The Broadcast

The Broadcast, an e-book published, copyright and written by Liam Fialkov.

Plot: The author has provided an interesting plot that is quite closely allied with thoughts arising from Erich von Dänilien books. However as provided, little description of the plot may be set forth without a ‘spoiler alert’ for presenting too much of it and/or its component parts. Briefly however, the story centers around a series of blockbuster broadcasts that at first present photographic evidence of situations that lead to solving ‘dead case’ murders. It then switches to documentary productions of historic events that the producer states gradually will go back to zero AD. As these latter increasingly reveal graphic descriptions of well-known/accepted factors of history, mounting pressure is exerted against their production by both Christian and Muslim groups who fear revelation of various activities that may be contrary to their long held beliefs and/or teachings.

Characters: Leading characters include Jonathan and his brother Walter, who as small children had been put up for adoption when their family was killed in a car crash. Walter was fortunate in being adopted by a loving family, well-educated and became a well-known TV producer. Jonathan became the product of several foster families and was only variously educated. He was intelligent and extended his education into several areas, however. Jonathan’s wife Sarah, disowned by her family for becoming pregnant at sixteen (actually raped) was sent from St. Louis to Phoenix where she delivered a baby that was taken from her at the convent causing her endless remorse. McPherson is an award winning journalist who believed the productions by Walter were phony and set in motion an attempt to expose them. HH a former debatably crooked cop who had served time and now was a bitter, occasionally vicious PI. Michael, a young adopted boy who is hired by Walter and plays an increasing part in the story. Numerous others who play roles of varied importance. Additionally, Jonathan and Sarah’s large, heavily forested area of residence contains an unusual portion that also plays an important part in the tale as the plot advances until it gradually reaches a fitting finale.

Discussion: As described, the story begins with the TV’s Hype for the unusual clip that had come into Walter’s possession that reveals the perpetrator of a twenty-five-year-old murder, followed by similar before switching to the historical documentary productions. The method of provision is to quite constantly switch between scenes with intermediate chapters. 1 – the TV hype; 2 – a chapter describing Johnathan and Sarah; 3 -one of Sarah; 4 – the Broadcast; 5 – Johnathan; 6 – the Broadcast; 7 – Michael; 8 – the Broadcast, etc. This approach does provide important bits and pieces of the story and the interrelationship of numerous characters as they move inexorably toward the finish. Unfortunately, the format results in a large amount of repetition and/or redundancy that if removed, would greatly enhance the progression of an intriguing story. Some, more prosaic, readers may find a little difficulty in accepting some character activity and many will find character development sketchy. Some will find the ending ‘proper and emotionally satisfying’ while others may believe it to be a little too ‘pat’.

4* For fascinating story; -1 at least for numerous hiccups.

Last Goodbye

Last Goodbye, Bookouture, is the first book in a murder mystery thriller series featuring Detectives Eli Quinn and Roxy Malloy by Arlene Hunt.

The book opens with a loving young couple being observed on the street by ‘the wolf’ whose thoughts the author provide depict as being an individual with distinctly ‘not normal’ thought processes”. This opening is followed quickly with description of a brutal murder scene that brings newly upgraded Provisional Sargent Roxy Malloy of the homicide division to the scene. Shortly, another murder under investigation by Inspector Eli Quinn and Sargent Miranda Lynn is noted with many similarities. Malloy is told she no longer has ‘her first case’. She prevails upon Inspector Quinn to join his team and from this initial meeting, the story develops into a convoluted pattern of rather large proportions and involving a plethora of interesting characters, many with intriguing backgrounds.

Discussion: An unusual and quite complicated plot driven story set in Ireland that involves a host of characters about many of whom fascinating, although scant details are provided. However, the tale is woven in a manner sufficiently captivating and with just enough detail so as to be able to overlook this feature that if expanded, would have enhanced the enjoyment, at least for this reader. The developing relationship between Quinn who has been around long enough to accept and ‘live with’ the system and Malloy whose brash but stringent approach to the law he recognizes and believes change might be imminent portends the beginning of a fascinating series.

4* Captivating plot-driven murder mystery thriller.