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Show Time [Kindle Edition]

Phil Harvey
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Book Description

Future viewing audiences have become totally desensitized to violence and entirely dependent on sensation to escape their boring workaday lives—an addiction nurtured by the media with graphic portrayals of war and crime and with so-called reality programming. Now, TV execs in pursuit of the only things they care about—higher ratings and bigger paychecks—have created the ultimate reality show: Seven people, each bearing the scars of his or her past, are deposited on an island in the middle of Lake Superior. Given some bare necessities and the promise of $400,000 each if they can endure, the three women and four men risk death by starvation or freezing as the Great Lakes winter approaches. The island is wired for sound, and flying drones provide the video feed, so everything the contestants do and say is broadcast worldwide. Their seven-month ordeal is entirely unscripted, they can’t ask for help or they forfeit the prize, and as far as the network is concerned—the fewer survivors the better.

Editorial Reviews


Phil Harvey has crafted a psychological thriller that takes reality shows, and in fact much of our popular culture, into a realm of true horror. His skill in delving into the psychology of the characters keeps the reader turning the pages. And Harvey does it not through any heavy-handed interior monologues but through the dialogue and interaction of the individuals. The book would easily lend itself not only to a successful movie script but to an intense stage play. The reader comes to know these individuals, to sympathize with them despite eventually even because of their flaws, and to root for them in their fight against not only nature but also the unnatural culture that has put them in their situation. Show Time is a thinking reader s thriller and a thoroughly entertaining read. --Darrell Delamaide, author of The Grand Mirage, for the Washington Independent Review of Books

Phil Harvey elegantly dissects the plummeting values of 21st-century America, while his plot twists seize the reader by the lapels. A great read! --David Stewart, best-selling author of American Emperor: Aaron Burr s Challenge to Jefferson s America

A vision of the future that is laugh-out-loud, until we realize how much it looks like the world we live in now. --Frank S. Joseph, award-winning author of To Love Mercy

How far can reality TV go to satisfy the lust for sensation? Show Time delves into our primal instincts. It s an exciting novel, hard to put down, and highly recommended. --The Midwest Book Review

A vision of the future that is laugh-out-loud, until we realize how much it looks like the world we live in now. --Frank S. Joseph, award-winning author of To Love Mercy

Show Time is a biting commentary on society. Mr. Harvey writes with pure genius. You'll be riveted until the final page, and will be left thinking about this tale for a long, long time. Warning: Some may feel as if they cannot continue due to the gritty emotional content. Finish it anyway you won't regret it. I'm going to buy everything I can find by this amazing writer. --Debracadabra, LibraryThing

A vision of the future that is laugh-out-loud, until we realize how much it looks like the world we live in now. --Frank S. Joseph, award-winning author of To Love Mercy

About the Author

PHIL HARVEY s fiction has appeared in fifteen literary magazines, including Phantasmagoria, which nominated one of his stories for a Pushcart Prize, and Antietam Review, which named another the winner of its annual contest. Most recently his work has appeared in The MacGuffin, Natural Bridge, and the Dos Passos Review.

Harvey nonfiction includes: Let Every Child Be Wanted, which drew praise from former President Jimmy Carter; Government Creep, which, as one reviewer noted, proves that government has invaded virtually every nook and cranny of our lives ; and The Government vs. Erotica, which Publishers Weekly and Booklist praised, the ALA Intellectual Freedom Roundtable nominated as the year s best book on intellectual freedom, and Media Coalition called a frightening, enlightening story.

By day, Phil Harvey is president of DKT International, a nonprofit family planning and AIDS prevention organization, and president and majority shareholder of Adam & Eve, a mail-order business that sells sexually oriented books and films. He lives with his wife, Harriet Lesser, in Cabin John, Maryland.

Product Details

  • File Size: 361 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B008AB73CE
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lost Coast Press; first edition (April 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007S0017C
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CHILLING July 19, 2012
Approach this novel through its setting: Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in the world, notable for its cold temperatures. It is the northernmost of the five Great Lakes, and deep, as deep as 1,332 feet (733 below sea level), the second lowest spot in North America. The water 660 feet down remains almost constantly at 39 degrees Fahrenheit. Above ground, on shore, in the winter, the air might be 20 degrees below zero. Bordered by Ontario in Canada, and northern reaches of Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin in the United States, Lake Superior is largely in forested wilderness, and "wild" describes the 20-foor waves that crash onto the enormous rocks during storms. You can find videos of Lake Superior fury on YouTube. Have a look before you settle in to read.

Seven people are purposely marooned on uninhabited Peshekee Island one mile wide, seven long, in the middle of Lake Superior (at max 160 miles wide, 350 miles long). They have less food than they will need, by arrangement with the producers of "reality" television. Some have weapons. Hidden among the forested acres are dozens of cameras and microphones, and at regular intervals drone monitors swing over the island. The producers want everyone in the world to watch the conflicts that arise through the winter months. The campers' goal is not just to survive, but to make money, $400,000 each if they don't bail out or cheat. The TV folks need to bolster their ratings; the seven people willing to risk their lives are promised bonuses if the ratings go up. The plot of SHOW TIME revolves around the participants' desire to make the adventure more dramatic than it is on Day 71, when they secretly plan to fake a murder. Meanwhile, the producers must please the Emir of Pan Arabia, a "super subscriber" who can dictate content.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read! April 15, 2012
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This book is not for the fainthearted. 7 people are dropped onto an island and must survive there for 7 months. It's reality TV but it is definitely not Mark Burnett's Survivor. There are no rewards and there is no immunity.

No one will be airlifted out in the case of injury or illness or starvation. These 7 strangers will have to do whatever it takes to make it through the long, cold months. With their eyes on the $400,000 prize, how far will they go to win?

