Imagine another reality -- it's easy if you try. What if John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Richard Starkey had taken a sad song and made it better, continuing to play as The Beatles?
From Diversion Books, Audible.com and Stellar Productions, this is a compelling and surprising account of what might actually have happened. It's written as a Rolling Stone-style piece of rock journalism by award-winning Hollywood writer/producer Bryce Zabel. Bryce has created five hour drama series, served as CEO of the TV Academy, taught screenwriting at USC and been an on-air CNN correspondent.
Once There Was a Way just WON the Sidewise Award for Alternate History! Facing tough competition, the book took first place among a panel of six judges, announced at sci-fi's Worldcon!
Once There Was a Way is about another world, the one where the Beatles worked it out instead of let it be.
Even now, when most fans hear a solo song from one of the ex-Beatles, there's a wince of regret. What if?
This novel brings The Beatles back to vibrant life as grown men entering their thirties, brothers who decide to fight a little harder to keep the band they built and the company they'd just started.
The book's cast of characters includes Hunter Thompson, Steve Jobs, Johnny Carson, Muhammad Ali, Richard Nixon, Teddy Kennedy, Linda Ronstadt, Bernardine Dohrn, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord Beeching, Ken Kesey, J. Edgar Hoover, and Stanley Kubrick. And, of course, John, Paul, George and Ringo, plus their hugely significant others; Linda, Yoko, Pattie and Maureen.
The story will surprise you. What else would you expect in a book about new Beatles adventures?
Fifty years ago, John, Paul, George and Ringo were already established in their solo careers.
In 2021, we'll finally get to look at their break-up in HD when Peter Jackson's "Get Back" documentary is released.
It's also going to be the year when Once There Was a Way gets its close-up. Since winning the Sidewise Award for Alternate History in 2018, the book's paperback, ebook and audiobook versions have caught on with readers and listeners.
Stellar Productions retains the option to Once There Was a Way for film and TV. It has currently been developed as a ten-part limited series as part of the Breakpoint franchise.
“We know The Beatles let it be, but what if they worked it out instead? Once There Was a Way gives life to every fan’s fantasy. Bryce Zabel has created a great adventure full of twists and turns that never were, but might have been."
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Read by award-winning narrator Gerard Doyle doing authentic voices for the Beatles and the other characters. Get it here.
Once There Was a Way just WON the Sidewise Award for Alternate History! The first BREAKPOINT novel -- Surrounded by Enemies: What If Kennedy Survived Dallas? — actually aslo WON the Sidewise Award, an award previously won by Michael Chabon, Philip Roth and Harry Turtledove.
Bryce Zabel is a Hollywood writer/producer who's created five primetime TV series, written produced feature films, worked as a CNN correspondent, and served as the CEO of the Television Academy that gives out the Emmys. He's a winner himself of the Writers Guild screenwriting award for his miniseries work.
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