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The Runner

3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,966 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews
Following the success of Numbered Account, Reich returns to the electrifying world of international thrillers with a tale of cat and mouse in post-World War II Germany. An elite member of Hitler's SS and former Olympic sprinter known as The White Lion, Erich Seyss has just escaped from an American P.O.W. camp. Determined to avenge the death of his brother, American lawyer ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published March 7th 2000 by Delacorte Press (first published January 1st 2000)
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Lilja
My first book of 2015! This book is pulp to the core, complete with a New York City cop, vintage lingo, Army jargon and all the 1940's references the author could jam in there. If you like a good chase, if you like alternate history, if you like WWII fiction... then this is your book. It's an easy read if for no other reason than you'll want to tear right through it to find out if the escaped Nazi SS officer/former Olympian can complete his last secret mission, or if the NYC rum-runner turned-co ...more
Dave Bernard
Aug 28, 2013 Dave Bernard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a Christopher Reich fan since reading his first book Numbered Accounts. Of course my wife is Swiss so his familiarity with the local geography and all things Swiss makes the novels that much more interesting at a personal level. The Runner was a bit slower for me although once I got into the main characters I was hooked as usual. Set in the years immediately following WWII, Reich describes a different perspective than I have experienced as he details the destruction in and around Germany. T ...more
Trawets
Jun 22, 2010 Trawets rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Runner by Christopher Reich was highly recommended by my father-in-law, however we don't often share tastes in books, but in this case I'm glad I took his word.
Set in Germany immediately after the end of WWII. It concerns an ex-Olympic sprinter who finds himself sprung from a POW camp awaiting war crime investigations to join a plot to assassinate both Churchill and Truman on Russian territory to spark a conflict between the western allies and Russia. The plot hatched by Nazi businessmen, Ge
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Stuart Dequincy
May 28, 2016 Stuart Dequincy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely brilliant, already read this twice over the last two decades and I am seriously considering reading it again. It's very clever and I found the entire scenario highly believable. I don't want to give anything away because the story is so good I want you too unravel the plot yourselves. Just trust the writing has quality and as a serious scholar of the period I found the major twist very plausible. The anti-hero is brilliantly developed. There is so much too dislike about the main chara ...more
David
Feb 20, 2014 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reich really brings post war Germany to life in this tense thriller. very entertaining and utterly fascinating
Chris Scully
Jul 26, 2014 Chris Scully rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My dad recently turned me on to Christopher Reich and I've been going through his backlist ever since. He's a solid, fast-paced writer who doesn't overly complicate things. This one is unlike his other financial thrillers and is my favorite so far. It's essentially a police thriller (ex-cop chasing down the man who killed his brother) only it's set in post-WWII Germany and the killer is a former Nazi. Throw in a bit of speculative history and it had me hooked. It's a period I don't read much abo ...more
Bethany
Jul 17, 2010 Bethany rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Predictable, bland, not very exciting. Entertaining, but nothing spectacular.
Amy
Jan 29, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant epilogue. While I would have liked to know what happened to Judge and Ingrid, this epilogue made for an interesting twist. Reich's research is amazing as no detail is left out. It was a little slow to get going, and there were times I wanted to take the gun and shoot Erich myself (how many times can a former cop either miss in his shots or be left in the dust???). Knowing a little bit of German, or at least how to pronounce words, made it more enjoyable for me. Highly recommend for tho ...more
Melody Benz
May 23, 2014 Melody Benz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read several works dealing with WWII last fall and winter so this book was especially intriguing as the setting is Post and a military attorney assigned to tribunals. He's looking for the man who ordered the killing of his brother. So the story progresses at break neck speeds from the beginning in typical Reich fashion. The humanity aspect of this book made it perhaps the favorite of my collection. The characters, both living and dead, touched me.
Tina
Apr 14, 2014 Tina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm pretty torn about whether this is a 3-star or 4-star book for me. I actually gave it 4 stars and by the time I finished writing my review, I decided to go with 3. Towards the end I couldn't put this book down, but looking back the book at times seemed to meander around trying to figure out where the story was really going. It took a while for the book to really take off, the beginning was rather slow and then it got really interesting, and then it just ended. I finished it and thought, that' ...more
Ice
Mar 15, 2013 Ice added it
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Jenn
Aug 31, 2015 Jenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well-developed Post--WWII story, containing enough detail to make the reader feel they are on the scene, without it making the narrative clunky. I liked how the viewpoint changed between characters so the reader had an omniscient view of the whole, without it making the plot predictable. 100% lives up to the "Thriller" designation!
Pamela Mclaren
An interesting read about the end of WWII, especially the shifting alliances that happened particularly as the Allied forces shifted for power over Germany.

