Academic journal article Social Alternatives

Born to Run

Academic journal article Social Alternatives

Born to Run

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John M. Green 2011 Born to Run, Sydney: Pantera Press. ISBN 978-0-9807418-8-9.

John Green's novel Born to Run is styled as a political thriller with a very contemporary theme. It concerns a run at the White House by a female candidate - a Republican in this case - who is blindsided by a series of events that threaten to destroy her credibility and derail the campaign. Green's protagonist - Isabel Diaz - has the Party's nomination and is charging towards the finish line when the story opens. The presidential nominee is wellcrafted as a highly intelligent super-achiever caught in complex family circumstances with a dark secret from her childhood that she desperately seeks to hide. The threats to her campaign include a rogue supporter redirecting campaign funds and a bizarre terror plot engineered by a group of ninja-like assassins operating in a high-tech shadow world.

The promotional material for the book describes the author's 'seemingly unimaginable yet believable scenarios across political, technological and financial terrains' and the book comes with some major endorsements. P. J. O'Rourke describes it as a 'spectacular' thriller that kept him up at night. Jennifer Byrne reportedly said, 'great fun... I really enjoyed it'. Green has potential. His writing style is direct and clear. He has an eye for character, and he can sustain a central plot and interweave a set of subplots. …

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