Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Mystery
Series: Sam Dryden Book 1
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
RUNNER is one of the most entertaining and enjoyable books I’ve read this year. Steve Berry’s blurb for the book really sums it up, “This is thriller done right. It literally begs to be read on one sitting. I said it before and I’ll say it again: Patrick Lee is the real deal.”
Besides being an action-packed thriller with an interesting plot, RUNNER is also character-driven. The two major characters Sam Dryden and Rachel and their relationship was truly the heart of the story. Sam is a retired black ops specialist who lost his family in an accident and way in life. Rachel is a twelve-year-old girl on the run from an organization that had kept her prisoner and now wants to kill her. When the two literally collide, it sets in motion a story that kept me glued to the pages. I loved how Patrick Lee developed their father and daughter like relationship and how the roles of protector and protected flip-flop back between them. I was emotionally invested in these two people.
Lee throws in elements of paranormal (one of the main reasons I picked up this book), corrupt government contractors and officials, suspense, intense action scenes, and a bit of mystery to keep any thriller reader happy and not able to put the book down. It’s true. I started reading RUNNER at 8 pm Saturday night, and here I am writing a review on Sunday at 6:09 am with sandy eyes and needing to get my butt in bed.
As I was reading RUNNER, I couldn’t stop thinking what an awesome movie it would make. If you’re looking for as Nelson Demille described “An amazing, high-speed, high octane novel!” then you should read RUNNER.