Runner

Runner

Book - 2014
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"Breathless, involving, smart, and completely convincing."-Lee Child
In Patrick Lee's Runner , Sam Dryden, ex--Special Forces, lives a quiet life in a small town on the coast of Southern California. While out on a run in the middle of the night, he encounters a young girl on the seaside boardwalk. Barefoot and terrified, she's running from a group of heavily armed men with one clear goal: to kill her. Dryden learns that the twelve-year-old can only remember the past two months, during which she's been kept in a secret prison by forces within the government. Beyond her own name, Rachel, she knows only that she has a skill that makes her very dangerous to these men and those in charge of them.

"Nonstop action and nonstop fun." - Providence Journal
Dryden, who lost his wife and young daughter in an accident, agrees to help Rachel try to unravel and make sense of her own past, and to protect her from the people who are moving heaven and earth to find them both. Although Dryden is only one man, he has extraordinary skills and experience-as a Ranger, a Delta, and five years doing off-the-book black ops with an elite team. However, as he slowly begins to discover, the highly trained forces on their heels are only part of the danger they must face. Because there's something in Rachel's past-and it's more dangerous, and deadly, than Dryden can even imagine...
"Superbly engrossing."- USA Today

This edition of the book is the deluxe, tall rack mass market paperback.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, c2014.
ISBN: 9781250030740
9781250030733
Characteristics: vii, 328 pages ;,25 cm

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Onewhoissaved
Dec 15, 2017

I had such high hopes for this book. But I just can't accept a twelve year old girl being psychic, escaping from her captors who have all the latest in technology to keep people from escaping, running into an ex-military super agent who immediately is on her side and battling the forces of evil, which have to be our own government. How much am I expect to believe is possible? Maybe those who like this book are more techie than I am. Many of you like the idea of 'Big Brother is Watching' our every move with spaceage technology at their fingertips with evil minds everywhere. I doubt I am going to read any of the other Lee Patrick books. My ideas of adventure are too old fashioned. The Count of Monte Christo? Treasure Island?

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DrKoob
Nov 16, 2017

How good is this book? I am writing this before I have finished it. Normally a book like this will languish on my nightstand until I finally finish it with little bursts of before bed reading. I can't put this one down. Literally. I got up at 3:15 am to read. Only 80 pages left. Have to go now. Reserve this book and read it. If you love Reacher or Orphan X, this one's for you.

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annod
Nov 25, 2015

This book is a total page turner. Couldn't put it down from start to finish. All Patrick Lee's books are really good, really imaginative.

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StarGladiator
Sep 08, 2015

Good action sequences, clever use of the most modern science to explain underlying plot, but I didn't care for this novel. The author writes a bit cartoonish, having some bad buys go from jail to living large, entire 83rd floor of major skyscraper with super-expensive weaponry, so how did they come by this?????
Too moral relativistic for me - - if no one is morally or ethically distinguishable from anyone else, story loses all interest? Supposed to be adult fiction, too too cartoonish, far better quality of novels at the YA level!

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CateK
Jun 11, 2015

A real page turner. Hated to put it down when real life intervened. An action thriller with heart.

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Reads_A_Lot
May 25, 2015

Enjoyed this page turner. Looking forward to the sequel.

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ndexter
Jan 05, 2015

Disappointed in the premise of book. Having supernatural powers is one thing, but the ability to have individuals control others via being hooked-up to a source was a stretch. This along with repeatedly juxta-posing antagonist became boring. Got the impression it was written for a younger reader of Marvel Comics.

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AlmadenAFS
Dec 28, 2014

WOW! Have ever had multiple coincidences and.....no, they wouldn't let this happen. Unexpected ending. Can't put down book.

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jimg2000
Dec 23, 2014

Sam's puzzling recent urge to run was finally explained at the end. A real page turner from start to finish. At some point, readers might have guessed what's to come, but not everything that is to unfold.

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nannerl
Jun 18, 2014

Enjoyed this one a lot, very interesting theme.

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jimg2000
Dec 23, 2014

you could only wake up in so many jail cells before you started to do some thinking.
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There are lots of ways I could end their careers. Make them buy drugs and get caught. Make them say the wrong word near an open microphone. Make them tear off their clothes on a street corner and scream at the traffic....
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She and I have toothbrushes at each other’s places. That’s all the further along we are.
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You had to do what you had to do, though. Whatever it took to bloom.

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jimg2000
Dec 23, 2014

It was just as well not to sleep. Sleep brought dreams of happier times, worse than nightmares in their own way.
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“It keeps them thinking surprise is on their side,” Dryden said. “Which means it’s really on ours."
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This world nys but a thurghfare ful of wo, And we been pilgrymes, passynge to and fro. — GEOFFREY CHAUCER
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“Because DNA is a mess. People call it a blueprint, but it’s more like a recipe — one that nature’s been tinkering with for a few billion years. That’s how a professor of mine described it: an old recipe, where outdated instructions get lined out instead of erased...

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