Book Review-Hard-News

Hard News


Jeffery Deaver



Hard News is another story of a young reporter pushing her capabilities and experience.  I say another because I have read two books this year by a different author in which a young female reporter was the lead character and Jeffery Deaver has created story which I believe to be the best of the three ‘female reporter’ books read this year.

Working in television as a camera operator out on the beat, young Rune finds a letter on her desk from death row.   After convincing herself that the prisoner is innocent she finds herself creating a story of his innocence for the Network Current Events program.

Through in a baby left on her doorstep and you have a fairly improbable scenario which nevertheless provides for an entertaining read.  For me the odd part was the baby’s development over what appeared, or seemed to be only a few months at best.  She went from nappies, or diapers to feeding herself, walking and talking.

However, it is basically good guys vs bad guys…and I did not pick the end or see any of the bad guys close to Rune.

For that reason and the fact that it was an enjoyable read, I gave Hard News a four star rating.

A final mention the Hard News is book three of the Rune Trilogy.  As yet I have not searched for books one and two.  However, I can tell you that they appear to have little, or no, impact on reading Hard News as a stand alone read.


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Goodreads readers have rated

Hard News

an average of 3.45 stars from 998 ratings and 55 reviews

Hard News

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Odd Ball

Week 31, 2017


It doesn’t need to be a balmy sunny

winter’s day for Candi to play.

She watches…

and waits.

then springs into the air.

Well her front half does, but not too high…

because it looks a long way down,

from up there.


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Black and White Tuesday


Commencing at…the Geelong Yacht Club.

Where a seagull came for a drink. Hmmmm!


Took a wrong turn off the freeway and

sighted this Great Egret having a bite to eat.

Went back the following day with a longer lens,

hoping for a better shot.

Alas!  My Great Egret had gone.



Hope you enjoyed.






Black and White Challenge:



My photos come from Arras this week.

The first two are, I think….

parking meters in Arras, France.


Looks like hiring a masquerade costume can start at 15 Euros.

A statue honouring L’Abbe Halluin,

funded by public donations.

Finally, the clock face of the Bell Tower clock.


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Travel Theme-Near




Travel Theme.


As we entered Paris last year…

even a shot through the coach window

was worth capturing.


 However, the near we came…

to the Eiffel Tower


the more awesome it looked.

We were in Paris!


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A few months ago I was photographing…

a foggy morning and dew on the grass.


A click of the mouse (or two) and it is nearly art.

I did say…nearly. 🙂


Hope you enjoyed.


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Weekly Photo Challenge-Satisfaction



My contribution for this week’s challenge…



I sighted this Great Egret in an almost roadside dam.

I thought I had captured better images

so my satisfaction level was high, until… 


I put them on my computer.

Satisfaction level crashed.

The distance was simply stretching the capability

of my 250mm Sigma lens or my Nikon camera.

My hands do not help either.

One, two or a combination of all three?