The Geriatric Vengeance Club
A 3-D Book Experience
The Seattle Book Review Raves with 5/5 stars!
"I still don't know what magic made me devour the book and finish it surprisingly fast. The book kept me glued until I reached the very last page."
The review continues: "This book is like a gift packed with an exciting mix of things: facts and references, profound arguments, captivating characters, relatable experiences, and an addictive storyline. It is not your usual story as it branches, several times, to logical arguments and historical references that make it resemble nonfiction. However, this is done tastefully as the author's use of language is splendid. The Geriatrics Vengeance Club in the Era of COVID grabbed my attention from the start with its blunt views about the measures taken against COVID-19, kept me engrossed with its sarcasm and humor, and blew my mind with its intelligent discussions."
As Dr. Ben Polten becomes increasingly indignant at the dogmatic rituals and oppressive policies of a COVID response that robs him and his patients of their humanity and their lives, he snaps and is broken down by those who hold the reigns of power. But then his elderly patients teach Ben a lesson that each of them embraces: vengeance is not to fight a direct battle against an unassailable foe. Vengeance is a path that allows them to preserve their own inner power and purpose despite that foe.
The Geriatrics Vengeance Club tells the story of Ben and his elderly patients who defy those depriving them of their autonomy in a world that has gone mad. From a former NSA agent who sees conspiracy everywhere, to a delusional Cat Lady who knows more than she lets on, to a 103-year-old woman who likes to talk dirty, to a band of elderly singers and a quirky music executive who bring Ben on a whirlwind mask-free concert tour, Ben’s life is turned upside down. Along the way he finds love and purpose, never turning his back on the battle that has defined him. Through humor and a quiet defiance, Ben Polten finds his vengeance in the era of COVID.
"Geriatric Vengeance Club' is a fictional book about the new era of COVID from the perspective of Dr. Ben Polton, but it is also a full length album that features twelve corresponding songs! The concept of the book and albums' material was written and created by Dr. Andy Lazris, from Maryland. Andy found a way to deal with today's current issues by putting his own spin on things, and utilizing a great approach for taking on a serious topic. His use of hilarious lyrics, combined with thought provoking points on the matter, is intriguing and keeps the listener's attention" -Erik Anderson, Music Reviewer, Radio Airplay
Set Me Free
What Will They Think Of Us
COVID Is Coming
The Nanny Generation
The Number Song
Just Wear Mask
Set Me Free:
“Set Me Free examines attitudes and opinions about social consciousness, civil rights, and liberties in today’s society and the issues we’re facing, and the importance of freedom of choice. The vocals are perhaps the song's greatest strength with a good vocal tone that is folky and sweet and fun and upbeat. It’s folk, indie pop at its best, and reminiscent of the sounds and songs in the film “ Juno”. However, it goes along with a pleasant melody and bright, melodic, happy chords.”
Reviews by Kristina Mondo
Freelance music journalist