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Gathering String

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  12 reviews
A long-ago fire that killed two boys in a small Iowa town emerges as a threat to the front-runner in the latest presidential campaign. The two journalists pursuing this mystery could hardly be more different. Though he works for the website Politifix, surly Sam Waterman disdains the digital tools that are taking over journalism. All he wants is a political scalp. Congenial ...more
Kindle Edition, 2nd Edition, 455 pages
Published March 18th 2012
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Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
What can I say? I'm always going to love a novel with journalists as the main characters. Throw in a setting in the neighboring state of Iowa during the lead-up to the caucuses, and it's all familiar, interesting territory to me. In this case, the characters avoid being stereotypical while exploring some age-old conflicts -- big city-small town, older-younger, new and past love interests loyalty vs. doing the right thing, etc. The ending seems to provide an opportunity for a sequel, so I'll be w ...more
Chris Hubbs
May 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-reads
Now this is a great yarn. Gathering String follows the intertwined lives of three journalists and an ambitious politician on a stage that grows from small town to national. Johnson has an ear for dialogue and an eye for authentic detail. She writes characters that you feel like you know, and puts them in a story that will keep you turning pages until you reach the end. I only wish it would've lasted longer. A great read.
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
You don’t have to care about the future of news or the machinations of election-year politics to enjoy “Gathering String’ by Mimi Johnson. But if you happen to be a news or politics junkie, you’ll take special delight in this gripping tale of love, adventure and one big secret that, if uncovered, could change the fate of the Presidential election. It’s Republican primary season and popular Iowa Governor “Swede” Erickson is a last-minute entrant into the race. Ace newspaper reporter Sam Waterman— ...more
May 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Working for a small-town weekly newspaper, I found the storyline in "Gathering String" quite relatable. It can be difficult in this environment to always be objective and always tell 'the whole story,' when your sources are very often neighbors and close friends. And when they may be pillars of a tight-knit, rural community, who could damage the newspaper financially (and in other ways) if you cross them.

That's the dilemma facing Jack Westphal, publisher and editor of The Lindsborg Journal, when
May 28, 2012 rated it liked it
I liked this book. Most of it, anyway. Pretty good character development, and I liked the key characters (and disliked the bad guys). Figured out a lot of it, but the author never really answered a couple of questions that were brought up in the course of the story. Like, "Where was Carl?" and "Who is Swede's fixer?"

This book went into copious back-story detail -- read at times like a Harlequin Romance. Page after page after page of history. Entire articles reprinted. Minute detail about the hou
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Every page was worth it. I miss the characters and hope I get to see them again in a future sequal. Johnson creates a wonderful story around politics, journalism, love and family. Highly recommend it!
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
amazing book - if you like politics and/or journalism at all, put it on your 'to read' list!
Dec 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a great first book from an author who really told a story that intrigued all the way to the end. Looking forward to the next offering from this writer.
Laura Ballard
Aug 31, 2012 rated it liked it
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easy read - good plot - fun to read something with a n "Iowa" base
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Excellent! Exciting Reading!
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Reading for the second time. Love it!
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