Runner by Patrick Lee

Use Grammarly’s plagiarism checker because you don’t want other people’s words rolling around in your mouth!

Series: Sam Dryden Book 1
Published: Feb. 18, 2014 by Minotaur Books
Pages: 336
Genre: Mystery/Thrillers, Adult Fiction
ISBN: 978-1250030733

Read Chapters 1-3
Author’s Website
My source: NetGalley

 Description:
The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Breach launches his explosive new thriller series featuring former Special Forces operative Sam Dryden

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?

If you like Lee Child you will love Patrick Lee’s books. This is a well written, fast paced, page turner.  Right from page one it’s GO. There’s secret agents, secret drug tests, mind-reading, and human weaponry. And the government is tied into it all.

U.S. governmental surveillance satellites make it virtually impossible for Sam and Rachel to hide. Heart-racing scenes in Chicago with high tech weapons, mind-reading, parachuting between buildings and government agents everywhere. Will Sam and Rachel be able to escape this time? Is Rachel really an innocent victim as Sam thinks she is or is she diabolical? You won’t be able to put it down until you find out!

In addition to being a thrill ride, you will question how much is too much. Bio-ethical questions will abound! But really at the heart of this fast paced thriller there is a love story. How far will Sam go to protect Rachel and free her from the government and herself? Will helping Rachel give him his life back or ruin it for good?

Looks like a great new series has arrived! It’s a great read!

Peggy Ann 

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