By Liam Fialkov
The Broadcast focuses on the story of a television show that is able to show videos of actual crimes and events in time. It’s a mystery as to where these videos are coming from or how they are able to pinpoint exact places and spaces in history, but that isn’t the whole story. This is also a story of people’s lives – people that are both involved with The Broadcast, or or linked by people involved.
I almost put this book down at the beginning simply because it sounded like it was going to be a fictional retelling of the OJ Simpson/Nicole Brown murder. Thankfully it moved on from that particular anecdote. There are quite a few characters and storylines to follow, perhaps a few too many. The actual show, called The Broadcast, is a character in itself. Walter is the producer of the show. His brother Jonathan is married to Sarah, who was forced to give up a child from a teenage pregnancy. Michael is a young man just finding his way in the world. Stewart McPherson is an investigative journalist trying to break the secret of where The Broadcast gets its videos. He employs a man nicknamed HH to do some research into The Broadcast. All these characters get intertwined through the story. And there are more side characters and other side stories to follow as well.
I give The Broadcast 4 stars for an unusual topic, but 2 for presentation. There are parts of the story that go on and on unnecessarily. Once we have experienced two or three of the actual topics of the show, The Broadcast, it seems repetitive to devote entire chapters to each broadcast. Perhaps for students of history, it might be interesting, but I found it redundant after the third show. Also, there are bits and pieces of the story that get repeated, as though we are actually viewing a TV show with the “on the last episode” portion at the beginning. There are some tough topics in this story, reader beware.