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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
The Socratic Contract by DC Russell is a political thriller set against the backdrop of Washington DC's corporate world, Dover, Melbourne, and Aspen. It’s a tale that explores the intricate nature of the health insurance world and a fraud that has far reaching reverberations. Merritt Royce is an intelligent young woman, determined to create an enviable space for herself in the healthcare insurance industry. She is intelligent and driven, and she works more than the ordinary employee, clocking seventy hours a week, bracing the stress to make a difference as the administration’s policy official for healthcare. But then the discovery of a shady division hidden in a top insurance company puts her in a very delicate position and she quickly finds herself at odds with the most powerful people in DC, and fighting between her career and her conscience. Does she have the courage to take the fight where it belongs?
This is a great story with phenomenal characters, handled by a master storyteller. The first thing that caught my attention in this narrative was the author’s prose; the ability to find the right words for an emotion, to let readers see the depth of the character’s soul through the skillful description of scenes and well-done dialogues. Merritt Royce is a heroine that readers will stick with, a character that reflects a lot of what takes place in the corporate environment. While this is a political thriller, it explores deep areas of love and betrayal, and a conflict that is so powerful it sends shock waves up the echelons of power. Well-paced and emotionally rich, The Socratic Contract is both entertaining and satisfying.