Every gal needs an action hero – even if he only resides on her bookshelf. As the former occupant of that role has fallen off his pedestal (Sorry Jack, but I can’t get the image of that short guy out of my head – you are toast) my new hero is – hands down – Patrick Lee’s Sam Dryden.
“Runner” starts off quietly. Sam has been having trouble sleeping and has begun taking runs along the beach. His quiet, meditative run ends abruptly when a 12-year-old girl runs crashing into him. And the book is non-stop from that moment on.
So seldom does the label “action/thriller” really deliver in a nearly perfect way. While the technology of the story might be a little futuristic, it might not be as futuristic as we would like to believe, so it’s easy to go along with the premise and develop a sense of Sam and Rachel as real people, in real trouble.
There is going to be a lot of publicity and hype about Runner and for once I can truly say that this book deserves it all. ( )
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