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Born to Run

2.97  ·  Rating Details ·  36 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Isabel Diaz is set to be the first woman to win the White House. But her chances plummet when a Muslim protégé is accused of syphoning funds to terrorists and, seemingly unrelated, an Australian software whiz is tossed off a London skyscraper.

Then, when a TV journalist digs up a dark secret from Isabel’s past, her presidential hopes shatter. With the public stunned, and on
ebook, 400 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Pantera Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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"So much to make me twitch, so little to have worried about" would have to be the short version of this review. The blurb on BORN TO RUN didn't bode well to be honest. Politics in thrillers, a bit of pushing the envelope with the chance of the first woman to win the White House. An Australian software whiz, a TV journalist digging for dirt, and terrorists working on a daring attack on New York City and I'll be honest, I felt an urge to yawn. Never got a chance. It is undoubtedly the mark of a ve ...more
John Henshaw
A different book.
Katrina Read
Mar 27, 2013 Katrina Read rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great political thriller - twists and turns keep you on the edge of your seat.
Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
After reading and enjoying Nowhere Man by John M. Green, I decided to read Born to Run as well. Nowhere Man is an economic thriller set in Australia and Born to Run is a political thriller set in the USA so I knew before opening to the first page that I was in for a very different ride this time.

Plot Summary
Isabel Diaz had a poor childhood - with the scars to prove it - and is now a philanthropist and America's favourite in the lead up to the presidential elections.

She is set to become the first
Rachael McDiarmid
I picked this up from the Frankfurt Book Fair and read it on a train journey later. I can imagine it as a movie, a very busy one!, and while it would be an interesting one to watch some of it would seem a little far fetched! What I didn't like about the book was some of the descriptions were annoying, probably because the Australian author was trying to explain some phrases/sayings and general nouns to an international audience. A slightly better edit wouldn't have gone astray - then again the p ...more
Jul 29, 2012 Jillwilson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Thrillers should be thrilling. Think about the kinds of scenarios: a race against time, an unknown stalker, a bomb in a hidden place, a person bent on murder. This political thriller curiously lacked the thrill. Even the race against time element of the plot lacked oomph because the reader had absolutely no idea of the magnitude of the problem. Often thrillers focus on plot at the expense of character development – this book managed neither. It got at least one good review here – strange.
Peter Johnson
In 2 minds about this book. Many twists, intricate plot, a little hard to follow and hard to find a really properly developed character. And confused at the end. May not need to read any more by this author.
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When it dawned on John that what got him up in the morning was writing, not his day job, he quit the job. That was after 30 years in executive life. He was then an executive director in a leading investment bank. Earlier, he’d been a partner in 2 major law firms, and a director of a publishing house. ABC Radio says John's thriller-writing has "the sophistication of John le Carré and the pace of Je ...more
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