Saturday, April 26, 2014
The Runner by Patrick Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars -- What if humans could reacquire the ability to read minds? From that point, what if scientists could find a way to control the minds of others? Now, that would certainly be useful -- to someone -- in our modern world.
Virtually every other reviewer has remarked on the fast-paced nature of this new thriller from author Patrick Lee -- so I advise that when you open the first pages that you allow yourself the time to read from cover to cover as you'll find it very hard to put down!
Sam Dryden knows heartache and loneliness; he's been in a state of inertia for years after the accidental death of his wife and daughter. Driven outdoors by his compulsion to run along the ocean boardwalk at night, he encounters a 12-year-old girl fleeing from some very determined men in hot pursuit. In a split second, the former Ranger and Delta force soldier makes a decision to help Rachel escape and they are off on an adventure that pits them against some very dangerous Department of Defense private contractors and the Molecular Biology Working Group. RNA-Interference Cohort, Knockout One One.
This novel was full of action and interesting (plausible?)science applications in the field of mind reading and mind control. I enjoyed the characters as well as their relationships and motivations. I've read Lee's other books and highly recommend this one to all who love a multi-layered story with very clear depictions of good and evil!
Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the e-book ARC to review.