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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,104 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard North Patterson Narrator: Michael Boatman Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9781427201829
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Can an honest man become president? In this timely and provocative novel, a maverick candidate takes on his political enemies and the ruthless machinery of American politics

Corey Grace—a handsome and charismatic Republican senator from Ohio—is plunged by an act of terrorism into a fierce presidential primary battle with the favorite of the party establishment and a magnetic leader of the Christian right. 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 Lexie Hart, 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 now 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 American culture: racism, terrorism, religious fundamentalism, gay rights, and the rise of media monopolies with their own agenda and lust for power. As the pressure of the campaign intensifies, Grace encounters betrayal, excruciating moral choices, and secrets that can destroy lives. Ultimately, the race leads to a deadlocked party convention where Grace must resolve the conflict between his romance with Lexie and his presidential ambitions—and decide just who and what he is willing to sacrifice.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Michael Boatman performs with aplomb, never missing a beat and never becoming overly wrapped up in the layers of emotion Patterson has created...This is more than a political thriller--Boatman's performance draws the listener into politics and its rhetoric. AudioFile

  • Exile is an astonishing book, a hugely entertaining human drama that also offers remarkable insight into the lethal conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. Richard North Patterson has outdone himself--Exile is his best novel yet. Bill Clinton on Exile
  • Richard North Patterson is a terrific novelist. The Washington Post on Exile
  • Patterson captures the good, the bad, and the ugly of the American political process...Michael Boatman's seamless delivery is crisp and clear. His straightforward approach allows listeners to feel the full force of ruthless politics with painful clarity...Patterson and Boatman prove to be a pair of gifted storytellers. AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner on Exile

  • Winner of Audie Award Winner, 2008

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 2/19/2014

    " I read this book while the US Presidential election campaign was in full swing - very good timing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Corky | 2/9/2014

    " I waded through this one. I like RNP's writing but the politics were a bit much. Reminded me that I probably don't follow world events as closely as perhaps I should. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ray Charbonneau | 1/23/2014

    " Good book, wish-fulfillment fantasy for people of my political bent. Religious nutcakes probably won't like it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 June | 1/21/2014

    " Based upon election year politics and dickering around that happens behind the scenes in campaigns. I must say it was engaging, moving, and so idealistic in the end. Still didn't ruin the book like other endings have -- read "The Rainmaker". A quick read for me. He didn't use any of the stock characters from the other books so (or at least the ones I remember) so we're talking a whole new set of people to watch develop over this intensely stressful process. I have no idea how close it comes to the real thing, but my guess is pretty close. I really liked it. Patterson is one of my favorite authors even though I don't always catch the new ones when they come out. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Martha | 1/16/2014

    " It was like reading the last season of West Wing, with a religious right slant. Good but not up to the author's usual standards. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna Hansen | 1/5/2014

    " My first novel by Richard North Patterson but not my last. Can hardly wait to get another one of his titles. Written in 2007 but is all about the current political climate of 2012 pre-election. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauriezeitlin | 12/16/2013

    " didn't care for plot, slow and tedious "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/13/2013

    " This book was okay. An easy read for the bedside table. The analogies to the current political climate and players, at first, was amusing and clever, but by the end it seemed gimicky and cliche. The ending of the story was totally implausible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 11/13/2013

    " Good book for the 2008 election. Characters are easily recognizable but idealized or demonized. A John "McCainish" war hero sees the Republican party as one of "God and Greed" but somehow runs for President anyway. Ending somewhat absurd, but a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 11/4/2013

    " Okay read. Not my favorite RNP novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 B | 10/22/2013

    " Not quite as good as his other political novels but still enjoyable "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 5/18/2013

    " Thinly veiled fantasy about the John McCain who should be running for president, instead of the McCain that is running for president. Depressing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 pam | 12/23/2012

    " thought I would like this book because it is about politics but was very disappointed. Won't be reading anymore of Patterson's books anytime soon "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marianne V | 11/2/2012

    " I love all his books. This one deals with corruption and influence peddling disguised as political piety - "pro-God", anti gay, anti stem cell, etc. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carla | 10/26/2012

    " I was listening to this on audio book. I tried and tried to finish it, but I just couldn't. Moving on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mo | 3/4/2012

    " Can't go wrong with Studs! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Aaron Minks | 1/31/2012

    " Let me save you some time. According to this book, the only Republican worth voting for is one that behaves like a democrat. All the rest are bigots and religious fanatics. North's personal politics were nauseatingly transparent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 1/31/2012

    " I enjoyed this book immensely. It was the first I've read by this author. I was blown away by the ending! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claudine | 10/29/2011

    " Timely, read during the Primary "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sid | 9/26/2011

    " A good look at the race for the Presidential nomination., Changing my rating, it was too simplistic and kind of boring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Al | 4/20/2011

    " Compelling yet repulsive, with all characters willing to compramise their messages for the ultimate goal of becoming elected. Not a flattering view of Politics in general. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Frances | 2/1/2011

    " I like Patterson. THis is one of those completely unbelievable books that i only wish were true...great political novel for West Wing fans "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nw | 1/21/2011

    " Good Engaging book, with a unpredictable ending.

    I would recommend to those who would like to read political thrillers.

    Insightful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauriezeitlin | 1/9/2011

    " didn't care for plot, slow and tedious "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stucar66 | 11/8/2010

    " Patterson tells a good story and makes one think about politics of today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 9/19/2010

    " Lots of intrigue that had me guessing the outcome. The circumstances of the RACE are so timely, making it a challenge to understand all that goes on behind the scenes of a run for a political office. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 T | 8/27/2010

    " Slow beginning. Once the pace picked up it became a quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 7/13/2010

    " Remarkable how many facets of it seemed to parallel the 2008 Presidential primaries before they occurred. A great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 7/4/2010

    " Not quite as good as the other two books of his I've read, but it was enjoyable. He presents an idealized presidential candidate and the political forces at work are quite disturbing. As always, good character development. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 5/18/2010

    " Just average for a RNP book, jeez I would have voted for him in spite of his daliance with with a younger, black, liberal and Hollywood type woman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kari | 3/16/2010

    " A political thriller dealing with the question of who will be the Republican nominee for the next presidential election. A good read with one guy representing the person we wish all politicians were like. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura | 12/29/2009

    " This book took me forever to read. I just wasn't that into it. I'm sure it's an enjoyable book if you're into politics and presidential races. I don't know why I insisted on finishing it, but I finally did after about a month... Not one of my top picks. "

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About the Author
Author Richard North Patterson

Richard North Patterson is the New York Times bestselling author of The Devil’s Light, In the Name of Honor, The Spire, and a number of other bestselling and critically acclaimed novels. Formerly a trial lawyer, he was the SEC’s liaison to the Watergate special prosecutor and has served on the boards of several Washington advocacy groups. Patterson has appeared on such programs as the Today show, Good Morning America, Hardball with Chris Matthews, and Buchanan and Press

About the Narrator

Michael Boatman is an Image Award–nominated actor and writer who is best known for his roles in the television series China Beach, Spin City, and Arliss. He has also appeared in the major motion pictures The Peacemaker and Hamburger Hill. His audiobook narration has garnered eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and earned him the prestigious Audie Award in 2008 and 2010.