Monday, March 03, 2008

"The Race", by Richard North Patterson (MacMillan)

One of the best Political Thrillers ever written.

Just a very, very quick review, here - buy this book if you are even slightly interested in the 2008 US presidential election.

Superb plotting, deft characterisation and taut plotting. Once again, Richard North Patterson has written a near-flawless political/legal thriller, following the Republican candidate for President from the start of his campaign all the way up to the end of the primaries. Touching on contemporary political issues and debates (not to mention perhaps the most sensible explanations of conservative hot-button topics), such as abortion and inter-racial couples.

We shall have to wait and see how prescient this is - the main character is clearly modelled in part on Senator John McCain (which the author readily admits).

Truly excellent, and a welcome return to the political arena for Patterson. Buy this book!

1 comment:

  1. As it turned out, not-so-prescient...
    I still think this is a great novel. I wish RNP would write some more political thrillers (I'm on a bit of a political-thriller kick at the moment).