Item description for Scoop (The Occupational Hazards) by Rene Gutteridge...
Overview This hilarious novel pits a former homeschooler with outspoken faith against her quirky colleagues as a local news team desperately strives for higher ratings.
Publishers Description And now back to our regularly scheduled insanity. Channel 7 news producer Hugo Talley dreams of working with first-class professionals. Instead he's saddled with a weatherman who can't admit when he's wrong, an aging anchorwoman who refuses to release her clawlike grip on the newsdesk, a conscience-stricken reporter who's reluctant to focus on sensationalism, and a new assistant-former homeschool student Hayden Hazard-who can't just seem to leave her faith outside the newsroom. When the Channel News 7 team inadvertently stumbles on a hot news story, Hugo is frantic to exploit this rare opportunity. But a series of crises-including a Botox disaster and the disappearance of a colleague-threatens to destroy his chance for ratings success and send him completely over the edge. Meanwhile Hayden's presence is distracting at least two coworkers. Softspoken reporter Ray Duffey isn't sure whether he's attracted or frightened by her outspoken faith, while ego-driven Sam Leege is certain her naive spiritual convictions will fall victim to his persuasive attentions. With their oddball antics and all-too-real foibles, this lovable cast of characters offers a hilarious look at the sometimes-unexpected effects of taking one's faith boldly into the workplace.
Citations And Professional Reviews Scoop (The Occupational Hazards) by Rene Gutteridge has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Booklist - 10/01/2006 page 32
Kirkus Reviews - 07/01/2006 page 648
Publishers Weekly - 08/14/2006 page 180
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Studio: WaterBrook Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5.52" Height: 1.01" Weight: 0.68 lbs.
Release Date Oct 10, 2006
Publisher WaterBrook Press
Series Occupational Hazards
Series Number 1
ISBN 1400071577 ISBN13 9781400071579
Availability 0 units.
More About Rene Gutteridge
Rene Gutteridge is the author of several novels including Ghost Writer, the Boo series, and the Occupational Hazard novels. She is a published playwright with a degree in screenwriting and a decade of experience writing, directing, and publishing church comedy sketches. Rene is married to Sean, a musician, and is the mother of two. She is a fulltime novelist who lives and writes in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Rene Gutteridge currently resides in the state of Oklahoma.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Scoop (The Occupational Hazards)?
Great read! Feb 23, 2007
Rene Gutteridge has created a quirky cast of memorable characters in this fun, fast-moving tale - I couldn't wait to read what happened next!
Scoop this! Jan 18, 2007
Rene Gutteridge's diverse writing talent continues to amaze me! Scoop, the first in her Occupational Hazard series, details the inner workings of a television news team struggling in the ratings and looking for the one big "scoop" that will boost their popularity.
With a stressed out producer, a young and dedicated reporter, an ageing news anchor and an ethically-challenged news director, Channel 7's 10 o'clock news is looking down the barrel of oblivion if the team doesn't find a story so the news director sees no problem trying to make the news instead of just reporting it. Into this mix comes Hayden Hazard, assistant to the producer, Hugo, home schooled with an honesty about her faith that is both endearing and confronting to her colleagues. When their news anchor disappears, it seems Channel 7 finally has a story that will be a ratings winner and save their futures.
Rene gives fascinating insight into the stressful and fast paced news environment and fills it with genuine and unique characters. As always her writing is injected with humour yet with an underlying depth that encourages the reader to think and contemplate their own workplace behaviour. My only niggle with the book was not hearing more of Hayden's own "voice". Hayden is portrayed through the thoughts of her work colleagues and no doubt while I imagine this was a deliberate choice by Rene, it would have been great to hear directly from this interesting character.
Scoop has left me highly anticipating Snitch (releasing in May, 2007 ) and Skid (releasing in 2008).
Anxious and not so anxious. Dec 30, 2006
Picking this up should've been a real treat for me. It was for others. I love Rene's work. She normally has me within a few short sentences, and I'm hooked. Hey, I know all about being a Christian in the work place, so I thought this would be something I'd be howling and nodding at the concept of this the whole way. In the BOO books, the humor was just there. Sometimes you couldn't turn a page without bursting with laughter! By "BOO HOO" you knew that something hilarious was going to creep up. But I picked this up, and half the time, the word HUMOR had to be spelled out to me. Yeah, H-U-M-O-R. I really didn't know if I was going to finish it. I went by my 50 page rule. I had to read 150 pages at LEAST to finally get into this. But that doesn't mean the story isn't worth telling.
