Reader Reviews: “It’s not often I get so enthused and enthralled with a book” – Ian Wright, South Australia.

Sydney’s TOP RATING breakfast show host for 13 years Ian MacRae has now turned his skills to authoring this tremendous work of fiction THE WILTON BAY CHRONICLES! Please let us know what you thought of the book by writing a review on AMAZON! You can CONTACT Ian via this web site.

“As someone who has worked in radio for a decade I was instantly drawn to this but as someone who loves FICTION and TWISTS!’”

As someone who has worked in radio for a decade I was instantly drawn to this but as someone who loves FICTION and TWISTS I was just blown away by this book. It normally takes me 2 weeks to get through a book but I quite literally could not put this down. One thing I hate about most books and movies is how predictable they are, but that most certainly was NOT the case with The Wilton Bay Chronicles… I didn’t see any of the twists and turns coming and I just LOVE that. I’d recommend this book to everybody. Great work Ian MacRae.

– Dean Mackin – Central Coast, NSW 4th July 2015

Roman Craze, son of the Barry Craze, head of Craze Radio Network (CRN), visits Wilton Bay, a coastal holiday town. His mission: to sort out WBFM – currently featuring an eclectic mixture of music genres, talk-back full of swearing, and a series of “special guests” – and bring it in line with their network philosophy of “The Music of Your Life”. Roman faces fierce opposition from the townspeople as well as station manager, Lola. But when the radio station accidentally burns down, Barry makes Roman stay and rebuild WBFM. Meanwhile, a disheartened Lola decides to start up her own community radio station, The Seventh Wave, with the financial backing of the wealthy Doc Rock. This leads to outright war between the rival radio stations, the god-fearing WBFM and the new-age Seventh Wave. In the meantime, another war is brewing between the rival churches, leading to the foundation of a new church, The World Crusade for God, with Roman as its spokesperson. Then the devil himself starts terrorising the town, and all signs point to the end of days. It all culminates in an epic battle which will be fought on the summer solstice.

The book features a cast of eccentric characters, including: Charlie, the God-fearing manager of the Grosvenor Family Motel; Chyna, the fashion-challenged receptionist at WBFM; Lloyd Harrington, the pompous editor of The Wilton Bay News; Mrs Heffernan, his the buxom mistress; Jim Heffernan, property developer and Mayor of Wilton Bay; Andy Jindal, junior reporter for The Wilton Bay News; Hades, the King of the feral street kids; Doc Rock, the wealthy painter and benefactor; Jenny Wu, his profane, hippie partner; Les and Beryl, Chyna’s parents; Matt Harrington, the charming theology student and son of Lloyd; Vera Hardy, resident witch; Father O’Meally, the mournful Catholic priest; The Right Reverend Lawrence Payne, Anglican minister; Joe, the overly-talkative, would-be Islamic terrorist; Bishop Harold Bishop, the American evangelist; and a host of Hare Krishnas, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and even Raelians.

This is an ingenious, cleverly crafted satire on religion, sex, and the end of the world. Every detail is relevant and comes back into the story at some point. As the book progresses, the scenes become shorter, the perspective changes more quickly, and the pace becomes more and more frenetic. We are treated to everybody’s point-of-view – sometimes even from one sentence to the next – but it works. American tourists Vernon and Betty Cabot provide a great outsiders’ take on the mayhem. Full of typical, laconic Aussie humour, this book would make a great ABC television series (think SeaChange and East of Everything). I can picture Richard Roxburgh as Roman and John Howard as Lloyd, along with a cast of other Aussie favourites.

Lynda Dickson, Books Direct

Let’s get the disclaimer out of the way first: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I honestly had no idea what to expect going into the reading The Wilton Bay Chronicles by Ian MacRae. It was offered to me due to my appreciation of Hell’s Super by Mark Cain, so I went in expecting something a bit more overtly comedic. This wasn’t the case.

Not to say that this book isn’t humorous, it’s just not entirely upfront about it.

This book takes a sideways glance at religion in the world today. It’s mostly honest, mostly fair, but ultimately shows how absolutely ridiculous the world surrounding our spiritual health really can be. And MacRae seems to leave no stone unturned in his novel about the town of Wilton Bay. We get Catholics, Wiccans, Muslims, and even a brief glimpse at some Hare Krishnas. Okay, well, obviously not everyone gets in there. There aren’t any Baha’is or Hindus or really much of real Eastern religious groups shown (although Doc Rock encapsulates a few of these ideas). But that’s probably the point.

You see, MacRae gets right down to the nitty gritty of what’s wrong with western religion of today, in that it’s a competition. Revolving the story around two competing radio stations, we get a good idea of how religion has become big business and that they operate very similar to any corporation that needs to please its stockholders.

Yet, with all this commentary, at its heart, The Wilton Bay Chronicles is more of a coming of age story for an entire town. Sure, by the end things aren’t really all that much better, but you get the idea that at least a few people learned something.

I wouldn’t say that this is a fast read. Like talk radio itself, this book seems to spend most of its time simmering, causing the reader to wonder what the point is, although the read itself may be enjoyable. And outside of the commentary, I’m not sure there is much of a point. It seems to be a funny slice of life piece, showcasing what the world of religion can really be like when it truly collides.

And that’s what’s really great about it. That simmering quality means that you can keep coming back to it, no matter how slowly you read, and still immediately get back into the right mindset of the folks of Wilton Bay, almost like the ongoing tales of Lake Woebegon.

If you’re looking for a light easy read that will make you think, this is definitely a worthwhile one for you.

