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

Richard North Patterson , Patricia Kalember
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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 Great author, great book... June 21 2004
By A Customer
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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 acknowledgements in the back of his books). As a counselor in the area of abuse and violence, I was particularly impressed with how realistic his portrayals were. Made me wonder if this was based on research or was from personal experience. For those of you out there who grew up witnessing abuse, this book will hit home. Patterson, as always, delivers an excellent book. Another reason I like Patterson's books is b/c he consistently writes fabulous, likable characters and complex storylines. Also, there usually is a connection to other books (i.e., this book is the story of the younger brother of a presidential candidate. The older brother is the subject of another book).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but the twist was pointless Oct. 21 2003
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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.
I still don't understand why Patterson chose the man he did to be the assassin. The whole idea of the radical pro-life killer was good enough without having to bring back someone from Kerry's past. (A someone who had nothing to do with the pro-life cause when Kerry knew him.)
A very good book, but be prepared for the strange twists at the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE THRILLS ARE IN THE CHARACTERS March 9 2003
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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun book June 2 2002
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 much to lose or compromise to ascend to the highest office. What's nice is that he is an honest to goodness good person. I wish he were running for office in real life. I recommend this book. This was the first Patterson book I have read, but it won't be the last.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage RNP,just exemplary May 8 2002
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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 my most favourite author, even over John Grisham and Steve Martini.The campaign trail is amazing, the romance touching and the way RNP takes us to the past of the protagonist Kerry Kilcannon is just great. His feelings and character are well written. Kerry Kilcannon is a lawyer mostly dealing with cases of domestic violence. He then enters politics and runs for president. His brother James was assasinated in a campaign. Past memories,his love and emotions make a great read; u gotcha read this book, you'll surely get hooked.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Work July 24 2001
By Dondi
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Patterson gets it all right: the politics, the journalism and the relation between them. This is the best political novel since "Advise and Consent."
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4.0 out of 5 stars Slow at first...but then picks up April 20 2001
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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. But I perservered and somewhere along the way I discovered that I couldn't put the book down at all. By the time I reached the end I was sorry that it was over!
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1.0 out of 5 stars No safe place to hide from this awful book April 16 2001
By A Customer
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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. Patterson was not able to convince me that this guy was a Kennedy-esque politician. He should tell stories in the first person. That way he can cut back on the dialogue a little, which he is incapable of writing. In all fairness, the only really bad dialogue was that of his female characters. This guy ought to spend a little more time around woman. Learn how they talk with each other and to men. Incorporate that into his writing. That would have made all the difference in the world when I was trying to wade through this....
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