Tuesday, February 19, 2008

American Political Stew

A recipe:
Mix one Christian evangelical preacher, one moderate Senator who’s a former POW, a dirty-tricks political campaign strategist, a former African-American Secretary of State, and an influential right-wing television network CEO. Add the hot-buttons issues of stem-cell research, gay marriage, underlying racism, terror threats, and the place of religion in politics.

Sounds like the nightly news on CNN, right? It’s not! It’s the latest political thriller from one of my favorite writers, Richard North Patterson. “The Race” follows the primary campaign of fictional Ohio Senator Corey Grace in his quest for the Republican nomination for president.

“The Race” is an intriguing, gripping tale filled with drama, some romance, and a great deal to say about the Machiavellian inner workings of American politics today. The twists and turns in this novel come fast and furious but the rise of Corey Grace concludes in a particularly satisfying way.

I suggest reading all of Patterson’s stuff. (Don’t confuse him with the hyper-prolific James Patterson though.) Richard North Patterson’s legal and political novels are multi-layered, highly characterized, well-researched, and always enjoyable.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous10:01 AM

    The "other" Patterson (James) has five new nevels coming out between now and July 2008:
    7th Heaven (just released)
    Final Warning (March 12 for YAs)
    Sundays at Tiffany's (April 29)
    Sail (June 10)
    Dangerous Days of Daniel X (July 22)
    The author has shrugged it off as "no big deal". He told Publishers Weekly that "Well, we had to put 'em somewhere!"


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