Nearly two years after the highly-acclaimed Reap the Whirlwind, Dayton Ward's Open Secrets made it to bookshelves in spring 2009. It's one of those "the morning after" stories in many ways, thus executing on one of the saga's core ambitions: Highlighting the consequences and showing the aftermath of the tumultuous events depicted in Reap, both personal and political. Here's how the official blurb put it: Sadly there is no excerpt available on the Simon & Schuster page for the book. Finally, a note about spoiler policy: This review thread is for a book that, at the time of posting, is several years old and which has several sequels. While discussing the book's events and merits in hindsight of those sequels is expected to be part of the appeal of the thread, please be mindful of readers who are reading the series for the first time (such as myself ). Refer to facts from later installments obliquely if you can, and consider to surround critical information with spoiler tags. But don't strain yourself too much all the same - beware ye who enter here, of possible spoilers!