The Race

  • by Richard North Patterson
  • Narrated by Michael Boatman
  • 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Corey Grace, a handsome and charismatic Republican senator from Ohio, is locked in a fierce presidential primary battle with the favorite of the party establishment and an influential Christian leader. A decorated Gulf War Air Force pilot known for speaking his mind, Grace's reputation for voting his own conscience rather than the party line - together with his growing romance with an African-American movie star - has earned him a reputation as a maverick and an iconoclast. But Grace is still haunted by a tragic mistake buried deep in his past, and his integrity will be put to the test in this most brutal of political contests, in which nothing in his past or present life is off-limits. Depicting contemporary power politics at its most ruthless, The Race takes on the most incendiary issues in America's culture wars: racism, religious fundamentalism, gay rights, and the rise of media monopolies with their own political and economic agendas.
As the pressure of the race intensifies, culminating in a heated showdown at a deadlocked party convention in New York City, Grace must come to terms with his presidential ambitions and decide just how much he's willing to sacrifice in order to achieve them.

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What the Critics Say

"A gripping read." (Booklist)
"An absorbing and suspenseful account of a dirty run for the Republican presidential nomination." (Publishers Weekly)

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The Race

Patterson has come full circle and I, for one, enjoyed his revisiting political campaigns. The first book I ever encountered by Patterson was "Private Screening" which once and for all set me on the road for all of his books. While his circumstances, put in a "real world" are far too hopeful to ever happen, Patterson so deftly establishes the imminent reality (as I borrow from Barthes), the reality is the text. So, to any Richard North Patterson fans, political aficionados, or those who simply enjoy a multi-level and tightly plotted book, this book will be a must.
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- Otis

The Race Comment

If I want a political diatribe I will listen to Air America or IEB - but when I pick up fiction I do not want to be lambasted with Mr. Patterson's personal political views Maybe Mr. Patterson thinks his Alter Ego, Corey Grace shoul run for President. After all he is handsome (no woman can resist him) articulate, highly intelligent and can solve all the problems in the U.S. and the world. Since Mr. Patterson is SO SMART may be HE should run for office.
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- Dot

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-04-2007
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio