Jonny Bails, Key West’s favorite beer-guzzling, barnacle-scraping street performer, has a night-fishing problem and a penchant for finding bales of marijuana. Beneath the drunken haze lies the under glow of something more, but Jonny can’t seem to get out of his own way. That is, until he locks eyes with the mesmerizing girl with the crooked smile.
Violence ensues as nemesis, The BOMB (the Biggest One-Man Band), goes for the girl, the glory and “the gift”. Jonny’s one true friend, the fatherly Booker, larger-than-life Cuban ex-con “Shorty” and eventually, the narcissistic and volatile Bomb form a band and escape Key West to discover a world of fame, like it or not.
Jonny struggles to find the love of his life, the source and meaning of his new “condition”, and himself. An orgy of music, magic and metamorphosis, “the Luck of the Bioluminescence” changes Jonny from empty to animal to superhuman.
*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.*
This book is set in the fun an entertaining Key West. The atmosphere is perfect for the main character, Jonny. He thrives in the “party-goers paradise”. As a single man he lives the bachelor’s dream: sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll. Until a woman walks into his life and everything changes. Leila brings out a side of him that he’s never known. His bioluminescence side.
The beginning is extremely slow and I kept asking myself, “Where is what I’m reading leading to,” but it eventually gets there. The storyline has a unique mix of friendships, romance, and science. The characters and their personalities come alive, and they mostly stay true to the nature of the story.
The unique bioluminescence aspect is intriguing and keeps you reading.
My Favorite “Secondary” Character: Booker – he is interesting with a lot of character. I love the way he takes care of Jonny and his natural ability to turn any situation into a pleasant one.
My Favorite Part: Jonny and Leila’s first fishing trip. It was downright magical.
Overall, I give this book 3 stars!
You can find Jonny Bails Floatin and the Luck of the Bioluminescence by J. Lee Glassman on Amazon.