Searching for Roy Buchanan

Thru music, time travel, and self-realization, you'll tag along with these kids for a unique and soulful adventure.
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Aki Sato is a 15-year-old girl living in Tokyo with her two brothers, Kenji (20) and Hiro (16). Their parents are gone, killed in a train accident. Kenji has dropped out of school to take over the family business, which the others help in. All three are dealing with the loss differently…Kenji remains stolid and quiet, Hiro is dark, brooding and not very communicative, and Aki remains optimistic.

Aki’s deeper issue is the Amida Syndrome, which she inherited from her mother. Aki has the ability to time travel but has no training or experience in using it. Furthermore, Aki is beset by terrifying nightmares, including one in which she continues to hear a strange metallic sound.

A breakdown of the family truck leads to the incident that changes their lives forever. From the house comes that very sound. An investigation leads them to Kazu, an aging former blues musician. He agrees to teach Hiro guitar and becomes a mentor to Aki.

Kazu also is a traveler, and proves it by whisking them all to San Francisco of the 1960s, and infusing all of them with the blues, the music that so took him.

Aki decides to test her powers. A series of misadventure follows, as Aki brings her brothers to the Mississippi Delta of the 30s, London of the 60s, and pre-9/11 New York City, where they meet a legend who died before anyone knew his name.

Aki gains further understanding of her powers, and also discovers her own “voice.” The story ends in a unique manner, but leaves the door wide open to a future where the reader will ask, “What happens next? How did they do?”

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I just finished this book and am pondering and savoring it. The specificity of it is inspiring. It feels like a story only one person could have written—this cat Tory. It strikes me as idiosyncratic in the best way: born of confidence in a particular vision. I found it comforting and moving to spend time with these kids thrust into adulthood early, yet still growing up. They have a solid fragility (that's the best way I can say it). My heart goes out to them as they work to take care of themselves and each other and to figure things out, while at the same time I see encouraging signs that they will. So I found myself caring about them and having concern but not worry—that was a good feeling. I also enjoyed the writing style. The language is very much in keeping with my sense of a Japanese aesthetic: straightforward, detailed, earnest precision. I know that no culture is monolithic, so I offer that only as my perspective. With that qualification, it is easy for me to imagine this book being appreciated by many in Japan as a deft creation by a foreigner who honored the nation by employing such close study of another environment. Finally, there is the way that the story points to soulful music. I surfed to recordings of the works mentioned, and that deepened my perception of the siblings' mystical and musical experiences being healing and cathartic for them and those around them. This book took me to new places in art, history, the world and myself. Truly transporting.

-- Keith Eldred

As someone who loves blues music, Asian culture, fantasy, and a well written story - this book really hit the sweet spot for me. Of course, you don't have to love all those factors to enjoy this book (as they are a very motley combination of interests). At the heart of it all, it's a story about a sister and her brothers finding themselves and healing after the tragedy of losing their parents. Thru music, time travel, and self-realization, you'll tag along with these kids for a unique and soulful adventure. Bravo Tory Gates!

-- P. M.

About the Author ▸ Tory Gates

A broadcaster for more than thirty years, Tory Gates has seen and done just about everything in the radio business. Currently, Tory can be found hosting and producing music, talk and sports programs across Central Pennsylvania. He hosts The Brown Posey Press Show, a program for authors on the BookSpeak Network, and is also known as DJ`Riff, host of The Music Club for the London-based Radio-Airwaves Station. Tory is the author of four books. The latest, Searching for Roy Buchanan is available on Brown Posey Press. His 2016 release, A Moment in the Sun won First Place in the Young Adult division of the 2017 Red City Review Awards, and was a finalist for the Dante Rossetti Award for Young Adult Fiction by Chanticleer Reviews. 2017’s Live from the Cafe was also a Red City Review finalist in 2018. His self-published debut, Parasite Girls is available through and Smashwords. Tory’s works are of young adult/crossover fiction, with exotic settings, but deal with real-life issues and social problems. His future releases include Searching for Roy Buchanan. A native of Vermont, Tory lives in Harrisburg with his numerous cats. You can find him on Facebook, Twitter (@ToryGates), and in the nearest place that serves good coffee!
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