Run Paperback – 3 Jul 2008
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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.
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!
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!
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.Read more ›
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I find the author a bit of a mixed bag, have really enjoyed some of his stuff while finding some others rather tedious. Read morePublished on 27 April 2009 by Nick Brett
Jeff Abbott attempts to get as many action sequences into this novel as is possible. The action never dips for a second and the reader is left breathless. Read morePublished on 30 Mar. 2009 by richard Brown
The rear cover understates the core of the plot here - there is more than the story of an ordinary guy running for his life. Read morePublished on 8 Jan. 2009 by johnverp
This is an OK book. Nothing more. Murder/thriller/chase - been done before - much better.
I am just finishing another Jeff Abbott book (PANIC) which is very similar in plot to... Read more
This is probably the worst thriller I've ever read. Ludicrous plot, no characterisation, predictable action. Worst of all - no tension at all. Read morePublished on 7 Oct. 2008 by W. J. Gilder
Just like Panic, this is fairly ordinary long-journey/ airport fodder. Just like Panic we start off with our implausibly perfect hero, who is unaware of his links to some shadowy... Read morePublished on 29 Sept. 2008 by Mr Smith