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Erica Sparks is a reporter who launches an investigative news show for GNN TV. The first story uncovers the recall of a governor in the state of North Dakota. She receives a call from a potential informant in the lobby of her hotel and by the time she arrives downstairs, the woman is found dead. Erica’s husband is drinking more and talking less. Her teenage daughter is acting out. She needs to find out who is sabotaging her investigation and save her family before it is too late.
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2017
From New York Times bestselling author Lis Wiehl comes the final book in her Newsmakers series. Journalist and newscaster Erica Sparks is only planning to report on an explosive storyuntil she gets caught in the middle of it.
After getting the green light from her network to launch an investigative news show, Erica flies to Bismarck, North Dakota, to investigate Take Back Our Homeland, the largest secessionist group. What she finds is profoundly disturbing a growing threat to the future of our union.
Back home, her husband Greg is drinking more and talking lessand taking an unusual interest in the glamorous author Leslie Burke Wilson. Ericas teenage daughter has also begun acting out in troubling ways.
Then she discovers a potential informant murdered in her Bismarck hotel. Take Back Our Homeland might be even more dangerous than she had thoughtand shes unwittingly become one of the key players in the story. Her fear and anxiety escalate for her marriage, her daughter, and her own life.
Bestselling novelist and former legal analyst for Fox News Lis Wiehl takes us behind the anchors desk in this gripping look at high-stakes reporting in a country torn apart.
"BREAKING NEWS! Lis Wiehl has written another blockbusterusing her insiders eye to nail the dangerous mix of media and politics. The Separatists is bold, timely, thrilling and a simply stunning read." --Linda Fairstein, New York Times bestselling author
"Political high jinks and unusual escapades always mark a Lis Wiehl novel. Eric Sparks is a highly trained, top-notched, alpha-female totally reminiscent of her creator. This one is a smart, sexy, reflective read and I highly recommend it."
--Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author
Lis Wiehl is one of the nations most prominent trial lawyers and highly regarded legal commentators. The former legal analyst for Fox News and The OReilly Factor, she has appeared regularly on Your World with Neil Cavuto, Lou Dobbs Tonight, and the Imus morning shows, and is the host of the Wiehl of Justice podcast. She is also a professor at New York Law School. A former legal analyst and reporter for NBC News and NPRs All Things Considered, she also served as a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorneys office. Wiehl earned her JD from Harvard Law School and her Master of Arts in Literature from the University of Queensland. She lives near New York City.
Sebastian Stuart has published four novels under his own name, including The Hour Between, winner of the Ferro-Grumley Award and an NPR Seasons Readings selection. He has also co-written national and New York Times bestselling books. As senior editor of e-book publisher New Word City, Stuart has written over two dozen original non-fiction e-books.
Musicgirl664 Stars Out Of 5Startling ReadOctober 7, 2017Musicgirl66Quality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I received a free copy of this book to read and review. I probably would not have chosen this book to read on my own since the subject matter is not what would ordinarily interest me because the events could really happen. The author takes a news item or event and runs with the idea, making it into a very interesting book. North Dakota wishes to succeed from the Union and join Canada. There have been both peaceful and riotous demonstrations in various states denouncing the USA. There's action, murder and an abduction to intensify the story. It's a bit on the scary side because it is so believable.
daischopChattanooga, TNAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Slow startSeptember 7, 2017daischopChattanooga, TNAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0This is the third book in a series about Erica Sparks, an investigative reporter who seems to find herself in the midst of trouble as she uncovers disturbing facts.
Erica is covering a story in North Dakota where Mary Belamy is running a campaign to break North Dakota from the United States. She is getting the required votes and now she just needs to see it happen. People, Pioneers, are moving into the state willing to cast their vote to this new republic. In the meantime, people are dying and they seem to be linked to Mary and her crew.
The first book I read of Lis Wiehl was The Candidate and was thoroughly impressed with her writing. I thought the storyline was strong and well thought out. It read well and while I missed the second book about Erica Sparks (The Newsmakers), I was able to catch up with Erica in this book.
For me, this book just didn't connect with me as well as the first book I read. The things I didn't like, was the blatant descriptions of someone "put the gun in the mouth, and blows the brains out". Blech. Didn't really need to be THAT descriptive.
Since when is a "corporal" in the military rise so high in the ranks to be second in command. From my understanding, the corporal is a bit further down the chain.
Plus, I didn't like the end relationship between Erica and her daughter, Jenny. It seems like Erica cares only for her career and making the pieces and people of her life fit into her formula of success.
Lastly, for Thomas Nelson to be a supposed "Christian publisher" I didn't find very much within this book that would really classify it as a Christian book. There were bits here an then about God, just enough to perhaps classify it as Christian. But honestly, not really. This is more or less a mainstream book attempting to crossover into Christian publishing.
