Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Main Event is a work in the political drama, satire, and interpersonal drama subgenres. It forms the fourth installment in the Gatekeepers of Democracy series but can also be read as a standalone story. Penned by Bill Lewers, it is suitable for the general adult reading audience. We find ourselves back with the unlikely but highly productive duo of Carl Marsden and Cindy Phelps as the big day finally approaches and the campaign for president sweeps the nation around them. But even this intrepid duo is not prepared for the swell of energy and chaos that the race to the top has garnered, nor the turmoil into which their personal lives will be thrown.
Bill Lewers captures a unique angle in political fiction with this focus on the people who make elections happen. It pays off to create a charming novel with mass appeal for those interested in politics and those disillusioned by the fiasco of it all. A significant strength of the work for me was its commitment to realism in the characters, whose dialogue and narrative presentation make it feel like you’re following the frustrations of close friends telling you about their crazy work life. The dynamic between Carl and Cindy is utterly charming, with quick wit, funny interactions, and a strong core bond that keeps us all firmly on the road to the story’s superb conclusions. Overall, The Main Event is a must-read for fans of the existing series, and I’d recommend it to newcomers to Lewers’ works.