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Runner [Kindle Edition]

Patrick Lee
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Patrick Lee is a huge talent and Runner is his best book yet - breathless, involving, smart, and completely convincing (Lee Child)

Pure adrenaline rush . . . an action-packed novel brimming with complex characters as well as genuine heart. Not to be missed (Lisa Gardner)

An amazing, high speed, hi-octane novel than moves faster than most people can read. Rarely is a story both plot driven and character driven, but Runner does this and more. (Nelson DeMille)

I'm going to sue Patrick Lee for giving me whiplash: that's how furiously paced this book is. A terrific cast of characters, unrelenting action - strap in and enjoy the ride (Jesse Kellerman)

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Runner is a pulse-pounding, A-grade adventure thriller from esteemed writer Patrick Lee.



Sam Dryden was done being a hero. But when, acting on instinct, he hides a terrified young girl from a group of well-armed pursuers, his fate is sealed.



Eleven-year-old Rachel can't remember much, but she knows she was imprisoned by the men trying to kill her. And that she is important to them.



In Dryden, though, Rachel has found the perfect protector.



An ex-soldier with the kind of elite military career he's not at liberty to talk about, Dryden's a man well versed in secrets, and driven to do what's right. But hunted and on the run, it's only as Rachel's memory returns that Dryden begins to fully appreciate the scale of the dangers they face. And then only one thing matters:



Don't. Get. Caught.



Introducing a fantastic new series character, ex-soldier Sam Dryden. Runner is an outstanding high-concept thriller that grips and entertains like your favourite Hollywood action movie. For those who love Lee Child, Simon Toyne and Dan Brown, Patrick Lee's rollercoaster of a thriller is not to be missed.



Praise for Runner:


'Patrick Lee is a huge talent and Runner is his best book yet - breathless, involving, smart, and completely convincing' Lee Child


'Pure adrenaline rush . . . an action-packed novel brimming with complex characters as well as genuine heart. Not to be missed' Lisa Gardner


'An amazing, high speed, hi-octane novel than moves faster than most people can read. Rarely is a story both plot driven and character driven, but Runner does this and more' Nelson DeMille


'I'm going to sue Patrick Lee for giving me whiplash: that's how furiously paced this book is. A terrific cast of characters, unrelenting action - strap in and enjoy the ride' Jesse Kellerman



Patrick Lee lives in Hudsonville, Michigan. He is the author of three previous novels: The Breach (a New York Times Bestseller), Ghost Country, and Deep Sky.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 858 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250030730
  • Publisher: Penguin (19 Jun 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HNIJ3D2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,571 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RUN FOR YOUR LIFE - LITERALLY! 7 Mar 2014
By Gail Cooke TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Four-time Tony nominated actor Raul Esparza gave astounding performances on Broadway, and he does the same with this explosive thriller by Patrick Lee.

Compared to the best books by Tom Clancy and Robin Cook his latest tale, Runner, propels Lee to the A-list of mystery writers. There's non-stop action as a very unlikely pair - Rachel, a 12-year-old girl, and Sam Dryden, a highly skilled former Delta Ranger - run not only for their lives but to find out what the men pursuing them are trying to hide.

Sam had been taking a midnight jog on a California beach when he found Rachel, a terribly frightened girl who was running from armed men who quite obviously intended to kill her. But why?

Rachel has no idea who the pursuers are or why they would want to harm her. All she knows is that she had been held captive and finally managed to escape. She does have a skill - the ability to read minds.

After suffering the loss of his wife and child Sam feels compassion for the girl and vows to do whatever is necessary to save her. Considering their enemies that's an enormous task - one man and a girl versus many.

Lee skillfully adds technology and medical science to this already compelling thriller. Suspense heightens with each word as Esparza takes us on a perilous journey with roadblocks at every turn.

-Gail Cooke
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  114 reviews
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Patrick Lee is fun, and buy every one of his books. 31 Oct 2013
By Patrick McCormack - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I loved the "Breach" trilogy from Patrick Lee, and I absolutely enjoyed this book, the start of a series featuring Sam Dryden.

What makes Lee good? This book is a prime example. He writes with a sparse but good pacing. He drops hints and creates a mystery. He leads the reader into the story.

In this story, Dryden is out for a run, and stumbles across a small girl who is literally on the run, from government agents. He helps her, because what good guy would not? Her secrets slowly reveal themselves. Dryden is in for a penny, in for a pound, before he fully understand what he is getting into.

As a character, Dryden has the action hero instincts (and pacing) of a Jack Reacher. But the girl's story is a little bit science fiction, a little bit horror, adding a richness to the adventure/fight theme, and upending expectations from the reader. The result is a more creative fiction.

Also, because Lee is a good story teller, the book is hard to put down. The scenes in Chicago are unbelievable, but move fast. The dilemma faced by Dryden is fun and makes you awake to read.

