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3.06.2016

The Newsmakers ~ Review

The Newsmakers
By Lis Wiehl 
    and Sebastian Stuart

She thought she was finally about to raise above her past - her roots, her mistakes, her secrets.  Erica Sparks has just landed the job of her dreams - a journalist, a field reporter for GNN a rising star in the cable news world.

Erica's first assignment grabbing a quick 5 minute interview with the Duchess of Cambridge.  But before the interview takes place a tragedy strikes.  Right place, right time Erica makes the most of her timely placement scoping all the major networks with her live coverage.  Before the day is over Erica is a star reporter and GNN has become the station.

Knowing that fame is fleeting Erica is determined to keep pushing for stories of importance.  And the tragedy that made her is one that Erica can't let go of.  She's determined to the cause and the NTSB's blanket computer malfunction doesn't cut it as far as Erica is concerned.  But GNN doesn't want follow-ups, they want the next big story.

But when tragedy strikes a second time on Erica's watch, she has to wonder is it pure coincidence or something more sinister.  Is Erica about to become the next live on-air tragedy for GNN?  Or is she merely paranoid?

Get ready to see the world of news and those who report it in a whole new way...  If you have ever felt that news story were manipulated to compel you to see the world their way you are even for an even bigger shock. The news isn't merely being reported or manipulated it is being manufactured in a way one has never suspected.

Lives are in the balance as the ultimate story unfolds and Erica is caught on the front-lines of a story that could potentially bring the country to its knees.

If you like intrigue and conspiracy fiction with romance you will want to pick-up a copy of The Newsmakers.  If you are looking for something different from your normal reading fare this may be what you are looking for.  I had never read one of Lis Wiehl's books before so I went at this one with no expectations other than being intrigued by the cover.  The cover does this book justice, perfectly suiting it.

I was provided a copy of this book by the Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review.


About the Book:
What if it turns out that the newsmakers 

are actually making the news happen?

Television reporter Erica Sparks has just landed her dream job at Global News Network. Beautiful, talented, and ambitious, Erica grew up dirt poor, worked her way through Yale, and is carrying a terrible secret. She moves to Manhattan to join GNN, leaving Jenny, her adored 7-year-old daughter, in the custody of her ex-husband. Erica’s producer at the network, Greg Underwood, is handsome and compelling. Scarred by her divorce, Erica is wary of romance, but there’s no denying the mutual attraction.

On one of her first assignments, Erica witnesses a horrific Staten Island ferry crash. Then she lands a coveted interview with presumptive presidential nominee Kay Barrish. During the interview Barrish collapses. Erica valiantly tries to save her with CPR. The footage rivets the world—GNN’s ratings soar and Erica is now a household name.

But she’s troubled. What a strange coincidence that both events should happen on her watch. It’s almost as if they were engineered. Is that possible?

Erica’s relentless pursuit of the truth puts her life and that of her daughter in danger. Her investigation leads her into the heart of darkness—where the future of our democracy is at stake.