Title: The Separatists (A Newsmakers Novel #3)
Author: Lis Wiehl with Sebastian Stuart
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Erica Sparks is back in her third book of the Newsmakers series. This time a powerful woman from North Dakota is proposing secession from the United States. She plans to fight the local senator for his seat as he is up for re-election. If she wins, her public political agenda has avowed secession in a nonviolent manner. Her private agenda, however, is something much more dangerous. Erica is tasked with covering the story and interviewing this woman who is not what she appears to be.
Erica has also come up with an idea for a new television show that focuses on one issue per month. The secession of North Dakota will be the first episode. Erica also sees her marriage of 18 months floundering and failing. She is at the peak of her career and works untold hours. Her husband is languishing in his consulting business and longs to re-enter the world of news. Jealousy rears its ugly head and another woman seems overly interested in Erica’s husband. Erica’s 13-year-old daughter is also rebelling and causing Erica to feel guilt and insecurity. As Erica continues her investigative reporting, she is threatened and people start dying. The pressure mounts as Erica must juggle career and family.
While this is a compelling story and one that kept me riveted to the pages, I’m still wondering why this is published by a Christian publisher. There is nothing about God or faith in the story. This is a book I could have picked up in any secular section of any bookstore. There was also a homosexual encounter in the story that I didn’t think added anything, but instead detracted. Overall, I have enjoyed the stories in this series because they are intense, suspenseful and intriguing. Erica Sparks in not a character I can relate to, but I find her interesting to read about. They are current and could have been taken from any media outlet today. I would like to see God in the story though.
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