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The Candidate Book Review

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The Candidate 
A Newsmakers Novel
By Lis Wiehl with Sebastian Stuart

How far will a candidate go to become president? Erica Sparks – America’s top-rated cable-news host – is about to find out. Mike Ortiz is a dynamic war hero favored to win the White House. Standing by his side is his glamours and adoring wife, Celeste. But something about this seemingly perfect couple troubles Erica. Is Celeste really who she seems? And most importantly, what really happened in that squalid Al-Qaeda prison where Mike Ortiz spent nine months? 

But more than the nation’s future is at stake. Erica’s relentless search for the truth puts the life of her preteen daughter Jenny in danger, even as Erica’s own dark past threatens to overtake her. In her latest Newsmakers thriller, New York Times bestselling author and Fox News legal analyst Lis Wiehl weaves a taut and chilling story. The Candidate is packed with political intrigue and media manipulation as the lust for power turns deadly indeed. 

Lis Wiehl is a New York Times bestselling author, Harvard Law School graduate, and former federal prosecutor. A popular legal analyst and commentator for the Fox News Channel, Wiehl appears on The O’Reilly Factor, Lou Hobbs Tonight, Imus in the Morning, Kelly’s Court and more. 

Sebastian Stuart has published four novels under his own name, including The Hour Between, winner of the Ferro-Grumley Award and an NPR Season’s Readings selection; The Mentor, a psychological thriller published in the U.S. and Great Britain; and To the Manor Dead, a mystery set in the Hudson Valley. He co-wrote (with Dr. Judy Goldstein) the novel 24-Karat Kids, a national bestseller published in eight languages; and ghostwrote the novel Charm! by Kendall Hart, a New York Times bestseller. As senior editor of e-book publisher New Word City, Stuart has written over two dozen original non-fiction e-books. 

My Thoughts: Right now it’s election time in the United States and I’ve been seeing Hillary Clinton commercials  “on every platform” to take from Jenna Marble’s video, and Donald Trump scandals almost daily on websites like CNN so it might be a little surprising that I wanted to read a novel about an American election. However it is a bit of a fantasy to get my out of the real world politics and quite a good read. I love the mixture of mystery and drama and that everything is not as it seems. If you like Lethal Harvest or End of the Roadie you’ll for sure want to check out The Candidate. 

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