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- Publisher: Britcom Publishing (January 18, 2017)
- Publication Date: January 18, 2017
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- Language: English
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The author excels at depicting characters who are easy to identify with in their desperation to achieve their ends, and out of that desperation comes the most outlandish behavior and comical circumstances. Take our bad guy. “If it weren’t for him turning from Police Chief Inspector, to mass murderer, to escaped convict, to criminal mastermind, to invading insurgent, I doubt we’d have had the success we’ve had so far.” Now that’s one hell of a character arc that might just make Hannibal Lecter of Silence of the Lambs fame feel personality deprived and lacking in a sense of direction. But he’s not even the character I’m referring to. The one doing the talking, the one the quote is excerpted from is the head of the news show, desperate to fill the air time now that the bad guy of the century that has been holding everyone enthralled is no longer available to generate headlines. Now you can just imagine what the newsroom chief will do to fill that void. Though not to worry, turns out news of the bad guy’s death is greatly exaggerated, and you can just imagine what extremes our bad guy will go to in order to stay out of prison after just escaping. He’s yet another very desperate, determined man. The book is full of these characters who will simply not be deterred from their objectives. At any costs.
Then there’s the matter of our budding heroine who will do anything, and I do mean anything for a news story, determined to make her mark in the viciously competitive youtube market where you’re either getting a billion hits or you’re one of infinitely many nobodies. And she’s determined not to be a nobody. So pointing a camera at a comatose patient while he grants her a very quote-worthy interview is no problem. All that takes is sticking the microphone in front of his mouth so the camera can’t tell his lips aren’t moving and the rest involves sending the script to the sound effects guy. It’s outlandish behavior, but it makes perfect sense coming from a newsgirl so bent on getting ahead in the industry that she’ll do whatever it takes.
I’ll leave it to the reader to decide what the author’s actual theme is, but I couldn’t help but see the social satire and profundity about the human condition as it is today radiating from every page in glorious Technicolor. Far too many of us have far too unreasonable expectations for ourselves and one another in a globally competitive economy that drives everyone sooner or later to this kind of insanity. Maybe Blake didn’t mean to argue this theme, but it’s a major takeaway all the same. So, if you like to avoid reflecting on the human condition whenever you can because it involves too much deep thinking, you’d just rather laugh away your problems, congrats, you’ve finally found a book and an author who will make reflecting on the human condition far easier than you think, all while keeping you sane by keeping you laughing. You just might be the last sane person on earth, though, if the medicine takes.
I should probably mention, for those whom it might concern, that in addition to being a comedic-thriller, this is also a romance. And the dynamic between the newswoman and the cameraman is subject to the same laws of the rest of this twisted universe. So have fun with that.
Prime Time Love is another hilarious, sarcastic book from the brilliant mind of David Blake. He again skewers modern media, politicians and police H&S regulations. In his previous books Mr. Blake has poked fun at the police, the PM, branches of the Military, and most bloated bureaucracies in the UK to hilarious results. In his latest book he targets the media, specifically internet media and politicians and political party protestors.
We meet Abigail Love, a female reporter who has no objection to spinning news out of whole cloth, she fakes an interview with a comatose patient, or simply exaggerating turning a Thrift store cash snatch into an armed shootout. She also has no ethical objection to posing as the police to get close to her story.
She is joined by her camera man - in this case an Iphone camera- who is a former print reporter made redundant and desperate to avoid poverty. He is also a former school mate who she tortured for 5 years of primary school causing him to need therapy. For a while they each pretend not to recognize the other and awkwardly do their job. While their bosses inadvertently create a panic and riot at a UKIP Meeting.
Former Inspector Morose aka the Serial Slasher of Southampton & South Coast, has successfully faked his death, changed his identity and is seeking the Conservative party MP seat for the district. Patience isn't his forte so he is soon creating chaos, faking crimes and attempting to assassinate his opponents. For further background on Former Chief Inspector Morose please see The Thrills & Spills of Genocide Jill & The Herbaceous Affair of Cocaine Claire
This book is simply a brilliant satire of modern culture, media and policies. You don't need to read the other books in the series to enjoy this one.