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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.

©2007 Richard North Patterson (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC

Critic Reviews

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

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  • Otis
  • Marietta, GA, United States
  • 11-04-07

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.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Shannon
  • Ringwood, NJ, USA
  • 03-26-08

Big fan disappointed

I'm a big Richard North Patterson fan and I enjoyed this book. However, the ending was somewhat predictable and disappointing. I was enthralled for 75% of the book but felt as if the author gave up near the end, at length.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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conventional plot; long book

somewhat entertaining, but patterson takes too many liberties into implausibilities. and too long.

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    5 out of 5 stars

Good book!

I've read all of this author's books and enjoyed this one a lot. The ending was surprising but good. The whole book left me wishing events like this could really happen.

Good detail ... good character development ... good human interest sub story lines. This one had me sitting in the drive way, listening to "just a little more" before turning the key and getting out of the car.

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  • Myrna
  • Sequim, WA, United States
  • 01-14-13

An inside glimpse into presidential politics

Would you consider the audio edition of The Race to be better than the print version?

I always enjoy the audible editions more because it's easier to relate to the characters, but I have not read the print version of this one so I can't compare.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Corey Grace. I wish he was really running for President

Which character – as performed by Michael Boatman – was your favorite?

Corey Grace was so believeable.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

In a couple of places it made me really mad, but, no, I didn't laugh or cry.

Any additional comments?

I have enjoyed almost all of Richard North Patterson's books. The only one I had problems with, and it was more subject matter than anything else, was "Degree of Guilt."

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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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Gave up!

After listening to half the book there appeared to be no real story to sink your teeth into, and I gave up caring what happened to the characters, and stopped listening.

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  • Denise
  • Brooklyn, NY, USA
  • 11-03-07

The Race is rather slow

Very slow moving and dull

2 of 10 people found this review helpful