Show Time was not written by an amateur. Phil Harvey is very skilled at his craft. Nothing in this book "drags" or slows down including the dialogue. When it comes to his characters, you may love them or you may hate them but you will not forget them.

I did not want this book to end yet I raced to the end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Downright Bradbury-esque July 15, 2012
Show Time takes place on an uninhabited island in the Great Lakes, and in the vacancy of a culture that toys with people's lives for "entertainment." A mix of science fiction, an adventure tale, and biting social commentary -- downright Bradbury-esque. It's a smooth read, and one you won't regret.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss Show Time June 20, 2012
Reality television - you either like it or loathe it. One thing is certain, while producers are able to find contestants who for a fee, don't mind looking foolish, performing private acts (removing clothes is just the beginning) or behaving aggressively for a viewing audience of millions, worldwide reality television will be a fixture in primetime programming.

As you've probably guessed; I don't like reality television but I do like Phil Harvey's psychological thriller, Show Time. He gives the usual reality show format which stars contestants/weirdoes who will do anything for a brief moment of fame, a new spin. Seven people (four guys and three gals) sign on to be marooned on an island bordering Lake Superior for seven months. The reward - $400,000.00 apiece. Survivor/Big Brother on steroids, the show format has only one rule: Injury, illness or starvation, doesn't matter, nobody leaves the island until the seven months are over.

The show's seriously nasty producers are counting on sexual tension, conflict (a death or two would be good) and in the long cold winter, behaviour reduced to dog-eat-dog to keep the ratings high and the sponsors happy. Spurred on by the promise of bonuses if the ratings go galactic the contestants settle in. They split into two groups: Ivan (a crazy ex Navy Seal), Rudy (an athletic café-au-lait black man) and Maureen (a redheaded beauty with a penchant for being captured on camera doing it with Rudy) join forces. The other group comprises: Ambrose (a seemingly nice guy with a huge gambling debt/obsession), Cecily (a woman with a weight problem who has walked out on her husband and daughter) and Ashai (a tough fit lesbian with bi-sexual tendencies).
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4.0 out of 5 stars 'Survivor' on Steroids! March 3, 2014
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The author gives us a view of reality TV like some have imagined it - raw and truly life-threatening. You won't find producers and cameramen who watch out for the participants or a host who challenges them to made-up contests to win food and survival supplies. No, the author makes the participants fight, scramble, argue, have sex, and simply struggle to live in the bitter cold of a Michigan winter.

It's harrowing and revealing and realistic. The characters are well drawn and the interplay between them sounds a bit forced at times. It's not a reality show I want to be in.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars a bit boring
the story was a bit slow and dull. It was compared to Lord of the Flies which is why I bought it...the characters are shallow and dull. The story is slow and plodding. Read more
Published 16 months ago by ali reed
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss it!
Phil Harvey's latest - "Show Time" is a real page-turner. Great characters make for a lively read. It's quite different from Phil's earlier works of non-fiction, but it is... Read more
Published on October 29, 2012 by craig
4.0 out of 5 stars Show Time
Show Time, by Phil Harvey, could have been considered as Science Fiction a few years ago, but the present day setting fits perfectly with the Reality Show madness that has led to... Read more
Published on September 4, 2012 by LCH
2.0 out of 5 stars Show Time left me in the cold
There's nothing special or particularly memorable about "Show Time". The "Survivors"-on-steroids plot is doomed by the rehashing of the same storyline (sex, insults, hunting,... Read more
Published on August 21, 2012 by coachtim
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than TV
You don't have to like reality television shows to enjoy this book. The book has well developed characters and a plot that makes it difficult to put down. Read more
Published on August 17, 2012 by A. Piller
5.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner!
Pager turner indeed - the premise, in this day and age, is highly compelling - with less real violence, we turn to manufactured violence, and TV producers are happy to provide us... Read more
Published on August 6, 2012 by book-o-phile
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner!
My kind of read! The action moves along with great character development and a story line that keeps you reading. I couldn't put it down!
Published on July 12, 2012 by Loves to read
5.0 out of 5 stars Reality Show Unleashed
Have you ever wondered about the consequences of taking the TV reality show beyond all propriety into unimaginable horror as participants and producers push to meet the demands of... Read more
Published on July 10, 2012 by Solveig
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read. Exciting plot.
Phil Harvey succeeds in developing a plot--seven people with both troubled and intriguing lives brought together on an island in Lake Superior with the chance to Win $ 400,000 if... Read more
Published on July 7, 2012 by HWL
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book
If you are a fan of reality television, this book will bring you smack dab into the middle of an amazing new reality show that places people into immensely horrific conditions and... Read more
Published on July 6, 2012 by Dad of Divas
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More About the Author

Phil Harvey's published work includes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. His short story "Bait and Switch" won the Antietam Review's annual literary contest and was published in that magazine. Another published story was nominated by Phantasmagoria for a Pushcart Prize. Harvey's stories have appeared in 15 publications including The MacGuffin, Natural Bridge, and The Erotic Review.

A dozen more stories appear in his third book, "Government Creep," published by Loompanics Press.

His nonfiction includes "The Government vs. Erotica," which the American Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Roundtable nominated as a best book on intellectual freedom; "Let Every Child Be Wanted," which former President Jimmy Carter praised; and more than 40 articles, columns and letters in The New York Times, the Washington Post and other periodicals.

By day, Phil Harvey is president of DKT International, a small, risk-oriented social marketing organization, and president and majority shareholder of PHE, also known as Adam & Eve, a mail order business that sells sexually oriented books and films.

He has appeared on CNN and network television as well as on numerous radio talk shows, and he is at home in front of live audiences.


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