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Open Line

by Ellen Hawley

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Despite slow pacing, I quite enjoyed this unexpected story of a radio talk show hostess who creates more of a sensation than she anticipates by embracing an allegation that the Viet Nam War never really took place. Everything our heroine does is calculated to gain attention and boost her career. Even her romantic interests keep advantage in mind. Not surprisingly, she stirs up considerable controversy. For me, this was a fun and interesting look at aspects of contemporary society with people trying to outwit one another at their own risk. ( )
  AnesaMiller | Mar 17, 2014 |
The author takes a talk host fifteen minutes of fame and turns it into illusions, greed and politics with a touch or romance thrown in for good measure. The reader is left wondering if any politician or celebrity can stay in touch with reality when surrounded by so many people not willing to tell the truth. ( )
  bemislibrary | Jun 13, 2010 |
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"Annette Majoris is a late-night Minneapolis talk show host with prime-time ambitions. Her big personality and gorgeous voice have only gotten her so far and she desperately needs a hook. One slow night, with a caller ranting about the usual things, she suggests the Vietnam War may have been a hoax - a mind-control experiment of grand proportions - and finds herself caught in a storm of publicity and paranoia. With the help of some strange bedfellows - a major right-wing fundraiser, a fringe-group activist, a governor, and countless disillusioned veterans - her outlandish theories begin to capture the public's imagination. But has she really unmasked the greatest conspiracy in American history or is she being played for a fool by the powers-that-be? With pitch-perfect dialogue, Open Line is a high-energy satire and an affecting story about the personal costs of getting mixed up in celebrity culture, big-money politics, and the 24/7 news cycle."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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