke story, you're going to somewhat disappointed. If you're looking for a well written story about a bunch of hometown boys that have been blessed with more talent than they know what to do with and who, like anyone else that's ever rode down the road to rock stardom has ever experienced, recognize the power their combined talents could bring them, then you're in the right place.
As I stated earlier, this story is just up to chapter 2 so far and I'm sure Al is planning on making this one just as good for his devoted old fans and new fans.
Follow along as Al takes us on a journey through the MTV-style world of Rock. Al is sure to put all the ups and downs that fame causes to a bunch of good ol' boys that don't even know what REAL fame is or how to handle it.
Enjoy the ride!!!