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    The Candidate
    Lis Wiehl, Sebastian Stuart
    Thomas Nelson / 2016 / Hardcover
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    3.5 Stars Out Of 5 23 Reviews
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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Hardhitting
    December 23, 2016
    Cynthia
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I received this book for an honest review from the Fiction Guild. This is the second book in this series about a hard hitting new reporter Erica Sparks. She is strong and get the story put in the process she scare a lot of people. And she she doesn't pull punches. She is engaged to Greg and he is in Austrilia and they are trying to work things out while in 2 different countries and she finally has her daughter Jenny living with her full time in NY. But her new challenges is her boss about her ratings and they are going into the final stages of a Presidential campaign. 2 candidates for one party and 1 candidate for the other. While she is doing her reporting one of the candidates and his wife get blown up and it tickles something in Erica that makes her think there is something really wrong with Mike Ortiz and this starts some hard investigating and finding out what, where, why and how. The twist and turns never end in this book and its a wonderful read. Can't wait to see if we are going to get another suspenseful book out of the series. I don't see Erica giving up her hard hitting news reporting yet.
  2. California
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Interesting read!
    December 23, 2016
    Bern
    California
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Talk about an emotional thriller! I did not know what to expect when I picked up Lis Wiehl's new book, The Candidate: A Newsmakers Novel. I'm always a bit nervous about picking up the 2nd in a series but Wiehl did an excellent job of getting the reader up to speed and keeping us engaged and connected to the characters.

    Erica Sparks is a top-rated cable news host and she's doing her best to juggle motherhood and staying on top of the game. She desires truth to prevail and trusts her gut and initiative to give her the stories that will bring the country the news they need and are looking for.

    In this second book of the series, Erica is covering the presidential campaign and some things seem amiss. Although the top primary candidate, Mike Ortiz and his wife Celeste appear as the perfect couple - something is not quite right.

    As Erica follows her intuition and digs deeper, she finds herself in a dangerous position. Her tenacious desire to find and reveal the truth about the perfect Ortiz couple causes her to put her life and the life of her daughter in jeopardy.

    This book was just what it claimed to be! It was a fast, paced political thriller - interesting and filled with twists and turns. It was definitely a page-turner. I won't hand it over to my teens to read just yet, but it was not filled with vulgar language and unnecessary sexual innuendo - a rarity when it comes to books these days.
  3. Orange, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    The Candidate by Lis Wiehl A Mixed Bag
    December 21, 2016
    susanwalkergirl
    Orange, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 2
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 1
    Since I like books with mystery and intrigue, I decided to read author Lis Wiehls new book The Candidate A Newsmakers Novel written with Sebastian Stuart. Ive watched Lis on Fox News and like her keen legal analysis and hoped that would translate into a good book. Unfortunately, I found The Candidate to be a mixed bag.

    Whats good? I found the plotline intriguing. Is top Presidential candidate, Mike Ortiz, as good as he seems at first glance? Or will Erica discover there is something nefarious going on behind the scenes when she takes a closer look? Coming on the heels of a very contentious election cycle this should be a very interesting book.

    The story is action packed and the main character, Erica Sparks, is somewhat interesting. Her background is revealed during the course of the story but there was not a lot of depth to this character. I liked her fianc Greg, while not perfect, he showed himself to be there for Erica in the end. But overall I found the characters were not well developed. What the reader learns about the characters is very surface level details, some action of course, but there seemed to be an obsession with physical appearance. In fact, it was almost to the point of distraction.

    Whats not so good? The story was predictable. After the first big event in the book, I found myself guessing what the next plot development would be throughout the book.

    While somewhat veiled, there were some rather sick sexual relationships in this book that cross the line in a book released by a Christian publisher. While not described in detail, enough is said that makes it clear whats happening. Also, Lis took a swipe at Donald Trump by including a nasty comment from one of the characters about him. It was unnecessary to the story and not value added. My overall impression was Lis tried to be edgy.

    If this book had been published by a secular publisher, I would only put a cautionary note about some of the content which may be offensive to people of faith.

    I have higher expectations from Thomas Nelson Publishers. On their website, this publisher is self-described as, Thomas Nelson is a world leading publisher and provider of Christian content and has been providing readers with quality inspirational product for more than 200 years.

    There was nothing whatsoever Christian about this book. There was nothing about faith. There was one curse word as I recall and I appreciate that there was very little profanity. But some of the content of this book was not fit material from a Christian publisher.

    I would like to thank BookLook for the opportunity to read The Candidate by Lis Wiehl. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.

  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great political thriller
    December 4, 2016
    Jennifer M
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Mike Ortiz is a charming and charismatic war hero who is favored to win the White House. He, along with his beautiful and seemingly perfect wife, Celeste, is busy campaigning in the final days leading up to the election.

    Erica Sparks is a brilliant and accomplished journalist who is covering their story. As she watches the couple, all smiles and decorum while they are in the public eye, something about them starts to bother her. Are they really what they seem? Why does something about Mr Ortiz's behavior seem so "off"? What really happened in the Al-Qaeda prison where Mike Ortiz was held for nine months?

    Erica sets out to discover the truth, even as her relationship with her preteen daughter suffers, her previously faithful boyfriend is cheating on her overseas, and the body count starts to rise around her. She knows that what she is about to uncover is even more sinister and dangerous than she feared, but she won't stop until she has answers.

    Lis Wiehl - herself an impressive Harvard Law School graduate, former federal prosecutor, and current legal analyst and commentator for Fox News - writes a great, page-turning book here. While I've read books by Wiehl, I hadn't read the first book in this particular series, and I'm afraid I was missing out! Well-written, likeable (or thoroughly unlikeable!) characters, believable dialogue, and heavy suspense. Two enthusiastic thumbs up.

    *I was given a copy of this book for free from the BookLook Bloggers program, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*
  5. Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Psychological Thriller!
    December 3, 2016
    Rebecca Maney
    Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    "There are five core steps to gaining control of someone's mind: isolation, sensory deprivation, fear, indoctrination, love."

    In this political thriller, news anchor Erica Sparks finds herself fighting ratings, experiencing tragedy, and suspecting foul play at the highest level; all in a matter of hours.

    Her producer sends Erica to the front row of the upcoming presidential elections by allowing her to interview opposing candidates in their home environment, thus niggling a suspicion that something about the seemingly perfect candidate Mike Ortiz and his glamorous wife Celeste, begs a deeper view. Deeper in this case means sinister, and Erica is about to find out first hand that "playing hardball can be very dangerous".

    Immediately engaging, Lis Wiehl's second book in the "Newmakers Novels" series is certainly suspenseful and border-line creepy with its psycho under tones, leaving readers hanging on by a thread, until the very end.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions state are entirely my own.
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