Tuesday, August 7, 2012

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros

Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea hosts this weekly meme. The idea is that you post the opening paragraph (sometimes maybe a few ) of a book you decided to read based on the opening paragraph (s).

I am posting the opening paragraph of The Columbus Affair by Steve Berry.

Tom Sagan gripped the gun. He'd thought about this moment for the past year, debating the pros and cons, finally deciding that one pro outweighed all cons.

He simply did not want to live any longer.

He'd once been an investigative reporter for the Los Angeles Times, knocking down a solid six figure salary, his marquee by-line generating one front page, above-the-fold story after another. He'd worked all over the world-Sarajevo, Beijing, Johannesburg, Belgrade, and Moscow. But the Middle East became his specialty, a place he came to know intimately, where his reputation had been forged. His confidential files were once filled with hundreds of willing sources, people who knew he'd protect them at all costs. He'd proved that when he spent eleven days in a D.C. jail for failing to reveal his source on a story about a corrupt Pennsylvania congressman.

That man had gone to prison.

Tom had received his third Pulitzer nomination.

There were twenty-one awarded categories. One was for 'distinguished investigative reporting by an individual or team, reported as a single newspaper article or a series.' Winners received a certificate, $10,000, and the ability to add three precious words-Pulitzer Prize winner-to their name.

He won his.

But they took it back.

Which seemed the story of his life.

Everything had been taken back.

7 comments:

Tea norman said...

He's clinically depressed.

Paulita said...

As a journalist, I can imagine the shame he must have felt. Sometimes those shames push too heavily on the soul. Good one. Here's Mine

Tara said...

Ooh I love Steve Berry!!! Enjoy it!

Nise' said...

I would keep reading!



Mine is here.

Harvee Lau said...

Great opening paragraphs. I'd love to read this one, especially since the character is a journalist!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I would keep reading more for sure. Thanks for joining in and hope you like this one.

Concise Reviews By Michelle said...

thanks for stopping by my blog. This book I would not keep reading, but only because its not my kind of book at all. I need my paranomal's lol.
:)
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