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Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Candidate by Lis Wiehl

The Candidate (Newsmakers #2)
ISBN: 9780718037680
Publisher's Synopsis:
In covering the presidential election campaign, star newsmaker Erica Sparks notices that favored candidate Senator Mike Ortiz seems dependent on his wife to an unnatural degree. Celeste Ortiz is a brilliant and glamorous billionaire who—along with her best friend and confidant Lily Lau—has engineered her husband’s meteoric rise. The White House is within their reach. But the more Erica investigates the Ortizes’ strange relationship, the more intrigued she becomes.

Erica begins an investigation. But everyone material to her probe ends up dead. With each death, her foreboding grows. Is she next? And can she find out in time if the country’s beloved candidate is what he seems . . . or a threat to national security?
"No one gets to the White House without having
the media in their corner."
MrsK's Review:
At GNN, Erica is searching for new challenges or prospective stories. Now that her life has gained a calming order, she feels that her focus with her daughter Jenny will improve. Until she is informed that her viewers are dropping off. She needs a "big story" as soon as possible.

At the scene, Erica begins her coverage of the final Democratic presidential debate. As Senator Mike Ortiz and Governor Fred Buchanan exit their vehicles, there's a "flash of light" and life for Erica gets tossed into chaos. Who is to blame?

Celeste Pierce Ortiz is determined to get her husband to the White House. She is a woman who calculates the odds, outlines the necessary steps for success, and relies on Lily Lau to help them win the election. What keeps her adrenaline pumping is the power that comes from controlling the outcome of any/all situations.

Since that moment of devastation at the debate, Erica finds that her time will be spent following leads instead of with her daughter. Becky Sullivan, is an intern and seems competent to be her personal assistant. Becky would be a good "match" for Jenny when she had to be away from home.

Lily Lau is a woman destined for greatness. She is brilliant, powerful, and is steeped with a commanding presence. She met Celeste when they were freshmen at Stanford. When Mike Ortiz came on the scene, both of the women sensed that he would be the perfect candidate for their plan.

While Erica interviews Mike Ortiz, she notices a void... a type of vacancy about his actions. What could cause such a void in someone who is running for President? It's almost as if he wasn't completely engaged, unable to think on his own. Where is all of this leading?

Woven between troubles at home with Jenny and Becky, the break up with Greg, and her investigations, Erica will need to trust her instincts and look deeper into the ancient Chinese canonical. It is becoming a life and death scenario especially for Erica and Jenny.

Suspense will keep you turning the pages. The deception, the greed of power, the depth of control will keep you on the edge as good vs. evil plunders into a tunnel of fear,
"...there are some things money can't protect you from.
And there are some people who aren't what they seem."
Meet the Author:  
Lis Wiehl  
Lis Wiehl is the author "Face of Betrayal," a New York Times Best Seller.

She has also written "Winning Every Time: How to Use the Skills of a Lawyer in the Trials of Your Life" and "The 51% Minority: How Women Still Are Not Equal and What You Can Do About It."

In addition to her written work, Wiehl is currently a legal analyst for Fox News. She has been with the network since 2001.

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Wiehl is an adjunct professor at New York Law School.

"I received this book for free from the Fiction Guild for this review."
Thomas Nelson

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