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This passionate, terrifying drama takes us behind the scenes of a great television network faced with mortal dangers and moral challenges as it collides with a smaller but equally potent force--the most feared terrorist group in the Americas. Few writers possess Hailey's ability to combine careful, accurate research with a profound sense of human drama. (Doubleday) This passionate, terrifying drama takes us behind the scenes of a great television network faced with mortal dangers and moral challenges as it collides with a smaller but equally potent force--the most feared terrorist group in the Americas. Few writers possess Hailey's ability to combine careful, accurate research with a profound sense of human drama. (Doubleday)


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This passionate, terrifying drama takes us behind the scenes of a great television network faced with mortal dangers and moral challenges as it collides with a smaller but equally potent force--the most feared terrorist group in the Americas. Few writers possess Hailey's ability to combine careful, accurate research with a profound sense of human drama. (Doubleday) This passionate, terrifying drama takes us behind the scenes of a great television network faced with mortal dangers and moral challenges as it collides with a smaller but equally potent force--the most feared terrorist group in the Americas. Few writers possess Hailey's ability to combine careful, accurate research with a profound sense of human drama. (Doubleday)

30 review for The Evening News

  1. 4 out of 5

    W

    The Evening News is Hailey's worst book. It starts well,with a TV news crew going after a dramatic story. I would have liked a greater focus on the news media industry throughout the book. But the story shifts from the media industry to a kidnapping and hostage drama. But it's not too well done. It's very lengthy and not very readable. This book was written very late in Arthur Hailey's life and the creativity which made his earlier books such phenomenal bestsellers seems to be missing here. It also The Evening News is Hailey's worst book. It starts well,with a TV news crew going after a dramatic story. I would have liked a greater focus on the news media industry throughout the book. But the story shifts from the media industry to a kidnapping and hostage drama. But it's not too well done. It's very lengthy and not very readable. This book was written very late in Arthur Hailey's life and the creativity which made his earlier books such phenomenal bestsellers seems to be missing here. It also dampened my expectations for Hailey's last book,Detective,which I have yet to read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bodosika Bodosika

    I had always enjoyed reading Arthur Hailey's books and this was not an exception. It provides behind-the-scenes insight into both electronic and print media. I love it. I had always enjoyed reading Arthur Hailey's books and this was not an exception. It provides behind-the-scenes insight into both electronic and print media. I love it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Aruna Kumar Gadepalli

    The evening news dealing with the media, story line makes one enjoy thoroughly.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Saad Din

    though a piece of typical pulp fiction, it carries some very interesting points regarding corporatization of media, tussle between news anchor - producer and viability of democracy in third world country.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    This is a thought provoking story published in 1990, but; the subject could just as easily been set in current times. Makes one realize the more things change, the more they are the same. An interesting read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Razvan Banciu

    A book to be remembered by an author agrrieved by the contemporary critics. His novels, this one included, have an epic thread, strong characters, many twists, and, most important, they give the reader the chance to learn new things from the topic he has chosen, that being the interior life in a hotel, tv station, factory or airport. Unfortunately, those books do NOT have vampires, werewolves, blood drinkers, fairies and other super-natural creatures, so Twilight fans may be upset and consider t A book to be remembered by an author agrrieved by the contemporary critics. His novels, this one included, have an epic thread, strong characters, many twists, and, most important, they give the reader the chance to learn new things from the topic he has chosen, that being the interior life in a hotel, tv station, factory or airport. Unfortunately, those books do NOT have vampires, werewolves, blood drinkers, fairies and other super-natural creatures, so Twilight fans may be upset and consider them useless or one-star literature. Their choice...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Girish

