1. The Candidate
    The Candidate
    Lis Wiehl, Sebastian Stuart
    Thomas Nelson / 2016 / Hardcover
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    3.5 Stars Out Of 5 21 Reviews
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  1. 2 Stars Out Of 5
    Not Christian fiction
    May 29, 2018
    SanMarcosGal
    Quality: 5
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 1
    I was disappointed in this book because there was no Christian emphasis in it whatsoever. I bought it for our church library but it will not be put on the shelf in the library due to the content and lack of Christian ideals.
  2. Arden, NC
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    "Because no one gets into the White House without media in their corner"
    May 21, 2018
    ADFehl
    Arden, NC
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Senator Mike Ortiz is a POW / war hero and presidential candidate. He and wife Celeste seem like the perfect couple -- loving, glamorous, the ultimate power couple. At least on the surface. But just under the surface, the truth is bubbling up. Something seems off. Television journalist Erica Sparks is back on the scene to investigate, determined to bring the truth to light.

    When we met Erica in the first book of this series, she had recently been given her own news talk show, The Erica Sparks Effect. Wealth and stardom came swift, but now, some time has passed and her boss is pressuring her to keep the ratings up. There are fresh-faced competitors coming onto the scene, but Erica stays strong and mentally regroups. She has a lot riding on this job remaining successful -- her luxury apartment, her daughter's expensive schooling... not to mention just a new found appreciation for the finer, more expensive things Erica's come to develop a taste for. So our girl gets steely-eyed and thinks herself up a winning game plan.

    Erica nabs the position of moderator on the all important presidential debate between Senator Ortiz and his opponent, Senator Lucy Winters. Set on filming an exclusive mini-interview with Ortiz prior to the debate, but someone else made other plans that day. The crowds at the debate venue are rocked by a bombing, even leaving a few fatalities in the aftermath. Having witnessed the horror firsthand, Erica becomes even more set on uncovering just what is going on. Who was the bomb really meant for? Are Ortiz and his wife behind the attack?

    As Erica begins to dig further, the story she uncovers begins to grow darker than she ever imagined. Suspecting that some serious damage might have been done to Ortiz's mind during his POW days, she meets with various specialists... who one by one end up either dead or seriously injured. Then come the threats to her family's safety. Now it's not just about the job, but Erica's very survival. It becomes increasingly difficult for her to know who to trust or go to for help.

    It doesn't always happen this way for me when I'm reading a book, but this one had a very clear breakdown in ratings in my mind:

    * The character of Erica, I give her a 3. I think I liked her a bit better in the first book. Here, there was just something about her that grated on me. One thing being her frequent phrase of "say more". Something about that just bugged me. I prefer "Do tell" or "Go on". Something about "say more" didn't flow as well and just sounded stupid. And then she had other characters doing it! Dialogue once again was an issue for me. I remember in the first book I found it pretty awkward. It's gotten better in this second book but it's still a little off for me. The dialogue often has too much of a scripted sound, the characters sometimes speaking as if they are dictating a letter rather than having a conversation.

    There's a small portion of the story where actor Robert DeNiro is written in as a character. Even there, I tried reading his lines in his voice and it still didn't seem to ring entirely true (believable) to how you'd expect him to speak.

    * The plot I give a 4. Solidly good story arc with lots of intrigue and layers. The chapters are also generally pretty short, typically running only 3-4 pages a chapter, which helped keep the pace moving at a nice clip. Overall, good fun!

    Soooo... I guess this makes this about a 3.5 overall for me!

    FTC Disclaimer: TNZ Fiction Guild kindly provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions above are entirely my own.

  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Clean suspense that's worth the read
    March 13, 2018
    Laurel
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    This book was included in a "mystery book box" I received from the publisher, and I took FOREVER to decide to read it because it's way out of my wheelhouse. Now I'm kicking myself, because I am dying to get my hands on the rest of the series. It was SO engaging and gripping. I really appreciated the detail Wiehl and Stuart included, and how they were able to tell the story so well without including the goriness and violence that so many secular suspense novels would have implemented to tell the same story. The story line seemed farfetched at first, and completely plausible by the end. Think "Wag the Dog" and the like. DEFINITELY worth the read.

    * I was provided this book by the Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review.*
  4. Norfolk, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Much better than the first
    March 28, 2017
    Shai
    Norfolk, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Candidate by Lis Weihl and Sebastian Stuart is book two in the Newsmakers Series. The story was fast-paced and intriguing. I must admit, I wasnt a huge fan of the first book in the series and was apprehensive about reading the second but it was very well done and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The present tense writing is a little strange for me and at times, distracting, but I found the story to be compelling and interesting.

    Erica Sparks is a brave woman unwilling to go down without a fight. Shes determined to figure out what makes the presidential candidate so strange. Digging deeper into the mans past, Erica finds herself entangled in Ancient Chinese brainwashing techniques and powers that stretch around the globe.

    The Candidate is a fascinating read and I would absolutely recommend it. I received this book from the Fiction Guild and Thomas Nelson Publishers and have provided my honest opinion of the book here.

  5. 2 Stars Out Of 5
    Wouldn't consider this Christian Fiction
    March 5, 2017
    Michelle K
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    I didn't enjoy the first book of this series and I don't know why I bothered reading this one. While the plot was interesting, it was difficult for me to get through. I didn't really care about most of the characters because of the fact that I'm fed up with both politicians and the media. The story is told using the third person present tense, which I found annoying to read. I was also disappointed to see the romance that began in the previous book didn't develop in this story.

    Plot: In the middle of a hot Presidential race, journalist Erica Sparks begins to grow suspicious that there's more to one of the candidates than what meets the eye. Something just seems off with his interview. When another potential candidate is brutally killed right in front of Erica, her curiosity won't let her stop digging for the truth. Erica's quest may put her in extreme danger, but if she stops, they win.

    Content: While this book is from a Christian publisher, I'd consider it more for the general market. There wasn't any mention of God and although the author doesn't go into too much detail, a couple of the female characters are apparently in a relationship.

    Recommendation: I can't say I'd recommend this book to anyone. If you enjoy political thrillers, this book does have a good storyline and some interesting twists. I will not be reading any more from this author.

    Rating: 2/5 stars

    I received a copy of this book from the Thomas Nelson Fiction Guild. This review is my honest opinion.
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