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Keep It Real [Hardcover]

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Ted used to be an investigative reporter--a good one. But that was before the divorce, the meltdown, the subsequent supervised visitation of his adorable little girl. Now he's one of several peon producers for the inexplicably successful reality show, `The Mogul.' Ted's not a happy man. Unlike his viewers, he takes no joy in the vapid "reality" he helps edit together for ratings.

Then Ted inadvertently witnesses a violent exchange between gangsta rapper Boney and Boney's hot-enough-to-dance-in-videos girlfriend, Patrice. When Patrice goes missing, it's all Ted can do to keep his reporter instincts in check. With no real excuse for hanging out in the world of Cristal and grillz, Ted uses the resources at his disposal to snoop around. And what better way to invade a celebrity's privacy than by featuring him on Reality TV?

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Pages   325
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.83" Width: 5.79" Height: 1.22"
Weight:   1.23 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Publisher   Bleak House Books
ISBN  1932557377  
ISBN13  9781932557374  

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This is the way it's done!  Jan 8, 2008
There's nothing like browsing the shelves, looking for something new, something different, something well written, something funny--and coming across a 'Keep It Real'. The sarcasm is relentless, the one-liners numerous and hilarious, the writing as crisp and polished as anything I read last year. If you like Dorsey, Hiaason, Jenkins, Leonard try this book.
Book of the year......  Jan 4, 2008
This was by far the best book I read in 2007 (excluding medical textbooks of course).... You will laugh out loud and will read it in one day. Abso-f'ing-lutely hilarious book!
Wickedly funny...  Oct 13, 2007
My lead-off vacation reading when I got on the plane was a library book titled Keep It Real by Bill Bryan. With Dave Barry's quote on the front "If you like to laugh, and you hate reality TV, you will love this wonderfully, viciously hilarious book", how could I not pick it up? Good choice too, as it delivered plenty of laughs to keep me distracted during a very long flight...

Ted Collins has gone from the heights of journalistic fame to the bottom of the TV barrel... from a Pulitzer for investigative journalism to being a producer for a reality TV show called "The Mogul". And yes, you can assume it's a rip-off of The Apprentice, right down to the Donald Trump catch-phrase. The only reason Ted keeps going is that his ex-wife has custody of their daughter, and he desperately wants to get more than court-supervised visits with his child. But legal issues and mental breakdowns will do that to you. During a visit with his daughter (at his ex-wife's mansion), he overhears an argument between a rap star and his latest "date". When the "date" goes missing, it becomes front-page news, with Ted holding a few cards as to what may have happened to her. This chance to get back into real reporting coincides with his promotion to executive producer of The Mogul. He decides to blend the two situations by having the rap star appear in an episode of the show so that he can spend some time snooping around to find physical evidence of the suspected murder. Unfortunately, "control" is an illusion, and network egos keep changing the plans faster than Ted can devise them. And with each change in direction, the likely suspect(s) keep shifting in and out of focus...

This was truly a fun read. Ted has an incredibly active imagination, and his dialogue is acid-sharp. His job is made up of completely dysfunctional coworkers and executives, and the daily "eat or be eaten" mentality is sort of what you'd expect in the pressure-filled world of network ratings. But underneath all the laughs and sarcasm, there's a real caring person who will literally kill for his daughter, and who wants to save her from the uncaring materialistic world in which she's being raised. The twists towards the end of the book kept me guessing on how it would all turn out, and I had more fun reading this than many other recreational reads of late.

If you're a fan of Dave Barry or Carl Hiaasen, Bill Bryan's Keep It Real should make you feel right at home.
Keep It Real  Sep 14, 2007
Ted's life has taken a strange turn. Once a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, he now finds himself heading up a reality television show called The Mogul. Normally Ted wouldn't even consider the job but he's got bills (alimony to his ex who is living in luxury spending more on her appearance in a day than Ted makes in a month). Then, there's Hallie. Ted's daughter is the absolute love of his life and he'll do whatever it takes to spend more time with her. Despite the new job and the sold out attitude, there still seems to be a bit of a journalist still in there. So when Ted stubbles upon a mystery he just can't seem to let it go.

Keep It Real is a witty read with fully developed characters and a number of good one liners. Normally, I like raw, sarcastic individuals but I felt that perhaps Ted and his buddies were just a bit too over the top. Unfortunately, I never really felt a kinship or bond with any of the characters so what could have been a really good book was reduced to an interesting read.
Enjoyable look at reality TV and murder  Aug 14, 2007
Ted Collins hit rock-bottom after his wife left him, taking with her the movie rights to his Pulitzer-prize-winning article. From the peaks of investigative journalism, he's now a low-level producer for a truly horrible reality TV show. He's also still filled with anger at his wife and her new husband. That anger has resulted in his being denied any unsupervised visitation with his daughter.

When he oversees a conflict between a hip-hop star and the star's beautiful girlfriend--a model who vanishes shortly afterwards, Ted sees a possible road back to investigative journalism. In a celebrity-obsessed society, this is the kind of article any newspaper would sell its soul for. The problem of how to investigate when he doesn't even know the hip-hop star is solved by using his reality TV show--and making the hip-hop artist an integral part of the show. With a host of cameras on the scene, Ted is certain he'll be able to get to the truth. Maybe he'll even get lucky with the pretty detective assigned to look for the missing model.

Author Bill Bryan is at his best as he skewers the American media, with its concentration of self-proclaimed geniuses, its anything for a buck mindset, and its concentration on humiliation as the ultimate in entertainment. Bryan also manages some pithy observations on relationships between men and women, and on racial relationships in America. I found myself laughing out loud a number of times as I read through this entertaining and well-written story. Bryan is definitely an author to watch.

I would have liked to see a bit more concentration on the mystery, at least some additional investigation to bring up evidence to point at hip-hop star, Boney. Without that, the twist at the end of the novel didn't have quite the impact it could have. Still, I'm happy to recommend KEEP IT REAL as a fast-moving and compelling mystery--as well as an insightful look into the world of glitz, Hollywood, and reality TV.

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