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Runner (Sam Dryden #1)

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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 le ...more
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published February 18th 2014 by Minotaur Books (first published January 1st 2014)
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Aug 17, 2015 Stephanie rated it liked it
Based on the ratings, I may be in the minority here...

Runner started off with a bang, but fell a bit flat at the end.

I really liked the beginning of this book which is a fast-paced thriller. It started off screeching in the first couple of pages when Sam Dryden is out for a midnight jog. He runs into an interesting situation where a young girl needs rescuing from a group of people (soldiers) who are trying to kill her. Sam is ex-Special Forces and has the capabilities to elude capture.

From ther
Apr 19, 2015 Diane rated it really liked it
This novel is like Jason Bourne meets Enemy of the State meets Minority Report.

In short, it's a kick-ass thriller. I inhaled this book in less than a day, pausing only to sleep. And even while sleeping, I was thinking about the story.

When Sam Dryden can't sleep, he likes to go for a jog. One night he runs smack into a young girl, who is fleeing in terror from some guys who want to kill her. Sam, who is ex-military, agrees to help her escape.

What follows is 328 pages of awesomeness. It turns ou
Mar 06, 2014 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The torrid pace produced eyestrain and finger cramps, as I flipped pages on my Kindle as fast as I could. I literally raced ahead as if I were a RUNNER, which I am on most days. And I might have forgotten who I was for about four hours or so. Or possibly longer. There’s no real way to tell. But my Kindle was juiced up and ready to go, and the story was filled with enough keyholes that I needed a better master than the one currently in my possession. I slipped and slid, and I might have even brok ...more
Apr 02, 2016 Frances rated it really liked it
Out for a nightly jog, a retired Special Forces member, Sam Dryden encounters a very frightened young girl of 12 as she slams into him. Gasping for breath, she begs him to hide her and not call the police. Although alarm bells go off, Sam sees the terror in her eyes and makes a swift decision. Grabbing her hand they start running searching for a place to hide as several men with flashlights are closing fast. Runner is classed as science fiction; however, Patrick Lee’s writing is quite believable ...more
Nov 19, 2013 Eric rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of fast-paced thrillers
I really enjoyed this thriller, which felt like a cross between Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Identity and Stephen King's Firestarter.

Out for a late night run, protagonist Sam Dryden winds up on the run, aiding a mysterious girl named Rachel who has escaped from a facility with no memory of her life before her time there, chased by men -- professionals -- with orders to kill her.

The book never lets up, making it hard to put down. Despite the breakneck pacing, there is a decent amount of depth to
Nov 24, 2015 Krbo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mala neobičnost, zašto pet ovoj knjizi?

U biti ovo je SF akcijski thriller (sami zemljani, nema nikakvih vanzemaljaca) s mogućom, znanstveno potkovanom, tehnologijom (i biologijom).

1. knjiga je 100% "ljepljiva" - teško se baca iz ruku i akcija je non-stop, dobro napisana što je već za jaku trojku do četvorku.

2. ono bitno što je donijelo peticu - nema nelogičnosti i glupih rješenja u tolikoj mjeri da mi nije baš najjasnije (ja uvijek nađem neku glupost, dosta sam zaj... pri teh. naukama i logici)
Sep 18, 2015 Rosie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sam Dryden, a former soldier, is out running one evening when he meets Rachel, an 11 year old girl who is being hunted by a Government agency. All she can remember about herself is what has happened to her in the last 2 months. Sam helps Rachel escape from her hunters and find out who she really is. He discovers that Rachel is a very dangerous little girl. The story is fast paced and action packed right from the start and doesn't slow down at all. I was never bored with it, though at times I had ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Runner was raved about by one of my Goodreads friends, so I picked it up from the library. This story is about a man who happens to be in the best place at the right time, and makes the decision to help a girl that changes his whole life.

Sam Dryden has this irresistible compulsion to go running at night, in a certain area. He's been drifting after his personal loss, and believes this is due to his restlessness, and perhaps an existential crisis. He meets a girl who begs him to save her life fro
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Holy smokes, this book went from 0 to 60 in less than 2 pages and I loved it. Packed with non-stop action, this book had my heart rate going like I was the one running instead of the characters.

Action, suspense, and mind control?

