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The Strength of Steel
As one of Washington, D.C.'s high-powered couples, Jack Hunter, the billionaire owner of a major television network, and his wife, Madeleine, a popular anchor on Jack's biggest nighttime news show, appear to have it all: wealth, popularity, good looks, and each other. They routinely rub elbows with the city's most powerful movers and shakers, including the president and first lady.
Yet beneath that idyllic public veneer lie some devastating secrets and a warped dynamic. Maddy feels she owes her success and perhaps even her life to Jack, for not only did he rescue her from a doomed marriage to an abusive husband, he single-handedly turned her into the sophisticated and successful TV star she is today, a fact he reminds her of often.
When the first lady appoints Maddy to a newly formed commission to study violence and abuse against women, Maddy starts to realize that her marriage to Jack is no healthier than her first marriage. While her first husband was physically abusive and Jack has never laid a hand on her, Maddy slowly comes to realize that Jack's controlling nature, along with the emotional abuse he dishes out, are just as bad...and getting worse every day.
In her struggle to break free of her life cycle of abuse, Maddy finds strength and solace in a new friend, Bill Alexander, a onetime diplomat whose wife died tragically at the hands of terrorists. But it will take several more incredible incidents -- an unexpected visitor from Maddy's distant past, a national tragedy, and a horrifying act of terrorism that nearly costs Maddy her life -- before she can find the courage and confidence to really break free.
Steel borrows dramatically from recent headlines in Journey, mirroring real-life events that have shattered the nation and the world. These broad-scope crises parallel and occasionally meet the personal ones faced by Maddy and others, resulting in courage and heroism that turns up in the most unlikely of places. Steel fans won't be disappointed: This is one journey well worth taking.