    Hailey's The Evening News is cold, detailed and leaves a taste of "business as usual" callousness. It's an achievement alright, but one that is tough to digest. Hailey covers several aspects from news gathering, news hour, corporate-network ownership (how relevant!), psychology of terrorism, hostage rescue which leaves the readers believing they are experts in this. The characters of Harry Patridge, Crawford Sloane and the rest do their respective jobs with the Newsroom portrayed as an all consum Hailey's The Evening News is cold, detailed and leaves a taste of "business as usual" callousness. It's an achievement alright, but one that is tough to digest. Hailey covers several aspects from news gathering, news hour, corporate-network ownership (how relevant!), psychology of terrorism, hostage rescue which leaves the readers believing they are experts in this. The characters of Harry Patridge, Crawford Sloane and the rest do their respective jobs with the Newsroom portrayed as an all consuming monster. The kidnapping and the terrorist angle have been given considerable coverage and must have taken in-depth research. Some passages and back stories seemed out of place and could have been avoided. The author manages to show off many trivia facts when nobody is noticing. Hailey - Genius as ever!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ajit Sridharan

    Arthur Hailey is one of my favourite authors, and what I have appreciated in all of his books is the amount of research and the insights the reader gets on that particular industry. I found that bit lacking in this book. This story is more an abduction and rescue plot set in the backdrop of the media industry. Not one of Hailey's best, but worth a read for sure. Even Hailey at 50% is better than most authors going around!!! Arthur Hailey is one of my favourite authors, and what I have appreciated in all of his books is the amount of research and the insights the reader gets on that particular industry. I found that bit lacking in this book. This story is more an abduction and rescue plot set in the backdrop of the media industry. Not one of Hailey's best, but worth a read for sure. Even Hailey at 50% is better than most authors going around!!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Erik

    I've read all other Arthur Hailey Novels before this one, and this is by far the worst one. The only reason I finished it was because I had read the others. I did not care about any of the characters. The action sequences and who solved the problems seemed ridiculous. It just did not work for me on any level. I've read all other Arthur Hailey Novels before this one, and this is by far the worst one. The only reason I finished it was because I had read the others. I did not care about any of the characters. The action sequences and who solved the problems seemed ridiculous. It just did not work for me on any level.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Prajakta

    Nice. Once started feel like finishing quickly

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    There have been a few truly solid thriller-writers in recent decades, and Hailey was one of them. In The Evening News, terrorists kidnap the family of a prominent news anchor and his colleagues put their sleuthing skills together to try and solve the case. A bumbling FBI and greedy corporate leaders get in the way, but, undaunted, our television news heroes make steady progress matching wits with an experienced and ruthless gang of Colombian and Peruvian criminals. Hailey was good at blending in e There have been a few truly solid thriller-writers in recent decades, and Hailey was one of them. In The Evening News, terrorists kidnap the family of a prominent news anchor and his colleagues put their sleuthing skills together to try and solve the case. A bumbling FBI and greedy corporate leaders get in the way, but, undaunted, our television news heroes make steady progress matching wits with an experienced and ruthless gang of Colombian and Peruvian criminals. Hailey was good at blending in exhaustive research about his world, most notably about the airline industry (he was a pilot during World War II) and had a terrific ability to craft a page-turner while imparting some nerd-worthy knowledge along the way. Don't expect tremendous character development or complicated people - Hailey put his efforts into the story and kept the characters fairly simple. Younger readers will marvel at this evening news concept. Written in 1990, just a few years after Walter Cronkite retired, a major network's anchor was a force in our culture. In fact, at one point early in the novel, a character bravely predicts that even with CNN providing a new type of competition, the network nightly newscast would remain a force forever. After a few minutes of laughing, I resumed reading. I couldn't even tell you who the major network anchors are these days, and I'm a bit of a news junkie. Younger readers will also marvel at concepts like journalistic ethics, which have died a horrifying death in the last decade or so. This limits the impact of The Evening News, because you'd have to be familiar with life in the 20th Century to imagine a world where reporters could actually put together an investigation like this - and, even get people to cooperate the way they do throughout the novel. Let alone the hi-jinks that fill the last part of this novel - that was a little difficult to reconcile with the rest of the story. Still, for 1990, it's a great read. They don't write 'em like this any more, and I enjoyed a few hours steeped in the nostalgia of what was once an honorable profession.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ashima Jain

