Dead Air by Scott OvertonDead Air by Scott Overton

Dead Air

byScott Overton

Paperback | October 1, 2012

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When radio morning host Lee Garrett finds a death threat on his control console, he shrugs it off as a prank--until a series of minor harassments turns into a set of undeniable attempts on his life. The suspects are many--he's made enemies--and the police are strangely uncooperative. The radio career he loved has turned sour, leaving behind a dwindling audience and the wreckage of his marriage. Then the friendship of a newly blind boy and the boy's attentive (and attractive) teacher offer unexpected hope. Maybe he can make a fresh start. Maybe he can admit that he's the source of a lot of his own problems. But when the deadliest assault yet claims an innocent victim, Garrett knows he has no choice--he has to find his persecutors and force a confrontation. The extraordinary outcome will test the limits of an ordinary man. In Dead Air career broadcaster Scott Overton creates the disturbing scenario of an ordinary man whose life is threatened by an unknown enemy.

Scott Overton hosts a morning show on Rewind 103.9 in Sudbury. As a "morning man" for 24 of his 30 years as a broadcaster, he knows the world in Dead Air, his first novel. His has published short fiction in On Spec, Neo-opsis, Canadian Tales of the Fantastic, and In Poe's Shadow.
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Title:Dead AirFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:300 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.83 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.5 × 0.83 inPublished:October 1, 2012Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1896350518

ISBN - 13:9781896350516

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dead Air Amazing story, kept me reading to find out what would happen next. Eye opener to learn what a radio announcer does. You may think it is an easy job, but it is not!!
Date published: 2015-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Thriller! This first novel by the extremely gifted Scott Overton is a fantastic thriller, filled within insights into the world of morning radio and an unraveling suspense-filled plot that keeps you wanting to repeatedly turn the pages. Here's the blurb I gave to the publisher and which appears on the back of the book: "Scott Overton is a storyteller of boundless skill. Dead Air first intrigues readers by drawing them into a side of radio broadcasting most people have never seen, which is interesting enough, but then begins to craftily unravel an intriguing and suspenseful set of circumstances, further drawing readers in and holding them, breathless, to the last page. Overton is a writer to watch."
Date published: 2014-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read Dead Air by Scott Overton is a terrific book! It has all the elements - a great plot, characters you will care about, humour, mystery and action. His realistic depiction of life as a radio station morning man will have others in the business nodding their heads and chuckling!
Date published: 2013-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read Scott Overton says Dead Air’s leading man, Lee Garret, is not based on him or on his own life, but Garret is a man who works in radio, as does Scott. With his knowledge of the workings of a radio station, Scott Overton offers readers a glimpse of the work of an on-air radio personality, and he makes the experience real. We can feel the weight of the long hours on Garret’s shoulders through the quiet but powerful writing. We come to understand some of the demands of his job, because we’ve all heard on air personalities participating in community events. Dead Air’s Lee Garret is a man we’ve all met. In fact, we could be living next door to him. Garret is of a certain age and he’s at a place in his life where things are not necessarily peaking. Divorced, alienated from his two children, questioning whether he still has what it takes to be a radio personality ought to be enough for any man to deal with, right? But then, the final straw, someone is trying to kill him. Sound over the top? Not at all! Scott Overton’s writing is tight and his characters are crafted so well you’ll swear you’ve met one or two of them. Dead Air’s dialogue is strong and genuine. The danger scenes are exciting and believable. Pick up Dead Air and you’ll find yourself rooting for Garret as he tries to discover who hates his one bad joke so much they are ready to kill him for it. Apparently radio work is not for sissies
Date published: 2012-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Enjoyable Read! I like to come away from a novel knowing something new, whether it’s about a profession, lifestyle or state of mind. I also like the main character to be convincing. I wasn’t disappointed on either count with Dead Air. Author Scott Overton takes us into the competitive world of commercial radio through Lee Garrett, a morning host whose personal life is in shambles and who no longer seems to have “the right stuff“ to keep his job. Fans, contests, ratings, on-location broadcasts – these and more are part of the story as Garrett tries to turn his life around. And then there’s the vulnerability of public personalities. Overton introduces this through suspenseful turns in the plot involving a mysterious death threat and several attempts on Garrett’s life. Overton writes about commercial radio knowledgeably and with certainty. No surprise, because he’s a broadcaster himself. He knows what goes on from his side of the microphone. Years of experience help him create a credible radio host in Lee Garrett. The climax also has a contemporary “media headline” element to it. The only part of Dead Air that isn’t quite as convincing is when Garrett goes underground to find information about his would-be killer.
Date published: 2012-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Terrific Title - suits perfectly Overton takes you on a suspense filled adventure that threatens "dead air" for real if a morning radio show host cannot escape the attempts on his life by a unknown antagonist. You will enjoy it!
Date published: 2012-10-30