Roppongi the Novel – Latest Review – 66th 5 Star Amazon Review – by Bevan N Colless – “A must-read for anyone who has stumbled from a Roppongi Bar at 6am clutching for sunglasses.”

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Nick does a terrific job capturing the frenetic pace of Roppongi.
Those who have never been there will still enjoy the book for its high paced story telling.
I enjoyed it immensely.

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Roppongi the Novel – Latest Review – 65th 5 Star Amazon Review – by Steve – “Loved it!!! Read it and re-read it a few times now and I still love it!”

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For lovers of action it has it in spades.
If you have a vague interest in Tokyo and how the foreigners cope with the surreal daily life, it’s eye opening.
If you just love a good story – buy it! You won’t be disappointed.
The best book I have read this year.

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Roppongi the Novel – Latest Review – 64th 5 Star Amazon Review – by Erin R Schumacher – “Definitely a fun page-turner!”

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I really enjoyed this read. I’ve never been to Roppongi and have no way to know if even a fraction of what was written was true. But in my imagination, and to the writer’s credit, I definitely felt as though I was there and it was happening.

I feel like the book started a bit slow but once it got to Tokyo a couple chapters later, bam! Hold onto your panties, you’re in for a wild ride. Every chapter ends a bit of a cliff hanger and you think to yourself “ok, one more chapter, then I’m going to bed.” Which inevitably turned into about 10 or 12 more chapters!

The book was well-written and well thought out. There were some things I guessed and then a couple of items that completed surprised me but played in nicely to the story. In fact, after I was done reading the book, I wanted to read it again so that I could see all the subtle hints throughout the book that I missed the first time around.

If you’re looking for a wild, sexy, entertaining and intelligent novel, then Roppongi is definitely for you!

Oh and I most certainly hope this gets made into a movie. That would be incredible!

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Roppongi the Novel – Latest Review – 4 Star Amazon Review – by Leigh James – “Roppongi – a Novel.”

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I have a small collection of ‘Roppongi’ based fiction, and most turn out to be a disappointment, being barely veiled ego boosts by the author. This was not. Although the work is fiction, and you have to remind yourself of this fact, the background to this story is very very close to the experience that Roppongi provided to so many, albeit perhaps an extreme version for some. Not a bad read at all, not a difficult book or high-brow … it is entertaining. For anyone who ever lived there, or anyone who ever wanted to, or those that want to read about another world, this is a good read.

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Roppongi the Novel – Latest Review – 63rd 5 Star Amazon Review – by Bani – “Roppongi Travels.”

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Roppongi is a journey. Written from the insight of a highly evolved traveler, one page in and I was back in the world I enjoyed so much as an adventurer. Nick has the wit, wisdom, and talent of a modern day story teller mixed with the passion, heart and warmth of an old world gentleman.

The story is woven well inviting the reader to enjoy simple beauty then take the bait of the dark sides of adventure. We all crave both in life. Nick shows how easy it is to get caught in the mix of worlds and how one rarely walks away unchanged forever.

Like the epiphanies some drug experimentations evoke, Roppongi has the power to wake up the soul to just want more … then all at once, the same temptation leaves the reader happy with just being the reader this time!

Definitely, worth the read and the ride!

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Roppongi the Novel – Reviewed by Tom Boatman of The Tokyo Reporter – “Nick Vasey hits and misses in taking readers on a guts-and-glory ride through some of Tokyo’s dark alleys.”

Not a perfect review … but I’ll take it! 🙂
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Roppongi. Even for the uninitiated, the word conjures up images of urban debauchery and degradation. For those lucky enough to call Tokyo, “home sweet home” the resonance is even stronger, perhaps even haunting.

In his book by the same title, Nick Vasey seeks to bottle that flavor and share it with the world. His superhuman proto-protagonist, Zack, takes us on a swashbuckling, guts-and-glory ride through the dark alleys of Roppongi, one of Tokyo’s top pleasure quarters, circa 1998, when sex and drugs and rock n’ roll were plentiful and proliferating.

