But, according to reasonable parameters, the number is small and probably around three. Too few plot twists and you bore the reader or viewer; too many and you overwhelm them. I put their premise to Harlan Coben:. Do you think about this arsenal of surprise and suspense that you have to have enough of to pay off. The key is to make it organic. It was such a great twist. If all of the filmmakers could get together and collude, they would agree to have fewer surprises in order to make each surprise more valuable and make everything more suspenseful.
ELY: Alex and I, before coming in here, we were talking about superhero fights. Coming up on Freakonomics Radio , we hear from Brian Grazer , one of the producers of Friday Night Lights , along with many other huge hits:. But, hey, maybe you have a bad memory. Happy to be with you here today on Freakonomics. Currently I produce a TV series called Empire. And then of course some movies. A Beautiful Mind is the film about John Nash , the Princeton mathematician who dealt for many years with paranoid schizophrenia.
In , he was awarded a Nobel Prize for his contributions to economics and game theory; in May of this year, he was killed in a traffic crash, at age 86, along with his wife. I interviewed Brian Grazer before Nash died — but his admiration was obvious. The book itself is, in some ways, a synthesis of these over 30 years of meetings that I had. In some ways, and at some times, they became insights that gave me an interesting or new perspective on what could be a movie or television. The premise here is that these three economists have written a paper that analyzes how to optimize surprise and suspense.
Our show Empire operates on that axiom. Well, the one consistent thing is that we create surprises or shocking moments every single week. Really shocking moments that are about betrayal. How formulaic is that? When horror films are made they do adhere to a formula like the one you just mentioned. Currently, we know that we want at least three of those situations, shocking or surprising moments, plot turns or twists …. We know what happens at the end, which is the most important factor.
Mostly, it was the world of the space capsule. A lot of the shots are instrument panels and more instrument panels and the switch being switched and then we get to see some sweat. Did you know anything about what the audience was expecting on that front? We assumed it was a pretty high number though. Marketing brings attention to it.
I can tell you how we created the suspense if you want. Spending a little more time than people are comfortable showing their lives. Their lives with their families and people that are really important to them. In fact, that one girl at Cape Canaveral is crying and she sees her husband go up.
It gets you really emotional. Every time there was a worry in outer space, you cut to mission control trying to solve the problem. You had to build those minutes tiny brick by tiny brick the entire time. Does the suspense and surprise work on you? Equal to or more than the suspense, the emotion.
Brian Grazer has been phenomenally successful as a producer. In , he co-founded Imagine Entertainment, along with Ron Howard. His TV shows have been nominated for more than Emmys. But according to the economists, you can make somewhat of the counterargument: that if you fail to handle suspense and surprise properly, the market will punish you.
Night Shyamalan. ELY: I really liked it. I even liked the second movie, Unbreakable , quite a lot. But when I present this, I show a plot of M. Apparently he failed to do that. Still, I felt kind of bad for how Ely disparaged Shyamalan. Especially after I started reading what the online hordes have had to say about him. Clip from YMS: M. People want to be informed, they want to learn to make the right decisions. ELY: You can see this as a part of the way that they present the news, and this is common to all television, of course. You have something to anticipate and a reason to stay tuned through the commercial break that would probably not be so relevant if you were just trying to be informed.
And it led me to wonder: why do we consume the news? There are a lot of standard, sort of high-moral-ground answers to that, right? But what if we really consume the news mostly because it quenches our massive appetite for suspense and surprise? When you read about some horrible civil war halfway across the globe — does that really make you a better citizen, or are you just attracted to the drama and the terror, the same way you might be attracted to a Harlan Coben novel or a Brian Grazer film?
So in our next episode, we will take the conversation we had today and turn it toward the news. Games are as old as civilization itself, and some people think they have huge social value regardless of whether you win or lose. Tom Whipple is not one Takeru Kobayashi revolutionized the sport of competitive eating.
What can the rest of us learn from his breakthrough? The banana used to be a luxury good. But the production efficiencies that made it so cheap There is strong evidence that exercise is wildly beneficial. There is even stronger evidence that most people hate to exercise. So if a pill could mimic How to Create Suspense Ep. And Emir? ELY: And the admiration was noted. Suspense has to do with our beliefs before an event happens; surprise, afterward. ELY: Every creator wants to get the bang out of the surprise that he creates. And, what happens when a filmmaker fails to heed the laws of surprise and suspense?
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So much for the quiet life. Nic immediately sus Everything Dominic Price has worked hard to uphold is about to come crashing down on everything he holds dear. Nic immediately suspects foul play, his prime suspect a notorious gangster his father was indebted to—only now the loan shark is out for blood. Cam has been longing for Nic to finally let him in on this very personal case. Any relationship could crack under the pressure, but for Nic, finding his family might mean losing the love of his life.
One-click with confidence. This book is approximately 72, words Get A Copy. Kindle Edition , pages. More Details Original Title. Trouble Brewing 3. Other Editions 6. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Noble Hops , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. Jun 23, Shile rated it really liked it Shelves: book-boyfriend , favorites , mystery-thriller-suspence , audiobook-narrator-good , , mm , mm-romance , favourite-couple , lgbtqiap , mm-made-me-smile-laugh.
