Book Review: Runner by Patrick Lee
After reading a few pages of Patrick Lee’s new fast-paced thriller “Runner”, if you assume that it is basically just another addition to the suspense-thriller genre of novels, you would be mistaken. All the conventions of the genre are present and plentiful. But that assumption would be a mistake.
The hero, Sam Dryden, is a former soldier and undercover agent who’s trained in combat. He has suffered great family tragedy and became a loner. One night, Sam feels an inexplicable urge to take a walk along the boardwalk that is near his home. A twelve-year-old girl runs right into him, and he quickly realizes that she’s the object of a chase, and her pursuers are armed with the latest military search equipment. The events that follow change his world.
The girl Rachel possesses super-human powers, and one of them becomes apparent immediately. She can read minds. And she is dangerous. The rest of the plot involves crackling action, exciting chases, and exhilarating escapes from close calls. The research that has gone into genetics, RNA interference, knockout genes and evolution is superb.
Telling more than this would give away the plot. The novel gives us a glimpse into the complexities of the human mind and the dark and murky side of human trials and secret defense projects. The novel poses several ethical questions and answers them too, without being preachy. The characters are real human beings with a mix of good and bad, strong and weak.
Overall, “Runner” is a fine piece of work, a perfect vacation read.
My Rating: 4/5 stars
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