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The Separatists (Newsmakers #3)

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When America is threatened from within on a scale not seen since the Civil War, Erica Sparks is on the front lines reporting. But what can she do to stop it?

Star newsmaker Erica Sparks is in Bismark, North Dakota, covering the first recall of a governor in that state since 1921. Mary Bellamy, who is trying to unseat the current governor, keeps talking about going through t
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published June 27th 2017 by Thomas Nelson
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May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the 3rd book in the 'Newsmakers' series by author Lis Wiehl. I really enjoy this series and find it a refreshing change from the normal psychological thrillers I also enjoy. Erica Sparks is a News Reporter at the top of her game and is never far from the action both in her personal life and her work.
In this latest book she is launching a new investigative news show and after getting the green light from her network she flies to Bismarck, North Dakota, to investigate Take Back Our Homelan
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This series had a great start, but I’m not so impressed by its sequels.
The writing style is consistent, but I’m kind of disappointed by the plot. There was so much going on, and it was kind of unrealistic. I liked the fast pace (then again I always do), and I loved the suspenseful build up, but the ending was so sudden, it was unsatisfying. I loved that we got to see a bit more character development than the last book, but I’m starting to feel like there is a patte
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Nice conclusion to the Newsmakers Series!

Main character Erica Sparks is a flawed human as all of us are. She is driven to succeed and this creates friction with her husband and daughter. While I enjoyed Erica's character growth, the focus of her news story was even better.

The main story line is about a state that plans to secede from the union. While I've considered aspects of this, the novel brought to light some things I'd not considered before. Incredibly interesting.

There were a couple of p
Randal White
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
A timely, interesting concept for a novel. What would happen if one of the states (in this case, North Dakota) attempted to secede from the United States? What with the red/blue divisions we are currently experiencing, I did not find the idea to be too "far-out-there".
And the author wrote a good story, for the most part. I found the main character development to be well thought out, and the writing "flowed" well.
But.....(spoilers ahead).
I found the idea that a small number (maybe 5) of people
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Separatist is exciting, face paced, and suspenseful! Ms. Wiehl has deftly woven an interesting - and terrifyingly possible- political thriller of a grass roots, rogue rebellion within the heartland of America. Disgruntled citizens unite to form the Homeland, an independent, autonomous nation in protest to the ever expanding Federal government. However, the founders of the Homeland are not the purists they want to portray; they are corrupt and complicit in machevillan mayhem and murder.! The ...more
Jun 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
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1.5/5 stars.

I finished this book in one afternoon, not because I was enjoying it, but because I knew if I put it down I would probably not want to pick it up again.

The plot line of this book was interesting enough, and I thought the political thriller aspect of it was written well enough. Erica is a news anchor, who investigates separatist movements around the country for a news special. Little does she know that one of them is gaining a lot of political traction and is a much bigger threat than
Kelly Bridgewater
Jul 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoy a good suspense. Something that takes me away to another place. Something that captures my attention and puts me through a ride with plenty of dips and hang time. Unfortunately for me, Lis Wiehl latest series A Newsmakers Novel does not do that for me.

While the writing is top notch and the characters are relatable. I had a hard time swallowing the story as a suspense novel. When reading suspense novels, and I do read a lot of them, I like to be taken through the process as they stumble
Sep 26, 2017 rated it liked it
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Ericka Sparks mission in life: to find the truth.

Ericka is rising up in the journalism world and her big break comes when she covers the political fight in North Dakota. The state that under the leadership of Mary Bellamy will separate from the union. Bellamy has to win her bid for governor before any separation can happen and she is hoping that Ericka will get her voice heard. Ericka is also dealing with personal separations at home. Not seeing her husband as much as she likes and the tension
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was fascinating. I grew up in North Dakota, where much of the story takes place, and I have heard people there jokingly speak of secession. It was interesting reading a book that makes it seem more plausible and it made me shudder to think of all the ramifications if it were to happen.
Erica Sparks once again finds herself with the inside scoop on a story of mind-blowing proportions. As the danger increases, so does her drive to find out and reveal the truth about the Bellamy
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
GNN's top TV newscaster Erica Sparks launches a new investigative show called Spotlight. For her first show, she heads to Bismarck, North Dakota to interview Sturges and Mary Bellamy who are leading a movement of secession from the United States. A terrified woman calls Erica to meet in the hotel lobby but the woman's throat is cut before Erica can make it downstairs. Erica interviews the woman's daughter but then she is killed. Erica doesn't like the way people are dying who seem to be in the w ...more
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
I am very sadden to have to rate this book so low. I have enjoyed these books a lot. Yet, this time I struggled a lot with this book. Although, I like that it seemed to tackle current events. For example, the story seemed to be inspired some from the Bundy standoff with the FBI in Oregon as well as the Dakota Access Pipeline project. So, I like the modern feel that this book had with current events.

Yet, none of the characters were interesting or had a strong, loud voice in the story. Even Erica
Jon Kidwell
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lis Wiehl has hit one over the fence with her latest book, "The Separatists".

Main character, Erica Sparks, is juggling a rocky marriage, a rebellious teen daughter, and a television career that are all making her life a non-stop drama. Wiehl does a fine job in taking this character to the place that readers can sympathize with her issues. Supporting characters include husband, Greg, as well as other characters who enter the story at the most opportune times.

A strange set of murders coincidental
Diane Saul
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Erica Sparks is a successful national news reporter who is starting a new investigative news program. Her first story is about a secessionist group headed by charismatic Mary Bellamy. The group wants to secede from the US and form their own independent nation. They are very well organized and have obviously been working quietly behind the scenes toward their agenda for quite some time. The group is not what they seem.

