November Third

November Third

by Bill Lewers


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It began with "The Gatekeepers of Democracy," the novel that defined the genre of "election officer fiction." Now author Bill Lewers continues the story with "November Third."

Just a few short months have elapsed since that cold day in January when Carl Marsden and Cindy Phelps teamed up at the Chesterbrook precinct but much has changed. Carl has joined the team of county "rovers," employees whose mission it is to test voting machines and prepare supplies for upcoming elections, as well as support the precincts on Election Day. He jumps into his tasks with his customary zeal but gradually comes to realize that something is terribly wrong, something which if left unchecked will contaminate the results of the upcoming November election. His additional challenge is that no one believes him... one except Cindy, his one-time antagonist and now good friend, whose name happens to appear on the ballot as a candidate. Together they must discern the totality of the situation and then decide how far they are willing to go and how much they are willing to risk for the sake of electoral integrity. Time however is not on their side as one way or another, it will all come to a head on "November Third."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781974430093
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/16/2017
Pages: 446
Sales rank: 1,019,118
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.99(d)

About the Author

Bill Lewers has served on Election Day in Fairfax County, Virginia for over two decades and it is this service that has inspired the writing of "The Gatekeepers of Democracy" and "November Third." In addition Bill has written two non-fiction titles: "Six Decades of Baseball: A Personal Narrative" and "A Voter's Journey."

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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite November Third is the second entry in the Gatekeepers of Democracy series by Bill Lewers, a well-crafted story that takes the reader into the behind-the-scenes stories of an election, a story that features the election fever and drama in a compelling manner. When Carl Marsden joins the team of county “rovers,” it is because of his desire to contribute to a fair election. With members of his team, he is supposed to check the voter machines for any irregularities. Everything seems fine, until some few days before the 3rd of November, Election Day. Carl discovers a situation that could change the outcome of the results and, if nothing is done quickly, the wrong person could get elected. But no one will believe him and he could be setting himself up for trouble if he goes on about it. The only person who can buy into his discovery is someone from his past, who becomes an unlikely ally, Cindy Phelps. Together they have to risk everything to expose this defect, but time is running against them and the power structure would like things left the way they are. Can they succeed in time to prevent a serious fraud in the elections? November Third is the kind of story that has you enthralled and keeps you glued to the pages. Bill Lewers shows great imagination when it comes to plot and the characters are well-explored. The story is well-plotted and it fits neatly into the fascinating setting. I was gripped by the suspense from one page to the next, following the conflict and feeling somewhat worried about the characters. This is one of those stories that will make readers fall in love with detective fiction. Great entertainment!
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite November Third is the second volume in the Gatekeepers of Democracy series by Bill Lewers, a story revolving around election drama and featuring a strong conflict. The story follows Carl Marsden, who joins the team of county “rovers,” the group responsible for testing voting machines and ensuring they are perfect before Election Day. He is a committed and conscientious worker who would leave no stone unturned to make sure his work is perfect. It isn’t long before he spots an anomaly in the system and this could have a great impact on the election results if not corrected quickly. The problem is that no one seems to believe him except his one-time antagonist, Cindy Phelps. Together they struggle to uncover the truth and then race against time to save the integrity of the election. November Third is well-crafted and the prose is superb. The reader has the feeling of following an actual election preparation. The writing is confident and laced with wonderful descriptions of scenes, setting, and characters. It is well-plotted and the reader is treated to many surprises. I enjoyed the perfect paragraph breaks, the pithy sentences, and the overall dramatic effect of the sentence structure. Bill Lewers writes well and will definitely capture the hearts of readers with the fluidity of his prose and originality in his writing.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite A novel with strong legal and political implications, November Third is the second volume in the Gatekeepers of Democracy series by Bill Lewers, a book that explores social issues combined with an intense political narrative. Carl Marsden joins the group of those testing the voting machines with enthusiasm. The job of this team is to ensure that there are no loopholes anywhere and that the machines work impeccably. With very little time left before the November election, he makes a startling discovery: something is wrong with the machines and it could alter the results of the elections drastically. Something must be done and fast, but how could the problem be fixed when the only person who can see it is Carl and the only other person who believes him is the woman who was once his antagonist, Cindy Phelps? The reader is caught up in a frantic game as Carl and Cindy fight to unveil a situation that could influence the outcome of the elections. They are sailing against a powerful tide and time is against them. Here is a novel that combines aspects of a political thriller with the originality of an election story to bring entertainment to readers. The reader is left in no doubt that the author knows what he is talking about and there are intricacies in the plot that will take readers by surprise. The story is well-plotted and the pacing is fast. I enjoyed the short chapters, the well-calculated paragraph breaks, and the enticing prose. Bill Lewers is a gifted writer and November Third is a great success.