Patrick Lee has written a very exciting science fiction thriller. This isn’t some far-out futuristic sci-fi fantasy set in the far distant future. It feels very real, and it takes place in the present. Runner is a fast paced thriller, with characters that you connect to and immediately like. You want to see Sam and Rachel get through this together. There is plenty of high-speed action, so the book reads very quickly. In fact you may end stay up half the night, just trying to find that perfect stopping point. I was up until 1:30 this morning, and back reading it again before 7.
Runner is an amazing start to a new series. It feels like a stand-alone book, with enough interesting things going on that you would like to read another story involving Sam Dryden and Rachel. I don’t know if the next book could top this one though. It was quite the page-turner. Some of the story was a bit far-fetched, but with all the action, you hardly notice.
I give this book 4 1/2 Stars out of 5 and A Big Thumbs Up! I recommend this to someone who likes an action thriller, with a little scientific horror thrown in.
I received this Digital Review Copy for free from NetGalley.com.
Release date: February 18, 2014
Sam Dryden, retired 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, a young girl runs into him on the seaside boardwalk. Barefoot and terrified, she’s running from a group of heavily armed men with one clear goal—to kill the fleeing child. After Dryden helps her evade her pursuers, he learns that the eleven year old, for as long as she can remember, has been kept in a secret prison by forces within the government. But she doesn’t know much beyond her own name, Rachel. She only remembers the past two months of her life—and that she has a skill that makes her very dangerous to these men and the hidden men in charge.
Dryden, who lost his wife and young daughter in an accident five years ago, agrees to help her try to unravel her own past and make sense of it, to protect her from the people who are moving heaven and earth to find them both. Although Dryden is only one man, he’s a man with the extraordinary skills and experience—as a Ranger, a Delta, and five years doing off-the-book black ops with an elite team. But, as he slowly begins to discover, the highly trained paramilitary forces on their heels is the only part of the danger they must face. Will Rachel’s own unremembered past be the most deadly of them all?
Series: A Sam Dryden Novel (Book 1)
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Minotaur Books (February 18, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 1 pound
About the Author
Patrick Lee lives in Michigan. He is the author of three novels: The Breach, Ghost Country, and Deep Sky.
The book description is from Amazon. Runner (A Sam Dryden Novel)