Find the source. Break the story. Stay alive.
One year after the 9/11 attacks, Alex Vane - a brilliant, fitness-obsessed reporter for The New York Standard - wants nothing more than to break into the flashy world of TV news. But when he uncovers the scoop of a lifetime, his tightly controlled world is rocked: his editor buries his story, a source turns up dead, and Alex finds himself at the center of a violent media conspiracy.
As he receives tips from a mysterious source, Alex enlists the help of a captivating professor, Camila Gray. Aided by an Internet genius, a billionaire's sexy widow, and a washed-up sports reporter, Alex and Camila discover a $500-million secret that could derail the largest media merger in history.
It's a secret that unearths dark memories from Alex's past. It's a secret that leads back to the morning of 9/11. And it's a secret that could get them both killed.
In his debut thriller, A.C. Fuller brings you a young journalist chasing the biggest story of his career - from the courtrooms of New York City to the beaches of Hawaii, from a crowded newsroom to a lavish boardroom at the top of a media empire.
©2015 A.C. Fuller (P)2016 A.C. Fuller
This book is very much linked with the events of 9/11, opening with a scene from inside the 2nd tower as the first is hit and people try to get out. It deals with the events of the day and builds a story around the actions of someone (albeit a fictional someone) who died in the attack.
If this is an issue for you, then this is not the book for you.
If you are okay with someone making a story based around this sacred cow, then this is a good thriller.
A year after 9/11 our hero, Alex, gets a call from an anonymous source directing him to look into a murder trial that is currently happening, suggesting the person on trial is innocent. This sends Alex down a rabbit hole of investigation and danger as he searches for answers that may only be found in the rubble of the Twin Towers.
It is also set in the start of "online news media" and speaks of the great potential that the internet news can cover that traditional media won't. It's interesting seeing this from the point of view 15 years later seeing both the failures and the successes of non mainstream media online. But the book presents the optimism that was seen back them.
The story is well told, with interesting (although generally unlikable) characters. The plot is tight, with a few good twists in it.
Hays does great work (as always) with the narration, sound production and music. He provides various voices for characters, making it clear and easy to understand who is talking. Once or twice the 'anonymous source' was hard to understand due to distortion, but once I slowed the narration playback speed (I listen at a fairly high playback speed) it became understandable. So maybe that issue is mine, not the narrators.
Yes. I typically don't read thrillers but I'll make an exception here because I'm curious to know what else is in store for Alex Vane!
AC Fuller brings out the dilemma that most journalists face in their careers: conscientious versus sensational reporting, and the protagonist is probably born from the author's own experiences. He undoubtedly draws from John Grisham. It's like an old-fashioned thriller, with more chase and less mystery. Also, this book will appeal to the over-35 or over-40 reader: someone who can relate to 9/11 and the towers, and who has seen a time when a USB drive and an iPod were actually a novelty!
I deducted a star for the implausibility of the little man playing the role he does, a bit like the albino in the Da Vinci Code. Also, it seems strange that a practical, fitness-obsessed guy can be so attracted to a moody, sedentary woman. Some parts remain unclear, such as the source's real motivation, which is deliberate -- the author wants you to read his next book!
Sadie Green. Candid and undiplomatic, which is rather amusing.
The audio version is narrated with great intonation and voice imitation by Jeff Hays. However, many of the women sound similar. At times, I could not distinguish between Camila and her mother, or Camila and Juan. I think it's important to use two or three narrators instead of just one Jeff Hays.
With this being a full reading of the print version, nine hours is too long a listen. I have this kind of patience with non-fiction, but I was getting a bit impatient here.
I received an electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
In my opinion, this is a good mystery, entertaining and well written. The author's ability is clear as he attempts to do for reporters what Grisham has done for lawyers. The characters are mostly likeable and believable, if a little clichéd. But I guess there may well be the geeky IT types and blustery newspaper veterans in news offices.
Personally, I wasn't a huge fan of the dramatic narration, favouring a straight narration without the added acting. For example when the characters are out of breath or eating while talking, these actions are relayed by the male and female narrators. I would have preferred one narrator reading the text as it was written, but I do realise this depends on the listener's personal preference.
Do not listen to this book on an empty stomach. The author likes to include scenes where the characters are eating and, although he doesn't go into a great deal of description about the dishes, he does tell you exactly what the character is eating and, it can prove a little distracting.
Overall I did enjoy this book. The points I have made above are really just my own personal "nit-picking" but the story was enjoyable enough and it was well written.
Jeff Hays gives a masterful read of this exciting new thriller. His character voices create a rich tapestry through which the nicely-honed plot weaves at neck-snapping speed.
The Anonymous Source provides an entertaining tour of talented but self-absorbed journalist Alex Vane's pursuit of the truth in what he thought was a cut and dried murder case. Anonymous phone calls in a strange scrambled voice tell him otherwise.
He hides his insecurities all too well until he meets the unsettlingly beautiful and smart girlfriend of the victim whose murder may not be what it seems. She seems to see him for who he really is, something Alex didn't think he wanted in his smooth, well-planned life.
Set in the year following 9/11, A.C. Fuller's intimate description of New York and newspaper journalism in the pre-Google era is a lively backdrop to his taut plotting and sharply-focused characters. This book is a great read for thriller fans who have suspected there is always a story behind the story.
Fast paced. Deep characters. Interesting and topical storyline.
I would have to say Camila because she was super clever and interesting. I loved the Sadie Green character - I hope we get more of her in the sequel - her Star Wars reference towards the end was perfect and hilarious. I found all of the characters well-crafted and believed their stories.
Very energetic and engaging. Can't believe all of the characters are from one voice. So cool!
I laughed and cried and most surprisingly, it made me THINK more than most books. Not that the plot was difficult to follow. It was almost like historical fiction but of the early 2000's. I lived it, but this book made me aware of some of the finer details of the era.
Can't wait for the sequel. I hope that Jeff Hays will read for the sequel as well.
The characters have depth and the story's pace is brisk without confusing or seeming forced.
Camila. She's funny and sweet and sad.
Alex Vane, the main character.
Camila's time with her father.
Some people say that they don't like acted audiobooks, but I think that this audiobook proves that a well-acted audiobook can bring the story to life in a way that a straight read just can't.
Avid reader who is also a mommy. Audible saved my reading time!
Alex Vane controls the things he can control: his words, his body, and his mouth. Camila Gray controls the things she believes hold the most potential for hurting her: men. Can these two damaged people find out who Alex's anonymous source is? And solve the mystery of what happened on the morning of 9/11?
I thought Alex and Camila were believable and well drawn characters. They are human and they have each been hurt in different ways and survive in a kind of limbo, going through the motions of life. Then a professor is killed and they meet each other and resolve to find out the truth...even if it gets them killed. I was invested in this book and was rooting for Alex and Camila. I enjoyed the story, the way the plot unfolded, and the outcome that leaves an obvious opening for a sequel.
I also really enjoyed Jeff Hays' narration. He does an excellent job with both male and female voices. I will look for other stories he has narrated as this is the second book I have read with him narrating and have enjoyed both of them largely due to his work and enhancement of the material.
I received this book for free from Audiobook Boom! in exchange for an honest review.
This was my first thriller on audiobook, so I could only compare to what I've read in more traditional written form. The voices/characterization from the narrator was awesome. It took the story, and made it seem like I was listening watching a mini-series for the 2 or so weeks driving back and forth to work everyday that it took me to listen to this.
The characterization was quite good to begin wth, but with the added layer of the really brilliant job the narrator did with the voices, it really took you into the psyches of the characters themselves.
Again, this narrator's strong point is the voices. He is masterful at not only differentiating the voices, but of really bringing them to life.
I looked forward to getting stuck in rush hour traffic, just so that I could turn this on and listen. The author's story, together with a good job from the narrator, made this like basically listening to a two week long mini-series in my car.
