John M. Green

Murder, Terror and Treason.

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, a young Australian software whizz 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 only days before the vote, terrorists use the Australian's stolen software to launch a daring attack on New York City. 

Isabel Diaz is born to run.

But can she win... and should she...?



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P.J. O Rourke, international best-selling author

"A spectacular political thriller... it kept me up nights"

The Australian

"... more than a book about a presidential race, more than a tour de force of blind alleys and intruige. It defines the best tradition of thriller writing, with knife-edge moments and arresting prose, a cut above the usual airport novel... [Green's] ability to transport his readers into unfamiliar worlds... one has to hope that Born To Run doesnt make next year's race for the White House dull by comparison" (Alan Gold)

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Bob Carr

"Teasing echoes of real people… John's success in capturing the tone of American politics… rather in the way that The West Wing does… Quite brilliant, quite a devious twist…It is bigger than real life… more than a rattling good thriller. It will keep you biting your nails, and staying up to finish one more chapter. It flings in our faces certain big challenges about the American political system. I don’t want to embarrass John but this had elements that reminded me of the young John le Carré… Major marks, John, for capturing the tone of American politics and for a plot line that will keep your readers guessing."

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The Australian Financial Review

"... It is a gripping political thriller which moves at a cracking pace and is, quite simply, impossible to put down... a suspenseful and thrilling page-turner... Green keeps us guessing until the very end... Born to Run has all the ingredients to set Green even further on the path to international repute as a compelling writer of master thrillers" (Graeme Samuel)

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ABC Radio 612

"...a naked grab for power is turned into a superb piece of drama and political intrigue...well-crafted as it is eminently believable. With the sophistication of John le Carré and the pace of Jeffrey Archer... a 21st century story of treason and betrayal" (Rob Minshull) 

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Daily Telegraph

"A cracking political thriller... Green's meticulously researched novel draws readers in from the outset... the action is relentless as the past-paced plot heats up... It all makes for a tense series of chapters leading up to a terrific climax. VERDICT: Fast-paced plot and well-written." (Michelle Cazzulino)

The Reading Room

"WARNING: Fasten your seatbelts & please remain seated for the duration of this thrilling ride... you'll find it impossible to put down"  (Ayse Mikkelsen)

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The Advertiser

"thrill-a-minute saga... Green keeps you guessing." (Ian Orchard)

Aust Crime

"I liked the political, legal and personal twists ... the story was well delivered, tight and paced entertaining style... forward momentum and some great scenarios pulling the reader into it..."James Bond" at times."

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Big Orange Chair

"A really fast paced suspense thriller...Don't start it at 10pm unless you are prepared for a very long night/early morning because it is really difficult to put down... A slick lean pacy read...Right from page 1 the action begins... " 

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Michael Rakusin, Hale & Iremonger

"It's what used to be called a 'ripping yarn'. The pace is cracking and it's a great read."

A Reader

"I'm in awe of Green's ability to construct such a complex web in his mind and then transfer it to paper in a way that is convincing, unpredictable and seamless... and I loved the ending... A great read." (Bernard Harris)