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RICHARD NORTH PATTERSON is the author of The Spire, Exile, and fifteen other bestselling and critically acclaimed novels. Formerly a trial lawyer, he was the SEC liaison to the Watergate special prosecutor and has served on the boards of several Washington advocacy groups. He lives in Martha's Vineyard, San Francisco, and Cabo San Lucas with his wife, Dr. Nancy Clair.
Sen. Corey Grace is the most charismatic and compassionate conservative Republican to ever run for president. He believes in women's choice, gay rights, gun control and stem cell research. Ordinarily, these would be suicidal platform points, but the other two candidates-a bombastic but honorable hard-line evangelist and a loutish Senate majority leader who is backed by a Machiavellian media giant-stand a good chance of splitting the far right vote. Patterson is best-known for his thrillers, but The Race is long on lore and shy on suspense. It's also filled with all-too-familiar political events and characters that are almost parodies of people living or dead. Grace has several well-written speeches that Michael Boatman delivers with the wise and wry voice of reason. Boatman also captures the dramatic baritone of the evangelist; the smarmy and nasal senator; and the evil media baron who sounds a bit Australian. Boatman does a fair job of imitating the voices of real-life characters but saves his best mimicry for a rancorous radio pundit whom Patterson has given a fictional name. Simultaneous release with the Holt hardcover (Reviews, Aug. 27). (Nov.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Patterson has produced a thoughtful and provocative look at American politics in this novel, and it is even more timely because of the 2008 Presidential election. He focuses on one element of contemporary politics that has many people concerned: the growing influence of evangelical Christians in the political process. It's not so much a question of whether God should be a part of a politician's life but whether one person's personal definition of "God" is more important than someone else's. Corey Grace, the moderate, charismatic, moral center of this story, is running for President on the Republican ticket. His opponents include an evangelist who bases every decision on biblical teachings and who accuses anyone who is not a born-again Christian of being unpatriotic and satanically motivated. Corey doesn't help the matter much by carrying on a clandestine affair with a liberal African American actress, but as the election nears, the attacks against him become more personal and more destructive. Actor Michael Boatman (Spin City; CSI: Miami) is an excellent reader who infuses the narrative with the power it deserves. Listeners will relish the often disturbing look at modern American politics that Patterson skillfully delivers. Highly recommended. [Macmillan Audio also has versions of The Race available: 6 CDs. abridged. 7 hrs. 2007. ISBN 9781-4272-0183-6. $29.95; 11 CDs. unabridged. 13 hrs. 2007. ISBN 9781-4272-0181-2. $39.95.-Ed.]-Joseph L. Carlson, Allan Hancock Coll., Lompoc, CA Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
"An electrifying page-turner."--"Seattle"" Post-Intelligencer" """Absorbing and suspenseful."--"Publishers Weekly""PATTERSON HAS REDEFINED HIMSELF AS A WRITER WILLING TO TAKE RISKS."--"USA"" TODAY" "Required reading."--"New York"" Post""With verve, intelligence, passion and humanity, Patterson tells an important story--and one that may find a place with "Advise and Consent" and "Seven Days in May" on the shelf of honored political thrillers."--"Richmond"" Times-Dispatch""""Absorbing...timely...a gripping read."--"Booklist ""Will get your blood boiling..."--"Grand Rapid Press ""A timely, fast-paced political yarn....Highly recommended." --"Library Journal "(starred review)"A slick new entertainment...Frank Capra idealism meets Karl Rove reality."--"Entertainment Weekly"""