I received a free review copy of the Anonymous Source (Audible Edition) in exchange for an honest review, but I also owned the Kindle version. I read along as I listened. First of all, the narration is among the best I have heard. All of the characters literally had their own voices, and through the power of audio editing, the narrator made them all sound genuine and unique. Combine the excellent story-telling of AC Fuller and the superb narration of Jeff Hays and you have hours of entertainment that will keep you coming back for more. I did figure out who the anonymous source was fairly early, but that didn't take away from my enjoyment of the story. I'm also pleased to find out that there is a sequel coming soon. I can't wait to read/listen to it.
At first, I was a little distracted by the narrator's character voices. They seemed a little over the top to me. However, because I listen to audiobooks in my car, the changes in character voices soon drew me in and made the action so much easier to follow.
I thought the opening to the book was terrific. When I first heard that this book was about 9/11, I wasn't sure I would like it. But the author handles the tragic event beautifully.
The author's obvious knowledge of journalism and media really added to the story. The prose was crisp and clean, a journalistic sensibility that I think more thriller writers should adopt.
One of the best things I've loved about AudioBooks is that I'm really opening up the kind of genre's I usually read etc. And I've been pleasantly surprised about a lot of them.
I've never really read anything in the crime/thriller category. So this was a first for me. What I enjoyed the most has to be the character element in here. Alex and Camilla are so deeply drawn that they could almost be my next door neighbours. There were some amazing character flaws that they both had, Alex so uptight over food and the fact he was fat, totally resonated with me, suffering with Anorexia for 16 years. But Camilla's almost nonchalance over what she put in her mouth was brilliant. They are chalk and cheese and their being in this awful situation, and investigating it puts them each others pockets.
Jeff really does bring this story to life in the most amazing way, from their voices, to their eating and running. The food side of things, very distracting, when you're listening to the book and driving a food van, I'm sure I ate more than usual this week, and I'm blaming this book!
I found that the whole AudioBook was alive. Both characters had deep problems, and inner turmoil which was played with great attention to detail by the writer and tone by the narrator, this really made the exciting scenes, tense and fast, and the slower scenes, where Alex and Camilla talked to each other about their lives deep and meaningful.
There were many twists and turns in here, and I won't spoil it for anyone, especially the ending.I have to admit that one of my fav moments was when Alex admits to Cam, that he's falling in love with her, and she tells him not to.
I'm a sucker for a really good story and with it being around 9/11 which even for me from the UK was hard to watch (I'd had major knee surgery the day before) and was at home when it hit out news. It was well crafted, brilliantly paced and full of little tips and hints for Alex and Camilla.
The only reason why I marked it down a little was because of the ending, maybe it's just the genre, but I did expect more from it. I think this is something I need to listen to more of before I can totally judge it though.
Very glad I picked this one up still. :) and will look out for more.
"Enjoyable story and brilliantly narrated"
It's one of the good ones. Unique and interesting story. Fleshed out characters with distinctive narration...more on that below
Without giving anything away - a reveal towards the end of the book.
The scene in the cafe/diner with Alex and Camilla taking to the waitress about the media and journalists. He made a great point and made me chuckle out loud.
I wouldn't say there was anything that moved me but I enjoyed the way the book shone light on how the mainstream media acts and how that shapes the general public's perception.
This is well worth a listen if you enjoy crime/mystery/thriller dramas with intelligence. The characters are well fleshed out, the story has good pacing and the dialogue is great. It shines an interesting light on corruption in the media and how the general public has their way of thinking shaped by what they hear/read/watch in the news. It was a bit like watching one of those Crime Dramatizations based on a real event. The story was wholly believable and the characters were realistic.
I have to give major credit to the narrator, Jeff Hayes, on his range and accents (especially his female vocies). I swear if you didn't know any better you would think you were listened to an audiobook with a full cast. He made the characters easily identifiable which I always love, especially in a story with a big roster. The only issue I had was that the volume didn't seem to have any normalization going on so some voices & conversations were extremely quiet and I had to keep adjusting the volume throughout the story.
Disclosure: I recieved this book free of charge from the narrator, Jeff Hayes, through the audiobooks subreddit of reddit in exchange for an honest review (which I have given).
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