    Arthur Hailey's novels begin In Media Res. No beating around the bush; he jumps right into an adrenaline spiking scene. Minutes before the first feed of the National Evening News broadcast, reports trickle in of an Airbus A300 on fire approaching Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. The network needs someone onsite for pictures but the nearest camera crew is 20 miles away. To stay ahead of the competition, the team scrambles to put together a news-piece, which is how Hailey introduces his readers to the wo Arthur Hailey's novels begin In Media Res. No beating around the bush; he jumps right into an adrenaline spiking scene. Minutes before the first feed of the National Evening News broadcast, reports trickle in of an Airbus A300 on fire approaching Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. The network needs someone onsite for pictures but the nearest camera crew is 20 miles away. To stay ahead of the competition, the team scrambles to put together a news-piece, which is how Hailey introduces his readers to the world of competitive journalism. Crawford Sloane, the network's top anchorman, calmly reports the 7pm news six days a week. Ranging from cold blooded politics, to murder, riots and terror, there is danger in every story he reports. While he may not always be amid action, being the face of the news he is not immune to risks. He suspects an unknown enemy may be targeting him and he attempts to forewarn his wife. However, he is completely unprepared for what is to come. When terrorists snatch his family, their fate depends on Sloane's rival - ace reporter Harry Partridge - and the ruthless Network President and CEO - Margot Lloyd-Mason. In line with the thesis of Hailey's novels, The Evening News provides insight into the world of TV journalism. Serving as the backdrop to this emotionally charged thriller, it throws the spotlight on challenges and behind-the-scenes issues that rarely make headlines. Partridge and Sloane's history in light of current events, offers an interesting study of human emotions on the edge. Hailey's characters are carefully drawn and the plot is an action thriller. What I miss, though, is more journalistic war - fighting for the news itself, rather than fighting the bad guys with guns. Nonetheless, I give it a 👍. It will keep you hooked.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    3.5 stars, rounded down. The Evening News is my first novel by Arthur Hailey. The book tells the story of prominent news anchor, Crawford Sloane, and the kidnapping/abduction of his wife, son and father. I loved learning about broadcast journalism, and the rapid-fire way the industry works. I was most invested in the kidnapping of Jessica, Nicky and Angus Sloane. The Sloanes were abducted by the Colombian drug cartel known as Sondero Luminoso. Miguel, the head of this operation, is a terrorist-f 3.5 stars, rounded down. The Evening News is my first novel by Arthur Hailey. The book tells the story of prominent news anchor, Crawford Sloane, and the kidnapping/abduction of his wife, son and father. I loved learning about broadcast journalism, and the rapid-fire way the industry works. I was most invested in the kidnapping of Jessica, Nicky and Angus Sloane. The Sloanes were abducted by the Colombian drug cartel known as Sondero Luminoso. Miguel, the head of this operation, is a terrorist-for-hire, and the kidnapping was so meticulously thought out and well crafted. Upon their kidnapping, the Sloanes were heavily sedated, and ultimately put under anesthesia, placed into funeral caskets, and transported to Lima, Peru. But we never learn the motive behind the operation. My only beef is the book length. The Evening News clocks in at 564 pages. Normally I’m not intimidated by lengthy novels. But this book was 200 pages too long. The first half includes useless storylines that could have been avoided completely. I don’t care which anchors are having an affair. I’m not interested in learning how one anchor met his wife. Blah blah blah. I only kept reading, because the abduction of the Sloanes was so exciting. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book wherein the plot was a kidnap by a drug cartel, or about national news networks. If you enjoy slow burns, and you can handle the boring fluff in the first half, read this book. If you hate slow burners, like me, then don’t read this.