You are invited to a mid-life crisis... RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF A NEWSROOM!!! Things aren't ticking, an anchor is missing, and it smells a little fishy. Or it might smell a bit like sewage. Hugo Talley, producer for channel 7 News, can't find a safe place for his anti-stress blue pills, and Hayden Hazard is the prayer warrior in the midst of all this. And Ray is the investigative reporter, you can't forget Ray. Ray is also a Christian at Channel 7 News, and has an interest in Hayden. Enough said about that! Things manage to go off the wall in a big way. Just know this, the truth needs to be told.
The good thing about this idea was that it worked. You can be a Christian at work, yet on the other hand, God isn't calling us to be Joe or Jane Spiritual in every case. If you happen to be on a ship and it catches fire, you don't run to the captain and suggest, "Shouldn't we pray?" Rather, you find a hose, and pray while you put out the fire. That happened with D.L. Moody once. It also demonstrates how we as Christians can live out our faith, even if it is at the place we work, or in public. What I really didn't like about this was that it seemed to take on a "Purpose Driven Life" theme... YUCK!! I can't stand status symbols, and Rick Warren's book was no exception. Yeah, we were indeed created for a purpose and for a mission, but come on. I don't need to read THAT in the latest Christian fiction bestseller. You WON'T see that with an author such as Ted Dekker or Randy Singer.
This was a Christmas present to my wife, and she'll probably enjoy it better than I did. She might even want to read the follow-up, "Snitch". She can if she wants. I was very anxious to dig into "Scoop". But I won't be so anxious to continue on with this series. Maybe next time, Rene.
Hilarious inside look at the making of the news... Nov 30, 2006
The Occupational Hazards series gets its name from the seven Hazard siblings, all homeschool students and veterans of their parents' family clown business. After their parents' untimely deaths, the family business is sold and the sheltered Hazards are each forced to make their own way in the world, sans the clown masks. Scoop picks up five years after the deaths of the Hazard parents and centers on daughter Hayden and her job as an assistant to Channel 7 News producer Hugo Talley. In a station filled with a stressed producer worried over sagging ratings and the state of his marriage, a control freak anchorwoman experimenting with Botox, and a weatherman focused more on his image than actual weather fronts, Hayden stands out as an island of calm in a sea of chaos. When the local sewage plant explodes, Ray - a reporter who struggles to balance his desire to report news that matters with the constant demand for sensationalism and "fluff" - has to juggle his undercover investigation with an increasingly undeniable attraction to Hayden.
For someone whose name lends itself to the series title, Hayden Hazard is characterized not so much by her actions and point of view, but by how she is perceived by others. This is at once the main strength and as well as weakness of the novel. The book works well because of the engaging, funny, and very real group of characters with which Gutteridge populates her fictional news station. However, while Hayden is the supposed "center" of the book, Gutteridge chooses to reveal the bulk of her character, feelings, and emotions through the perceptions of other characters. Hayden never really grows in this book; instead, she exists as a rather flat, but nice, touchstone the rest of the characters revolve around.
I started reading Scoop expecting a novel centered on one character and their experiences, similar to Gutteridge's previous release this year, the fabulous My Life as a Doormat. Instead, what I discovered, much to my surprise, was a quirky ensemble story that made me feel like I was reading about the characters that populated the newsroom of the Mary Tyler Moore show. On that front, Scoop succeeds splendidly as a fast-paced, engaging read full of Gutteridge's trademark dry humor and lovable characters. The only drawback is that Hayden has a tendency to come across as one-dimensional and cardboard, something of a caricature of a homeschool student that doesn't ring true and can be rather annoying. The book is saved by Gutteridge's strong plotting, snappy dialogue, sense of humor, and ability to create characters (Hayden aside) that are quirky and funny and feel genuine as well as relatable.
Rene does it again Nov 20, 2006
I love when an author has a style that is consistant through all thier writings. Rene writes suspense, comedy, whatever and I know I'm going to be drawn in quickly and satisfied throughly. In this new series she gives us a loveable Christian heroine and puts her in a tough situation. My daughter homeschools our grandchildren so I was intrigued by the twist involving homeschooling, and also, how Rene spins the 'unsocialization' of homeschooled kids that seems to concern so many, makes this heroine stronger and seemingly more able to handle life. Loved it.