A Powerful Secret (A Review)

I picked up I picked up A Powerful Secret by Kevin Leman and Jeff Nesbit for two reasons - first, I enjoy a good suspense book with political elements, and second, I recognized Leman's name from several other books I've read, like The Birth Order Book.  I thought it was interesting that he was writing fiction.

This book is the second in the series and follows the Worthington family's middle child, Sean, as he learns about his birth father.  However, he is unaware that there are people trying to bring the family down, and he is currently in their sights.

I have to say, overall, I was disappointed in this book.  I was expecting more of a suspense book based on the back cover, but I would call this book a family/political drama.  That would have been fine too, but the plot just didn't pick up enough.  It remained pretty steady throughout, and I wanted the climax of the book to be a little more. . .climactic.  Maybe I got bogged down in some of the details of the characters, and I wonder if reading the first book might have filled in more of the gaps.

Aside from that, I felt that this book was unnecessarily political.  The "bad guys" in this book were all portrayed as Republicans.  Though I am not naive enough to believe that there are no corrupt politicians on my side of the aisle, the Democrats in the books were portrayed as true-hearted good guys.  The contrast was stark and annoying to me.  This book was certainly written from a liberal point of view.

The other thing that bothered me was in regards to the "faith" of the characters, which was never really defined.  The strongest faith point in the book was a moment when Sean read a small portion of the Bible his sister had given him and reflected on creation.  However, his reflections were decidedly unbiblical as he thought about how God had "breathed life into the human species that had evolved for hundreds of thousands of years and struggled to survive on the surface of the earth." (pg. 245)  I know there are Christians who believe in evolution, but they can't pretend that evolution is a biblical concept - and in fact, death before the fall is in direct contradiction to Scripture.  That is another topic for another day, but the whole thing felt contrived and added to the feeling of the book having a political agenda.  

The one somewhat redeeming thing about the book was the different personalities of the Worthington kids and how that fit in with their birth order, which was something I was expecting from Leman as a fiction author.  So that was fun.  But it couldn't make up for the annoying political points that I wasn't expecting and the fact that the plot could have moved faster.  I just wasn't thrilled with it.

Note: I received this book for free in exchange for a review.  This is my honest opinion.
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