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    This was tough to put a rating on as it had a very engaging storyline, but had a ton of holes in what is supposed to be a "true to life" type of plot surrounding the kidnapping of a network nightime anchor's family. The portrayal of the news industry (in 2000 or so) was I'm sure pretty accurate - as with many things, real people in an unreal business. The juxtaposition of the busy corporate newsroom and the politics at play above them (which is now the norm but at the time was the new exception) This was tough to put a rating on as it had a very engaging storyline, but had a ton of holes in what is supposed to be a "true to life" type of plot surrounding the kidnapping of a network nightime anchor's family. The portrayal of the news industry (in 2000 or so) was I'm sure pretty accurate - as with many things, real people in an unreal business. The juxtaposition of the busy corporate newsroom and the politics at play above them (which is now the norm but at the time was the new exception) with the simple lines involved with a kidnapping and the holding of hostages in a jungle were interesting, but there were times I thought "leave the kidnapping out of it - there's just not enough happening nor is it all that interesting". I know there was a lesson in trying to compare the corporate greed that left people out to dry in the name of profit vs the straight line "kill and maim" of a radical group trying to show their seriousness, but it got lost a bit as some of the characters just didn't seem fully believable or were too caricature-like. Definitely worth the read and mostly was non-stop in terms of making the pages turn, so put it somewhere in that 3.6 rounded up type of rating.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A compelling, well written story with realistic and believable characters. The kidnapping of Sloane's family was horrific and the eventual demands made were never likely to be met. Time was the essence and Harry and his crew became single minded in finding the who, why, where and if possible rescuing Jessica, Nicky and Sloane's dad. They have no faith in the FBI, police, etc and intend to work on their own to get the full story but first to help a respected workmate. They discover the terrorist A compelling, well written story with realistic and believable characters. The kidnapping of Sloane's family was horrific and the eventual demands made were never likely to be met. Time was the essence and Harry and his crew became single minded in finding the who, why, where and if possible rescuing Jessica, Nicky and Sloane's dad. They have no faith in the FBI, police, etc and intend to work on their own to get the full story but first to help a respected workmate. They discover the terrorist have spirited them away to Peru. A well planned an executed plan- near perfect by the terrorists but the human factor always leaves tell tale clues to those dedicated to finding them. Unfortunately CBA Tv news Services had recently been taken over by Globanic Industries and they were only interested in cutting costs and making money. Power and greed was their god. Harry's investigation was expensive and didn't give the publicity that they wanted. They wanted him sacked but were too late to stop him making the rescue attempt.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    I was first introduced to Arthur Hailey 3 years ago when I was given the book, Hotel, by some friends as a joke. The old, tattered book found sitting on a shelf in a book exchange was a gift amongst several new and well known books. So I had little expectation when I started to read it on a whim, and I was very pleasantly surprised. I have since borrowed Cold Medicine from a library. Then this book was found in a rural charity bookstore. A pleasant find. There is something about Hailey that draw I was first introduced to Arthur Hailey 3 years ago when I was given the book, Hotel, by some friends as a joke. The old, tattered book found sitting on a shelf in a book exchange was a gift amongst several new and well known books. So I had little expectation when I started to read it on a whim, and I was very pleasantly surprised. I have since borrowed Cold Medicine from a library. Then this book was found in a rural charity bookstore. A pleasant find. There is something about Hailey that draws me in. There is realism and rich detail on every page. Evening News feels very contemporary in an age of terrorism and a changing media landscape. Which makes it surprising the age of this story and just how much contemplation can be caused by it. Does it mean today's issues are not new after all? Perhaps, or perhaps Hailey was before his time. Well worth a read!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Peter Walt