I Loved - The mystery, kept me on the edge until the end. We finally get all the answers, that was satisfying. Overall it was an entertaining read. View all 38 comments. Jan 11, Diana rated it it was amazing Shelves: netgalley-arc , m-m , favorites-of Full review now posted 4. Noble Hops is book 3 in the Trouble Brewing series, and cannot be read as a standalone.
All the while, Nic is struggling with his emotions and coming to terms with a secret his fat Full review now posted 4. All the while, Nic is struggling with his emotions and coming to terms with a secret his father kept from him. A secret smile, a special look, a fleeting touch, just a way to connect during a stressful time.
I did get a little teary eyed during a few sweet scenes, especially when Nic finally realizes who has his back, both personally and professionally. I highly recommend this series and I am definitely crossing my fingers that there is more to come, because I am certainly not ready to say goodbye to the gang just yet I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review View all 13 comments.
Jan 03, Dia rated it really liked it Shelves: , series , m-m , pages , hot-hot-hot , lots-of-action , arc , netgalley , lgbt , best-series. Maybe that's why I can't rate this with 5 stars. It's the third book in the Trouble Brewing series. The books in this series must be read in order. I devoured the first two books. I really loved the dynamics between the main characters and their pasts, their secrets. This book was packed with a lot of action AND suspense.
The moles are revealed. The bad guys are punished. We also get some surprises, but to be honest I kind of 4,5 stars I loved this one, but I kind of loved the previous book more.
We also get some surprises, but to be honest I kind of expected some of them, so it was nothing earth shattering for me. Nic and Cam were extremely sweet here. I absolutely adored them as a couple! I was so invested into the story and I loved how the suspense didn't take ALL the light from them. They were so in love and the ending was super sweet and my favorite kind of HEA! It was great to revisit Aidan and Jamie. I loved all Nic and Cam's friends. They all had their backs.
My favorite book in this series is still book 2 Craft Brew. But we got an amazing ending to this series! View 2 comments. May 06, Christelle rated it really liked it Shelves: mm-suspense-mystery , mm-age-gap , mm-steamy , part-of-series. And to fully embrace their strong relationships. Engaging and thrilling from the start until the end for me!!
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He could take it all, as long as Nic got to spend the rest of his life tasting his beer on Cam's lips. I have to be honest, I'm a wee bit bummed. Don't get me wrong, the suspense was really good This was more of a suspense novel that happened to have a couple in love as its main characters. But still, even with that, Cam and Nic owned my heart!
This is the conclusion of the series Trouble Brewing, and wow, what a rush it was! All the questions were answered, all the demons were slayed and all the secrets of the past were laid to rest. This was a real page-turner full of suspense, intrigue and strong men and women working together to uphold the law and protect the innocent. Nic and Cam live together now and are so happy. Professionally they are the best team there is.
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Nothing should stand in the way of building their future but it seems This is the conclusion of the series Trouble Brewing, and wow, what a rush it was! Nothing should stand in the way of building their future but it seems that the evil mastermind that has been tormenting them for a long time has attacked them again but this time Vaughn has bit off way more than he can chew, and Nic and Cam are ready to strike back and put him away for good. I loved the investigative process, how everyone mobilized and worked on the case. They were so clever and enterprising while building the case.
I loved all the twists and turns, all of the hurdles they had to overcome, all the curve balls that Ms Reyne threw at them - those were something else. There was danger, jealousy, uncertainty and a lot of fighting but Cam and Nic still found ways to be with each other - the moments were sweet, passionate and funny. Guys didn't disappoint!
The finale was superb! With a hint of desperation, a dash of determination, a pinch of violent struggle justice was served. And it never tasted more delicious. Finally Nic and Cam were together surrounded by their friends and family, and the future never looked brighter. I loved this book and highly recommend it! View all 4 comments. Jan 11, Cadiva rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. I need more stars! Lordy but this book was good and it perfectly wrapped up the Trouble Brewing series with a comprehensively tight and fast paced plot.
So many times while reading this my heart was in my mouth wondering just where it was going to go next and how our merry band of suits was going to take the bad guy down. I won't be spoilering anything, but suffice it to say, the pay off is well worth the efforts expended to reach it and Cam and Nic are as solid as the rock of Gibraltar when it co I need more stars! I won't be spoilering anything, but suffice it to say, the pay off is well worth the efforts expended to reach it and Cam and Nic are as solid as the rock of Gibraltar when it comes to their love and commitment to each other.
There are some surprises on the way, I'd guessed one of them but not necessarily the same circumstances it arose in, but other than that, I was biting my metaphorical nails right to the end. I'm hoping the next foray will be a sideways shuffle across to the Coast Guard where I'd like to see someone get the better of Eddie and humble him with love! ARC kindly received from the author via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review.
View all 3 comments. Dec 19, Sahitya rated it really liked it Shelves: romance-and-or-relationships , contemporary-fiction , suspence-mystery-crime-thriller , mm-romance. A solid 4. I never did manage to write the reviews for either the Irish and Whiskey trilogy or the first two books of this one, despite these couples being some of my favorites of this year. All the intrigue that has been slowly building up for two books finally comes to a head here and I had suc A solid 4.
