Network Apprentice: Behind The Scenes In Talk Television

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Author:Graydon Dee Hubbard

  • Publisher: Atmosphere Press
  • Publication Date: June 11, 2024
  • Number of Pages: 320
  • ISBN-13: 979-8-89132-224-0

Network Apprentice: Behind The Scenes in Talk Television by Graydon Dee Hubbard offers a satirical yet insightful exploration of the telecast news and the underlying societal beliefs it reflects. Through the protagonist, Julie Anders, readers are taken on a hilarious journey through the world of broadcast journalism, from the frustrations of apprenticeship at MRABC to the eventual recognition at Rocky Mountain PBS. What sets this book apart is its bold challenge to popular beliefs, exemplified by its unconventional opening scene featuring a grizzly bear. Hubbard's vivid descriptions draw readers into the remote wilderness, promising an unfolding adventure. From Yellowstone's backcountry to the treacherous Devil's Causeway, the narrative is filled with tension, excitement, and unexpected twists.

The author's skillful use of dialogue effectively conveys the characters' motivations and relationships, building tension while augmenting the humor that punctuates the narrative. Whether it's the banter between Julie and her father, Jules, or the heated arguments between Harold and Maureen, each interaction reveals layers of personality and conflict. One of the book's highlights is the inclusion of the unpublished short story “In the Devil's Footsteps,” which previews the challenges awaiting Julie and Jason. Through three distinct scenarios set in the same location, the story foreshadows the dangers of their upcoming adventure. Network Apprentice is a thought-provoking and hugely entertaining read that offers a fresh perspective on the world of broadcast journalism and the societal myths it perpetuates. With its engaging plot, richly drawn characters, and sharp wit, this novel will undoubtedly captivate readers from start to finish.

Reviewed By: Franklin Bauer

Reviewed Date: March 30, 2024

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