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Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite
The Independent by Rick McGee is a political fiction novel about a retired coach who is tired of the corruption of politics. When Coach Bob hears another story about the lies and deceit of those in political power, he decides to do something about it. He always held himself and his players to a high level of integrity on the field and he wants to take that same approach to the Senate race. But throwing his hat into the political ring is very different than coaching the team. Coach Bob hopes to use the lessons he learned coaching and teaching to navigate through the shark infested waters of politics. Will he come out unscathed? Can he weather the lies and the smear campaigns and the personal attacks? Can Coach Bob climb up to Capitol Hill and help bring back the morality and integrity that belong in our nation's capital? Or will he crack like so many before him?
The Independent is a nice political story that really is very timely in its content, meaning that a lot of people will relate to Coach Bob. Politics needs to change and readers will root for Coach Bob, who exemplifies everything good in life. Rick McGee did a good job of creating a tough, industrious character who believes in working hard and receiving the rewards for that hard work. And I believe readers will relate to that kind of character, especially in today's political climate.