Adam Oster, Amazon Review

One of the most humorous books I’ve read this year so far.
As I was reading through the pages I got a sense this would make a really good cult TV show, there were so many crazy characters. Based on a small seaside tourist town named ‘Wilton Bay’ the story is based around a failing local radio station run by a new age hippie and a spiritual guard. It’s failing so badly, Roman (the son of the radio station chain CRAZE) is sent in to get the ratings up. After his arrival in town, crazy things start to happen to Roman including a night of drug fuelled passion and then the burning of the radio station.
After the fire, Lola (who used to run the failing radio station) decides to set up her own radio station Seventh Wave becoming direct competition to Craze radio run by Roman. As both radio stations fight it out, crazy goings on and bad luck continues to happen in town mostly involving Roman. Talks of strange goings on, ghost and ghouls haunting a new property development. A witch. An opportunist televangelist partnering with Roman to build a church with spiritual healing. A sex video accidently played during a church service. The religious nut who runs the local hotel. The street kids with ‘voices like angles’ forming the church choir, with the leader of the pack coincidently named Hades. The list of craziness continues. The most weirdest and funniest book you will ever read!
Clever Petals, The most weirdest and funniest book you will ever read!

I was gifted this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
The Wilton Bay Chronicles touches on several subjects including but not limited to religion, spirituality, sex, and drugs while balancing between comedy and drama, throw in an end of the world scenario and you have a totally hysterical politically incorrect comedy of epic proportions!
Without giving too much away I’ll say this book has several underlying stories: one consists of the two competing radio stations which is more of a background story while the others in the forefront revolve around the group of “odd” residents of this peaceful beachside resort. The stories center around all the quirky characters and their personal ups and downs they experience towards their ultimate goals. You have everything from fires, astral travel, witchcraft, drug addiction, and even an appearance from the devil himself! You will laugh from beginning to end of all the antics that go on in this one book!
The story was well written and had me laughing and in shock at times! I loved the fact that I didn’t see any of the twists and turns coming. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to laugh and loves a good surprise or two! Well done Ian MacRae and thank you for the opportunity!
Lissette Norton, Totally Hysterical Politically Incorrect Comedy of Epic Proportions!

I loved The Wilton Bay Chronicles. The characters kept me laughing, which my wife often didn’t appreciate as she was trying to get some sleep. I found myself reading “just one more chapter” to see how it was going to pan out.
Highly recommended.
Damo J, I loved The Wilton Bay Chronicles

A Bloody Hilarious n out of this world Funny Read love it …………
Raymond von baron shoostovian jnr, Five Stars

The author asked me to review his novel and give an honest review. He explained he had seen a previous review I had made on a novel having almost the same genre and thought I might be interested in reading his. I agreed.

I am always apprehensive when doing a requested review, but soon after starting this novel I realized this book that might interest everyone. What a novel! But wait, was it a novel? If I wanted to write a book about the various people I have met in my life…I would write a book like this and exaggerate my impression of them and call it a novel. In this bio…err, I mean novel, you will find characters that represent the worse, the best, the dumbest, the smartest, the weirdest, the religious, the non-religious and the most normal. But wait! I don’t think there are any normal people in this book. Ok, maybe three; the Constable and the Cabot’s. One warning, this book is not politically correct. If it were politically correct, no one would read it unless they were very dull readers. And I don’t think there is such a person as a dull reader. Just be prepared to enjoy some good humor, some of which may be very subtle. You may also want to Google some of the “facts” Lola brings up concerning the bible. If you do, this will guarantee you spending an extra day or so to complete the novel. I did this and it took almost two days.

The author accomplishes all this while interweaving a dozen or so stories that fully develop his characters. But don’t worry, the stories all come together and there are no cliff hangers. This book is worth five stars!

D. Meyer, This is a book that brings humor and satire together to make an outstanding novel.

When radio suits meets the partial hippy town of Wilton Bay head on, what an array of oddball characters await your imagination as they wind their ways towards a variety of goals. There’s studio fires, witches, a number of mind-altering substances and an amazing group of human-beings you get the feeling, wouldn’t fit in anywhere else on the planet. A good fun read from a man who should know what goes on behind the scenes as he was a broadcaster for many years.
William Farren, a number of mind-altering substances and an amazing group of human-beings you get the feeling

All the way through the book I was thinking “I’ve worked in towns where that happened, I’ve known people who act like this”.
Enjoyable because there is so much going on in Wilton Bay and there is a few people to keep track of but it all intertwines together.
Suggest you grab a glass of wine, and find a cosy spot for a comfortable, enjoyable read.
Tony James, You have probably known people like those in Wilton Bay

I didn’t think I would be engrossed in a story about radio, as i don’t know much about it, but once I started I was. Not only does it give an insight into the radio business but it also covers so many different and interesting aspects of work and every day living, whilst incorporating drama , comedy , frustration, religion , sex , love and surprise.
Its good light reading and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

It’s not often I get so enthused and enthralled with a book that I become totally engrossed with the plot and the characters, to the point sleep becomes a physical block, to keep on reading. ‘The Wilton Bay Chronicles’ is one such exception. Whilst a couple of competitive radio stations stand as the background to the plot, the real story centres on the town’s characters, their personalities, personal triumphs and undoings. The author has masterfully created totally believable players and blended them with twists and turns, which whilst creative, colourful and sometimes ‘left of field’, expose a very engrossing and believable read. This is the written version of radio’s ‘theatre of the mind’. You read it, the seed gets in your head and your imagination takes it from there. A great first up eBook from Ian MacRae.
Ian Wright, Small Price For A Magnetic Read

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