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Reviewed by Maria Victoria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
Riven (Riven Republic Book 1) by H. L. Wegley is a Christian thriller set in the contemporary United States. The country is on the brink of civil war as the fight between the left against the right intensifies. President Wendell Walker, a far-left radical, wants to unify the nation by force. As it happens, the leftist governor of Oregon, Sandra Harper, has already declared martial law, and the Constitutionalists are organizing themselves in Eastern Oregon to restore their country’s unity through a movement of God. One of the leaders of the group is Zach Tanner, a popular radio host who has been exhorting the Oregonian Constitutionalists to flee to Eastern Oregon to defend their country. The story takes an interesting romantic twist when the governor’s niece, Kate Alexander, joins the Constitutionalists. What follows is a series of events that will make it difficult for readers to put down this book.
H. L. Wegley’s Riven (Riven Republic Book 1) is the first installment in a series and it is certainly a thought-provoking read. The author has created imaginary characters and situations that depict the present political situation in the U.S., so much so that it is easy to relate to the narrative. Action-packed and emotionally driven, one can easily empathize with the flawed but likable protagonists of Riven. As the story develops and the stakes are getting higher, there is no let-up in the suspense. Author H. L. Wegley has proven once again that he is a master storyteller and I look forward with eager anticipation to the next installment of this series. Highly recommended!