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    The Separatists
    Lis Wiehl, Sebastian Stuart
    Thomas Nelson / 2018 / Trade Paperback
    $4.99 Retail: $16.99 Save 71% ($12.00)
    4 Stars Out Of 5 22 Reviews
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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    BREAKING NEWS
    February 3, 2018
    Kym
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Separatists.
    BREAKING 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.*
  2. California
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Interesting action!
    November 16, 2017
    Bern
    California
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This review was written for The Separatists.
    The 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.
  3. Owhango, New Zealand
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Hard Hitting and Thought Provoking
    October 28, 2017
    Angela Bycroft
    Owhango, New Zealand
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for The Separatists.
    Lis 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.
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Startling Read
    October 7, 2017
    Musicgirl66
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    I 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.
  5. Chattanooga, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Slow start
    September 7, 2017
    daischop
    Chattanooga, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    This review was written for The Separatists.
    This 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.
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