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No Safe Place [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

Richard North Patterson , Patricia Kalember
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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April 1 2003
In the high-stakes, high-pressure world of presidential politics, where predators carry microphones and one misstep can savage a lifetime of achievement, Kerry Kilcannon is the rarest player of all. Kilcannon believes he can make the system work. And he just may die trying.

Driven by the violent nightmare of his childhood, fueled by forces that few could understand, and burdened by secrets no one must know, Kilcannon is running for President--and entering the crucial battleground of California with seven days to go. But for Kilcannon, there are hurdles that his courage, charisma, and compassion may not overcome: the network correspondent he still loves; the reporter bent on their exposure; the rival who'll do anything to win; and the fanatic who believes that he must murder Kilcannon to protect the right to life.


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The confident narration of actress Patricia Kalember lends an appropriate polish to this political thriller built around a beleaguered senator's presidential run. "There's still a lot to do," the candidate declares. "And together we will do it." Well, maybe, if he can unburden himself of some hefty personal baggage, outlast a tenacious reporter who smells blood, and dodge a would-be assassin who's milling in the crowds.

Kalember switches gracefully between narrative and dialogue as this five-hour abridged version reveals some all-too-familiar political maneuverings that ratchet ever higher, along with the rising sense of danger. (Running time: five hours, four cassettes) --George Laney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Patterson (The Final Judgment; Silent Witness; etc.) is a skilled fabricator of courtroom dramas who here ventures well beyond his usual subject matter with mixed but still highly entertaining results. His protagonist, Kerry Kilcannon, is a young, somewhat Kennedy-esque senator whose older brother was assassinated during his campaign for the presidential nomination. Reluctantly stepping into his shoes, Kerry becomes fired by idealism and decides to seek the presidency himself. There is a dark secret in his past, however, involving an affair with Lara, a beautiful reporter for the New York Times (yes, she was named after the heroine in Dr. Zhivago). Its disclosure could sink his carefully weighed position on abortion, and his candidacy to boot. Also in his past was a boy whom Kerry, as a young lawyer, saved from a murderous father and who now, paradoxically, wants to kill candidate Kerry on behalf of the pro-lifers. These strands are all woven together in a series of flashbacks in the course of a few days during the vital California primary, and Patterson, old pro that he is, milks the tension for all it's worth. The political detail is authentic, although Kerry's positions are the kind you always hope in vain a politician will take while his smooth opponent, the vapid incumbent veep, is a thoroughly believable contemporary villain. But Patterson is really only playing with political ideas, though he does so intelligently enough. The cliched romantic writing (lobster cooked on the beach on Martha's Vineyard, many sighs and silences) and the trite melodrama of the young assassin show where the heart of the narrative really lies?not that the glossy approach will deter a large readership. 400,000 first printing; Literary Guild main selection; Random House audio and large print editions.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars THE THRILLS ARE IN THE CHARACTERS March 9 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Being a neophyte to Mr. Patterson's books, I have been going through them in order; I have been awed overall by this man's brilliant writing. I was disappointed at first in "No Safe Place," as Patterson moves away from criminal law to a political drama. I even considered not reading it after the first few chapters. But once again, Patterson's skills as a writer forced me to finish it and I'm glad I did. For what he achieves again is an incredible mixture of characters and situations that can't help but grab you by the throat and never let you go. In the alternating flashbacks, we learn so much about all of the characters. At times, Kerry Killcannon seems too good to be true, but beneath this saintly figure is a man with bitterness, the need for vengeance, and a need to climb out of the shadow of his assassinated brother, Jamie.
The scenes of family abuse are stunning--and disturbing---the moment at the end of the Anthony Musso trial is shocking and heartbreaking. Kerry's decision regarding the child in this situation has far reaching results.
Lara Costello, the lovely reported that Killcannon has fallen in love with, is portrayed as a career-driven, but ultimately a woman of substance.
The issues attacked in this book are the hard ones that we all face each day. Pro-life/pro-choice/gun control/spouse abusal protection...Patterson packs some powerful comments and whether you agree with them or not, you have to admire him for trying to be fair and realistic in his approach. Journalism takes a beating in this one, as it should. It gives further evidence how the media will do anything to get a story, even ruin people's lives.
The tragic Sean Bean is a very disturbing but pitiful character and the path he takes to his own destruction is gutwrenching, but at the climax of his scene, you'll understand why.
A brilliant book, and quite well done.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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5.0 out of 5 stars NOW THIS IS WHAT I CALL A REAL THRILLER Jan. 21 2001
Format:Hardcover
Not being a huge fan of Patterson, I was a bit apprehensive on getting this novel, but after getting past the first couple of chapters, I was hooked!
Senator Kerry Kilcannon is a candidate in the presidential elections whose brother was assassinated 12 years before, he too was running for politics. Kerry had never liked the idea of getting involved in politocs, but after a number of years as a lawyer, plus the fact the public loved his brother, he is thrust into the world of politics and the media.
This is basically a story of political backstabbing, affaires, murder and what can happen when 1 mistake can ruin your whole life as well as many other peoples along the way.
