Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Book Review: Shooter In The Crosshairs.

This particular TV News cameraman related book came out quite a while ago. I've been wanting to read it for a long time, but never quite got the time to sit down and do it justice. Over Christmas, however, work slacked off and the wife bought me a new sparkly Kindle. Time to get reading then...

The book... Go buy it.

Written by Rick Portier, it portrays the life of Brock Nicholls, a network TV News cameraman who, following an unfortunate incident involving the Klan, a court case and a willingness to use his fists whilst live on air, finds himself in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, working for a low rent TV News station, filming low rent TV News for a low rent boss.

Why Brock is there and how he gets out of his current predicament are the backbone to this story so i won't reveal more here. Suffice to say, a news story passes his way that can get him back to doing real news and he takes his chances. Set to the backdrop of TV newsrooms, cameramen, reporters and bosses that you want to slap, this book has an air of reality that most of us who work in TV news will instantly recognise. It's believable, honest and accurate in it's portrayal of life in, and out of the industry.

The story that Brock chases is as old and as realistic as it gets in the southern states of the USA, and is told with honesty and realism that can easily be believed. This story of the Klan, small budget TV news and the cameraman involved turn this book into a must read if you have not already done so. It's punchy, well written and flows easily through the story making the book a joy to read. I heartily recommend it. You can buy the book HERE.

Paul Martin is @ukcameraman on Twitter.