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Runner: A Sam Dryden Novel, Book 1 | [Patrick Lee]

Runner: A Sam Dryden Novel, Book 1

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 11-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.
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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 11-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?

©2014 Patrick Lee (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

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    TR Jensen Salt Lake City, Utah 04-23-14
    TR Jensen Salt Lake City, Utah 04-23-14 Member Since 2011

    Just a curious guy who travels the world.

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    "Wow!!! Great Story and Performance"
    If you could sum up Runner in three words, what would they be?

    Satisfying, surprising, and Fast.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The interplay between the main characters as well as the action.


    What does Raul Esparza bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Esparza's voice work was easy to listen to, and made the main characters particularly appealing and interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    Lots of great twists and turns ... a very fun read.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Draeger SCOTTSDALE, AZ, US 03-01-14
    Ken Draeger SCOTTSDALE, AZ, US 03-01-14 Member Since 2007
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    "High Tech Surveillance at It's Best"

    Mind altering drugs and high tech surveillance are at the core of the story. It stretches your imagination and makes for a good yarn, but some of the writer's exaggerations especially of the heroes ability to withstand brutal bodily bashes give me cause to pause. And I'm unintentionally reminded...the story is implausible fiction. Cheers, Ken

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jen ravenna, OH, United States 11-22-14
    Jen ravenna, OH, United States 11-22-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Title correction: SPRINTER"

    This thriller takes off before the second paragraph and goes blistering speed all the way through . With two strong lead characters, one being a child, and a just smattering of secondary cast makes for an intense read with a deep emotional investment. Heavy with technology, with the basic story being about memory and mind control, this book isn't for everyone. If you allow yourself to think outside your box and certainly out of your comfort zone, you will be in for a wild ride.

    I will be checking out Patrick Lee, to see what else he has to offer. This is one fresh thriller – so glad to see that this is number one in a series. I certainly can get into numerous returns of Sam Dryden .

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Simon Windsor, United Kingdom 09-22-14
    Simon Windsor, United Kingdom 09-22-14 Member Since 2002
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    "Tech/psych thriller with some heart."
    Where does Runner rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Given I've listened to so many I cant rate it in the very best. The character development is shallow for instance, however surprisingly for this genre I did feel connected to the main characters and their relationship. Its an emotional ending (wont say happy or indeed sad) which again is surprising.

    Great narration from Raul Esparza as usual.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rachel and Sam - there arent that many others!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes but I wont say!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Renae Gold Canyon, AZ, United States 03-22-14
    Renae Gold Canyon, AZ, United States 03-22-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Adequate"

    I really enjoyed Patrick Lee's previous trilogy and was looking forward to this new story it is okay but not as compelling as a story.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "gripping"
    What made the experience of listening to Runner the most enjoyable?

    It was very fast paced and exciting. It kept me on the edge of my seat and I wanted to keep listening. I have to say that it was far fetched in several ways but I didn't let that get in the way of a good story.


    What other book might you compare Runner to, and why?

    Can't think of anything comparable. This is the first book I have listened to by this author so I don't know how his others compare.


    What does Raul Esparza bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    A very good narrator who made me want to keep listening. He had a good range of voices which made the characters easily identifiable.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but the characters were very well defined and it was easy to relate to the two main ones.


    Any additional comments?

    The story line was extremely far fetched. Even if you accept the idea of mind reading, it was impossible to believe that someone born and brought up in a prison under the conditions described, could turn out to be so knowledgeable and articulate. Even so I loved it and I am quite prepared to suspend reality in return for a good fast moving story like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dereena
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    "Run with it"
    Would you listen to Runner again? Why?

    There were various ideas that I wish to follow up on in relation to technology.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Runner?

    A big yes.


    Which character – as performed by Raul Esparza – was your favourite?

    Most of the time. The young girl sometimes spoke too advanced for her age.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Nothing.


    Any additional comments?

    Any interesting concept, quite feasible in the near future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Niall
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    "Great stuff"

    I thought this was as good if not better than the Travis Chase 'Breach' series. The pace is excellent and unlike some other 'heroes', Sam Dryden is he kind of guy you'd want to drop in on again.
    The narration is brilliant, done by the same guy who knocked 'Under the Dome' out of the park.
    I'm looking forward to Patrick Lee's next one already.

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