Elevate Publishing (2017)
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer for Reader Views (10/18)
Carson Stewart’s fall from fame from his once dynamic, reputable journalistic career is now lost in the bottom of a bottle. He will never again work in his chosen field nor have the contacts he once had. Tony Bridwell’s, “The Newsmaker” is not just a story about a fallen journalist, it is about making choices, making a difference in the world by giving to achieve happiness.
Readers follow Carson Stewart as he finds himself in a bar trying to figure out where he went wrong and how can he redeem himself. One small mistake cost him his job, friends and respect. The pressure to remain at the top of his game and beat out fellow journalists put enormous stress on Carson. One of his few, if not his only friend was bartender Joe Hamilton, who has known Carson since his college days. Joe was a mystery to many, but all knew he knew the score and how many journalists would fabricate stories to stay in the game. Joe was the only person who understood Carson yet there was nothing he could do to save him.
Brian Palmer, long-time friend and fellow journalist, feels Carson deserves a second chance and offers him a job to cover Congresswoman Clara Becker from Texas. Seems Becker is loved by all and has an unremarkable record. Palmer wants the scoop- no one is that perfect. Becker’s biggest challenger is Congressman Ryan Burr, and he will do anything to get into the White House. Little does Carson know he has jumped from one frying pan to another which will kill him or others around him.
Bridwell is a deft storyteller with remarkable insight into the human heart. The characters are well developed, and the storyline is fast-paced, intriguing and skillfully constructed.
Given all the current events today with “fake news,” “The Newsmaker” by Tony Bridwell hits the mark with regards to the lengths one will go to slant the news to their side. It is a remarkable story on not just listening to how to treat others but how to treat oneself. I highly recommend this read to all who want to stay on the right path, regardless of their past.