All in all, I really didn't like this book. While I was able to read it and enjoy the drama within, I truly doubt that this would be a book that I would keep on my bookshelf to read again in the future. Would I recommend for others to go out and buy it? Probably not. I'd suggest going to the library and checking it out first and formulate your own opinion before shelling out the money.
This review contains my own thoughts and opinions. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.
SemmieAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A Timely Political ThrillerAugust 26, 2017SemmieAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5** "Democracy is messy and hard, just look around the world, but somehow we've made it work. Because men and women of goodwill, no matter what their differences, came together, compromised, and took actions that kept us united and moved us forward, kept the arc of history bending toward justice." **
Erica Sparks, GNN anchor, is at the top of her game -- with even bigger professional dreams. She wants to create a new "Spotlight" program, where she'll be at the forefront of a new form of American journalism, one that's fearless and follows the story wherever it leads, highlighting one topic at a time.
In Lis Wiehl's "The Separatists," Erica follows that new fearless form of journalism to cover the story of secessionism within the United States -- particularly in North Dakota, where Sturges and Mary Bellamy are set to challenge the governor in a recall election and "take back the Homeland."
What follows is an intense, high-energy story filled with twists and turns -- and bombings, kidnapping and murders. The action never stops in "The Separatists" as Erica tries to determine the meaning and purpose behind the Bellamys' attempt to take over North Dakota and leave the union.
Wiehl's novel is an extremely timely novel, reflecting the dissension and feelings of hopelessness and anger that exists at the moment in the U.S. Secessionist movements are a very real thing right now, and her plot definitely seems in the realm of possibility. It's an eye-opening reminder to be ever vigilant to protect our rights and freedoms.
Besides being a political thriller, "The Separatists" does delve into some other issues -- overcoming one's past, no matter how toxic it was; family dynamics and determining the value and importance of family versus one's career; learning who one can trust; and finding worth in one's self.
Some negatives: at times Wiehl's writing can get a little intellectual, with odd verb tenses at times and sprinkled with vocabulary like "meritocracy" and "insouciance." And it does feature alcohol and drug use, as well as several references to sexual situations -- but never in a gratuitous manner.
But overall, "The Separatists" is a great political thriller, ripped right from today's potential headlines.
Four and a half stars out of five.
Thomas Nelson provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
Deana5 Stars Out Of 5RevolutionAugust 24, 2017DeanaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The book is a very timely book and could easily be front page news today. In recent months we have seen groups start to become more vocal in their stance against the government. The author explodes with a heart pounding standoff right in our backyard. I found Erica to be a very strong character. I love her gutsy attitude and fierce determination to bring news in an honest and direct way. Erica has her work cut out for her in this story that draws a line between the government and a small group that is willing to go up against a power that has the backing of the president of the United States. Has Erica found more going on with this group that could be a threat to the safety of American citizens?
I wasn't that thrilled to read about Erica's daughter and her rebellious attitude. Erica's husband sounded a bit jealous of his wife's raising stardom and tension can be felt between them. With Erica focused on her new tv program, her marriage starts to suffer. I think Erica has ruffled some feathers with her new program and her investigation into a woman who wants to take the senate seat away from someone up for re-election. Can this woman win? Does she have a secret agenda? With all this going on, Erica starts to feel the pressure as bodies start piling up. I loved the intense drama in the story and the twists that the author throws at readers unexpectedly. Overall a good book with enough action to keep readers interested.
I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild. The review is my own opinion.
tumcsecTuscaloosa, ALAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5political action thrillerAugust 17, 2017tumcsecTuscaloosa, ALAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3This novel had a little of everything. Politics, murder, kidnapping, marital discord, teenage antics and narcissism. Erica is a nationally known news person with a successful TV show. Her career is more important to her than her husband and her daughter, so it seems. Then you have a woman, Mary, intent on making North Dakota a "country" unto itself. She is narcissistic and lets nothing or no one get in her way. Her goal is to rule the world. Erica is intent on finding out the truth at any cost and Mary literally eliminates anyone that doesn't suit her purpose.
There is a buildup toward the main event with lots of action along the way. Surprising, almost shocking events, came along where I found myself with my mouth hanging open.
As far as the writing goes I wasn't crazy about the way the wording flowed between the conversations. The ending seemed to just come abruptly after such a big buildup. I was expecting a major confrontation at the end.
Overall though it was an interesting novel with almost a sci-fi type feel.
I am anxious to know if another book is coming after this one with Erica as the main character. She had an eye opening discovery at the very end, one that would change her life completely.
I received a complimentary copy of this novel and was not required to write a review. All opinions are strictly my own.