Roppongi the Novel – Latest Review – 70th 5 Star Amazon Review – by Chizling – “A Proper Roller Coaster!”

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Having lived in and near Roppongi at the time this story is set, it is fair to say the picture painted as a backdrop to the story is a very vivid and accurate one. Roppongi (the novel) is everything you could want wrapped up in 400 pages. Roppongi the place has to be experienced to be believed … you’ve been warned!

A compelling story that I was drawn to initially as it was set in my old stomping grounds of thrill filled Tokyo. Once my initial fascination ran its course and I’d reminisced about many of the locations mentioned in the book, the underlying story gripped me.

A story covering a highly turbulent time for the main character with more ups and downs than any man deserves. While there are many aspects to the story that could be seen as tragic, the overall journey is a positive one.

I can’t really put any more detail in the review as it would spoil the story. It’s safe to say however that while the book is a work of fiction, its resemblance to what Roppongi was like in the late 1990’s is striking.

A well worthwhile read.

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About Nick Vasey

Nick Vasey was born in 1968, raised in various parts of Australia, and completed a Commerce degree in accounting, marketing and law in 1989 at Murdoch University, in Perth, Western Australia. Thereafter, one year of working in a multinational accounting practice was all it took to convince him to quit the typical career-path, and go travelling instead. Wise choice! Over the next fifteen years Nick had a variety of adventures in over forty countries around the world. It would be safe to say that travelling itself became his primary passion. These experiences have confirmed in Nick a profoundly anarchic streak, and repeatedly proved to him that governments rarely have their citizens' best interests at heart, and by default, should therefore be regarded with extreme scepticism. Two of these years of global gallivanting (94/95 & 97/98) were very joyously spent living, working and partying in the nightlife industry, or mizu-shobai (water-trade), of Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan. The purpose each time was simple; to save as much money as possible in order to fund further travelling adventures. Suffice to say these two years in Roppongi proved to be more than sufficient in terms of providing both the material and the motivation for writing his first novel, 'Roppongi'. Out of curiosity, in 2004 Nick briefly returned to Australia and plugged back into the 'Matrix' for a while, but found he still had no use for it. Dumbfounded and disappointed by people's mindless pursuit of material wealth, AFL Football and reality-TV, in 2008 he quit the first-world altogether, for a more tranquil life in the Southern-Sierran township of Vilcabamba, Ecuador ... where he now lives simply with his menagerie of animals, in the mountain-top sanctuary 'Motu-Iti'. In 2008 Nick also founded the real-estate consultancy "Vilcabamba Real Estate Company" (VREC Properties) ... which helped many people relocate to Vilcabamba and find their dream property. In 2016 he and his VREC business partner Santiago moved on to their new project, CasaLista (www.casalista.biz). CasaLista is based in Ecuador, and manufactures state of the art prefabricated modular housing. So, currently, Nick is pretty busy, but he is still writing! If you'd like to get in touch, please email him directly via: nick AT nickvasey DOT com Roppongi - the Novel Roppongi is an 'adventure-travel-fiction' story, exploring the crazy and often dangerous world which is living and working as a foreigner in the Roppongi nightlife industry of Tokyo, Japan. The novel follows the (mis)adventures of its travel-addicted protagonist Zack, and in that respect is similar thematically to Alex Garland's 'The Beach' or Gregory David Roberts' 'Shantaram.' Accordingly, the reader is viscerally transported into the surreal realms of Roppongi, as Zack attempts to come to terms with a series of life-changing events unfolding at rapid pace. In the process, the novel punches through the impossibly glamorous surface of Roppongi and plunges the reader deep into its seedy underbelly ... showing a disturbing side of Japan not often written about in the English language.
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