I enjoyed the world that the protagonist lives in, but thought the story it self was a tad on the weak side. I was still intersted all the way through, but what REALLY kept me coming back was the romanticism of the times and what it would be like to write for radio with a willing cast and so many wonderful taboos to break!
"Reading John Dunnings "Two O'Clock, Eastern Wartime" is like going to radio lovers heaven. He brings the excitement of listening to and working in radio to life on almost every page This WWII thriller set in and around a radio station in New Jersey in 1942 evokes the very style of old time radio drama." One of the bst books I've read in a long time.
This was another great John Dunning book. I had never read it before because the title made me think it would be an old, conspiracy, war book, which I do not enjoy. How wrong I was! It does take place during wartime, but it is a great mystery with a surprise ending and wonderful characters. I highly recommend it!
Although I am a fan of John Dunning, this is not my favorite of his books. It is a dark story which I found depressing.
John Dunning's style is distinctive. This mystery set in the time of threat of war on our eastern shores has an historic interest. Combined against the backdrop of the aspiring radio industry of the time, Dunning give a depth of dimension not frequently found in modern writing.
Enjoyable novel by the author of the Cliff Janeway mysteries.
Mesmerizing story about the early days of World War II, set at a New Jersey radio station where a Nazi spy ring may be operating.
This novel presents a long, interesting tale of radio in the 40s. I put emphasis on the long as it seems to just go on and on. In fact, when the killer is revealed in the end, I had to ask myself "Who?" There were so many characters going in and out that I had forgotten many of them.
Then the author ends with a few pages, taking place 30 years later, in which he wraps up some loose ends. Some may think this great writing, I saw it as poor plot development. I also found the lead female protagonist character to be unbelievable.
By the author of "Booked to Die" and "The Bookman's Wake"
It's the summer of 1942 at radio station WHAR on the New Jersey coast. As bombs fall on Britain, a troupe of gallant actors, sound-effects people, writers, and producers explores the promise of this exhilarating medium, struggling to create programming that entertains, informs, and enlightens its listeners.
Into this intense community come Jack Dulaney and Holly Carnahan, determined to find Holly's missing father, who sent his last desperate missive from this noisy seaside town. Holly sings like an angel and quickly becomes a star. Jack--a onetime novelist who's hit every kind of trouble--gets hooked by the extraordinary power of radio and discovers that he can write scripts with the best of them.
Holly's father is nowhere to be found, and soon it seems that his disappearance may be linked to an English actor who walked out of the station six years earlier and was never seen again. It is a link that some people will do anything to hide--including murder.
Like E. L. Docorow in Billy Bathgate or Caleb Carr in The Alienist, Dunning has written a magnificent story of mystery, murder, and revenge that brings to life another era."
a GREAT BOOK BY A FINE AUTHUR--Especially if you are interested in old time radio and in the early days before World War 2. Dunning is also superb at mystery writing and this book contains mystery.