Runner has a supernatural element that blended flawlessly into the storyline. I love paranormal and supernatural books so this was an added bonus. The supernatural element is so perfectly placed,
Another surefire winner from the new master of high-concept suspense thrillers Patrick Lee. I picked up this book to immerse myself in a quick-read nonstop action thriller for a few days, and Lee didn't disappoint. I guess that's an understatement, not only did Lee didn't disappoint, he crossed my expectations in leaps and bounds.

The initial plot sounded simple enough. Sam Dryden was an ex-soldier and some ex-deep black if-I-tell-you-I-have-to-kill-you stuff who lost his wife and daughter in an
Toby Tate
Oct 10, 2014 Toby Tate rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that can cause lack of sleep due to excessive reading - it's THAT good. Sam Dryden, the main character, is an ex-CIA operative out for a midnight run when an interesting problem is dropped in his lap. A 12-year-old girl is on the run from shadowy figures that want her dead,and who does she - literally - run into? None other than our man Dryden. The girl has the ability to read minds, so she already knows he's the only one that can help her.

Later on, you find out why t
Jun 06, 2014 Skip rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
Retired black ops specialist Sam Dryden is out for a late evening run when a young girl crashes into him while running for her life. Dryden helps Rachel escape her captors, becoming her protector as they are chased across the country by a powerful, shady members of the military industrial complex and government. Rachel has some repressed mind control skills, and everyone is scared of what she will do when she regains them. I liked that there were interesting plot developments throughout the book ...more
Nov 10, 2015 Mike rated it really liked it
Runner by Patrick Lee was a very good thriller. It starts out with retired special forces Sam Dryden out for a run. He runs into this young girl named Rachel who is running from these men with guns. So he decides to help her. The longer he runs with her the more he learns about her and the people that are chasing her. The deeper he gets into this the harder it is to keep them alive. Over all I enjoyed reading this book. This was the first book I have read by Patrick Lee. Will be reading the seco ...more
Oct 25, 2014 Jeanette rated it liked it
5 star beginning to this novel, but a lot of the cat and mouse paranormal escapades that came after, IMHO, did not maintain that level of intrigue, suspense, or believability as did the first third of the book.

This author knows how to write the easy read "tech absorbed world" fantasy action fare, that's for sure (think X files writer) and I would guess Dryden will have a decent run.

He(Sam)seems overall to reach an average level of characterization for the hero role as the novel progresses. He do
Mar 27, 2014 Truman32 rated it really liked it
The Runner by Patrick Lee is out of control.

I mean really out of control...

I mean it's an: oh my god, my car has no brakes and I'm going 90 miles an hour down the Wellsville Mountains (located in Northern Utah and generally considered the steepest in the United States)on an oil slick ontop of 2 inches of solid ice in a blinding white-out blizzard/tornado/monsoon triple-hybrid while three wasps are flying around my head inside the car and the radio knob has broken off on a station playing nothi
The insomnia was bad again – ever since Sam Dryden had lost his wife and child in a terrible accident five years ago, nights were the worst time for him. So he did what had become his usual night time activity – he set out for a run; long and punishing, but it seemed to help. Leaning on the railing of the boardwalk while catching his breath, gazing out at the dark ocean, he was suddenly aware of a sound which seemed foreign for 3am – spinning around he was almost knocked off his feet as someone ...more
Liz Barnsley
Sep 08, 2015 Liz Barnsley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent fast paced thriller. Full review to follow erm..sometime. (I'm slammed and nobody is waiting for this one ha!)

Highly recommended though. Something a little different and an adrenalin rush of a book.
This book has non-stopped action from the beginning to the end. Patrick Lee is a new author for me and I highly recommend this book to all action-seeking readers. Enjoy the ride!!
Feb 12, 2014 Marvin rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Runner is a high voltage thriller with a dash of science fiction. If you like your suspense thrillers exploding with action from the first page then you will really love this novel. Runner starts in a full-out gallop when ex-special forces Sam Dryen is interrupted on a night jog by a desperate girl who claims someone is trying to kill her. It is quickly confirmed that people are trying to kill her..and now Sam...and the action continues.

I on the other hand want more than chases, gun battles and
JoAnne Pulcino
Apr 16, 2014 JoAnne Pulcino rated it really liked it

Patrick Lee

We've got ourselves a brand new thriller writer who gives the reader a real run (no pun intended) for their money! When a former military man saves a young girl from the people she says are trying to kill her, he becomes devoted to saving her life even without her complete story. She can only remember the last two months, and has an uncanny ability to read his mind.

