“The Holden Age of Hollywood begins as a journey of personal discovery then mutates into a dark and obsessive pursuit of phantoms through the sulfurous netherworld of Hollywood. Fascinating.”
~ John Knoerle, author of The American Spy Trilogy
“The Holden Age of Hollywood by Phil Brody delivers the premise and promise of its title. It is an original, rollicking, picaresque novel that would make J.D. Salinger proud.”
~ Stan Corwin, former publisher/CEO of Pinnacle Books, author of Betty Page Confidential and Oxy-Morons I Have Known
“Brody’s debut novel has an ambitious agenda. It’s a coming-of-age novel, a mystery, a love story, and a stinging, knowing send-up of the movie biz. Brody melds these disparate elements with energy, wit, snarky insider dialogue, and a clipped, telegraphic narrative style. . . The Holden Age of Hollywood is fine entertainment."
~ Thomas Gaughan, Booklist (May 1, 2012)
“As the sun came up today, I turned the last page of Phil Brody’s The Holden Age of Hollywood. That’s because I couldn’t put it down. I can rarely make time for novels, but this one had me rifling through pages with constant anticipation. The back drop of this story is the same backdrop I live and work in. Hollywood. With all its fast-talkers, posers, and users, Brody weaves a tale through all the madness that is Hollywood with a voice of reason, integrity, and hilarious sarcasm. . . I have rarely been this entertained, while being informed, all from reading the same book."
~ Doug Jones, Actor, Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy I and II, Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer
“We found ourselves sad to leave every chapter and didn’t want the novel to end—that’s how good it is. In a way, The Holden Age of Hollywood never really ends though, does it? Hollywood loves a star in any form. Guess you'll have to pick up the book to see what we mean. . .”
~ Johnathan Ruggiero, CEO/Founder of ActorRated.com and Michelle Luchese, Community Outreach Coordinator of ActorRated.com
“If anyone knows Hollywood, author Phil Brody knows Hollywood. The Holden Age of Hollywood is a cynical and witty look at the real town . . . exposing the often underappreciated business of screenwriting, all while unfolding an unexpected love story. . . .”
~ Jessica Druck, The Five-Stir
“Readers will enjoy watching a fascinating Bateman get sucked into the Hollywood drama machine. Filled with a quirky cast working humorous scenes, this is a fascinating character study as Bateman goes the extraordinary extra kilometer to find a Holden screenplay.”
~ Harriet Klausner, Genre Go Round Reviews (June 18, 2012)
"The Holden Age of Hollywood is a great view of the reality of screenwriting. Phil Brody's dark humor and commentary could fast become required reading for all aspiring Hollywood."
~ Jeffrey Gordon, President & Founder of Writers Boot Camp
“Out of five stars, I'd probably give six. . . . It's a great, fast-paced, witty, snarky read.”
~ All Things Writing (August 22, 2012)
“Brody has managed to use his experiences to write an original story that will keep you turning the page.”
“A startling, beautiful, and unique page turner. And a poignant, focused perspective of life in the Hollywood trenches.”
~ Taryn Southern, actor-singer-comedian
“Brody's written a real fresh-feeling book on the whole Hollywood subject . . . His style reminds me a lot of Shane Black or David Mamet—masters at creating their own memorable voices with scant words.”
~ Gregor Collins, author of The Accidental Caregiver