A cast of hilariously eccentric characters get sucked into a maelstrom of ridiculous events: can they stumble blindly out of a complex and terminally dangerous conspiracy with their hides intact – and save the world while they’re at it?
Finnegan Frotz, an anonymous, bitter and extraordinarily pale black musician, lyricist and compulsive cynic of German-Scottish origin, flies from Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, to Slovenia, a small country to the northeast of Italy. Upon his arrival he joins Amalia Winegirl, songstress and occasional fling, and her half-brother Randy, bass player and herb aficionado. Together they form a band called Cynicism Management and pump all their efforts into creating what can only be described as a collection of smash hit singles in odd time signatures.
However, prying eyes notice Finnegan at the airport. Something has been etched into his skin, and this catches the wrong kind of attention. Unbeknownst – at first, at least – to any of its members, Finnegan’s band finds itself in the middle of a complex international conspiracy involving a malevolent corporation and a couple of executives with a diabolical plan. Add a colourful crowd of peculiar characters, an ad hoc group of female undercover agents, a voluptuous Portuguese nymphomaniac, a few bearded mujahideen, a sexy case of Stockholm syndrome, an online computer game, a slightly out-of-place but horny U.S. marine, a swarm of nosy cockroaches, and Bear in Underwear to the mix… And get ready for a roller-coaster of entangled plot lines, bizarre dialogues and ridiculous incidents, culminating in a shocking revelation.
Please note that this novel is adult, poignant satire. As such it contains explicit language, sex scenes, politically incorrect depictions, and may be offensive to the more irritable readers, particularly those who hold the values of the American (or Slovenian) Dream paramount.
This is the second edition of the novel, containing many improvements and formatting changes. The novel also includes links to free music by the fictional musicians appearing in the story – to the actual soundtrack for this literary work.
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Bori Praper is a Slovenian musician, writer and translator, living in Berlin. Currently he focuses predominantly on his slightly belated literary efforts (Bori published his first novel in English at the tender age of 36) as well as on “Cynicism Management”, his alternative rock band; “Ray Kosmick”, his psychedelic rock / indietronica / soundtracks alter ego; and a few shorter-term side projects. Bori’s debut novel “Cynicism Management”, a satire with elements of sci-fi/cyberpunk, was published in 2013 by a small U.K. e-book publisher. In 2015 Bori decided to hop on the indie author train, so he published the updated 2nd edition of “Cynicism Management”. In March 2016 he published “Pendulum Pet”, his second novel. Bori is currently writing the third book in the series as well as composing music for it.