The Anonymous Source

  • by A.C. Fuller
  • Narrated by Jeff Hays
  • 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Find the source. Break the story. Stay alive.
One year after the 9/11 attacks, Alex Vane - a brilliant, fitness-obsessed reporter for The New York Standard - wants nothing more than to break into the flashy world of TV news. But when he uncovers the scoop of a lifetime, his tightly controlled world is rocked: his editor buries his story, a source turns up dead, and Alex finds himself at the center of a violent media conspiracy.
As he receives tips from a mysterious source, Alex enlists the help of a captivating professor, Camila Gray. Aided by an Internet genius, a billionaire's sexy widow, and a washed-up sports reporter, Alex and Camila discover a $500-million secret that could derail the largest media merger in history.
It's a secret that unearths dark memories from Alex's past. It's a secret that leads back to the morning of 9/11. And it's a secret that could get them both killed.
In his debut thriller, A.C. Fuller brings you a young journalist chasing the biggest story of his career - from the courtrooms of New York City to the beaches of Hawaii, from a crowded newsroom to a lavish boardroom at the top of a media empire.

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In the wake of Sept 11 a conspiracy comes to light

This book is very much linked with the events of 9/11, opening with a scene from inside the 2nd tower as the first is hit and people try to get out. It deals with the events of the day and builds a story around the actions of someone (albeit a fictional someone) who died in the attack.

If this is an issue for you, then this is not the book for you.

If you are okay with someone making a story based around this sacred cow, then this is a good thriller.

A year after 9/11 our hero, Alex, gets a call from an anonymous source directing him to look into a murder trial that is currently happening, suggesting the person on trial is innocent. This sends Alex down a rabbit hole of investigation and danger as he searches for answers that may only be found in the rubble of the Twin Towers.

It is also set in the start of "online news media" and speaks of the great potential that the internet news can cover that traditional media won't. It's interesting seeing this from the point of view 15 years later seeing both the failures and the successes of non mainstream media online. But the book presents the optimism that was seen back them.

The story is well told, with interesting (although generally unlikable) characters. The plot is tight, with a few good twists in it.

Hays does great work (as always) with the narration, sound production and music. He provides various voices for characters, making it clear and easy to understand who is talking. Once or twice the 'anonymous source' was hard to understand due to distortion, but once I slowed the narration playback speed (I listen at a fairly high playback speed) it became understandable. So maybe that issue is mine, not the narrators.
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- Kingsley

I hope this book is the start of a new genre - the journalism thriller.

Jeff Hays gives a masterful read of this exciting new thriller. His character voices create a rich tapestry through which the nicely-honed plot weaves at neck-snapping speed.

The Anonymous Source provides an entertaining tour of talented but self-absorbed journalist Alex Vane's pursuit of the truth in what he thought was a cut and dried murder case. Anonymous phone calls in a strange scrambled voice tell him otherwise.
He hides his insecurities all too well until he meets the unsettlingly beautiful and smart girlfriend of the victim whose murder may not be what it seems. She seems to see him for who he really is, something Alex didn't think he wanted in his smooth, well-planned life.

Set in the year following 9/11, A.C. Fuller's intimate description of New York and newspaper journalism in the pre-Google era is a lively backdrop to his taut plotting and sharply-focused characters. This book is a great read for thriller fans who have suspected there is always a story behind the story.
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- Laura M. Kemp

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-01-2016
  • Publisher: A.C. Fuller