    I'm a news junkie. There, I said it. And I'm fascinated not only by the news itself, but by how the news is produced. Before 'The Newsroom', us mere mortals would have no way of knowing what it looked like from the inside. Unless, off course, we read Arthur Hailey's The Evening News. Hailey is up to his much beloved standard trick: cracking open the inner workings of an industry like it was an omelette. And with a fair amount of slightly old-school romances that sometimes gets in the way rather I'm a news junkie. There, I said it. And I'm fascinated not only by the news itself, but by how the news is produced. Before 'The Newsroom', us mere mortals would have no way of knowing what it looked like from the inside. Unless, off course, we read Arthur Hailey's The Evening News. Hailey is up to his much beloved standard trick: cracking open the inner workings of an industry like it was an omelette. And with a fair amount of slightly old-school romances that sometimes gets in the way rather than enhance the story, this book delivers. It fooled me into thinking I understood what it was like on the inside of a news room. And being fooled is a very fun time.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    I decided to try out this 30-year-old novel by the bestselling author of “Airport.” It explores the workings of a major news network and how it handles the kidnapping of the star anchor’s family. Despite the absence of cell phones and iPads and the continuous need for the main characters to run in search of pay phones, the book holds up as an exciting peek behind the curtain of network news and international crime.

  19. 4 out of 5

    George W Carey

    Behind the scenes of a TV news organization An outstanding news reporter not only records the news but makes the news in this exciting novel by Arthur Hailey. The reporter makes it his mission to find the son and his ex love who is now the wife of a famous news anchor. He follows the difficult trail of terrorists from Peru who have kidnapped the family. One of Bailey's best books. Behind the scenes of a TV news organization An outstanding news reporter not only records the news but makes the news in this exciting novel by Arthur Hailey. The reporter makes it his mission to find the son and his ex love who is now the wife of a famous news anchor. He follows the difficult trail of terrorists from Peru who have kidnapped the family. One of Bailey's best books.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Chaitalee Ghosalkar

    It is quite obvious that Hailey seems to have written this book in some kind of stupor. Only this reason can explain the mediocrity of the book. Most of it is just mindless ramble, with little content focused on the workings of the news network. The only scenes that manage to capture your attention are gruesome ones involving torture of the kidnapped people.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alina

    From my point of view it is very interesting and educational story. I think there are a lot of author`s fantasy and unreal events which will have never happened in real life with journalists, but these descriptions were necessary for create exciting book. The plot is unusual, amazing, thriller and due to it is easy and fast to read. I recommend this book to read. From my point of view it is very interesting and educational story. I think there are a lot of author`s fantasy and unreal events which will have never happened in real life with journalists, but these descriptions were necessary for create exciting book. The plot is unusual, amazing, thriller and due to it is easy and fast to read. I recommend this book to read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    John De Marchi

    The second time I read this book. I first read it in the 90's. The news anchor Crawford Sloan's family members (wife, son and father) get kidnapped by the Sendero Luminoso extremist group. Crawford's father gets executed by the group. The get smuggled into the jungles of Peru. One of the CBA News correspondent Harry Partridge and some other other associates goes to Peru to recue them. Harry Partridge gets fired from his job and gets murdered at the same time. Since this book was took place in th The second time I read this book. I first read it in the 90's. The news anchor Crawford Sloan's family members (wife, son and father) get kidnapped by the Sendero Luminoso extremist group. Crawford's father gets executed by the group. The get smuggled into the jungles of Peru. One of the CBA News correspondent Harry Partridge and some other other associates goes to Peru to recue them. Harry Partridge gets fired from his job and gets murdered at the same time. Since this book was took place in the late 80's or early 90's, the news station uses old technology like tape splicing techniques and VHS tapes to broadcast their news. They were just starting to use cell phones.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    It was action-packed, but it also felt a bit like conservative propaganda to incite fear. The balance tips from propaganda to conspiracy of evil corporations and how biases seep into what is reported.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I enjoyed the perspective of the book being written years ago. It was interesting to be reminded of how the media worked then as well as looking at the world in pre-terrorism (on our own soul) days. Arthur Hailey is a good writer - entertaining read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Muhammad

    While provided the tension needed by a crime story, I feel like the pace of the story is a bit too slow. It eventually leads to a hastened ending, just like watching a 2-hour movie with an interesting part at the last 15 minutes of the storyline.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Fulford

    Excellent novel, starts off a bit slow and I thought about switching to another book during the first chapter. I’m quite glad I persevered, as soon after the book turned into a I-cant-put-this-down type of read!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Paul Adler

    A good thriller which I enjoyed immensely. I always have enjoyed Arthur Bailey's books and this one was no exception. The graphics at times a bit brutal but part of the plot. Highly recommended. A good thriller which I enjoyed immensely. I always have enjoyed Arthur Bailey's books and this one was no exception. The graphics at times a bit brutal but part of the plot. Highly recommended.

  28. 5 out of 5

    John MacCalman

    This book continues the incredible degree of accuracy that Arthur Hailey applies to his research on all his books. A cracking believable story line that still stands the test of time. Great characters and intrigue.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mwchor

    Excellent! Couldn’t put it down One of the best fictions I’ve ever read. Full of realistic details, especially about the TV broadcasting world. Plenty of twists and turns. Violence, human spirit, tenderness, true love, they are all there. Highly recommended. MWC, MD, (Retired)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Siri

    Not the type of book I would typically choose but WOW was this good. Could not put it down! Kept my interest the entire way.

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