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Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2018
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 disturbinga 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 escalatefor 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-femaletotally 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 was the host of the Wiehl of Justice podcast. She is also a professor at New York Law School and a host on the Law & Crime live trial network. 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 and was a tenured professor of law at the University of Washington. Wiehl earned her JD from Harvard Law School and her MA 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.
Kym4 Stars Out Of 5BREAKING NEWSFebruary 3, 2018KymQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5BREAKING NEWS- NORTH DAKOTA HAS SECEDED FROM THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, CAUSING A CHAIN REACTION OF OTHER SECESSIONIST GROUPS TO FORM IN OTHER STATES.
News journalist Erica Sparks is right there capturing every moment of this historic event. This is the biggest story in a very long time. If these groups are successful in separating from the USA, a second civil war could be declared. How far are these groups willing to go? And when Erica uncovers more and more, the stakes are raised to a very dangerous level.
Lis Wiehl did an exceptional job in taking me behind the scenes of Washington and journalism. Her Newsmaker series keeps me riveted, as if I really am watching a true news event unfold. I was glued to the pages of this story the same way I would be glued to the TV if this really was happening. And that ending? Goodness! What more could happen??
*I received this book free from Thomas Nelson and The Fiction Guild in exchange for my personal honest review. I was not compensated in any monetary way.*
BernCaliforniaAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Interesting action!November 16, 2017BernCaliforniaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3The third book in the Newsmakers series, The Separatist, by Lis Wiehl was an action, suspense book.
Erica Sparks remains a top newsmaker with a television show that is continuing to make high ratings. Unfortunately, as her career continues to move in an upward trajectory, Erica's home life suffers. Her marriage is shaky and her relationship with her teenage daughter is tumultuous.
As she juggles her personal life, she lands a story regarding a movement that is happening in North Dakota. This movement desires to secede from the United States. As Erica struggles to find out the truth - she learns that these "separatists" mean business and will not stop at murder to achieve their goals.
Lis Wiehl's storytelling was engaging and kept me reading. Erica Sparks, the main character is both a brilliant journalist and an insecure, flawed character which makes for a very interesting book. I was definitely entertained.
Angela BycroftOwhango, New ZealandAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Hard Hitting and Thought ProvokingOctober 28, 2017Angela BycroftOwhango, New ZealandAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Lis Wiehls The Separatists was a brilliantly suspenseful reading experience. With a premise that could have been ripped from this mornings newspaper headlines - we follow reporter Erica Sparks as she forges ahead with a brand new show on her news network which promises to ask the hard questions and uncover the true facts.
When she begins to look into a current secessionist group Take Back Our Homeland based in North Dakota, she begins to see that what is truth and what is lies can blur quickly and become dangerous and potentially lethal.
I found the narrative compelling and scary at the same time. It was alarming just how easy it appeared to be for a group of extremists to take over a state, get themselves in power and make an indelible mark on any nations structure and founding ideals.
The Separatists is a hard hitting look at just how main stream extreme views can quickly take hold and change the world we live in forever if left unchecked. I worthy and timely read indeed.
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.