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Breaking Stories

Breaking Stories

By John ArmstrongPublisher: SelfISBN: 979-8-9890018-0-4Genre: Contemporary FictionPrice: $14.95 (paperback on Amazon or IngramSpark); $6.95 (e-book on Kindle)
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Jake Morris is a thirty-something journalist who drinks a bit too much and has had some recent misfires in his life. He decides to freelance an investigation of a state senator in the pocket of a corrupt nursing home operator. Jake's editor discovers his story but seems to want to kill it. Jake quits his job on the spot. But the question remains. What was in his editor's head? It will only be answered when Jake learns the truth of his own story.

Along the way, Jake joins a logging crew in Montana, gets into a hassle with some bad actors, and barely survives a burn-over in a wildfire. Meanwhile, his former editor struggles to hold the newspaper together while reporting on many of the issues that are breaking stories today. Among them, a mass shooting at a Black church, conflicts over gun use, violent insurrectionists, pedophilia in the Catholic Church, bribery of a public official, and Federal and state investigations of the malefactors. Throughout, Jake struggles to convince a fiery Irishwoman that he is worthy of her.

All of the characters in Jake's orbit have a compelling story. Some stories break well and others badly, leading either to redemption or perdition.

John Armstrong is retired and living in Raleigh, North Carolina. His career included many years as a public administrator and as an attorney, both in the public and private sectors. After leaving the practice of law, John taught British literature at a prep school and then was elected to serve two terms as mayor of a small town in New Jersey where he also wrote a weekly newspaper column. Breaking Stories is drawn from those experiences and others, each a part of John Armstrong's own "breaking story".


From the very beginning, the authors’ colorful characters suck you in, keeping you anxiously waiting to read what happens next in their complicated lives. Surprises around every bend, with so many timely topics covered as we go along for the ride. An exciting, suspenseful, thoroughly entertaining book.

Reader 1

I couldn’t put it down. I was astounded that I became immersed in the world of politics and true community resilience which led to places I could hardly believe. Highly recommended.

Reader 2

It was hard to put this book down once I started. The fast pace, short chapters, interwoven plot lines and timely themes make it a real page-turner. Highly recommended as a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Reader 3