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Runner Audiobook
Runner
Written by: 
Patrick Lee
Narrated by: 
Raul Esparza
Runner Audiobook

Runner: A Sam Dryden Novel, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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 2012

    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 2016

    I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.

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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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    Melinda Carreon 01-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it!!!"

    Awesome in every way!! Couldn't put it down, it was exciting, endearing and full of twists and turns. Hoping there is a sequel!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "pretty good"

    the pacing was good. i had figured out some of the big reveals early on in the story. I still enjoyed it. don't expect tons of crazy stuff like the breach though. I will definitely read part two.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    tooonce72 11-22-14
    tooonce72 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 .

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    LBell 07-15-16
    LBell 07-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable book."

    I wasn't crazy about the narrator at first, but he grew on me. The story was fast-paced and exciting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Toledo, OH, United States 06-09-16
    Mark Toledo, OH, United States 06-09-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Different is good!"

    Even though this mystery/thriller has a super natural aspect to it that I can't recall ever reading in any other Kellerman/Connelly/Child/Coban style of writing, it was a welcome change. This gave another element to the story. I felt the character development was the best you can do in a 9 hour story. If your one of those type of readers that say, "it was unrealistic" after reading certain books, then skip this book and every other book since I have personally never book of fiction that rings true. Bottom line, I loved this book and Sam Dryden is a welcomed addition to the gang of Jack Reacher, Harry Bosch, Alex Delaware, Dismas Hardy, Jack Swyteck, and Myron Bolitar.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    moe 03-29-16
    moe 03-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book... Well worth the time you won't be disappointed !!"

    I had read all the books in the Breach series and was looking for more by the author as I LOVED that trilogy !
    I found this one and finished it in a day!! Great book did not love the narrator , that was the only downside to me !
    I am now starting the second book in the series , the Signal .. CANNOT wait .. I love the main character in the book and it is so nice when you find and older book you like and find out there is ANOTHER book & you do not have to wait for it to come out !!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joycinta Narre Warren, Australia 11-02-15
    Joycinta Narre Warren, Australia 11-02-15 Member Since 2013

    I am a writer seeking out the very best love stories to read. Especially if they have lots of surprises.

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    "Not for me"

    There is a disturbing scene not far in that is a mix of sex and violence. It was vulgar, boring and uncomfortable. I couldn't get past it.
    A shame as there were some very promising main characters.
    The book also has a lot of slow moments that take to long to build up to anything interesting.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Culhane 08-15-15
    Ed Culhane 08-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Engaging, fast-paced and satisfying"

    I love a book that leaps out of the starting block and never slows down. Like the best of Lee Child's Jack Reacher series, this is a book to listen to for sheer entertainment. It's not great literature, and it requires more than a little suspension of disbelief, but the plot is surprisingly clever, the main characters are likable and there's enough depth of emotion to make you care what happens to them. Kudos to the narrator. One oddity is the near absence of physical descriptions, but it didn't bother me for some reason. Maybe there was no time for them. This book races along wonderfully. I couldn't stop the train. Lost a day of work and didn't care.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • John
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    6/4/15
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    "Amazing, gripping, well written, well read."

    If you like the breach series. You'll love this. It has the same edge. It's fast paced, exciting and a book to get really attached to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zoska
    France
    5/31/15
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    "Exceptional."

    What a pity Raùl Esparza has read only a few books for Brilliance. i have them all. By now I have bought many books from audible, but nobody equals his performance.
    I like the story very much, too. But there are many other stories that Ilike and I have, unfortunately not enhanced by such a good reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thimmmmmeh
    Builth Wells, United Kingdom
    5/14/15
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    "Couldn't stop listening!"

    Great characters, plot rips along and a frantic pace. Didn't want to stop listening to find out what was going to happen next. Great reading by the guy, really brought it to life.

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  • Marcia
    7/7/14
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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
    UK
    7/7/14
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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
    England
    2/27/14
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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