Those looking for cultural introspection or historical accuracy should look for another book, perhaps Robert Whiting’s excellent “Tokyo Underworld.” But if you are seeking a big fat line of eye-popping pleasure, “Roppongi,” released last year, will more than satisfy. Although, as is often the case with strong chemicals, you might be getting the urge for another hit before long.

No doubt, Roppongi is addictive. It’s the kind of book some of us dreamed of writing in college, but we were too busy living the dream, not unlike Zack. He seems to have the mind, appetite, libido and staying power of a 20-year-old athlete. Every few pages he is inducing copious amounts of drugs and alcohol and then boning the hottest babe on the planet, often all at the same time.

Despite being in a constant state of inebriation, his flag never fails to fly at full mast, seemingly at the bat of an eyelash. It’s all a little hard to swallow, except for his hot babes, who always do, of course.

So you’ll find plenty of eye-rolling passages like this, “Zack felt himself get hard straight away and thought, ‘Fuck, that’s impressive.’”

Nonetheless, Vasey keeps the plot moving fast and furious. There’s no time to wonder why, because something naughty and nasty, but nice, is awaiting Zack, just around the corner or on the next page. A philandering flight attendant. A bouncy stripper. A menacing mob boss. And our hero always ends up on top.

He works as a floor manager in a strip bar staffed by foreign dancers, sells drugs for an Iranian middleman, hangs out with beautiful Israeli women, and plays pool with a Japanese gentleman and a yakuza meth head. Eventually, it all comes horribly apart in a rip-roaring finish followed by a heart-warming coda.

Unfortunately, “Roppongi” does suffer from a serious lack of editing. Every thought or concept, no matter how obvious, is flagged, amplified, and repeated, as if Vasey thinks his readers might be too drunk or high to follow the text:

Moet in one hand, lines of coke going up your nose, and a Playboy Centerfold with her mouth around your cock. Decadence, hedonism, excess. The rules do not apply.

One would assume that the first sentence does not need further explanation. Moreover, no one simply says anything in “Roppongi.” They “tease,” “compliment,” “prompt,” “concede,” “shrug unhappily,” or “bark abrasively.” After awhile, one wishes Vasey would trust his dialogue to deliver the punch, instead of explaining every line.

In the last third of the novel the action really gets rolling and Vasey takes us from sex and drugs to violence and hints at the frightening changes that would befall the real Roppongi in the early part of the century.

Perhaps it’s best to think of “Roppongi” as a plate of Buffalo wings. There’s lot skin and batter wrapping a small portion of meat, but it’s spicy, satisfying and goes well with beer. Lots of beer.

For those who have experienced it, especially during the heyday, Roppongi is difficult to put into words. And as Zack says at one point, when he is playfully allowed to look directly at the camera, “Someone should write a book about this.” We can thank Nick Vasey for doing just that.

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Roppongi the Novel – Back in Top 1.5% of Amazon – Spread the Word – Thank-you! :)

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As of this morning (nearly one year in), Roppongi has nearly 70 Amazon reviews (internationally), and is averaging 4.8 out of 5 stars! It is currently in the Top 1.5% of Amazon by sales and is sitting at 19 in its genre category. Brilliant! :)

If you have read Roppongi, please do me the favour of LIKING, RATING and REVIEWING Roppongi on the Amazon page.

The sooner you add your review the better. This is the single most powerful thing you can do to help me promote the novel to a wider audience. Your opinions count! :)

So please take the few minutes necessary to jot down your thoughts and post them on Roppongi’s Amazon page.

Don’t forget to SHARE your review of Roppongi with your friends on Facebook. Spread the word! Many thanks to everyone all over the world who has purchased and enjoyed reading my novel.

You all rock … and I truly appreciate your support and enthusiasm.
Thank-you! 🙂

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