The escapes are not only thrilling, but quite original, and the characters including the soldier and young girl are
Sinistre Imrul
Jan 05, 2016 Sinistre Imrul rated it really liked it
I've never really started any book without skimming summary first. But I guess there's always a first time for everything. Just after a disappointing read, I took a leap of faith and blindly (I mean literally, I didn't even see the name) started reading the first book my Kindle presented me. And what do you know?? It's just the type I like most, technological thriller with sheer suspense. There's action, suspense, mystery (nothing I couldn't solve though), technological bullshit and, last but no ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I read Mr. Lee's Breach Trilogy and liked it a great deal. So i went out (well actually I didn't go out. That's what we used to do, I actually sent to the library without leaving the house) and snapped this book up. Runner is the first in a new series of books about Mr. Lee's new protagonist Sam Dryden. The word "trilogy" hasn't been used so at this point I'm going with the assumption that this will be a continuing series.

Guess we'll see.

Sam is a mess. He lost his wife and child before the book
Runner bursts off the page like Usain Bolt at full speed. Sam Dryden, an ex special forces soldier, who has lost his wife and child in a car accident, is on a midnight run at the seashore when he comes across a young girl named Rachel on the run from bad guys with guns. Before we know it, Dryden is hiding in a precarious position under the boardwalk. But although they escape the bad guys that time, Dryden and Rachel are soon racing to escape myriad search parties, amazing satellite imagery, and ...more
Mark Matthews
Dec 07, 2013 Mark Matthews rated it it was amazing
(I received an advanced review copy from Minotaur
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.

I went into this book with no previous knowledge of the character Sam Dryden or author Patrick Lee, but it only took a few chapters before I realized that both were simply incredible. The title itself, ‘Runner’ attracted me, and the premise of stumbling upon a life c
Jan 30, 2015 Joe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nope
In a word, "Blah."

Runner (1st in Sam Dryden series) has all of the frantic energy of the Travis Chase series (only read 1st two) but none of the satisfaction. I generously give 3 stars for the 1st half of the story I enjoyed before realizing nothing had happened and probably wouldn't (and didn't) happen. It isn't just that the story has no drama, the Firestarter retread just felt like a cheat coming from the author who so capably wrote The Breach and Ghost Country (both 4+ stories, with GC leavi
Nov 18, 2013 Zoeytron rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
A lightning-paced story that hits the ground running and doesn't take a breather until the very end. I won't ask Jack Reacher to take a seat quite yet, but there is a worthy contender in the on deck circle by the name of Sam Dryden. This is what a thriller should be. Period.

This was a first-reads giveaway won by my husband, and it was terrific.
AND WE’RE OFF! Patrick Lee does not ease us gently into his latest thriller, Runner. From page one he hits the ground full tilt, piles on the mystery and danger and I was riveted, a goner, no longer part of reality, but of the world he has deftly created in a heartbeat. Sam Dryden is living a quiet life, trying to heal from the loss of his family, retired from a life full of secrets and espionage, where survival was an art. When a young girl literally runs into him, begging for help, to be saved ...more
Aug 06, 2015 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A young girl with godlike power escapes from a military testing laboratory to run straight into the hands of an ex Black Ops "extractor" while being pursued by professional soldiers and shadowy government organizations.

Sound far fetched? Lee ties it all up in a pretty package, dropping details with perfect timing to keep the reader charging through the pages. His point-blank prose becomes compulsive reading, constantly driving the narrative forward without pause. Ain't no loquacious description
Freda Malone
Apr 24, 2015 Freda Malone rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Sam Dryden, retired special forces, is out on his nightly run along the boardwalk of Southern California when he feels a need to stop and gaze out onto the beach and ocean beyond. His instincts compel him to look inland and when he turns, a young girl, barefoot and scared, runs into him. She begs him to hide her, safe from her pursuers who wield guns. He uses his quick thinking and hides her underneath the boardwalk and it is then he makes the decision to keep her safe.

Government men are search
Maybe the best Thriller I've read so far, or wait. Not maybe.

Lee definitely knows how to catch his reader, to grab him and pull him into the story, into Sam's world. And Rachel's.
What I loved about this book isn't only the tension and excitement from first to the last page, but also the characters and their relationship. They seem to be so different from each other - a soldier from one of the hardest parts of the army, and this little girl without parents. That's what I kept in mind from the be
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