Thursday, December 29, 2016

Good Sam by Dete Meserve ~ My Thoughts


Good Sam

Good Sam by Dete Meserve
Narrated by Laurel Schroeder
Audible Audio
Published December 9th 2015

After years covering murders, disasters, and tragedy for Los Angeles TV news, Kate Bradley knows that violence and cruelty are everywhere and that good is hard to find. When she is assigned to cover a story about ten people who have each found $100,000 in cash on their front porch, Kate is intrigued by the anonymous Good Samaritan, dubbed Good Sam, who is behind it all.

As interest in the extraordinary gifts sweeps across the country, Kate finds the elusive Good Sam and her exclusive interview with him thrusts her into the national spotlight. Even as his message captivates viewers and wins ratings, Kate suspects he may not be all he claims to be and that the real Good Sam is still out there.

Searching for answers, Kate unravels the powerful and unexpected reason behind the mysterious cash gifts. The true identity of Good Sam becomes the biggest surprise story of her career, turning her personal and professional life upside down.

Good Sam is only 99¢!!

My thoughts about Good Sam ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first lines.)

First line—"I don't cover soft news. Stories about lottery winners, runaway brides. weight-loss secrets, or how to beat speeding tickets are given to reporters with a talent for covering these gentler topics. Give me a high-speed car chase down the 405 freeway during rush hour, an out-of-control brushfire threatening multimillion-dollar homes in the Hollywood Hills, or a bank robbery shootout with police, and I'll turn in a story that'll keep viewers glued to the TV news instead of their smart phones and YouTube."

Kate Bradley covers the 'hard' news stories for her TV news program. She feels like she is being punished when her boss hands her the Good Samaritan story about someone giving away lots of money to people in need. It's a good story but maybe it's beneath her and should be passed on to one of her other co-workers, someone more suited to cover the 'soft' news, the fluff pieces.

Little did she know that this Good Samaritan story would be the start of her life changing for the better. It allowed her to see her life the way it should be and not the way others thought it should be. She learned so much about herself as she researched this story and as she discovered what truly is important.

Kate is a wonderful character with a good head on her shoulders. I immediately liked her and her tenacity. She is a tough, but fair reporter who just wants to do a good job. I listen to the audio-book of Good Sam, narrated by Laurel Schroeder. I have to give a shout out to Laurel for her wonderful narration and for making Kate come alive for me.

And who doesn't love a feel good story about good people doing good things for others? Hopefully we can all learn from the example of this Good Sam.

Shortly after I finished Good Sam, I discovered that there is a book #2. Kate's story is continued in Perfectly Good Crime. Yay!! I immediately snagged it and it's on my TBR list.


This one's only 99¢ as well!!

About the author

Dete Meserve is an award-winning author who is searching for Good. Like Kate Bradley in the novel Good Sam and Perfectly Good Crime, Meserve is looking for people who are doing extraordinary good for others, sometimes at great personal sacrifice. While most mysteries focus on finding the killer or kidnapper, Meserve focuses our attention on finding the helpers, the rescuers, and the people who inspire us with their selfless acts of kindness.

When she's not writing, she is a film and television producer in Los Angeles and partner of Wind Dancer Films. Meserve lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children—and a very good cat that rules them all.

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