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The King by Rich Koslowski
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The King

by Rich Koslowski

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The King is an offbeat tale of one very enigmatic Elvis impersonator that's taking the Vegas strip, and the world, by storm. Shrouded in mystery with the shining gold helmet that covers his face, his performances are mesmerizing, and many fans are starting to believe that he really is Elvis. Through a series of thought-provoking interviews and investigative reporting, a journalist makes it his personal mission to find out who The King really is. And along the way he discovers a lot more than he bargained for.… (more)

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Is it possible that Elvis could return to earth as the appointed God of Music and decide to to a run of shows in Las Vegas? If he did, what would the media make of it? Who would be scrambling to get the first interview? What of the guys that used to write all of those Elvis sighting stories?

Well, if you're Paul Erfurt, you thought your National Enquirer days were behind you and your chance to write for Time was a stroke of luck. Of course, you thought you were there to prove this guy a fraud and didn't expect to actually believe that this was Elvis...or King as he prefers to be called.

Thus begins the mystery of The King. Is this man who everyone thinks he is? What does it take to become a god (even a minor one?) in this age of celebrity? How important is legend in this modern world? Is belief worth having anymore? These are just a few of the things touched upon in a quick and entertaining read from Koslowski. ( )
  stephmo | May 10, 2009 |
Known only as “the King” and wearing a gold mask over his face, a spectacularly popular Elvis impersonator claims to be the real deal, transformed by death into a god of song. Ex-tabloid reporter Paul Erfurt is sent to Vegas to interview the King and his closest followers. Once there, he quickly realizes that there is much more to the story than he ever could have imagined. Blue-tone artwork sets the mood for this mysterious and intriguing tale by Wisconsin author Koslowski.
  thundermuse | Jul 20, 2007 |
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I'm not afraid to die anymore. I've seen what lies beyond, and it is far more beautiful than anything in this life.
- Elvis
A lot of these guys aren't reporters, they're marksmen.
- Elvis
The audience is the other half of me.
- Elvis
He is the Deity Supreme of Rock and Roll Religion as it exists in today's form.
-Bob Dylan
Elvis is not a God, but we worship him because he is Elvis.
-Sam Phillips
Elvis' first record producer
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August 16, 1977

Ah KNOW what to do now...

It's all so clear.
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Shrouded in mystery with a shining gold helmet that covers his face, The King's performances are so mesmerizing that fans are starting to believe he really is Elvis Presley. Through investigative reporting and a series of through-provoking interviews, a former tabloid journalist makes it his personal mission to find out The King's true identity. But in his race to debunk The King's latest comeback, he discovers much more than he bargained for.
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