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Posted April 1, 2011
Really wanna give like 3.25-3.5, it was cute, real easy, non thinking kind of read.I will read the rest of the series, it wont be first on my to read list, but it is worth reading the rest. Hayden was a bit annoying, but not so much that I was not going to finish it just because of her.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 5, 2007
The first of Guttridge¿s Occupational Hazard series is a rousing story of life, love, and laughs at a busy television news station. From the stressed out news producer popping Happy Pills to cope, to the aging newscaster experiencing a Botox disaster, to the cluelessly sweet and curiously savvy assistant who just can¿t seem to leave her faith at home where it belongs, this story is a delightful romp through the behind-the-scenes world of TV News. I laughed out loud several times. A thoroughly enjoyable tale.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 9, 2007
Scoop by Rene Gutteridge is the first book in the Occupational Hazards series. Book 1 introduces the Hazard family briefly, then jumps into the chaotic, entertaining world of a struggling, last place news operation. Hugo Talley is the executive producer totally devoted to his job and needing a little blue pill to take the edge off the stressful day. The staff is full of great characters: Brenda, the aging icon, Tate, the hansome anchor with one too many quirks, Ray, the quiet Christian, Roarke, the news desk man with the secret crush, and Hayden Hazard, the cute intern. The novel jumps from scene to scene, capturing the craziness of a network news show during sweeps week. Many things go wrong, and Hugo Talley finds himself without an anchor while a big story is developing, a story that may just involve some of the employees at his station. The plot develops rapidly and personalities clash, and characters turn to the vain selfishness that dominates the news industry, or turn to the good that Hayden brings to the station. Hayden Hazard, the focus of the series, grew up in a conservative home and was homeschooled. She seems out of place as she shares her faith with anyone that will listen. As a main character of the series, I feel she was somewhat underdeveloped. We really don't get to know much about her. For me, Gutteridge's strongest characters were the men, Ray Duffy, the hardnosed reporter, and Hugo Talley, the desperate producer. This isn't a genre a usually read, but I enjoyed the novel very much. It is fun, fast paced, even suspenseful. The characters grow on you after awhile. I look forward to Snoop, the next book in the series, featuring Hayden's older sister Mack as an undercover police officer.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 29, 2009
Scoop is a creative novel with a well-done plot, fantastic dialogue, and great characterization. The setting is superb and I truly felt like I worked in a television news station throughout the story. Scoop is highly entertaining with a strong theme tucked within it's pages regarding the power of a true Christian witness to nonbelievers we work with. Scoop also contained several points of view. On the one hand, I enjoyed getting to know the cast, but as a result, I didn't feel like I had much time to get to know Hayden Hazard--the main character. I think that was the downside to this otherwise riveting novel. I suppose seeing Hayden through others' eyes did work for the book, but by story's end I wished I'd had a chance to know Hayden more, to discover the way her mind worked. I really enjoyed her philosophy of life and how well the author portrayed it through her actions. Sometimes her naive perspective was downright funny. I also thought the author did an amazing job showing the various character arcs. Well done! Overall I'd say I enjoyed Scoop enough to recommend it. Though not 'hilarious', in my opinion, it did bring me indescribable satisfaction as I perused its pages. Most importantly, I didn't experience a dull moment in this novel. Not once did Scoop feel like a chore to read. I'm looking forward to reading more about the Hazard family though future books in the Occupational Hazards series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 16, 2006
Hayden Hazard is the new assistant to the Executive Producer at Channel 7. A former homeschooler, no one quite knows how to handle her upbeat outlook and faith that invades every aspect of her life.I cringed when I first saw she had been homeschooled. I ducked and waited for all the tired, old stereotypes to fly. Rene didn't rely on them. Instead, she painted Hayden as a young woman who was comfortable in her own skin, had a gut-level faith that flowed from her naturally (even as it made her colleagues uncomfortable), and had a basic level of common sense and wisdom that much of the world misses these days. Hayden is the focal character, but only the first and last chapters are in her point of view. The rest were told from various colleagues points of view. There's Gilda, the slightly long in the tooth anchor Ray, the agressive, hiding his light Christian reporter Hugo, the pill popping executive producer you get the idea. The story picks up as sweeps week descends on the station with Gilda mysteriously AWOL, Hayden suddenly sitting in her chair, a sewage plant exploding, and someone a viewer attacking Ray. Add Ray's desire to date Hayden and it makes for quite a mix. If you're looking for a funny read, I think you'll enjoy this book by Rene. If you're looking for suspense, ala her Storm series, this one isn't for you.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
Channel 7 News Director Chad Arbus demands News Executive Producer Hugo Talley, already popping anti-anxiety pills like candy, to raise the ratings or he loses his job. He has few options so Hugo turns to his long time anchor Gilda Braun asking her to change her image in order to bring in many new younger viewers. Stunned and somewhat humiliated, Gilda hesitantly agrees to ¿youthenize¿ herself starting with Botox treatment to smooth out the wrinkles.--------------- However, a side effect of the treatment is a permanent smile that looks ghastly when the news is bad or serious. Humiliated, Gilda flees town, leaving Hugo in the lurch for a fast replacement. With no candidates, Hugo turns to his upbeat assistant Hayden Hazard though he has concerns with her lack of experience and her evangelical beliefs. Shockingly, Hayden is a major success with viewers.------------------ Reporter Ray Duffey is attracted to her and shares her religious beliefs, but hides his conviction from the station managers and his peers unlike Hayden who prays out in the open. However, during an interview, a guest verbally attacks Ray on the air, who investigates his accuser learning the man has ties to a wastewater treatment plant explosion, subsequent cover-up, and though somewhat nebulously the missing Gilda.------------ The first Hazard sibling tale is a terrific inspirational story that lampoons its heroine when she comes out in taboo social settings with what seems like platitudes in spite of her truly believing. Hayden makes the story line work as her beliefs begin to impact those around her especially Ray and Hugo yet Rene Gutteridge also spoofs her message. This technique actually has the intended impact of strengthening the message that it is nothing to be ashamed of by displaying your religious beliefs in public. Readers will enjoy the opening of the Hazard brood with a bit of craziness inside a fine pleasant suspense.-------------- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.