Runner (Sam Dryden, #1)
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Runner (Sam Dryden #1)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  1,400 ratings  ·  363 reviews
Sam Dryden, retired special forces, lives a quiet life in a small town on the coast of Southern California. While outon a runin 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 lear...more
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published February 18th 2014 by Minotaur Books (first published January 1st 2014)
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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
Nov 19, 2013 Eric rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
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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,...more
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
"The Runner" is a terrific thriller. It starts when Sam Dryden, former Delta soldier and bereaved husband and father, encounters a young girl (ten to twelve years' old) running for her life while on his nightly run. She is pursued by heavily armed men, and Dryden helps her unhesitatingly. What follows is a really good chase novel, one that is better written than more thrillers, and with greater emotional depth. It turns out that the girl, Rachel, has a very special and dangerous telekinetic skil...more
JoAnne Pulcino

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...more
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
Runner by Patrick Lee is a thriller due out in early 2014 featuring a new hero, Sam Dryden. This is a fast-paced, non-stop action book that moves quickly from the opening page all the way to the very end. Dryden is ex-military recovering from a personal tragedy. While out for a jog late one night, a young 12-year-old girl, Rachel, literally runs into him. Rachel is on the run from a bunch of shadowy men whose allegiance and purpose is unclear. All Rachel remembers is that they have held her capt...more
I received a free eARC copy of this book in exchange for a review.

Wow! What a rush!

This thing takes off running (pun intended) from the very beginning and doesn't let up. Lee has a talent for suspence and for quickly developing characters. Just a few pages in, I cared what happened to Samy Drydan and Rachel and I really couldn't put the book down easily through the whole thing.

This book struck me as something of a cross between The Bourne Identity and Firestarter. Lots of action, plot twists, an...more
I really enjoyed this book. I think it is exactly what I needed right now. I listened to the audio version and the narrator did an excellent job. The story is a thriller, but with a mystery aspect instead of a scary or gory angle. So there was a lot of action and I found myself wondering what the back story was and what was going to happen next. There were some twists that surprised me, which is always good. I never had the feeling that the author threw something in just to be gross. The shock v...more
Wow, what a thrill ride! This book was not what I expected at all, but it turned out to be an intense read and I really enjoyed it! While reading it, I was reminded of a show I saw on tv recently (just saw one episode so don't know if I am correct in this comparison) but it reminded me of the show Believe, about a young girl with special powers being hunted down and protected by an unlikely hero. I know Mr. Lee wrote this first, just saying I was expecting more of a straightforward retired detec...more
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
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...more
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...more
I received a free download of "Runner" by Patrick Lee, through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The book is due to be published in February 2014. This was a fast-paced thriller, and a book I couldn't put down. I was hooked right from the beginning. The characters were genuine and believable...with a heart.

Sam Dryden, retired special forces, goes for his nightly jog on the Boardwalk, in a small town of El Sedero, in Southern California. These nighttime runs had become the norm, to deal...more
Mark Matthews
(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...more
One thing I admire is to use a familiar trope, like memory loss, and make it new.
Memory loss in thrillers is something that is associated with Jason Bourne.
Patrick Lee's character is like Jason Bourne, but he does not have memory loss. Instead a young girl he runs into is experiencing it.
She's running from a sinister all powerful secret agency experimenting with psi. Another familiar trope, think Stephen King's Firestarter. Patrick Lee turns that concept on its head in the course of this book.
Marilyn Rondeau
For the last five years following the deaths of his wife and daughter, Sam Dryden, retired special forces, lives a quiet, almost monastic life. Running in the middle of a night, Sam is caught up by a young girl who runs right into him with terror in her eyes. Barefoot, and shaking she’s running from a group of armed men and Sam’s basic instincts kick in to protect and discover what has the child terrified. While evading the pursuers Sam overhears their murderous intent towards the young girl, Ra...more
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
4.25 stars

I think this guy writes really, really good thrillers. As far I'm concerned he's the man. You got to read this guy.
Vanessa Delamare
I must consider myself particularly fortunate early this year because I keep coming across very good books. Runner is one of them. I loved this story that has no downtime. Sam Dryden is a character we want to know in real life, not just for his fighting qualities but for his intelligence, his strength, because he's a trustworthy good guy. He's not infallible, which makes him very realistic and avoids the hero-who-never-lost-even-though-it-is-not-probable kind of character. As Sam, I also wanted...more
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.
Michael Shore
Could not put this one down. If you like thrillers written by say Lee Child, with a touch of Stephen King type sci-fi, this is the book for you. No it's not about running or a 'runner' but about what happens the one night the main character goes for a middle of the night run.

The action is non-stop and it is unlike any other thriller i have read. From the first page i was invested in Sam and i took my Kindle everywhere i knew i would have a moment to read. Having cut many of the authors i used t...more
Danny Bobby
This is one of the best books I have ever read. I loved Patrick Lee's first 3 books, but every once in a while, I felt the dialog was just a little bit cheesy. Sometimes it was dialog between two characters, sometimes it was the protagonist's internal dialog. There was none of that in this book. At the times in the Runner when Lee's last hero would have thought or said something that I would think of as cheesy, Lee just refrained from using dialog at all.

The action and suspense lasted the entire...more
In RUNNER the story opens with a man running along the beach at night. While reliving his memories, he runs into a young girl running for her life. She doesn't know who she is, but she does know she needs his help. While trying to decide whether or not to trust her, Dryden notices lights fast approaching and the story takes off from here as everyone is now running for their lives.

The author has managed to write a story with realistic characters that captures the imagination without any effort o...more
Kristie Lowry
I've finally caught my breath from Patrick Lee's book, and now I'm trying to collect my thoughts so that I can adequately express how great this book is.

RUNNER is about Sam Dryden, a man who is retired from the military (although that description doesn't begin to tell you about his unique skills), and Rachel, a twelve-year-old girl who has escaped captivity and is now on the run from many different groups who want to either kill her or use her special abilities.

The action in this book is non-sto...more
I became interested in this book when I came across it on Bookpage. When a good friend of mine recommended it, I grabbed it from my library.

On that note, I am heavily conflicted in my review. I would almost call this book a David Baldacci meets Dean Koontz. A mix that I wasn't too interested in. However, I couldn't put this book down and ended up reading it in 3 hours. The writing just pulled me in, but then there were times that I was rolling my eyes because what occurred was just WAY too unbe...more
There were parts of this I really liked, and other parts I thought were just okay. Put it all together and it's a good-but-not-great book that can be highly entertaining if you turn off your brain for a while. In the beginning, I thought there was too much generic action and not enough connection to the story. Once we learn more about the situation there are some interesting turns and the whole thing works together much better. It's a really compelling story, and I thought the ending was great....more
If you're game for a non-stop ride with more twists, turns and narrow escapes than the usual thriller fare then slip on your credulity cloak and jump into this hot-rod. I listened to the audio version, which was nicely done, and although audio books often see me drifting off to sleep I did not have that problem with this one ;-)
Mar 22, 2014 Eve rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: not-mm
This is wonderful for being exactly what it holds itself to be - a nonstop action thriller that doesn't pretend to anything else. And yet, it surprisingly packed an emotional punch.
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Patrick Lee was born in west Michigan in 1976.He started writing by working on screenplays but eventually moved to novel writing.
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