- Series: A Newsmakers Novel
- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 19, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0718037677
- ISBN-13: 978-0718037673
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 235 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #482,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wiehl and co-author Sebastian Stuart have coiled a tight spring of broadcast news intrigue that puts Erica Sparks, a too-good-to-be-true TV journalist, in mortal danger. Handpicked from her job at a New Hampshire affiliate to become the darling of the recently launched Global News Network (GNN), Erica is determined to impress her new boss with her investigative reporting skills. She isn't aware that megalomaniacal station owner Nylan Hastings has hired her for entirely different reasons. The job change also introduces her to handsome Greg Underwood, her sketchily drawn executive producer. When a catastrophic accident conveniently occurs while she is covering another story, Erica and GNN's ratings go skyrocketing. Then, when another terrible accident happens while she's reporting, her bad news hackles are raised and Erica begins a dogged pursuit for the truth. Whom can she trust in the competitive, powerful, high-stakes world of the newsroom? A fantastic premise and good pacing are hampered by subpar character development. Agent: Todd Shuster, Zachary Shuster Harmsworth (Jan.)\n
'This book is distinctive, with a terrific plot and an imperfect main character who is spellbinding. Kudos to Lis Wiehl for imaginative, yet absolutely believable in this ‘me’ world, great writing. Wiehl has distanced herself from the pack with this one.” (Suspense Magazine)
“The Newsmakers is sure to grip readers and open their eyes to the intense field that is journalism.” (CBA Retailers + Resources)
'Fox News' legal analyst Lis Wiehl puts her experience to splendid use in 'The Newsmakers,' a tale that masterfully takes her quasi-alter ego, Erica Sparks, across the line from reporter to subject after she saves the life of a presidential candidate during an interview. This in the wake of her covering a Staten Island ferry disaster that may or may not have been an accident. The fun lies in watching Sparks pursue the nagging feeling that these two events may be somehow connected, uncovering a conspiracy of 'Seven Days in May' proportions at the expense of hers and her daughter’s safety. In that respect, the thus ironically titled 'The Newsmakers' harks to the best of Robert Ludlum’s paranoid tales of shadow governments and secret cabals, as well as classic political thrillers like 'The Parallax View' or 'Three Days of the Condor.' That’s a high bar to set, but Wiehl is more than up to the task in crafting a superb page-turner as provocative as it is scary. (Providence Journal)
“Wiehl’s insider knowledge of the television news industry gives this novel credibility and excitement beyond the everyday tale.” (RT Book Reviews)
“As for Lis Wiehl’s newest story, The Newsmakers, the mystery is physiologically and gripping at the same time. Wiehl ends the story in a cliff-hanger, begging for the next book to hurry up and be released.” (Book Talk at Fiction 411)
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The last chapter reminded me of the end of a Mary Higgins Clark book. I think even Mary Higgins Clark herself would agree. The very end was, I felt, also unrealistic.
She lands a job at a network station, an up-and-coming cable network news station that could be her break, and on her first assignment, an interview with one of the royals, hits journalistic pay dirt when a ferry crashes right in front of her, and she is in the thick of it, not only reporting, but caught on camera trying to save lives.
What follows is a story that is a bit up and down in pace with another major incident that gives Sparks another major bit of journalistic credibility, and she is suddenly broadcasting gold.
The story could have been really good from here, but there are a few issues that drag it down. First (and this is the ironic bit) is that it's all in ‘first’ person perspective (ok, so mildly funny?) This in itself is not drastically bad, it's just that it isn't written overly well. I'm not saying I'm the world’s best writer, I'm just saying that the way this book is written makes it difficult to read.
Secondly, the dialogue, both between the characters and the constant inner prattle she has in her own head, is not exactly great either, and this drags the overall quality of the book down as well.
These two could have been overlooked if the story had been a really good thriller, however, you know very early on who is responsible, the author tells you, and it's not for some amazing plot twist, it's just there, and it kind of ruins the story. I got to the end and wondered what was the point?
I will give it that it had some strong female characters, which was nice for a change. There was some decent work on Erica’s character, her past and struggles. There was some quality sections in this book, and that’s what was disappointing, the high quality in some chapters, and the poor quality in others.
I mean overall it is a bit of escapism, the entire purpose for reading, but it could have been a lot better.
I wouldn’t normally pick something like this up (as per a lot of my other reviews), but I was a huge fan of the Newsroom, and for some reason, thought it might have the same appeal.
I hope that if there is another in the series that it isn’t in the first person, and that the dialogue is a bit better, not so day time tv, and with a little more strength to it. It would be good if the plot was stronger also and not revealed so early to make it a bit more interesting. This would make the series a lot more enjoyable.