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The Broadcast by Liam Falkov (Book Review)

The Broadcast by Liam Falkov takes us on a journey of mystery, shadow intrigue, and a host of characters who are at first, seemingly unconnected. Secrets are the biggest obstacle, it would seem, toward the main character’s wishful lives. Though there are quite a few characters to help the story and give it meat, the story centers around Sarah, Johnathan, and Michael. Though inherent to the story, supporting characters are directly related and include Walter, Irene, McPherson, and HH.

At the Heart of the Story

Sarah is a young, unwed mother who is sent to a convent with a lapsed memory of who her child’s father could be. Who was he and why can’t she remember what happened that day when she was sixteen?

Johnathan and Walter are brothers separated and estranged by tragedy. Sarah and Johnathan are married consumed with questions and guilt from their past which threatens to destroy their marriage.

Michael is a young cub reporter, or rather fact checker working his way up, who gets sucked into a conspiracy theory and is asked to field some heavy questions. In his quest to ensure journalistic integrity and ensure the public isn’t being duped by a hoax to boost ratings, he discovers answers to his own familial questions he wasn’t expecting.

In My Humble Opinion (IMHO)

As someone who has been reading mysteries from a young age, there were a few things I wish had been done differently. Though the main story essentially came full circle, there were side narratives which seemed a bit frayed and unfinished. By tying up some of those loose ends, it might have given the reader more of a sense of working to solve the mysteries – yes, there are more than one – rather than being told what happened. There is a fine line between telling a story and storytelling. I felt sometimes as though someone was reading the story to me, rather than me reading the story, and understanding what was happening through dialogue and action.

But one thing I did love, and maybe this is the history buff in me, was the technology presupposed to witness events we can only read about now. The source of the broadcasts is hidden with strict rules set in place for anonymity and though I did enjoy the juxtaposition of some of the scenes overlaid present to past, some of it seemed a little contrived.

You’ll Enjoy this Book if…

Ultimately, though, if you’re interested in what the mysteries of technology, the power we find in nature, and the satisfaction of a quest realized, then this book is for you.

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