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Exposureby Kurt Wenzel
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Los Angeles, a few years from now. Technology has changed the rules of the movie business with old, long-dead stars brought digitally back to life. Billboards cover every available surface of the city, beaming out a constant flood of commercials starring the likes of John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, and — the great exception, the last real movie star — Colt Reston. But something is going wrong: A group of anti-tech rebels are attacking the billboards, inspired by a mysterious manifesto known as The Black Book. A burnt-out screenwriter addicted to the latest hot drug finds his world wobbling. Colt takes ill with an unexplained disease — perhaps literally dying of overexposure. A guru who might know why has vanished. And then Montgomery Clift suddenly walks off his virtual set and goes AWOL....
A blistering mash-up of William Gibson, The Ring, and Chuck Palahniuk, Exposure is a great step forward for Kurt Wenzel. Convulsive and thrilling, Exposure is a devastating tour de force by one of the best novelists working today.
"A near future glutted with obnoxious animated billboards and digitized celebrities hawking commercial goods serves as the backdrop for this wan satire on Hollywood and media overexposure. Cynical screenwriter Marshall Reed struggles to help his best friend, Colt Reston, a film legend dying of a strange wasting disease that seems to intensify in direct proportion to the amount his image is broadcast. Meanwhile, a cult of technophobes are incited to acts of billboard destruction by The Black Book, an antimedia manifesto penned by an anonymous industry insider. Wenzel (Gotham Tragic) builds momentum up to the unmasking of 'Mr. Black' and the revelation of how Colt's illness intertwines with the scheme of an entertainment agent to scrap live actors in favor of digitally manipulated dead screen icons. But every time Wenzel introduces a new character, the lengthy backstory slows things to a crawl. The Hollywood zaniness provokes a few laughs, but not enough to make this more than a routine 'what if.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Wenzel dabbles in sci-fi details but doesn't clobber you with them....As a Hollywood novel, Exposure is more than good. As a treatment for a rip-roaring, action-packed anti-Hollywood movie, it's almost great." Los Angeles Times
About the Author
Kurt Wenzel is the author of Lit Life. He and his wife live in East Hampton, New York, and Manhattan. For more information about Kurt Wenzel visit www.kurtwenzel.com.
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