Lee is now in the "buy every book he writes" category.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars By book’s end, your heart will be in your mouth or on the floor, everywhere it’s not supposed to be 24 Feb 2014
By Bookreporter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
RUNNER is such an appropriate title for Patrick Lee’s fourth and latest novel, by far his best to date. We first meet Sam Dryden, the protagonist of this thrill-per-page book, as he is taking a late evening recreational run. He promptly meets a young girl named Rachel, who is running for her life. Dryden, a retired special ops team member with a frightening skill set, becomes Rachel’s self-appointed protector as they are chased across the country --- from the West Coast to Chicago and beyond --- by a powerful and shadowy group of people with the might and majesty of every tool of the United States government at their disposal.

So why are the runners running? That takes a while to be revealed, though Lee drops breadcrumbs throughout the story starting near the beginning. It seems that Rachel has some sort of power; unfortunately, she’s been held in a facility where they’ve kept her medicated, so she isn’t entirely sure what it is. She has some amazing capabilities when it comes to mind-reading, but the thing she can do --- the one thing she can’t remember --- is the reason that some powerful and dangerous people want her dead. Dryden is the perfect person for Rachel to run into. He’s dealing with some losses of his own and moving on automatic pilot through life when Rachel literally runs into him. He takes her under his protection as they both run for their lives.

You will be forgiven if your two primary and constant reactions throughout RUNNER are 1) How will they get out of THAT?! and 2) WTF? Is Rachel’s power ultimately revealed? Yes, and it is a scary one, a power that will make your hair stand on end and cause you to wonder if Rachel, or someone like her, isn’t out there right now, doing what she is capable of doing.

There is also a high level of paranoia that runs through RUNNER, as Dryden finds that the number of people he can trust is almost as low as the number of people he can believe. There aren’t many, including a surprise or two. But that would be telling. For every great protagonist, one needs an even greater and more powerful antagonist. Lee gives us that someone who, with a snap (or two) of his fingers, can make Dryden the most hunted man in America. I spent most of the novel waiting for a net to drop over Dryden and Rachel. It does, for a moment or two, but Lee is just getting started. By book’s end, your heart will be in your mouth or on the floor, everywhere it’s not supposed to be.

RUNNER is complete in itself, though I understand there are more Dryden books on the way. This is good news. He is a strong but sympathetic protagonist with a subtle element of humanity, which is missing or perhaps less pronounced in similar characters one might find in the thriller novel section. Here’s to much more of Dryden and Lee in the future.

Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep You On The Edge of Your Seat Terror 20 Feb 2014
By Sally912 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Sam Dryden, retired not only from special forces but also from life since his wife and daughter were killed in an accident five years before. He lives in a small seaside community often running the boardwalk when he can't sleep. While out on a run late one night, he literally runs into an eleven year old girl who is being chased by armed men who want to kill her. His training in special ops takes over and he begins the journey to protect this young girl who knows nothing more than her name...Rachel, and that she knows things these people don't want made public. Can Sam save her life? Will she regain her memory? These questions will be answered as you turn the pages of this past paced book that has paranormal/mind altering overtones.

With terror lurking on every page, this book kept me on the edge of my seat. It had a well written plot that culminated in a surprising ending. Although I am not a fan of paranormal/mind alteration I am glad I read this book. However I was disappointed by the amount of "language". I understand the author wanted the abductors portrayed as "bad to the bone", but to me the "F" word could have been used a little less and the result would have been the same. All in all I would recommend this book.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, St. Martin's Press, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Brilliantly Creative Page-Turner From Author of THE BREACH 3 Dec 2013
By Lynne E. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
THE RUNNER is yet another brilliantly creative page-turner from Patrick Lee. As with the amazing Breach trilogy, the action takes place in the near future, and the plot is driven in part by extraordinary technology.

In this thriller, advanced U.S. governmental surveillance satellites make it virtually impossible for any fugitive to hide anywhere in the world. Sensors can detect targets in back yards, on highways, in parking lots, in houses--and relative safety can be found only in shopping malls and other crowded areas that have too many warm bodies for infrared sensors to differentiate. So when Sam Dryden goes on the run with a young girl that the government wants dead, his awesome but slightly outdated special ops skills are barely adequate to keep the pair from immediate capture.

The girl, Rachel, is a mind reader--not a performer who makes educated guesses, but a "freak" who really hears the thoughts of nearby people. Rachel has landed on the government's death list because her extraordinary talent threatens to severely disrupt a governmental "research" program that is under development. What the program does is employ mind control to take over vulnerable individuals and turn them into deadly weapons.

The story has many unexpected plot twists, and Dryden's amazing and exciting yet believable escape maneuvers keep the reader reading. There are some odd coincidences that seem at the time to merely aid the fugitives' escape and advance the plot, but even these are explained and tied up persuasively at the end of this extremely well-crafted novel. If you love fast-paced thrillers, and worry at least a little about governmental plots against citizens, then I think you will enjoy this book as much as I did. I can't wait to read Patrick Lee's next book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Patrick Lee has written another page turner 23 Feb 2014
By Peter Lehmann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved the 3 previous books Patrick Lee wrote. I'd never read anything like them. This book was equally enjoyable. He has created very like able protagonists set inside a great storyline. I feel just like I did at the end of each previous Patrick Lee novel -- how long do I have to wait for his next book?
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