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Publisher:  Oceanview Publishing ISBN-10:  1933515503 Type: 


Copyright:  December, 2009 ISBN-13:  9781933515502

Students are dying at Ellsford University and Sammy Greene, a 5 foot tall, brash red head from New York with her own campus radio talk show wants to know why.

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Talk is cheap, but when this radio host takes action, she may pay the ultimate price. An outspoken, brash, native New Yorker, Sammy Greene isn't afraid to ruffle a few feathers at Ellsford University, her ultraconservative New England college. Host of "The Hot Line", a talk-radio show on campus station WELL, Sammy tackles the toughest, most controversial issues facing Ellsford's students. When Sammy discovers the body of Dr. Burton Conrad, one of Ellsford's most esteemed professors, her journalistic drive kicks in and she sets out to discover what happened to the beloved professor. But when several Ellsford students mysteriously disappear, Sammy realizes she's uncovered the seamy, terrifying underbelly of this prestigious institute of higher education. With the entire campus in peril, and demons from her past close behind, Sammy Greene must race to find answers. Along the way, she'll discover some unlikely allies-and even more unlikely enemies. If Sammy isn't careful, someone is going to make sure that she signs off-for good. 

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Reviewed by Vicki Landes, author of “Europe for the Senses – A Photographic Journal”

Veteran writers Deborah Shlian and Linda Reid team up in their new fiction book released by Oceanview Publishing. A lively novel of secrets, lies, and betrayal, “Dead Air” captures the very essence of college life and mixes it with a plausible conspiracy. This one is sure to make the dean’s list among avid thriller fans!

Protagonist Sammy Greene is a live wire as campus radio host and an aspiring journalist. However as she researches a run-of-the-mill story on one of her professors, she finds herself uncovering clue after disturbing clue pointing towards some unethical behavior by the college’s very own faculty. As each piece begins to fall into place, Sammy realizes that completing this puzzle may have deadly consequences. Uncertain motives of those around her complicate the big picture and she’s got to hurry before her plug is pulled…permanently.

Deborah Shlian and Linda Reid introduce a fantastic new character to the fiction world. Well-developed and truly believable, Sammy Greene’s unique spunk and Yiddish quips give her personality extra depth and clarity. The novel’s remaining characters provide just enough information to keep them hidden in a veil of mystery, leaving their true intentions to the reader’s imagination until the book’s end. “Dead Air” offers an exciting ride from the beginning to the very last page for thriller, mystery, suspense, and fiction fans alike. The only thing potentially negative thing about the story was the noticeable repetitiveness of a certain issue. Without giving away too much of the plot line, I found after this issue’s third mention it was obvious where things were going. Whether or not this was intentional, I don’t know but regardless, I thought its inclusion in the overall story was both socially responsible and informative. All in all, I’m definitely looking forward to Sammy Greene’s next adventure.

“Dead Air” sizzles with tension as readers follow main character Sammy Greene throughout campus and its frightening underworld of unscrupulous practices. Between Sammy’s relentless passion for all the facts and the plot’s steady development, the heart-pounding pages of “Dead Air” barely give you enough time to catch your breath as you read!

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