This is part of a series but I feel it could stand on its own if a reader hadn
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The latest thriller is just that and offers a view into what America can become if the American people follow a group of extremist views. Erica Sparks is a journalist following her dream job and the story wherever it leads her. She is also leaving behind her husband who is rather morosely losing sight of his career and her daughter who is bitter about the time her mom devotes to her career. Erica faces danger to herself and her family in order to follow the story and try to save the nation as we ...more
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Once more Lis Wiehl has written a page-turner about events that one would not be surprised to find in their current newspapers or broadcasts. When star TV newscaster Erica Sparks is given the go-ahead to start a new program, she decides to begin the series with a feature on a secessionist movement growing in North Dakota. It doesn't take long before the situation becomes a powder keg that gains the attention of the entire country and Erica finds herself right in the center of things.

I enjoyed re
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This series just keeps getting better and better. I love Erica Sparks and all the drama that seems to follow her around. Great read full of excitement. *I received an advanced copy of this book.*
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Separatists is book 3 from the Newsmakers series by Lis Wiehl. Reporter Erica Sparks finds herself in Bismarck, North Dakota covering the recall of the state's governor. Erica meets Mary Bellamy, she is wanting the state to have more freedom and thinks the governor should be removed. Erica believes there is more to this woman's motive. Will the state succeed from the union and will there be many lives in danger to make it happen?

The Separatists is a fabulous thriller. I found the plot to be
Reg Rivett
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Erica Sparks is on top of her game. Her regular television show is working like a well oiled machine, and she has her sights set on something more. Something bigger. Something more investigative than the Erica Sparks Effect is.

But with her bold vision comes the trouble. Her marriage to Greg is suddenly on shaky ground. Her daughter is acting more and more out of character. And the separation movement that is gaining traction in North Dakota seems to be followed with mysterious deaths. Even some
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
I couldn't wait to read the third and final novel in Lis Wiehl's The Newsmakers Trilogy. I loved the first and second books (The Newsmakers and The Candidate) and was eagerly looking forward to the conclusion, The Separatists. The plot sounded intriguing and like it was ripped straight from the headlines. The back cover says:

"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 expl
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Even though Lis Wiehl’s first person present tense writing style is a little awkward and takes some getting used to (mostly because most fiction is not written this way), and I’m not a huge fan of discussing politics, I keep coming back to these books. They are interesting, engaging, and fast-paced. An intriguing look at what could become very real scenarios and situations in today’s disillusions and discontent within our federal government.

In The Separatists, the third book of the Newsmakers se
Lisa Johnson
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Title: The Separatists (A Newsmakers Novel #3)
Author: Lis Wiehl with Sebastian Stuart
Pages: 340
Year: 2017
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Erica Sparks is back in her third book of the Newsmakers series. This time a powerful woman from North Dakota is proposing secession from the United States. She plans to fight the local senator for his seat as he is up for re-election. If she wins, her public political agenda has avowed secession in a nonviolent manner. Her private agenda,
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
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The following review was originally posted at ReadLove :

The United States is a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there. After reading The Separatists, Lis Wiehl’s latest heart-stopper, that would not be a surprising sentiment in a foreign reader. The book is described as a ‘thriller’, and it most certainly is one, but it also ventures into the horror genre. Not the guts-splattering, monster-filled type of terror, but the psychological frighten
Sep 07, 2017 rated it liked it
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 th
Meagan Myhren-bennett
The Separatists
A Newsmakers Novel #3
By Lis Wiehl

Journalist Erica Sparks is ready to embark on a new chapter in her life. The Erica Sparks Show is still a network darling with GNN and she wants more journalistic endeavors at the network. And she has the perfect idea - a once a month in-depth topic driven show.

First up for Erica - the growing secessionist movements throughout the nation and specifically Take Back Our Homeland out of North Dakota. Erica is driven to succeed and unfortunately, her
Sara Wise
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
** “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 jo
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Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing

July 17, 2017

Celebrity newsmaker Erica Sparks continues to have a rising star working for GNN, including having been given the go-ahead to launch a brand new investigative news show. But her first story on the largest secessionist group in the United States soon finds Erica at the epicenter of a movement that quickly becomes dangerous. As the very fabric of the country threatens to tear apart, Erica finds herself fighting for the truth - and to s
Jul 29, 2017 rated it liked it
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Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Erica Sparks Uncovers a Secessionist Plot

Erica Sparks’ program, The Erica Sparks Effect, is still highly rated, but Erica needs more challenge. She convinces her network, GNN, to give her a new show, Spotlight. The show promises to be a success, but will her marriage to Greg survive? He no longer works for GNN. He’s doing work as a consultant, but is he happy? Erica could hire him as her producer, but could she work with him?

Leslie Burke White, an author specializing in political commentary, is
Jul 19, 2017 rated it liked 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 less—and taking an unusual interest in the glamorous author Leslie Burke Wilson. Erica’s teenage daughter has also begun acting out in troubling ways. Then she d ...more
Jessica Taskinen
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
How far are you willing to go to force others to succumb to your will? The Separatists is a haunting portrayal of the lengths people will go to realize their agenda and bring their version of perfection into reality. The Take Back Our Homeland movement is gaining steam and attention in the capital city of North Dakota and across the United States. What most people do not know is what is going on behind the scenes. Mary Bellamy, co-leader of the movement, is a pro at manipulating the world to ach ...more
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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
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