Born to Run

Born to Run

A Novel of Suspense

Audiobook CD - 2009
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Baker & Taylor
Intrepid Miami attorney Jack Swyteck is entreated by his former governor father for help representing him and investigating the suspicious hunting death of the vice president.


“[A] thrill-a-minute novel.”

USA Today


Jack Swyteck is back in action in Born to Run—the eighth outing for the danger-prone Miami lawyer in author James Grippando’s New York Times bestselling series. In this timely and spellbinding thriller, Swyteck is embroiled in shady Washington D.C. politics when his own father is selected by the President to replace the Vice President, killed in a hunting accident. Born to Run crackles with suspense, surprises, and razor sharp wit—“a fun 200-proof yarn,” the Washington Post raves—and serves as indisputable evidence, as crime fiction superstar Harlan Coben attests, that “Grippando grips from page one.” 

& Taylor

An eighth installment in a popular series by the author of Last Call finds intrepid Miami attorney Jack Swyteck entreated by his former governor father for help representing him and investigating the suspicious hunting death of the vice president. Simultaneous.

Publisher: New York : Harper Audio, p2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061726286
Branch Call Number: CDBOOK FIC GRI
Characteristics: 8 sound discs (10 hrs.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Davis, Jonathan


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Apr 20, 2013

Born to Run starts with two apparently unrelated events 50 years apart. The first is a chase scene on a roof in 1960 Cyprus which results in a man being tossed off the roof, apparently to his death. The second is the death of the Vice President of the United States of a heart attack while hunting alligators in Florida. The replacement nominee is lawyer Jack Swytek’s father. The junior Swytek is drawn into a web of blackmail and murder that rushes to a thrilling climax.

Born to Run was my first exposure to this series and I don’t know that I will go back. The story was good enough and it isn’t necessary to read any other series instalments to get the back story. However, it just seemed like the novel covers well-worn thriller ground. I had the reason for the blackmail figured out long before it was revealed all in fairness I didn’t guess all the details. The series features a lawyer but writing a will was the extent of the legal activities in this entry. Also, Swytek compares poorly to thriller heroes such as Bob Lee Swagger, Mitch Rapp, or Jack Reacher who can generally outfight and/or outshoot their enemies when needed.

Not bad but not great.

Sep 17, 2009

Interesting and well written. 8 of 10 stars

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