All the intrigue that has been slowly building up for two books finally comes to a head here and I had such fun reading this in a single sitting. It was difficult to see Nic struggle so much in this book, especially when he just starts feeling happy in his life with Cam and is excited for his future. And I finally got what I was waiting for — seeing Nic in his full AUSA mode, building his case, both in and out of the courtroom, outmaneuvering his opponents and never losing sight of his goal even in the direst of circumstances.
He is expertly supported by Cam every step of the way — as a partner on the case, a sounding board keeping him tethered to reality and doing the one thing Nic needs most, keeping their family safe. Though the individual mysteries in this series have been interesting, I was quite sure that the mystery related to Vaughn would be predictable, but the author succeeds in pleasantly surprising us there too. Despite seeing the excellent support system this group of friends make in Barrel Proof, it is even more evident in this book where there is more danger and the professional lives of Nic and Cam are at stake.
It was such fun to see Aidan, Jamie, Mel, Lauren and all other new additions like AD Moore, Eddie and Garrett play significant roles in finally bringing the truth out and get justice for Nic. This is a great ending to the amazing love story of Nic and Cam, with a very adorable final chapter that had me grinning all the way through. This book had all the elements I have come to expect from this series — love, friendship, suspense and action — all in good doses, keeping us readers on our toes every step of the way.
Solid 4 stars! Nice end to a really good series. I definitely enjoy romantic suspense. It adds something to the story besides relationship drama. Aiden and Jaime are probably still my preferred couple but I really enjoyed Nic and Cam. I get the feeling Eddie might be getting a book or series next. Perhaps with Garrett? Mar 10, Jewel rated it really liked it Shelves: , favorite-mm , four-point-five-stars , law-enforcement-firefighters-emt , mm , military-and-or-ex , favorites , contemporary , suspense-mystery-thriller , bisexual-pansexual-mc.
Dec 06, haletostilinski rated it it was amazing Shelves: crime , happy-ending , mm-romance , romance , no-cheating , established-relationship. Cam and Nic have been a fave couple for me alongside Aiden and Jamie, and finally getting the conclusion to their story was awesome, I couldn't put it down - except for the basic human function of sleeping :P. Cam and Nic are back in this last installment to finally take down Vaughn once and for all, who has been a looming threat since book one.
I did give. But ultimately it didn't take too much away from the story, which was exciting and tense and page turning. And despite not as big a focus on Nic and Cam's relationship, it was still there, subtle but strong, and every interaction they had was permeated by their love for each other, and they didn't give up or waver in that love throughout all the ups and downs in this book - even if there was a doubt a few times.
This book tied up all the loose ends well, too - taking care of the moles in the FBI and the Attorney's office Nic worked at, and finally getting Vaughn and Nic and Cam getting to settle down and be happy together. Plus the things from Nic's past that needed to be dealt with, talked about with Cam. It might not have had as much Nic and Cam together, just them, alone, as I wanted, but it was so good and entertaining and the ending was perfect.
Two massive thumbs up from me! Jan 01, Rach rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. I love this series and the finale book was a perfect ending. The book had everything heartbreak, happiness, friendship, love and family. Nic and Cam go from stronger to stronger in this book even when Cam did have the odd doubt, Nic made sure he was knew he was his future. We finally found out what happened to Nic all them years ago and the family he lost.
Curtis was no father to Nic. Nic gains a new member of family which if never knew assisted. Nic and Garrett both have there peace and as Gar I love this series and the finale book was a perfect ending. Nic and Garrett both have there peace and as Garrett says "they are different people now" but will always care for each other. Nic deals with Vaughan who had a link to someone in Nic's past. All the gang is in the book and I love them. Both Nic and Cam have a gain extended family and each other. I would love more books or short novellas about these two in the future.
Also I wouldn't mind a series Mel. Roll on more series by Layla Reyne. Jan 13, Santy rated it really liked it Shelves: good-series , okay-steam , m-m , laugh-out-loud , mid-level-angst , action-packed , arc , part-of-series , suspense , read It was also the perfect ending to this great series. Cam and Nick finally went head-to-head with the big bad Vaughn in this book.
I have been waiting for this to happen since Book 1 and literally screamed with excitement when I was approved for this ARC but, as with final books in a series, there were a lot of expectations going in and fears that they might not be met. I am therefore very glad to report that this fully met all my expectations. The resolution of the investigations into Vaughn was not as straightforward as you would expect duh. It was exciting, action-filled and meandering with inter-connecting characters, past acquaintances, lovers and backgrounds that was super satisfying to discover. Concerning the mole-situation, it was a bit obvious as to who they were but, how the people were forced to come out was brilliant.
I can't imagine it going any better. Cam and Nick were fantastic together both in and out of bed. They made each other better by encouraging strengths and being there for one another through their times of need. It was a true partnership and I loved reading about it. I just wished there had been more of them "romancing" out of bed though. Overall, I would say this book ended the series beautifully with no loose ends and lingering questions.