Five months in to the program and I'll post a couple more observations:
A couple of online reviews have accused Mort Fertel of offering a thinly veiled faith-based program. I would argue that it is not faith based in the sense that you need to share his religious beliefs to be able to follow his arguments. But it is faith-based in the way that faith healing is: if you believe him and follow his instructions precisely, he claims that he has seen very few cases where it didn't work. If you reply that his plan didn't work, he will respond that you haven't followed it carefully enough or for long enough, and you should just stick with it, so it can never be the case that his program isn't successful enough. Fertel is very self-assured and he considers his participants "arrogant" if they question his advice (although you should have a buyer beware attitude to the advice of any competitor who offers competing advice).
Fertel claims that you don't need to worry about your spouse's affair because affairs never last - if they did why don't we all know stories of long-lasting marriages that started with affairs? Well, one of my cousins is married to a man she started dating before he left his wife, and they've been married, apparently happily, for 22 years. I thought maybe Fertel was right, and my cousin was that rare exception. But check out this brief radio story Infidelity | This American Life
and you'll hear that as affairs lose their social stigma, more and more couples are writing in their New York Times wedding announcements that they started as an affair. Ick.
If your spouse is cheating on you, Fertel will argue that you need to be really good to them and your behavior will eventually tug on their heartstrings and they'll have to start treating you well. He believes that no one can stand to just take advantage of their generous spouse forever. I am lucky to be married to someone who isn't just a leech, but I know other relationships where one spouse is quite happy to take and take and take and I suspect that Fertel's advice would fail completely for those marriages.
It would be much easier to take his claims seriously if he offered information on how often the lone ranger track actually "works" (both spouses claim the marriage was renewed and is now happy), but they only post the positive testimonials on the web page (and while there are several saying "we're making progress", there are few to none saying "I started in the lone ranger track and the program lived up to my hopes.")
I hate posting this. Fertel's program may kind of suck and STILL be the best thing out there, and I can't imagine you can make it work without believing in it, so I fear I'm ruining it for someone who could benefit. On the other hand, my five months of listening to and reading his advice (and following it for the most part - I have not given up on shaking hands with people of the opposite sex) leave me convinced that he likes claiming that he is the unquestionable authority and taking your money but isn't so committed to making sure that his program actually works.