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Run Paperback – 3 Jul 2008

3.7 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (3 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751539783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751539783
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.5 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 369,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Bourne Identity for the 21st Century (Harlan Coben)

Jeff Abbott delivers a frenzy of action in this race-against-the-clock thriller (Lisa Gardner)

Jeff Abbott writes suspense classics full of questions - who, what, why, how - with answers you won't see coming (Lee Child)

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The latest fast-moving thriller by the author of the bestselling PANIC

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By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Jun. 2008
Format: Paperback
It's certainly not difficult to see the comparison to The Bourne Identity in Jeff Abbott's new thriller - secret CIA agencies operating to cross purposes and causing major havoc in the world of international terrorism, with no accountability for their actions. Abbott's a good writer for this kind of material, achieving the same immediacy and kinetic energy within the first few pages of the book and creating an incredibly tense situation. There's a difference however - Abbott makes it credible.

Not too credible (our heroes manage with surprising ease to shrug off a number of bullet wounds to manfully get on with the task in hand), but by viewing the situation from a number of different perspectives, Run presents a wide view of the motivations of each of the parties involved, and in the process shows that there is no clear line that can be drawn between the good guys and the bad guys. Everyone is involved in murky activity outside of accepted legal and moral laws, where good and bad are relative terms.

That makes Abbott's thriller a little bit more relevant than the Bourne films, taking the activities of the CIA, IRA terrorists and Arab militants and tying it into the current global climate of home security and lucrative business interests generated by war and terrorism. It's all held together by the author's terse, lean and dramatically dynamic prose, which wastes not a word or scene. At any point, you're never more than a page away from another major revelation or explosive situation. Brilliant.
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I bought this book one month ago for a long flight to Japan in September. In the book store I really didn't know what book to buy and I have never heard of Jeff Abbott before. Then this silver shiny cover flashed out from the bookshelf. I read the first two pages and though this is it, the book I have always been waiting for.

I think The Bourne Identity is not even close as thrilling and exciting as this story about a man, who's life is about to change.
This increadible tension throughout the whole story chains you to the book and lets you read page after page without wanting to stop.
Listening to music (lounge,cafe del mare,...) while reading the book,makes you vanish into your own world of imagination. I though I was watching the newest thriller in a theater, but RUN gives you so much more than that.
The book's buildup is like a movie itself, seperated into different scenes, which at the end leads you to the one thing you will love most, wanting more of this story.
I already bought PANIC before I even finished RUN and I can't wait to get on that flight!
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This book is what it says on the tin, a fabulous escape, a fanatstic adventure, chock full of excitement yes some cliche but occasionally a cliche is what is needed, the characters were as beleiveable as say rambo or bourne, there arent really that many of these people runnning around the streets but if there were you would want them to have the ability to sort tight situations like they do.
As for not believable the lead is scared witless throughout and I can say so would I be in his shoes.
A good book, but if you want shakespeare take the hint, it doesnt say shakespeare on the cover!
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This book really was just a random pick, I just wanted something slightly different to read, and this seemed to fit that bill.
I like Abbott, I really, really like him, he's someone who isn't afraid to push boundaries and was utterly bold in implying of corruption within the C.I.A. I'm not for one moment going to insinuate that there is corruption amongst the Central Intelligence Agency, and I'm equally sure that Abbott doesn't either, but still it's a credible plot.
Run is a tale of two men, both of whom have completely different lifestyles; Ben, a freelance Security Negotiator, and Pilgrim, a secret agent seeking to infiltrate terrorists, and both men are ultimately brought together with devastating consequences. It is set in Abbott's very own Austin and his knowledge of the streets there becomes quickly apparent. Also, the title is apt in that the pace of the story is consistently quick, and therefore the plot is easy to follow. Ben is without doubt the story's hero, Pilgrim is equally prevalent throughout, and it wouldn't be wrong to label him as an anti-hero. The antagonist of the story is undoubtedly, Hector Sam, Hector's character is steeped in egotism, selfishness, disloyalty and greed, his connections are powerful and when Ben puts the puzzle back together, peace by peace, it is Hector's face which is shockingly revealed.
I liked the way Abbott shows us the viewpoint of each character, and although I do not condone Irish hit men, I do at least understand some of their motives; furthermore, the character of Jackie Lynch pretty much sums up the ruthlessness of the story's characters.
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This book was recommended to me by a friend, for anyone with imagination and a tendency for adventure novels, this has to be the one.
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