I have to admit that this is probably one of the best political thirller I have read in a very long time and I usually steer well-clear of anything with the US govt or army, but this one from Patterson is nothing short of sensational!
Highly recommended if you like easy-to-read thrillers but one that are written beautifully, really explore their characters PLUS keep you on the edge of your seat!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Now's the best time to read it... March 8 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Good fun reading a novel about a senator fighting through the preliminaries to become presidential candidate for his party and comparing it to the real-life saga of Bush v. Cain!
During the first 100 pages I thought, so old-fashioned: Focus on one character (Kerry Kilcannon) and provide flash-backs to his childhood (have you noticed, every Irish male at that stage is an alcoholic and a wifebasher!) and formative years, for the reader to understand the motivation behind every decision he makes, every action he takes in his later life.
And then the depiction of his loveaffair with Lara: Just didn't seem like end of twentieth century, too romantic to be true.
I don't understand why the author had to throw in the storyline of the fanatical pro-lifer, intent on killing Kilcannon. I didn't think it did anything to enhance the suspense. Maybe because of the twist in the end...
But afterwards, the author concentrated more on campaign and less on Kilcannon and that's where the book gained momentum: Journalists hunting for a story that could end Kilcannons race; Preparations for a TV debate with the other contestant; how to get the pro-choice votes; how to provide security for the candidate; the relation between Dick Mason (the incumbent Vice President who of course wants the Precidency) and Kilcannon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What? No more "lawyer books"? July 21 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
For years, Patterson has written courtroom dramas that are like Grisham but just a bit deeper and not as region-bound. With Dymo-tape cover designs to boot. He apparently run out of Dymo tape for his dispenser one book back, and maybe he's sensing that the lawyer-book market has peaked. So he's going for political drama, and I have to say he's as good as any of them, and BETTER than Tom Clancy was in "Executive Orders" (which was a bit of a hybrid). What we have here is not an election campaign story, it's a nomination campaign story, so we don't get to see who gets elected. Our hero is Kerry Kilcannon, kid brother of "Private Screening's" James Kilcannon, following in his big brother's footsteps twelve years later. It's too much of a temptation to compare the two brothers to the Kennedys, so please try to resist, okay? You'll deprive yourself of a pretty decent story. There's a bit of lawyer stuff in flashbacks to Kerry's earlier career as a prosecutor crusading for abused children and their mothers. You see, he hadn't originally planned to be a politician, but he's successfully pressured into it by friends. He loses his wife in the process (maybe she's thinking of what happened to her brother-in-law), draws the ire of the far right on gun control, gains the attention of an assassin over the abortion issue, rekindles an old flame with a newscaster whose inability to be objective about him handicaps her reporting (neither of them have totally faced the fact that they still hold feelings for each other). And what's worse, he's got the current Vice President to run against--a guy he'd campaign FOR if it weren't for the fact that the Veep's a bit too politically elastic to be much of a statesman. So not only has Patterson apparently decided to switch genres, he's chosen to write about a different stage of the electoral process--the party nominations. Interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great author, great book...
One of my favorite authors. Will run out and buy anything he writes. Well-known for his research into his books, as is especially evident here (take a look at his... Read more
Published on June 21 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but the twist was pointless
I really enjoyed the book - until the end.
It seems like Patterson didn't know what else to do with the affair between Kerry and Lara, so he just dropped the whole thing. Read more
Published on Oct. 21 2003 by E. L. Sapp
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun book
The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is that I found it a bit long in parts. Wannabe President Kerry Kilcannon is a great character study of someone who is unsure just how... Read more
Published on June 2 2002 by Patricia Horton
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage RNP,just exemplary
My first RNP. The book made that made me a fan of Richard N Patterson. After No Safe Place, Silent Witness,Escape the Night and Degree of Guilt Richard North Patterson proved to be... Read more
Published on May 7 2002 by "hari001"
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Work
Patterson gets it all right: the politics, the journalism and the relation between them. This is the best political novel since "Advise and Consent."
Published on July 24 2001 by Dondi
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow at first...but then picks up
At first I was dissapointed with this book. I couldn't put down Patterson's previous work, Silent Witness, and found that with this book I had trouble turning pages. Read more
Published on April 20 2001 by LEONARD HERMAN
1.0 out of 5 stars No safe place to hide from this awful book
Upon a recommendation from a friend, I gave this book a whirl. I gave it up about half way through. I just found Kerry to be incredibly unlikeable. Read more
Published on April 16 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Very compelling read
I am mystified by the folks who found No Safe Place dull or slow! I found it a very well-told tale (with a great twist I didn't guess) and a page-turner from the first scene. Read more
Published on April 10 2001
1.0 out of 5 stars Patterson has given us no safe place from boredom here!
I have read most of R.N.Patterson's books - and the enjoyment quotient has ranged from moderate to high. Read more
Published on March 28 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Our book club selection
After listening to Richard North Patterson in an interview on KGO radio (San Francisco area) I suggested that my book club read this book. We did this past month. Read more
Published on March 12 2001 by Arlie T. Clark
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