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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
Political intrigue, drama, crime, and mystery are elements that make the third book in The Gatekeepers of Democracy series a compelling read. In Primary Peril by Bill Lewers, readers encounter compelling characters in a run for a political position that quickly transforms into a vicious game, involving murder and suspense that grows on each page. Republican Jennifer Haley and Democrat Emily Weston compete for the vacancy in the Virginia’s State Senate but for a mere eleven votes. It will be twelve months before a rematch takes place, but then when a prominent political figure dies in mysterious circumstances, the game changes. Allegations, suspicions, and accusations mount, and while many people think this is an accident, the police believe it is more than that. Can they unveil the face of the killer and change the tense political atmosphere?
Bill Lewers is not just a master storyteller but also one who infuses realism and humanity into the writing, showing a keen understanding of the political game and the machinations that accompany it. The crisp writing and the excellent political setting make readers feel as though they are watching an unfolding political drama. The characters are elaborately developed, likeable, and real. The conflict is huge, a semblance of what readers must have witnessed in the vicious campaign for the White House. In the heart of the book is the question: how far will some people go to gain political power? The stabbings-in-the-back, the trickery, the maneuvers that can turn deadly are just few of the elements that fuel this already deftly crafted, fast paced, and engrossing plot. Primary Peril is a book you can’t put down.