Exposé Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B00P1PNYH0
- Publisher : Paul Ilett; 3rd edition (October 29, 2014)
- Publication date : October 29, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 2371 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 339 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1507763999
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #652,290 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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First Colin the 'King of Kiss and Tell' who has uncovered celebrity and non celebrity scandals for years is unmasked as being a cheating husband, then Valerie the vitriolic columnist who rails against gay marriage and other 'crimes against society' is show to be a bitter resentful hypocrite. The entire world is watching as Adam's website releases the truth behind the people who hide behind their Press passes to wreck lives. The author adds fun bits of fictional twitter excerpts and articles and story comments following each unmasking so you get a feel for the public's feelings.
It is easy to sit back and be gleeful as the nasty people seem to get their comeuppance but in reality this book asks the same question many people grappled with 20 years ago following the death of Princess Diana. Do you blame the Press for writing these stories and hunting the people who they put in the publication? Do you blame the people who read these stories; if no one bought a magazine or paper that splashed a celebrity scandal across the front page then the papers would stop reporting on them. And what about the celebrities themselves? In a culture where one can be famous for being famous; Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian, cast of the shows like the Bachelor and Big Brother, is there a trade off of privacy for fame? And lastly what gives the Press the right to pass judgment upon people and what constitutes news? And what percentage of a story needs to be truthful?
The final chapter unmasks the person who truly wanted revenge and why, but I actually felt this detracted from the book.
Most of the characters in this book are unsympathetic. However, they did have distinct voices with their own flaws and virtues. The internal and external conflicts for each main character were well defined and arose out of characterization and circumstance rather than feeling contrived or forced. There were a couple of plot twists and turns that were not expected.
Despite this being well-written, I felt it was just an okay read for me. I am obviously in the minority of reviewers and feel that I am not the intended audience for this book. It was interesting, but not for me.
I won a digital copy of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. Thanks go to Goodreads, the publisher, and the author for the opportunity to provide an honest review. Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way.
As I am a gatherer of books, I collect books and ebooks from a variety of sources: Goodreads wins, Bookhub, BookFunnel, emails from authors and publishers, and others. I do lose track of their sources. But, as a reader, I feel I should give an honest, unencumbered review for all I read. This was a recent result of a Goodreads' drawing.
This is a suspenseful page turner that shows sympathy for the devils of journalism while never forgetting how wicked they are. The story unfolds from the point of view of the villains. The good guy is the enemy. The story is filled with delightful twists and turns. No one is quite as clean or as dirty as one might expect. There is a lot of depth to the characters and in the end it is a tale of revenge with a bit of warm ending.
It is also a proper mystery. The facts are there for the observant to solve the mysteries before they are revealed.
Despite Paul's robbing me of a good night rest, I thank him for writing such a wonderful book.
Top reviews from other countries
What I particularly like about this story is how you get to know a range of characters whose lives have been affected one way or another by the Daily Ear, a UK newspaper that has built its success on revealing the exploits of the rich and famous. So as the story unfolds we learn more about the lives of the paper's owners, editors, journalists and others who work for the paper. And as the story unfolds we begin to question our initial impressions as we discover more about these various individuals.
However, this is not just a story about people and revenge, it also gets you thinking about whether or not we are also being exploited by social media. I really liked the way this is handled in the story.
While this is a work of fiction, you also get a feeling it is based on real events as various aspects of the story strike me as being quite authentic.
So if this review has piqued your interest, may I suggest you take a 'look inside' the novel on Amazon and I won't be surprised if you find yourself, as I was, soon hooked and wanting to read more.
The Daily Ear is a News of the World type tabloid and we find Adam Jaymes, a celebrity, suddenly turning the tables on the journalists by publishing secrets of their own.
What I liked the most is how the characters are inter linked and how you sometimes think one secret is going to be exposed - and it turns out to be something else. And, along the way, there are points where some of the characters start to reflect on how their life has turned out...will they have a change of heart?
It's not prize winning literature...but it's entertaining, thoughtful, cleverly plotted and kept my interest. Look forward to more from Paul.
This book came up on Twitter, and the cover intrigued me immediately. Reading into it, I knew this was a book that I would probably enjoy - I love celebrities, love journalism, and I love exposés. It had a really great premise, so I bought a copy as soon as possible.
Let's start with, not the bad - as this was not a bad book at all - but the 'let downs'. I sometimes felt like the exposés were a bit boring. I wanted scandal, I wanted shock, I wanted disbelief, but for most of them I was just a bit bored of them. I suppose they were quite personal to the characters, but to me I felt like if that came out about someone in the public eye it would be news for less than an hour.
There were quite a few characters, and I lost track of a few of them. Some of them didn't really have much depth, either. I was hoping to see more of Adam Jaymes, follow more of his life, but unfortunately despite him delivering the exposés, he wasn't in it that much. I thought Adam Jaymes was quite a dynamic character, and one that had some interest and backstory to him.
Now to the good - Paul's writing is very good, and whilst it does miss punctuation at times, he did manage to keep me gripped. I know I said the exposés were a little boring, but they weren't boring enough to lose my interest. I also really liked how Paul grasped the media industry and journalism. The Daily Ear reminded me greatly of News of the World, and some of the journalists reminded me of the likes of Katie Hopkins and Dan Wootton. The sad tale of Pearl was a reoccurring theme, and it made me feel like what happened to her - a life humiliated by The Daily Ear - could really happen in real life. Sadly, people will do anything to get their 'exclusives' and that's exactly what these journalists did in this.
Another good thing is the premise. Can you imagine one day waking up to find that celebrities were hunting down journalists and exposing their secrets?! Is it bad I kind of hope that does happen?! I'd love Dan Wootton to get a taste of his own medicine one day.
The final thing I really liked, which nudged this story to a close 4 star rating, was the final exposé and the big twist at the end. If this had gone on a little longer it would have really got me interested! It was so cleverly written. The character in question was always around, but they never raised my suspicion and that's perfect. I was genuinely shocked but it all started to fall in to place. I really enjoyed the end.
I hope that maybe soon, Paul will write a story solely on Adam Jaymes - his rise to fame and meeting his husband perhaps? I liked the LGBT themes. I would love to read more books by Paul in the future.