Two O'Clock Eastern Wartime Author:John Dunning It's the summer of 1942. Bombs are falling on Britain, daylight saving time has given way to wartime, and radio is in its prime. In Regina Beach, on the New Jersey coast, a troupe of gallant artists explores the promise of this exhilarating medium for WHAR, creating programming to entertain and inspire a nation in its dark hour. — Enter... more » Jack Dulaney, writer, and Holly Carnahan, singer, determined to find Holly's missing father. As Jack discovers his talent for creating radio dramas, he also begins to suspect that a Nazi spy is operating at the station, and that Carnahan's fate may be linked to an English actor who walked out of the radio station six years ago and was never seen again. It is a link some will do anything to hide -- including commit murder. « less
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!
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.