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Campus Confidential: An Academic Thriller (Doctor Rowena Halley Book 1) Kindle Edition
"Brilliantly-written and highly entertaining, a must read…" The Prairies Book Review
Doctor Rowena Halley needs a job. But it may cost her more than she’s bargained for.
During one of the worst years on record in the academic job market, newly-minted PhD Rowena Halley has, against all odds, gotten a job. For one semester. At poverty wages. In New Jersey. But with so many of her fellow PhDs bagging groceries—or worse—instead of teaching Russian, this is the best chance she has.
New jobs come with a lot of stress, everyone knows that. But Rowena has more problems than just learning her way around a new campus and convincing all these Yankees that yes, she really is from Georgia. Tensions in the department are high, her family wants to know when she’s going to get a decent job and a decent man, and her ex-boyfriend is as usual persona non grata with the Russian government.
It’s when students start coming to her for help that she really gets into trouble, though. Rowena got where she is because she wants to help people and save the world, but if she’s not careful, her idealism may get her killed.
Witty and suspenseful in the vein of the Stephanie Plum novels, Campus Confidential is an insider’s look at the gritty underbelly of academia, where the struggles are so vicious because the stakes are so small. Only sometimes, they’re a matter of life and death.
*Content warning: We've got angsty adjunct professors, mouthy undergrads, a cynical Navy vet, and a career Marine all mixing it up in here. The level of adult language is significant.*
- ASIN : B07RC94MP9
- Publisher : Helia Press (30 April 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 2171 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 387 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #10,400 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book is entertaining, often funny, with some suspense at the end. First of a series, but with a satisfying semi-resolution. Sid Stark knows her scholars and apparently her Russian (I don't).
You should read it for the humor, with minimal political correctness, and lots of insight into the plight of the new PhDs on the lowest rungs of the academic career ladder.
I look forward to the next one in the planned series.