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The Race Hardcover – October 30, 2007
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Leaving courtroom thrills behind, Patterson crafts an absorbing and suspenseful account of a dirty run for the Republican presidential nomination. Sen. Corey Grace, a Republican from Ohio, became a public hero during the Gulf War after surviving the crash of his jet and enduring months of captivity and torture. Thirteen years later, he's 43 and one of a national magazine's 50 sexiest men alive. Corey has a real shot at winning his party's nomination-if, as his advisers constantly remind him, he can just rein in his impulsiveness, his party-line crossing votes and his habit of telling the truth. When Corey falls for sexy African-American actress Lexie Hart, who comes to Washington to lobby for stem cell research, Corey's advisers wring their hands. But they soon have more pressing matters to deal with: among the other candidates in the Republican field are evangelist Rev. Bob Christy and Sen. Rob Marotta of Pennsylvania-a man under the de facto control of Machiavellian campaign director Magnus Price, The Darth Vader of American politics. The perfidy and mendacity that follow mesmerize as much as they ring true. (Oct.)
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Patterson's latest absorbing thriller centers on a timely topic, a heated presidential primary. Corey Grace is a war hero turned moderate Republican senator who is considering a run for president. Honest and somewhat unpredictable, he is reluctant to get into a race he knows will be drawn out and ugly. Complicating matters is his burgeoning relationship with Lexie Hart, an African American actress who also happens to be a liberal and a former heroin addict. Once he enters the race, Corey faces two fierce opponents: Rob Marrotta, a senator groomed from infancy for the presidency who is willing to do anything to win the nomination, and Bob Christy, an earnest but unrelenting evangelical. The contest comes down to two hot-button topics: stem-cell research and gay rights, and Corey's views do not match those of his opponents or the most conservative voters in his party. Marrotta's unscrupulous campaign manager makes it his mission to smear both Corey and Bob Christy, bringing the men together in an unexpected way. Initially readers will recognize similarities between actual political figures and Patterson's characters, but once the story starts cooking, the characters step beyond their molds. For anyone fascinated by how American politics works, this is a gripping read. Huntley, Kristine
Top customer reviews
I am surprised at so many bad reviews on it. It's just a story and doesn't matter which political party you follow this book should be judged as a story not on the politics.
This is a page turner from start to finish.
The cutthroat world of Politics! You enter a policital race then you drag up dirty laundry on your opponents, destroying lives, marriages, and you don't care.
I loved Corey and Lexie, their relationship and their honesty with each other. Corey goes on vacation with Lexie and there are people sneaking around taking pictures of intimate moments for the newspapers I don't envy those people one bit.
Patterson keeps you wondering about the outcome of the story right up to the last couple of pages - I was surprised at the ending but hey I am not the author it's his choice.
I'm glad that I read this book.
If you don't enjoy politics and the government you won't like this book. I listened to this on audio and was enthralled!!!! This is not a story I will forget soon!!!!!!
This book is about the gritty business of politics and it had totally depressed. This is a fictional book but I know it's based upon the facts of american politics which is why I was so disgusted.
The focal point of the story, whic is excellent, is a war hero running for president on the Republican ticket. The story line weaves a strong current of religion with an understated yet pivitol romance.
Side note: As a Believer, this books shows how "Christians" are being pimped.
The book was non-stop movement so you won't get bored but the lies, back-stabbing, deceit, etc. that takes place epitomizes why so many of us are scared for America. Very few politicians care; it's all propaganda to get selfish needs met while America falls into despair. But as long as "me and mine" are getting what we can get; who cares. Yet "these people" call themselves "real Americans".
It's a good read that will gaurantee to get you mad as heck!
The Race wonderfully crafted story,with characters you will enjoy getting to know and remember.
While I did not think it was one of the top three of his books, I still enjoyed it very much and I would recommend it to any adult reader; it is not meant for children.
I particularly enjoyed getting to know his main character, who was somewhat different than those of his other books. He was very real and I thought the character was beautifully created.