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In-Sight Paperback – November 28, 2008
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In-Sight is actually the story of many people--some good, some bad--whose lives intertwine in a dangerous conflict over transforming a little island community into an extravagant resort. Political and personal interests, power, corruption, and greed come into play. The full cast of characters include Ward McNulty, who is living a "successful" worldly life as a syndicated columnist who eventually must face the disturbing consequences of his actions; Carrie Hope, a beautiful, ambitious news woman with personal issues; Dan McNulty, Ward's father (who is too Catholic for Ward's liking); Father Bart, an old army chaplain; Bob Rohrbach, a defense-lawyer-turned-real-estate-lawyer who champions for what is truly right; and, of course, plenty of bad guys! Here's a brief passage from the book that illustrates one of the villains, a heartless drug baron:
"Galarza scoffed at the weakness of lesser men whose scruples kept them from ever becoming truly powerful. Of all the things he ever killed, he thought, his conscience was the easiest."
It is in fact how the characters deal with their consciences--whether they listen to them or smother them--that makes this story. Worldly vision of life can be--and often is--far from accurate, and the author's take on this theme is intriguing. A little less than half-way into the book, the story takes a twist that makes you say, "Ah-ha! Now I really get the title. Great double-meaning!" This dramatic twist would be hard to believe without the convincing context that Mr. Webster has created throughout the story.Read more ›
The plot centers around syndicated columnist Ward McNulty, who has managed to break free of his embarrassing, working class Catholic parents so as to enter into a sophisticated, glamorous world of cocktail parties, career politicians, and celebrities. His own celebrity status has acquired for him the favors of lovely anchorwoman Carrie Hope, who is as seduced as Ward is by the allure of power and wealth. Ward is trying to help a group of businessmen and politicians realize their scheme of buying out all the residents of a small island, which they plan to turn into a multimillion dollar resort. When Ward discovers that he will be working against his own family, his conscience is awakened.
Furthermore, the determination of the magnates turns increasingly sordid, as they try to smear the local parish priest when he gets in their way. The only person who can save the priest and the residents from disaster is the lawyer Bob Rohrbach, a man of unflinching integrity. He is also in love with Ward's sister Beatrice.Read more ›
The book begins with Carrie Hope's dad's last words to her before dying in the hospital: ''I love you as my own.'' Carrie's parents were killed by a drunk driver when she was a freshman at Florida State University (FSU). This event leaves Carrie alone and with no known relatives. When she turns 21, opportunity comes knocking at her door- she lands a Summer internship job in TV journalism in England. She needs to apply for a passport and is unable to find a copy of her birth certificate. She contacts Mr.Tom Eddington, the family lawyer, and asks for his assistance. Her meeting with Mr. Eddington reveals some shocking family secrets that find Carrie ill-prepared and send her in a life of busyness and internal turmoil.
Meanwhile, syndicated column writer, Ward McNulty, is enjoying the fame and the power of his political commentary column, Inside Story. His credibility and insight change the lives of those people he writes about. Ward has been very outspoken and supportive of State Senator Chet Garner in his column. This relationship, however, will proof itself shallow and manipulative as the story unfolds.
Carrie Hope buries her past and continues working on TV journalism. Her hard work earned her the position of co-host at the news program, Channel Five at Five. She and Ward McNulty meet at the studio as she interviews him for the news series,'Local People Makes Good.' Some time after this interview, Carrie and Ward start dating and end up with Carrie's moving in with Ward. At first, their relationship is full of lust and passion, but these slowly disappear as they get more and more involve in their careers.Read more ›
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I chose "In-Sight" because it was promoted by our local Catholic bookstore. What a delight this book is. The plot is interesting, believable and fast paced. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Christie DeTrude
I love a good plot, likable characters and lively dialogue that rings true, and this one has it all. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Diane Lamoureux
A very well written thriller with a great message. Could not put it down. Goes to show you you don't need all the gore and filth to catch people's attention. Fantastic!Published on February 13, 2013 by Ana M. Vargas
I am always looking for good novels that are written by solid Catholics or at least do not denigrate the Catholic faith or present situations, events, etc that are opposed to the... Read morePublished on January 2, 2013 by Sherry Brownrigg
I purchased this book -- free for Kindle -- chiefly because it was advertised on fb as a Catholic novel. However, it certainly doesn't start off as if it were one! Read morePublished on March 2, 2012 by M. Gallaher
In Sight is the interesting and compelling tale of Ward McNulty, a syndicated newspaper columnist who, despite his Catholic upbringing, lives the secular life, and shacks up with... Read morePublished on August 22, 2010 by Ellen Gable Hrkach
Gripping, persuasive, and unexpected, In-Sight came to me because the author read my posts on depression and thought I'd relate with some of his characters. Read morePublished on June 11, 2010 by Sarah Reinhard
I enjoyed this Catholic novel. We need more like this. I finished reading, wondering what it would be like to have such insight! Read morePublished on May 7, 2010 by Rose N. Schaeffer
A large corporation planned to develop a resort complex on the tiny island of Tamaqua, off the coast of Florida. Read morePublished on April 20, 2009 by Debra Gaynor