Authors: J.D. Rader & Michael Gudgell
“Breaking News: A Novel is a quick read that really moves, with some
powerful surprises! A good ‘backstage’ look at the world of broadcast news.”
-- M.J. McDermott, Q13 FOX News, Seattle, WA
"For me it was like watching a train wreck...from the train. Breaking News roped me in.
It's fast furious and unfortunately, real." ~ Michael Harris, Network TV News Producer
Despite ABS News producer Bill Ramey’s distaste for seamy news stories, he pursues evidence that links Senator Gerald Smith to the disappearance of a beautiful blond coed. Nothing is as it appears and soon Bill uncovers dark secrets that someone would kill to protect. As the news story unfolds Bill Ramey and Senator Smith are swept into the funnel of a media tornado that neither of them can control. Though Bill tries to hang on to his integrity, he becomes one of the players in a dangerous game of media manipulation.
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Here is a sampling of praise for Breaking News: A Novel
(L. Smith) A beautiful young woman has disappeared from a college campus and a well-known US Senator is implicated in this disappearance. Television newscasters are in a frenzy trying to find any information on this story. If this sounds familiar, it is - and is the basis of this terrific novel about television news, politics and the lives it impacts.
The story revolves around a veteran television news producer who is working on this story, stumbles across another woman's disappearance involving the same senator and his reflections on what the business has become. Not only because he believes that TV news is more about the sensationalism instead of the reporting, but also because it has affected his personal life, losing his wife and daughter via divorce in the process.
The reader will be riveted to this book for both the development of these news stories and also how Bill's personal issues are intertwined with this story. This reader ended up cheering for Bill through the story, to resolve both professional and personal situations that arise during the novel. It will grab your attention early, move through twists at a fast pace, and keep you reading (and guessing) throughout the entire book. Great read!
(JimBob) Most of the story in this book takes part in my hometown and really brings the places alive with vivid description of the area in and around Hyde Park, Chicago,IL., and the surrounding area. It tells a story that parallels real life in a way that's real and riveting. It gives a good look into the broadcast news business, its good and bad sides. The characters themselves reflect real life people as they can be unappealing, plain bad, some lacking character but yet redeemable as well as respectable and god fearing. As I read this book it was very easy to visualize exactly what was happening and envisioning how the movie from the book would look like. I highly recommend that you pick up a copy of this book immediately. It is a fun and exciting adventure!
(In My Opinion) Terrance Robbins is running against incumbent Senator Smith for his position. Let's see who can heap the most dirt on the dirt pile as television reporters race to do the digging and subsequent reporting. If it makes a good story, report it. Hey why bother confirming what you find when it looks good enough?
News researcher Marta approaches producer Bill with some possible dirt she's found on Senator Smith. A beautiful college student has gone missing. The dirt on Robbins is no longer prime time while Smith maintains his innocence.
This book starts off with a near bang and keeps up a steady pace throughout with lies, misunderstandings, threats, firings, and murder. "Breaking News" doesn't disappoint.
"Just finished Breaking News: A Novel. It's a fascinating insight into the world of television news and the power it wields over public opinion and what is deemed newsworthy. The characters are well developed and relatable and the plot is full of unexpected twists. A great read!"
-- Theresa R., La Mirada, CA
"Breaking News: A Novel caught my attention from the start, I didn't want to put it down."
-- Lacie S.
"Breaking News: A Novel is a page turner with an unexpected turn. Great character definition and perfectly set up for the next book. I'll be camping on J.D.'s doorstep waiting for it to come out! A great read!"
-- Dianne C.
"Breaking News: A Novel is a page-turner that you simply won't be able to put down. Great characters, a unique inside look at the television news world, and plenty of twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very end. Once you're finished reading, you'll want to read it all over again to see what you might have missed."
-- Tami H.
"I loved the fast moving, plot twisting tale and the full-bodied characters, flawed in their humanity, whom I came to love and loathe. I hope there's more Breaking News in the future."
-- Cathy Caruth, Seattle, WA
"Just finished Breaking News: A Novel and couldn't put it down! Great characters, plot and topic. Thanks for putting out a great read!"
-- Tanya K.
I finally picked up Breaking News: A Novel and then I could hardly put it down! Read it in about 2 days, stayed up till past midnight to finish it! I haven't had the biggest interest in reading about journalism fiction in the past, and not a big thriller/mystery reader but this one was great --especially liked the surprises and how characters I thought were bad turned out to be otherwise and vice versa. Also great to have a main character who is Armenian as that is part of my heritage!"
-- Bruce G.
“Breaking News: A Novel is the first mystery thriller page turner I have read since Stieg Larsson’s, The Millennium Trilogy. Set in Chicago, the main character, a television news producer, struggles with his social values and the demands of the present day media he needs to satisfy to stay employed. Along with a fast paced narrative, there are lots of interesting details about Chicago and the media."
-- Etta B.
"Breaking News: A Novel is a fast-paced and entertaining. I couldn't put it down!"
-- Ellen K.
"I really enjoyed this Breaking News: A Novel. I could not stop reading. I can't wait for the movie!!"
-- Theresa Maler, Wilton Manors, FL
"Breaking News: A Novel is a quick, fun read that captures the drama of a newsroom."
-- Emily K.
"I treated each chapter in Breaking News: A Novel as a reward for getting more work done. I really enjoyed it."
-- Linda D.
Fabulous! My book club just read Breaking News: A Novel, and every single person loved it! The novel is one of those ‘can’t-put-it-down’ types, filled with interesting characters and unexpected plot twists. And what a lively discussion we had! Can’t wait for the next one. "
-- Cindi H.
"Breaking News: A Novel is an inside look at the people who present the news. It has a great twist and is a fun read."
-- Anne Marie P.