In this Christopher Reich thriller, U.S. attorney Devlin Judge, part of an international tribunal to try Nazi war criminals, heads out on a personal vendetta against Erich Siegfried Seyss, the man responsible for his brother's death. Seyss, however, has just escaped from a POW camp and is himself set on one last mission for the fatherland. Ju
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Gerry
Apr 29, 2016 Gerry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A US Attorney cum army major in WWII tracks down a Nazi officer, ostensibly with the support of military and political powers-that-be, but perhaps not. Good guys may really be bad guys, but in the end, it almost doesn’t matter, as none of Reich’s characters seem worth caring about anyway.
Lis
Jan 01, 2016 Lis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Niente colpi di scena particolari, trama lineare e dal finale abbastanza scontato, una scrittura anonima. Un libraccio, quindi? No, perchè da un libro del genere si chiede coinvolgimento, ritmo, puro intrattenimento. E questo è, niente di più, niente di meno.
Un ottimo libro da ombrellone.
Ed
Feb 08, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thriller - Devlin Judge, a lawyer trying Nazi war criminals, gets a 7 day transfer to find Erich Seyss an escaped SS officer who murdered Judge's priest brother. Seyss is on a mission to assassinate Truman and Churchill, blaming the Russians.
Fredrick Danysh
Nov 23, 2014 Fredrick Danysh rated it liked it
The runner is set in post- World War II Germany at the trails of war criminals. Devlin Judge is a lawyer who used to be a New York City op. He comes with an agenda to find the man who murdered his brother and bring him to justice.
Naomi
Jul 28, 2013 Naomi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This was a lot better than I was expecting. Not a favorite by any means, but not bad. Definitely entertaining. Listened to an audio recording of this while driving to and from work, and just finished it earlier this evening. I am not planning on seeking out any of his other works, but I was not disappointed by this.

A story of the political and military situations in Europe immediately after WWII, one individual's attempts to seek revenge and justice to avenge his brother's death (Major Judge is
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Annmbray
May 16, 2016 Annmbray rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Too long which resulted in way too many close calls and escapes to the point where I felt I was re-reading certain sections. This really took away from the suspense of the story. Was, however, surprised that the book ended with Patton's real-life automobile accident. Although in retrospect this did fit in with the conspiracy theme that was woven throughout the book.
Ruth
Oct 05, 2008 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As another reviewer said, good airport/airplane reading. A post WWII hunt for a escaped SS officer, filled with sadness and despair of post war germany plus some interesting insights into the world of the "winners" occupying Germany. I wouldn't recommend anyone run out and buy this book but if you are flying coast to coast, its a decent page turner. I found Ingrid Bach to be a somewhat compelling figure although i'm not really sure why. The ending with Gen Patton is a little strange too. All in ...more
Cathy
Jul 29, 2015 Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting spy thriller based partially on fact during WW2. Gives the reader a feel for the awful circumstances that occurred in Germany during that period.
Jennifer
I liked this one more than his first book but it just takes too long to get to the point...far too much waffle. I did enjoy the setting in post WWII Germany and the way he weaves real life characters, e.g. Patton, into the story.
Eliece
Feb 28, 2016 Eliece rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast-paced and entertaining. I was surprised to find out Patton's views on the Nazis.
Rick
Jan 29, 2015 Rick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, wwii
As expected. Needed something light an easy after some deeper reads. An airport bookstore book. Nothing impressive here. Included a lot from other better books. I'd say it is most like a lazy version of The Day of the Jackal, which even decades later holds up better than this yarn.
Glen
Apr 21, 2014 Glen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Action packed story ... Probably not my usual kind of thing ... But compelling ...
Barbara
Oct 07, 2015 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spies
Masterful character development in a historically-based novel set in Germany at the end of WWII.

Lately I've been frustrated with books where I had no character to root for. This time, I was frustrated with myself because I was rooting for the American (whose character was flawed), the German (who, despite being on the wrong side, showed enough hesitation that, halfway through, I started to hope for his redemption), and the woman the two shared.

When I finished the book, I had to quiz my history-
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Neil Clarke
School year ends - just the right switching off kind of book!
Kai Palchikoff
Patton Nazi plot to kill Truman
Marion Hover
Sep 09, 2014 Marion Hover rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite a fast pace through this book so I was expecting something good at the end but it was a bit of a let down. Felt there was more of a story to tell.
Susan
Aug 11, 2013 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes quite an interesting book which gave pause for thought; set between VE Day and VJ Day in Germany and a view of Patton and other characters that sent me to check out the "facts" - Im a cynic these days. But my first edition hardback copy had an enormous quantity of typos in it including repeats of whole paragraphs. So I am not surprised that there aren`t too many copies around and the paper back emerged very quickly. ...more
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He was born in Tokyo and moved to Los Angeles in 1965. He attended Georgetown University and the University of Texas and worked in Switzerland before returning to the United States to become an author. He lives in San Diego and is the author of seven novels. He has a wife and 2 kids. His father is Willy Wolfgang Reich



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